Glade Hill Primary and Nursery School

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Covid-19 School Communication & Arrangements

Risk Assessment for Full Re-Opening of Schools September 2020

Please note that this risk assessment is constantly under review and may be subject to change as the situation evolves.  We will keep parents and carers fully informed of any major changes to our school routines and practices.

24 July 2020


School has now broken up for the Summer Holidays.  We hope that all parents, carers and pupils have a great Summer Break and are refreshed and ready to come back to school on Thursday 3 September 2020.


You should have received information about the arrangements for September for your child, by e-mail in the last week.  If you have not received this information, all the letters can be found under 'Children-Class Pages-September 2020 Arrangements'.  There are also some powerpoint presentations there to explain the new routines.


If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact the School Office by e-mail through the Contact Us page on this website or directly at

These e-mails will be responded to from w/c 24 August 2020.


Enjoy your Summer and see you in September




1 July 2020


From 6 July we will be welcoming back our EYFS pupils for the last 3 weeks of term.  It has been really lovely to see our Yr 1 pupils back at school and our 'pod' set-up is working well.


We are now working through the Government guidelines for the re-opening of school in September 2020 and will be in touch with all parents over the next few weeks to let you know the arrangements for transition and what school will look like in September.


Thank you for your continued support


Loretta Sheppard

Head Teacher

17 June 2020


Dear Parents


We were given the go ahead to welcome back Yr 6 pupils from Monday 15 June and I am very pleased to see that over half of the year group have returned to school.  They are being taught in their smaller 'pods' and making use of the outdoor space throughout the day.


The Local Authority have now agreed that we can continue with the wider opening of school to identified year groups (see letter below).  Our plan at Glade Hill is to open to Yr 1 pupils from Monday 22 June and then our EYFS pupils will follow at a later date.  We are confident that we have put in all necessary measures to ensure that the children are as safe as possible in school within the government guidelines.  We hope that as more children return to school, parents will support us in reinforcing the messages on social distancing and good hand hygiene.


As I have stated in previous correspondence this has been a very difficult time for us all and we appreciate all of the hard work that you have put in to support your child with their online learning.  For all of the children that are not able to return to school yet the teachers will still be providing online learning and we would encourage you to keep going with this.  We will be in touch over the coming weeks about how we can support transition for all children ready for September.


Kind Regards


Loretta Sheppard

Head Teacher


1 June 2020


Dear Parents,
You may be aware that an announcement was made on Friday 29 May 2020 by the Local Authority and Local Councillors regarding schools re-opening and we attach the letter that accompanies this announcement.
On behalf of Glade Hill I want to apologise for the unacceptable late notice for parents for Nottingham schools to remain CLOSED to more children from Monday 1 June.  I also want to reassure you that Glade Hill staff have worked incredibly hard over the last week during what is normally half term, to ensure that every precaution had been taken to ensure we had followed strict Health and Safety guidelines from the Government and Department for Education.  However, the Local Authority have listened to concerns from communities and seen latest data and have decided that schools should not continue to open just yet. 
As we have not been able to open as planned to Yr 6 children from today and we have not been given a date for re-opening to more children this may impact the dates that EYFS and Yr 1 children can return to school.  We will keep you informed and as soon as we know any further details we will contact you again.  Glade Hill remains open for children of key workers and identified children.
We will continue to keep in touch with you.
Take care
​Loretta Sheppard

Head Teacher

1 June 2020


Dear Parents/Carers


On behalf of the Governing Body, I am writing to apologise for the short notice that the School would not reopen to Year 6 today.


The letter from Nottingham City Council and the email from Ms Sheppard set out the circumstances for this decision.


Ms Sheppard and her staff had worked incredibly hard to prepare a plan for the phased reintroduction of pupils to the school. The Governing Body fully supported this plan and unanimously approved it earlier last week, subject to the overarching approval by the City Council that the reopening could proceed.


I do not believe any of us doubt that the Council took this difficult decision with everyone’s best interest at heart but the timing of it was very unhelpful to all concerned.


The Governors remain hugely grateful for the commitment and professionalism of the teachers throughout this lockdown period and I know they share everybody’s disappointment that we have been unable to start the phased re-opening today.


I will today write to the City Council to express our frustration at the timing of this decision and to request that the future go/no-go decisions are made with greater notice to all parties.


We very much look forward to safely welcoming back the children to Gladehill. In the meantime, I hope that you and your families remain safe and well.


Mr Boddington

Chair of Governors

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