Important Procedural Information for Primary Parents October 2009

21st October 2009

Dear Parents

As you are aware the preliminary work for the extension has begun. The Local Authority is managing the building programme and the school was not expecting any significant disruption to the normal procedures prior to half term. The work being carried out at present involves the re-siting of a water pipe, however it became clear at 2.30 pm yesterday that there was considerable disruption to the end of the school day procedures. The school managed the situation as quickly and efficiently as possible and the children were all handed over to parents safely. We apologise for this un planned restriction and disruption to the end of day pick up and parents’ co-operation and understanding was appreciated. The school will be discussing the disruption caused to day with the LA and builders and take steps to ensure that this does not happen again.

As a result of the building programme it has now been necessary to bring forward the procedures that were due to be put in place for the start of the new term. The details of which are as follows:

The biggest impact of the building project is that we will lose the use of the primary playground and some of the garden for the duration of the project. This means that we are having to make changes to the normal arrival, pick up and play times for our children. Building on a ‘live site’ is complex and the health and safety of the children is our priority.

The primary playground will become the construction site compound and be completely surrounded by hoarding after half term. A path access to the rear of the YR and Y1 classroom and the area inside the green gate will remain accessible. We will still have access to the primary field. Temporary play areas have been located in the piazza area and playground to the rear of D Block. Specific information and arrangements for break times, arrival and pick up procedures are detailed in the slides below which have also been shared with the children today. It is important that we all maintain a positive approach during the year ahead. Change always brings with it a period of adjustment and parents co-operation is appreciated.

Any changes to the current procedures and further information about the building work and its impact after the half term break will be communicated to parents on Friday 23rd and all information will be posted on the school web site.

Please click here for further information about the building work.

Thank you fore your co-operation

Katherine Patterson
Vice Principal