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Currently, pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 can return to school.

Nursery pupils may return bi-weekly, mornings only, with effect from Monday 22nd June.

Children of Keyworkers (excludes Nursery) may also return to school. (Evidence is required)


If you would like your child to return to school, please let the school know by the Wednesday each week, in readiness to start the following Monday.


The Government have made it clear that parents will not be penalised if they choose not to send their child to school.

Possible reopening of Aylward Primary School after half term – Update 22nd May 2020


Dear Parents and Carers,


Thank you for completing the questionnaire in connection with the letter I sent out to you on Friday15th May. This has helped us to plan a way forward in terms of the possible reopening of the school and specifically, put a staff rota in place.


As from Wednesday 3rd June, we will open the school for Year 1 children whose parents have said in the questionnaire that they wish them to return to school. The school day will start at 9.15 am and finish at 2.30pm. Only one adult per child will be allowed to accompany their child onto the site. Year 1 parents will be able to enter the school site from 9.00am and not before this time. When on site, parents should ensure that their child stays with them at all times, and that families socially distance on the pathways and on the school playground, whilst they wait for their child to be dropped off or picked up from the classroom. Children are to come into school in their PE kit and a school jumper. They should not come into school with any bags apart from if they are bringing a lunch box or snack into school.


As from Monday 8th June, we will open the school for Year 6 children, whose parents have said in the questionnaire that they wish them to return to school. The school day for Year 6 will start at 8.50am and finish at 3.10pm. Year 6 children should not be accompanied by an adult onto the school site and should be dropped off and picked up from outside the school gates. Year 6 children will only be able to access the site from 8.45am.


As from Thursday 11th June, we are looking to open the school to Reception children. We will be splitting our Reception classes into two groups. One group will attend the school on a Monday and Tuesday and the second group on a Thursday and Friday. We will send a letter out to Reception parents towards the end of the first week, after half term, to confirm arrangements.


We are looking to open the Nursery during the week beginning 15th June.


Details on how the school will endeavour to accommodate Years 2,3,4 and 5 will be sent out later in the term.


Initially we have arranged the classrooms to cater for up to 10 children. The same group of children will be together each day and kept within a ‘bubble’. We have set tables out in the classroom so that children sit at their own table, for Years 1 and 6. However it is recognised by the government, that early years and primary aged children cannot be expected to remain two metres apart from each other and staff. It would not be in the child’s long-term interest, if they were to be continually segregated in this way. The children will be encouraged to mix in the same consistent group, and as far as possible not mix with other groups. There will be a strong emphasis on encouraging children to consider good personal health and hygiene, throughout the day.


Children should only bring into school their lunch box, if they intend to have a packed lunch and to wear their PE kit and a school jumper. They will not be permitted to wear PPE in school.


We will look to stagger break and lunch times during the day and set aside zones for children to play in. Children will move between these zones during the week but will be expected to stay within their ‘bubble’. As we are having to spread classes out across different rooms in the school, the children will not necessarily be taught by their own class teacher.


From Monday 1st June, the children of Key Worker and Vulnerable children who have been coming into school whilst the school has been officially closed will be able to return. They will be based in Kaleidoscope. These children will need to be dropped off via the delivery entrance to the school on Dalkeith Road. Please ensure that they bring in a packed lunch for the first two days, as our catering service will be starting on the 3rd June. If your child is designated as a key worker or vulnerable child but has not been coming into school over the past couple of months, then access to the school will be available from Wednesday 3rd June. If this applies to you and you wish for your child to return during this first week, it is essential that parents contact the school on Monday 1st June (no later than 3.30pm). This is only relevant for the first week after half term. For subsequent weeks, please follow the procedure below.


We have allocated rooms, as well as staffing upon the responses from the questionnaire. The first set of school registers will be based upon these responses. If parents decide to change their mind and send their child into school, they will need to contact the school by the Wednesday of each week and the children will be able to start on the Monday of the following week. As mentioned in my previous letter the Government have made it clear that parents will not be penalised if they choose not to send their child to school.


A further letter will be issued to Year 1 parents on Monday 1st June to confirm arrangements for the Wednesday. Both Year 6 and Reception parents will receive further information by Friday 5th June.


Please note that the school will be closed to all pupils over the half term break, the week beginning 25th May.


If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact the school office by email during the half term break at or speak to a member of the office team from Monday 1st June on 0208 9589202.


Yours sincerely

Clive Westall




Friday 15th May 2020




Dear Parents/Carers,


I hope both you and all your family are well. Thank you so much for your continued hard work to help educate your children at home.


I am sure that many of you are aware of the Government’s request to allow Governing Bodies to open their schools for a phased return after the half term break, starting with potentially Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6.


Currently, all school leaders are familiarising themselves with the government’s guidance, whilst seeking more information and clarity around the science behind the decision making and the government’s intent. Every school will approach the reopening process in different ways due to the individual design of the school, as well as the school’s staffing arrangements.


We all want our children back in school, however we will only do this if it can be managed safely. So that we can begin to plan a strategy that is the safest for children, parents and staff, and meets as best we can the needs of the Aylward Primary School community, we would grateful if you could complete a short questionnaire, by clicking on the link below. We would appreciate your response by Tuesday 19th May.


Any possible phased opening will be dependent upon infection rates decreasing and other key markers set by the Government being met.


It is important to note that our provision for key workers and vulnerable pupils will continue alongside the possible expansion for different year groups.


I recognise that many parents will have concerns about sending their children back to school and this is quite understandable. The Government have made it clear that parents will not be penalised if they choose not to send their child to school.


Please note that the school will be closed to all pupils over the half term break, the week beginning 25th May.


I intend to send a further update to parents later next week with further information about how we will progress, in the meantime if you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact the school office by telephone on 020 8958 9202 or by email at


Yours sincerely

Mr C. Westall


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Coronavirus Update - Friday 20th March 2020




Dear Parent/Carers,


Coronavirus COVID-19 Update


I am writing to you to update you following the recent announcement made by the Government in connection with the imminent school closures.


School Closure from Monday

All schools in England will not reopen on Monday morning for the majority of pupils until further notice. The Government has asked for parents to keep their children at home, wherever possible, and asked schools to remain open only for those children who absolutely need to attend.


Schools will remain open for children whose parents are key workers, including:

  • Medical, nursing, paramedic staff.
  • Workers in adult social care, social works.
  • Health care assistants and administrators (in GP practices/clinics)
  • Education and childcare, which includes nursery and teaching staff, specialist education professionals.
  • Local and national government workers whose administrative occupations are essential to the effective delivery of the COVID-19 response.
  • Emergency services staff (police, fire).
  • Food production, processing, distribution, sale and delivery workers, as well as provision of key goods such as hygienic and veterinary medicines.
  • Transportation professionals, that is workers who will keep the air, water, road and rail transport modes operating.
  • Utilities, communication and financial services provision workers.


The school will also remain open for:

  • Children with an Educational Health Care Plan (EHCP)
  • Children who are known to a social worker


Further details can be found at:


Key workers and front line services staff – to be identified by a Workplace ID

If you are a key worker or a front-line services staff member and you have a child at Aylward Primary School please contact the school Office to let us know and provide a copy of your ID.  You can do this in person, or you can email the office email address: . Please provide relevant proof to support your role by 4.00pm today, Friday 20th March. Please also indicate if you are looking to use the school for childcare if available during the school Easter break (Monday 6th April-Friday 17th April).


Please be reminded that your child should not attend school if they or a member of the household if they have either:

  • A high temperature
  • A new continuous cough


Distance Learning

Our staff have been working hard to be in a position to launch our distance learning approach. Information will be shared later today on what this will look like.  Our distance learning will be hosted mainly on DB Primary. We will also promote the use of Bug Club, Education City (KS1 and FS children), Mathletics (KS2). Please ensure that you have your child login details.


Free School Meals

We are looking to how best to support children eligible for a Free School Meal. We will contact eligible parents by early next week.  


Please continue to check the Important Messages tab on school website for further updates.


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the school office.