DELAY TO KINGSLEY’S WIDER REOPENING

Following the publication of the report by Public Health England of the proportionately more damaging effects of C-19 on BAME communities, I have taken the decision to delay the wider re-opening of Kingsley until new risk assessments are in place to ensure the continued safety of pupils, staff and our community.

I hope to be able to share our new plans (including dates and any amendments) within the next few days and I apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

The school will continue to be open for children of identified Critical Workers and identified pupils who need the school’s support.

With very best wishes and apologies,

Ian McCrae

Phased Reopening for Nursery, Reception, Y1 and Y6 from June 1st

  • Kingsley will reopen for pupils in Nursery, Reception, Y1 and Y6 whose parents requested by the deadline (on May 20th). They will follow the same online curriculum being offered for home learning. 
  • The school will be shut for deep-cleaning EVERY WEDNESDAY (except for children of Critical Workers and those on CP plans)
  • Starting dates:
    • EYFS (Reception and Nursery) – Thursday June 4th – Friday July 17th  – Nursery will operate in the MORNING ONLY (until 1200)
    • Year 1 – Monday June 15th – Friday July 17th
    • Year 6 – Monday June 22nd – Friday July 17th
    • Critical & Vulnerable Monday June 1st – Friday July 17th – If your year N, R, 1 or 6 child is currently in the Critical/Vulnerable group they will stay in this group
  • Apologies, but no parents will be allowed into the building – please enter, drop-off/collect, then leave the site at the points indicated below as quickly and safely as possible:
  • Drop-off and collection times:
    • Critical & Vulnerable 0900 (Breakfast Club is available from 0800 for this group only) – 1500 (after-school club is available for this group only)
    • EYFS: Reception 0900 – 1430; Nursery 0900 – 1200
    • Year 1 0915 – 1445
    • Year 6 0930 – 1500
  • Lunchtimes (in the main hall):
    • Critical & Vulnerable 1210
    • EYFS 1130 (reception only)
    • Year 1 1150
    • Year 6 1230
    • Pupils MUST have a school lunch (no packed lunches will be allowed for hygiene reasons). Y6 pupils not in receipt of free school meals will need to pay for these on Parent Pay)
  • Teachers and support staff:
    • There will be 2 adults for each group of up to 10 pupils and these will not be deployed to other groups
    • All pupils (except for the Critical & Vulnerable groups) will be in their year groups
    • EYFS will have the same adults until the end of term (Friday 17/07/20)
    • Other year groups will either have fixed staffing or rota one week on, one week off
    • Due to our very stretched capacity, if a member of staff becomes ill and their group is not viable, I’m afraid that the pupils in that group must remain at home until alternative arrangements can be made by the school
    • On-line work will continue to be provided and this will form the basis of the in-school teaching, too. Our curriculum will be focused more on pupils’ well-being, reflecting, healing & building on their C19 experiences and preparing for a positive future at school

A video of Mr McCrae explaining the reopening process can be found here.

Parent Advice Hotline

We are currently living in unprecedentedly challenging times. I know many of you are coping well under immense pressure, but I’m also humbled by the openness of a great many parents who are brave enough to share their fears and anxiety as they navigate through the uncertainty imposed upon us.
To address this, the Croydon Education Psychology Service has set up a helpline to support parents.
Please do have a read of this leaflet provided by them that gives all the information needed to access their excellent support.

Stay safe and happy,

Ian McCrae

Proposed Reopening of Kingsley to Nursery, Reception, Y1 and Y6

Dear parents/carers,

You will be aware that the government have requested schools to consider reopening for pupils in Nursery, Reception, Y1 and Y6.

As you can appreciate, in order to minimise risk of infection and maintain government guidance on hygiene and social distancing (including for 3-6 year-olds), this presents significant logistical challenges for us at Kingsley. We are seeking medical advice and working very closely with the Trust and the unions, who themselves are lobbying the government to reconsider. It is, therefore, possible that details may change ahead of our planned re-opening on June 4th.

As I have already stated, it is entirely your decision to send your children to school and, if you chose to keep them at home (where they will be safer), this will NOT affect their attendance record. We will also continue to provide work for pupils on line.

In order for us to plan effectively, reduce the likelihood of infection and maintain appropriate standards of hygiene, we will need to know the exact number of pupils who will be attending. I must also advise you that it is unlikely that your children will be taught by their normal teacher. Family groups may be kept together in the same class to minimise infection, too.

I would be grateful if parents of Nursery, Reception, Y1 and Y6 would complete this form to indicate whether they would or would not like their children to attend school. The deadline for completion is Wednesday 20/05/20 at midday – after this we cannot admit any more pupils. When we know the final number of pupils attending, I will communicate further information.

Pupils who are already attending school (children of critical workers and vulnerable pupils) will continue as normal and DO NOT need to complete the form.

It’s also possible that we’ll provide some educational experience for the remaining year groups before the summer holiday.

Many thanks for your cooperation during these unprecedented and challenging times and if you have any questions, please contact the school office.

With very best wishes,

Ian McCrae
Head of School

A video of Mr McCrae explaining the proposed reopening can be found here.

Head’s Blog 07/05/20

I hope you are all continuing to enjoy life as best you can and are staying safe. I’m also delighted that so many parents have been in touch for information on the work set by teachers, passwords and other enquiries about access to our curriculum.

Kingsley teachers have been recording themselves reading stories on video. We’ve created a dedicated web-page for this and you can access it by clicking here. They’ve all done a fantastic job reading these stories for you! Do let your children know about the site – perhaps you could bookmark it for them. We’re adding new stories every day!

Each day, once pupils have completed their work, I hope they are able to get some exercise. The government recommends walking or cycling for an hour a day. Most people are doing this, including me! Today, I recorded a video assembly message on my daily hour-long walk. You can see it here.

With very best wishes for a wonderful bank holiday weekend!

Ian McCrae

Mr McCrae’s Weekly Lock-down Video Message 04/05/20

I hope you’ve all had a fabulous weekend and are continuing to stay safe, work hard and have as much fun as possible!

Mr McCrae’s weekly message can be found here

Please contact the school office if you are having any trouble accessing work from the school blogs (blogs can be accessed by selecting the relevant year group in the column  on the right).

With very best wishes,

Ian McCrae

We’d love see photos or video of you learning at home!

Dear all,

I hope you are all staying safe.

I’ve just been in school and it was great to see the 18 pupils we had in today. That said, we’re all really missing seeing all of you here and missing your wonderful work!

It’d be GREAT to see photos of you all working at home! If you’ve got any, why not send them to:

office@kingsley.croydon.sch.uk

We’ll keep the photos safe and won’t share them beyond or outside of school. Why not get your cameras clicking and show us how you all work at home!

In the meantime, here’s a video of me feeling sad at being in a near-empty school with none of you in it!

With very best wishes,

Ian McCrae

Head’s Update 28/04/20

Dear parents and carers,

I hope you are all staying safe and coping with the challenges of lock-down. There is still no indication as to when schools will reopen and, as soon as I receive any information, I will let you know our plans.

I also hope you are continuing to provide your children with access to our curriculum (please scroll-down to ‘Pupils’ Access to the Kingsley Curriculum’ for details). My colleagues are updating work for pupils each Friday (for the following week) and providing useful tips and advice. As ever, this can be found via the Year Group Blogs on the right-hand side of this page.
Thank you to all of you who have been in touch with queries on accessing the curriculum and I am very glad that all those issues have been sorted. If any of you have any further queries about your children’s work, please contact me at head@kingsley.croydon.sch.uk and I will ensure that the relevant colleague is informed.

Finally, things at home can be a strain in these unusual times and, if there is anything we can do to support you, please contact the school office on office@kingsley.croydon.sch.uk and they will inform our family team who will be able to help.

With very best wishes,

Ian McCrae

Update: Monday April 20th 2020

Dear Parents and carers,

I hope you are remaining safe and are in good spirits during these very unusual times.

Thank you also for your requests and suggestions for providing appropriate work for your children. We have taken these on board and I hope you have all managed to access the work provided by my colleagues via year group blogs – details for can be found by scrolling-down to my previous post.

As you know, the government has extended its lock-down for a further three weeks and it’s probable that this will be extended further. I will keep you updated of any further developments.
We have been open for the children of Key Workers and other pupils who need our support at present and this arrangement will continue for the duration of the closure period.

I am also pleased to share with you the report from our recent OFSTED inspection (February 2020). Following your involvement, suggestions, feedback and the school’s reworking of its strategy for improvement driven by the October 2019 inspection report, OFSTED are happy that ‘Leaders and managers are taking effective action towards the removal of special measures’ and ‘The school’s improvement plan is fit for purpose’. A copy of the report can be found here.