OUNDLE SCHOOL

Summary of our Covid-19 Framework

Please find below a summary of information relating to the different aspects of our Covid-19 planning framework. All additional COVID-19 policies and procedures that will apply across LJS until further notice are referred to in the relevant sections.

The most recent updates took place on Wednesday 30 September following the first of our three-weekly reviews. A summary of this review, along with our full planning framework and further detailed policies, are available for viewing and downloading in the ‘Further Documentation’ section.

Our Approach

We have had a brilliant start to term, following our successful reopening at the beginning of September, and have thoroughly enjoyed having our children and staff back at School. The process of reopening Laxton Junior School required a great deal of modification to our usual routines and we have been so grateful to all our community for their support and adherence to the adjusted mechanisms that we have put in place to keep everyone safe and happy.

Supporting our return to school was the Reopening Framework, which we have – following our first three-week review, involving feedback from staff and parents – updated to form the COVID-19 Framework. We have listened to the challenges faced by our community and hope that this document now features a range of improvements to further support our community through the coming weeks and months.

Updated 30 September 2020

Health and Safety

Ensuring that we adhered to Government guidance for reopening (the parent version of which can be found here), we have developed an updated operating framework and associated risk assessments that continue to guide our approach. Our children’s health and safety remains paramount, and we have detailed plans for promoting this in and around school. Further information about health and safety can be found in our COVID-19 Framework for Parents in the ‘Further Documentation’ section.

It continues to be the case that no child or staff member should come to school if they or someone in their household are experiencing COVID-19 related symptoms, have been confirmed as having COVID-19, or if they have been advised (e.g. by NHS Track and Trace or by School) that someone they have been in contact with has symptoms or has been confirmed as having COVID-19. A guide on what to do in these different situations can be found here. Any person who develops symptoms in school, will be sent home and required to get a test.

Should there be a positive case of COVID-19 in our school community, we will work alongside a local health protection team on how to proceed. They may advise that those children and staff that have been in contact with the individual will have to self-isolate for a period of 14 days, and we will communicate with parents closely to ensure that everything is done to promote the health, safety and wellbeing of our community.

Year groups are distinct ‘bubbles’, which do not mix with each other during the school day and, within which, social distancing operates to varying degrees depending on the age of the children. In our younger year groups, we do not expect children and staff, within the ‘bubble’, to social distance; however, for our older children, we encourage a social responsibility to manage distances between each other. Year groups remain in their classroom for all lessons and staff members who work across different year groups socially distance at all times and wear a clear visor when teaching.

Face masks are not required by children in school although we strongly encourage parents to wear a mask when they come to school for drop off and pick up. We have robust processes in place for ensuring excellent respiratory and hand hygiene, and enhanced cleaning protocols operate before, during and after the school day and at weekends.

Updated 30 September 2020

School Life and Operations

Adjustments have been made to the school site and the way in which we operate within it to ensure that community safety, wellbeing and learning is prioritised at all times. Specific details about this can be found in the COVID-19 Framework for Parents in the ‘Further Documentation’ section.

Travel to and from school incorporates a greater emphasis on roll and drop or, if walking to school, both social distancing and one way systems. We have looked carefully at drop off and pick up procedures and, to ensure that we are minimising the number of people on site before and after school, a soft start to the day is in place, beginning at 8.00am, and a staggered pick up will involve different collection times and points for our year groups. Improvements have been made to the Year 5 and 6 pick up to support the better flow of traffic around our car park.

Griffin Club, our wraparound care programme, has resumed with both morning and afternoon sessions in place. The children are split across multiple locations with each space subdivided into year group zones to ensure that ‘bubbles’ remain separated. Staff are allocated to a specific group and provide support with positive play and catering.

Playtimes and lunchtimes are staggered, during the day, with our playground zoned to reduce the mixing of different year group ‘bubbles’, and two lunch sittings in place to minimise the number of children in a dining room at any one time; these spaces also receive regular and enhanced cleaning. Playground equipment is not shared between ‘bubbles’, with each year group having their own play resources to enjoy when outside.

We are not, unfortunately, able to have visitors in the building during the coming weeks but are committed to running parent meetings and educational guest visits through our online platform.

Children are expected to wear their full school uniform and we are not asking parents to clean this with any greater frequency than they might do normally or to use any enhanced cleaning methods. We are, however, asking children to come to school in their sports kits on their designated PE or Games days.

Updated 30 September 2020

Academic

We recognise that the children had a disrupted Summer Term of learning and have been working hard to understand this at the beginning of term. This has included a significant period of formal and informal assessment, which has helped us, where relevant, identify misconceptions and gaps in understanding. Data analysis and pupil progress meetings have then taken place, supported by the Assistant Head Academic and Head of Educational Support, and these focus on the development of next steps and will flow into bespoke learning experiences for each child. Extended parent conferences are taking place before half-term, which will provide a detailed overview of where each child’s learning is at and how we can, together, support their next steps.

We are operating a full school timetable, with each Form having nine teaching periods, as in previous years, every day. Year group ‘bubbles’ remain in their classrooms with adjustments made to the layout to promote great learning and, where necessary, some social distancing. In most cases, specialist teachers will deliver their content in class, rather than in our specialist teaching spaces, and they are expected to socially distance from the children at all times and we are a visor when working with the children. Educational support continues with social distancing and the use of clear visors in place and with some modifications to the way that shared resources are used.

Updated 30 September 2020

Co-Curricular

The School calendar has incorporated all the usual events of the Michaelmas Term; however, as we are unable to welcome our community, in large gatherings, inside or outdoors, we have adjusted our events so that some are pre-recorded, some are live streamed and, where possible, some are held in a much smaller capacity in our outdoor performance area.

Non-overnight trips remain in place, with staff encouraged to support their school learning experiences with visits to local venues, where we can either have exclusive use or that emphasises outdoor experience. Educational visitors are connecting with the school through our online platform.

After-school clubs have resumed and, so that we do not have inter-mixing of ‘bubbles’ we have organised at least one activity per year group per day.

Curriculum and one-to-one Music lessons are taking place, albeit with some modifications in their delivery. Games and PE are taught in ‘bubbles’. Unfortunately, we will not be engaging with fixtures this term but will, instead, be holding regular House matches and mini-tournaments to ensure the children continue to enjoy the competitive element of sport. The new Sports Centre is open and we have been using this extraordinary new venue to deliver our swimming programme; the swimming timetable has been adjusted, this year, so that Years 1 to 6 have longer swimming sessions in alternate weeks, which is supporting the necessary cleaning that takes place between sessions. Reception swimming takes place every week.

Updated 30 September 2020

Pastoral

We are continuing to work alongside teachers and parents to ensure that every child receives the pastoral support they need. Where necessary, we are running one-to-one or small group sessions with our Assistant Head Pastoral, Wellbeing Mentor or Mental Health Team. Clubs and activities that support children’s wellbeing, such as Managing Change Club or the Play Leaders Group, have resumed and ensure that additional layers of support are provided to those who need it most.

We are delivering a full programme of assemblies, which are either recorded or live streamed for all year groups to observe in class.

Updated 30 September 2020

Contingency Planning

Schools are expected to have a Contingency Plan in place that provides the necessary detail of how they will ensure a continuity of education in response to partial (where a year group ‘bubble’ must self-isolate) or full school closure. Having already run a successful and comprehensive remote teaching and learning programme, we are confident that – should the need to relaunch it be necessary – we could do so quickly and effectively.

However, this said, there has been considerable reflection on our previous offer, including the consideration of feedback from staff, children and parents; as such, we are determined, also, that our Contingency Plan would provide improvements on our Summer Term remote teaching and learning programme. A separate, detailed Contingency Plan exists for Laxton Junior School, which is – itself – supported by additional documentation regarding safeguarding, academic and pastoral provision. This can be found in the ‘Further Documentation’ section.

Updated 30 September 2020

Term Dates

All term dates for the coming academic year, as published on our website, remain correct. Whilst Oundle have made amendments to their Lent Term to support the needs of their pupils and families over the Christmas Holiday, particularly those for whom returning home might still be complicated by travel restrictions, Laxton Junior School will be commencing the Lent Term on Tuesday, 5th January as planned.

Updated 30 September 2020 (no change)

Contact Us

We are always available should you need any help, advice or guidance and welcome every opportunity to provide it. Contact details for some of our school leaders can be found below:

NameTitleContact Details
Mrs Keren HatcherSchool Administratorinfo@laxtonjunior.org.uk
Mr Sam RobertsonHeadsjr@laxtonjunior.org.uk
Ms Stacey CrumpDeputy Head, Designated Safeguarding Leadsmc@laxtonjunior.org.uk
Mrs Rachel WaterhouseAssistant Head Admissions (including EYFS)rew@laxtonjunior.org.uk
Mrs Sumitha HillAssistant Head Academicsah@laxtonjunior.org.uk
Mrs Claire HendersonAssistant Head Co-Curricularach@laxtonjunior.org.uk
Mrs Jackie OrmstonAssistant Head Pastoraljo@laxtonjunior.org.uk
Miss Jennie FreemanHead of Educational Supportjsf@laxtonjunior.org.uk
Mr Fraser HarperOnline Safety Leadfh@laxtonjunior.org.uk
Miss Kerry FisherOperations Manager (including Griffin Club)griffin@laxtonjunior.org.uk

Updated 30 September 2020

 

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