Twickenham Primary School is a place for outstanding academic excellence. We encourage a consensus of kindness and respect because we believe that it is only possible to achieve your true potential if you feel valued. Our school motto 'Be all you can be' is the basis of everything that we do. We are a school where independence is celebrated and individuals can flourish in a productive and secure atmosphere. Our school has a tradition of celebrating and sharing success in everything that we do.
We expect every child to attain the highest levels of academic achievement and believe all our children can be extremely successful learners. All pupils feel cared for because we provide a setting where every individual feels respected, valued and safe. All members of the school community, including parents and visitors, work together as a team to act responsibly, show courtesy, respect diversity and promote positive behaviour.
I am writing to you to keep you updated with Twickenham Primary Schools’ position with the possible re-opening of school, which the Prime Minister first mentioned in his speech on Sunday 10th May at 7pm. He said he wanted schools to begin to prepare for re-opening no sooner than June 1st with a focus on reception, Year 1 and Year 6 (Nursery was added to this list the next day) Before and After School Clubs will not run.
The leadership team and the Governors are committed to ensuring this process is done in the safest way because safeguarding children is at the heart of everything we do (ensuring safety of our pupils and staff). We are currently working through all the information we have been given however, this continues to change on a daily basis. We are completing detailed risk assessments and are in the process of changing the layout of the school, playgrounds and classrooms.
The final guidance and information along with a final decision from the Government about instructing schools it is safe to open is not going to be made until May 28th at the earliest.
We will not be reopening on June 1st because this does not give us enough time to do so safely. As yet, it is impossible to give a firm date when this could be, however I will write again as soon as a date in decided.
In the meantime and in order to help inform our planning I would like to ask parents in year 1 and reception only to email the school if they will be back to school in June if the school is able to reopen.
Finally I appreciate this letter may have left you with more questions than answers. It is an extremely frustrating situation for us all but the safety of each and every one of the Twickenham Primary School family must override everything.
Please stay safe and well.
Mrs H Slack
Twickenham Primary School