25th March 2019

Dear Parents/Carers

Easter Service 2019

As you know, we are incredibly lucky that the school is at capacity as a one form entry school. As such, there are certain logistics that need to be considered and in some instances changed or amended.

One of these areas is our church services. The number of children we now have virtually fill the church themselves. If we add to that those parents who have used cars to transport pupils, the church does not have enough adequate seating.

Myself, Colin Tankard, our Chair of Governors have met with Revd Olivia Maxfield- Coote and members of the church, along with some parents who attend church, to talk through options and possibilities.

We have agreed to trial the following this year, some of which is not significantly different:

Harvest – In the school hall, led by Revd Olivia

Christmas – At All Saints, Epping Upland, in the evening, with family

Easter – In the afternoon, at All Saints, Epping Upland.  All pupils being transported to and from church by coach. Only parents of those children who will be reading will be invited to attend.

Leavers – At All Saints and attended by parents of Y6 pupils only

I am sure you will understand the dilemmas we face with regard to whole school attendance at church. We could, alternatively decide not to hold services at All Saints, but this is not currently something we want to even contemplate.

Please can you return the proforma below to indicate permission for your child to travel by coach to our Easter Service which will take place on Tuesday April 2nd at 1:30 pm.

Should you have any questions or queries, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Yours sincerely,

Sarah Hurwood

Headteacher

 

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Easter Service – 2nd April 2019

 I am happy for my child………………………………………………………………………………..(name) of

……………………………………………………………Class to travel to and from All Saints Church by coach*

I do not want my child to go to the Easter Service*

 

Signed………………………………………………………………………………parent/carer

13th March 2019

Dear Parents/Carers

After School Club

I am very aware that I have not yet responded to you with regard to the questionnaire we put out in January which was trying to gauge the level of interest in an After School Club. This is largely because the responses were very inconclusive and as such we are struggling to come up with a viable model.
Every time parents ask about the possibility of us running an after school club, they say that they also know that there are many parents who would take it up if it was offered – but responses do not tend to echo this.

There are also added complications for the school in the logistical running of an After School Club – in that every day there is a ‘paid for’ after school activity running, meaning that access to the hall is not feasible until about 4:30pm. As such, we would require an additional space prior to this time. Teachers usually want to work in their classrooms immediately after school and the IT suite is limited in its space.

Additionally, responses indicated that parents would want their children to attend the activity related after school club and then come onto the childcare after school club – but then would not want to pay for that first hour. This causes us significant difficulty as staff would still need to be paid for the first hour of that time.

Parents also expressed that they would wish to pay by the hour so that they can collect their children early on occasions if they choose. Again, this has implications for staff salaries.

Some parents said they would only want to use it on an ‘ad hoc’ basis, which equally poses salary issues.

Most significant still however is the uptake issue, which currently, with the amount of money parents have indicated they would be happy to pay, does not make the childcare viable.

That said, I am still exploring ways to facilitate an After School Childcare Club, although even if we do proceed it will not now be until September 2019.

I will write again shortly and either advise as to whether we can come up with a viable model to offer or equally, if we are not able to make appropriate provision.
Yours sincerely
Sarah Hurwood
Headteacher

6th March 2019

Dear Parents & Carers,

Red Nose Day – Friday 15th March

We will be supporting Red Nose Day again this year.

If your child would like to take part they can come to school wearing red clothing or one item of red clothing as part of their normal uniform. For example a red T shirt, red skirt, red jeans, red cardigan, even red socks or hair ribbon. Your child may also wear a red nose, which can be purchased from many local outlets, if they would like to do so.

A suggested donation of £1.00 per child towards this worthy cause would be appreciated.

Thank You.

Yours sincerely,

Sarah Hurwood
Headteacher