Mount Road, Sunderland, Tyne And Wear SR4 7QF

0191 5535968

office@barnesjunior.org.uk

Barnes Junior School

Proud to learn, proud to achieve

Headteachers Welcome

Thank you for taking the time to visit our website and find out more about life at Barnes Junior School.  We are incredibly proud of our achievements during the last academic year and we have high hopes of further success in 2019-20.

As a 3 form entry Junior School, we prepare our children for the next step towards secondary education, ensuring that we balance the rigors of basic skills with a creative approach to learning and lots of exciting learning opportunities.

We are a fully inclusive school and we aspire to ensure that all learner’s meet their potential regardless of their starting points.

Our website is updated regularly and chronicles the day to day Barnes experience.  If you would like to find out more, we would be delighted to show you around.

This year we are excited to be part of the Primary Writing Project, with a big emphasis on talk for writing and also being part of the Great North Maths Hub research team as we develop the Maths Mastery approach.

For any other information, please do not hesitate to contact myself or Mrs A Maddison, School Business Manager on 0191 5535968. 

Mr Simon Ward - Headteacher

Schoolcomms

 The Schoolcomms app can be downloaded from the app supplier on your mobile device. The school uses the app for all payments, club bookings and a messaging service that is monitored by our office staff.

If you require any help or support using the Schoolcomms app, or require more information on how to download it - please contact the office staff who will be happy to help.

Please note: We are sending out all Covid-19 related updates via schoolcomms, these may go directly to your email inbox.

Key Workers

The government have asked parents of key workers to keep children at home where possible from Monday 23rd March. If your work is critical to the COVID-19 response and you have no alternative childcare then please let school know immediately, email to keyworkers@barnesjunior.org.uk

 We are trying to keep numbers down and promote social distancing to help keep everyone safe.

 Please refer to the government guidance using the link below to identify if you’re eligible :

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers

Thank You for your continued support.

Update for Year 6 Parents

Latest Update from Mr Ward - 14th May 2020

Dear Parents, Carers and Children -

I am sure you are all aware of the Government announcement on Sunday about the possible return of Year 6 children to school.

Since the announcement, we have spent a lot of time considering what this might look like if it is deemed that it is safe to admit more children into our school. We have received some guidance from the Department for Education, although this seems to provide more questions than answers at this point in time. In fact, I believe that some of the suggested guidance does not go far enough in keeping everybody safe. There is nothing more we want than to get back to a sense of normality, but this cannot come with a risk that anybody will catch the Coronavirus at our school.

The Government have also provided guidance for parents which can be found by following this link: 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers/reopening-schools-and-other-educational-settings-from-1-june

I want to make sure that before this happens; we are 100% confident that we can guarantee everyone’s safety and health.

The guidance states that there is no national solution as every school is unique. So we are trying to formulate a plan that can accommodate our Year 6 children with an extra layer of safety to ensure that there is no transmission of this virus.

Our first draft of this plan would look very different to how Year 6 usually looks. This would include:

  • 8 classes of 11 children- this gives enough space for 2 metre distance between desks.
  • Each class taught by a member of our staff that they will know- this might not be their normal class teacher.
  • The class groups will be kept together throughout the day and will not mix with other groups.
  • Entry to school will be staggered at 15 minute intervals from 8.30am. An adult must drop their child off.
  • Exit from school will be staggered at 15 minute intervals from 3.00pm. An adult must pick their child up.
  • Teachers will sit behind a desk to maintain a 2m distance.
  • Children will use packs of resources provided by the school- no pencil cases allowed.
  • Breaks and lunchtimes will be staggered and with their teaching group only.
  • Regular hand washing will be encouraged.
  • Cleaning of shared areas will be increased throughout the day.

We will be drawing up a contract of expectation that we would need everyone attending to agree to, so that we can ensure the safety of all of our school community.

Usually, Year 6 children would be having a very different educational experience; be it lots of outdoor sport, rehearsing the leaver’s assembly, getting ready for the French trip, and looking forward to visiting their new schools. We are all gutted that it can’t happen like that this year. We are looking at what curriculum we would be teaching and it would very much focus on transition to secondary school and well-being. Again, the children will not be moving to different teachers for different subjects, and movement around the classroom will be limited.

It is worth noting that the government have indicated that they will not be penalising parents who do not send their children into school. If you feel that it just is not safe enough to be in school at this time, then we will respect this decision.   As a reminder, the guidance states that if your child, or a member of your household has been advised to ‘shield’ because they are classed as clinically extremely vulnerable due to pre-existing medical conditions then they will not be expected to attend school.

Bearing all of this in mind, it would be useful to continue our planning process by getting an indication if your child would be attending school in the week beginning 1st June should the government deem it safe to do so.

Please could you send a message to  keyworkers@barnesjunior.org.uk by noon on Tuesday 19th May, to give an indication what your intentions are for your child, should it be safe to open the school for Year 6 children from the 1st June . What you indicate now is not legally binding- we will not hold it against you if you change your mind- but it will give us an indication of the numbers we will be planning for.

Of course, there are multiple other questions and concerns that need to be addressed. Please feel free to ask those questions…but it might be we don’t have the answers… yet! We found out about this at the same time as the rest of the country and we feel we are continually playing catch up.

Two questions that I can answer are:

  1. When it is safe and possible to do so we WILL have some form of leavers celebration. You deserve that.
  2. You WILL all get your hoodies- there is a man in a small factory in Newcastle working to produce them as I write this. You deserve them.

 

Look forward to hearing from you, and Stay Safe,

 

Mr Ward

Important Information

Update from Mr Ward - 11th May 2020

I hope everyone is well and staying safe - or should that now be Staying Alert?

I am sure that you will have heard the Prime Minister’s latest statement on the changes to the National Lockdown status. This indicated that the government are looking to open schools a little bit more to ease the country out of lockdown.

The year group indicated that affects our school is Year 6- based, I would believe, on the importance of their transition to secondary school. The earliest that this could happen is June 1st- what would have been the first day back after the half term holiday- but is still dependant on a number of factors, not least the reduction of the infection rate.

I can assure you that this announcement was the first that we had heard about extending the opening of schools and, as yet, the exact detail remains to be communicated at either a national or local level.  Once we have further clarification on what that might look like for our school community, and how we can respond to this as a school in ensuring we maintain a healthy and safe environment, I will of course let you know.

Until that time, our school remains open for the children of Key Workers, pupils who have a social worker and pupils with an EHCP for Special Educational Needs. All other pupils are to remain at home and complete the works set by the teachers to the best of their abilities. We have a list of children who are eligible for this provision from the beginning of lockdown. If your circumstances have changed, and you are a key worker with no other form of childcare, please contact the school on keyworkers@barnesjunior.org.uk  to organise a place in our key worker provision. A list of what is defined as a Key Worker can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision

I know this is incredibly frustrating for so many of you eager to get back to a sense of normality. I hope that you are all taking some comfort in the different ways that we are trying to communicate with you all during this time. We have enjoyed putting together videos, weekly messages  and assemblies, and have loved seeing what you have all been up to- I know the teachers love catching up with you all so keep on posting pictures on Facebook, or emailing us with any exciting news.

But for now, let’s just make sure we all do come back healthy and happy- the more we follow the advice to stay safe, the sooner that will happen.

Looking forward to it,

Mr Ward