This year has presented challenges for everyone and we worked as a team to ensure that children returning to school this September were able to adapt to a different way of doing things. Keeping our school safe is our priority and we created new and extensive cleaning regimes, making use of more efficient and greener products, supplied by OT Alex Speake from Purozone. We installed fast testing machines and completely remodelled our sanatorium, creating a “nightingale” area with increased bed spaces. We installed a one-way system around school with strict rules on wearing a face covering in all walkways and public spaces.
We created a “5 rules” message throughout the school and in all our communication we promoted the need to adhere to the “face, hands, space” message from the Government. We made sure that our students adhere to strict safety procedures and maintain social distancing.
We have done all this as a senior leadership team and we will continue to monitor and adapt our policies as we need to. We are fortunate to belong to a strong and dedicated community of teachers, support staff, amazing children and their parents who have helped to make this challenging time something that we can come through together.
Last year we embarked on an ambitious project to upgrade the school’s kitchen and dining facilities in order to provide modern and up to date facilities for our pupils and staff. We used local contractor CG Fry and Bristol based architect Wotton Donoghue and were thrilled to take delivery of the new building in time for the start of the new academic year. The additional space has enabled us to feed pupils and staff despite the restrictions and you will see from the photos below what the new dining room brings to our community. The next phase is to develop a Green Heart to the centre of the school, a fully pedestrianised zone for pupils to move freely around site without interference from traffic.
Nicola Miller, COO