16th January 2019

Dear Parents/Carers

Procedures for Severe Weather School Closures

Whilst we really hope that we do not have to follow any procedures to close the school due to severe weather conditions, it seems prudent, with rumours of a cold snap, to send out a reminder about our procedures.

The decision to close school is never one that is taken lightly. The overriding consideration always has to be the safety of pupils and staff. Whatever decision is taken, we know that it will not suit everyone. Some parents prefer us to close as it means it takes the decision away from them as to whether to make the journey or not, other parents prefer us to stay open regardless of the implications. Whenever possible, we will endeavour to stay open, but sometimes contributing factors prevent this.

A compromise that appears to have been reached over the past couple of years, that parents appear to prefer, is to open slightly later as this means the roads have started to thaw and are slightly less busy, making the journey easier – and to close slightly earlier before the snow starts to freeze again. But even arriving at this as a decision, is not always possible.

Should the weather suggest that there is a question as to whether school will be open as usual, the following should be noted:
• We will endeavour to post a tweet on our Twitter page
• We will endeavour to post up to date information on our own school website www.eppinguplandcofeschool.co.uk
• We will endeavour to make sure that the school phone is manned to answer your queries
• We will endeavour to post a notification on the Essex County Council website

Past experience tells us that sometimes some of these methods fail, but not all have failed at the same time! Therefore if one method is unhelpful, there is hopefully a back-up one to notify you as to what is happening.

Our main aim will be to notify through our own school website and Twitter to keep you updated as to the situation. It is also helpful if parents are able to pass on information they receive to each other as not all parents choose to access these methods.

Once the school does reopen, please ensure that the children have appropriate footwear and clothing so that they are comfortable and dry when they are in lessons.

Yours sincerely
Sarah Hurwood

20th November 2018

Dear Parents & Carers,

Following our dates letter in September, please find below the final details concerning our Christmas Plays.
Wednesday 5th December 9.30am & 2pm – Robin Class

Thursday 6th December 9.30an & 2pm – Chaffinch Class

Friday 7th December 9.30am & 2pm – Sparrow Class

Monday 10th December 9.30am & 2pm – Woodpecker Class

Tuesday 11th December 9.30am & 2pm – Starling Class

Wednesday 12th December 9.30am & 2pm – Blackbird Class

Thursday 13th December 9.30am & 2pm – Owl Class

Due to limited space and logistical organisation, each family will be issued with 4 tickets. Two tickets for the morning performance and two tickets for the afternoon performance.

We would prefer younger siblings did not attend. However, if you do need to bring siblings they will only be admitted to the 9.30am morning performance and will need to sit on your lap.

Thank you for your continued support.

Yours sincerely,

Sarah Hurwood

5th November 2018

Dear Parents and Carers

Non Uniform Day – Friday 16th November

As you will know, the PTA have organised for the children to have a non- uniform day on Friday 16th November, in exchange for your child bringing in some form of chocolate as a donation towards the Christmas fair.

Checking dates, we have now realised that Friday 16th November is also Children in Need day, which is something the school always chooses to recognise as a charity event with the children.

Therefore, if you would like to support Children in Need and the causes they fundraise for, please could you, as well as bringing in some item of chocolate for the PTA, bring in a monetary donation to go towards Children in Need. This is of course, not obligatory.

We would however support the PTA in their request that your child may wear their own clothes on Friday 16th November in exchange for the donation of chocolate that has been requested.

Apologies for the ‘double’ ask but hope you recognise both causes as being important.

Yours sincerely


Sarah Hurwood