Dear Parents,

It does feel like we have gone full circle, and after a brief period of new “normality” we are back in a lock down situation. I am very relieved that the area around the school continues to be one of the lowest areas of Covid infection in the whole country, but we continue to be very careful and vigilant.  I am pleased with the government’s decision to keep schools open in this new lock down; keeping children away from school has potential to affect a child’s long term prospects, and should only be a last resort.

I am very grateful to the staff here at Kingsley who really are “carrying on as normal” so that all our children get the best possible education in these difficult times.  I am aware that the national situation may change very rapidly as our government tries to make the wisest decisions for all our safety.  If the decision to keep schools open is reversed, then we do have contingency plans to resume online teaching.  However, for the time being we are focusing on teaching and learning based in the classroom.  I do appreciate that some families would like us to offer both online and face-to-face lessons, but I am sorry, this is simply not practical at this time.

We have decided to introduce a new way of parents informing us of your child’s absence from school. From next week, please can I ask parents to use this new email address attendance@kingsleyschoolbideford.co.uk copying in your child’s form tutor’s email address if your child is absent from school.

Next Wednesday is Remembrance Day, and we will take time at 11am to hold an act of remembrance in school.  We have not been able to order a supply of poppies this year for our pupils to buy, but Mrs Southam has made some poppy fabric facemasks.  These are available in Reception, at a cost of £3, of which £1 will go to the Royal British Legion.

On Thursday, we are holding our annual public speaking competition in school.  I have been asked to adjudicate this, as we cannot invite any outside visitors into school.  I am very much looking forward to experiencing this event for the first time, as I know this is one of our highlights.  My thanks to our speakers who are preparing very diligently for the event.  I am also very grateful to the English staff for running the event and making the changes needed for it to be a Covid friendly event for the school.

Friday next week is BBC Children in Need day, and we are intending to give this event our full support in school.  If your child is brave enough to dress up we have a theme of “spots and stripes”, but if they would simply prefer to come in home clothes, then that is fine.  We are asking for a donation of £2 from every child who decides not to wear school uniform.  Again, we have not been able to bring any Pudsey merchandise into school, so please feel free to recycle any you have at home from previous years.  I would like to give all our children a day when we all have fun in school.

I do wish you and your family continuing good health, and hope you remain safe during the new lockdown


Mrs Gill Jackson