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Thursday 28th May

Dear Parents/Carers


If you have requested a place for your child to return to school in June, you will receive a text today informing you of the POD to which they have been assigned. Please select the appropriate POD from the menu to download a PDF containing further important information.

Thank you

Wednesday 27th May

Dear Parents/Carers,

Although it is officially the Whit holidays, we have been busy in school preparing to welcome back additional key worker children and finalising numbers of Year 6 pupils wishing to return in June.

Hopefully, you have had time to read the letters setting out our plans (14/5/20 and 19/5/20, see below) and appreciate that we are still waiting for final confirmation from the government that pupils in England will start to return.  In the meantime, we have organised, from the responses received, ten PODs for the following groups:
(POD is the term we are using to describe the small groups we have created – numbered 1-10)

These 5 PODs, which will increase our numbers from below 20 to almost 50 will be open from Monday 1st June 2020. 

POD 1              Year 3 Key Worker’s children or vulnerable pupils

PODs 2 & 3      Year 4 Key Worker’s children or vulnerable pupils

POD 4               Year 5 Key Worker’s children or vulnerable pupils

POD 5               Year 6 Key Worker’s children or vulnerable pupils

PODs 6,7,8,9 and 10 are for the Year 6 pupils who answered ‘yes’ to returning to school. 
They will be welcomed back on Monday, 15th June, increasing our numbers to just under 100. 

If you requested a place, either as a key worker or Y6 parent, we will be sending you a text message identifying which POD you are in.  Please note that the guidance does not recommend mixing groups or adding to them.  If you haven’t been allocated a place in a POD you will need to contact school. Do not just turn up at the school gates. 

Whilst every effort has been made to ensure that the children are in the most suitable group, we have followed the guidance from the government’s scientists regarding health and safety.

Our next letter will set out more detailed instructions for dropping off/picking up, which entry point to use and any other additional information.

Thank you for your continued support,

P. A. Swift

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Friday 22nd May

Forefield Matters

It’s hard to believe it, but the school calendar says that we break up today for the Whit Holidays.  It also says that Year 6 pupils sat their national tests last week and that yesterday they climbed aboard coaches and set off for Ambleside, via Whinlatter Forest.  Sadly, none of those events have happened.  As teachers, that feels surreal, because those events are a huge part of our school life and we share your sadness and frustration that they haven’t happened; but then we have all had to make changes to our daily lives.  Instead, this week, we have been asking our ‘key worker’ and Y6 parents to let us know if they will be taking up a place in school in June – if that is given the go ahead.

Thank you to everyone who responded.  It wasn’t an easy question to ask, never mind answer and staff have been overwhelmed by the level of support we have received from our Forefield families.  In response to the question many parents added that they would support whatever decisions we made.

Whilst we were formulating our plans to reopen safely, the guidance from the government was updated, then updated again.  The media reported daily, presenting different scientific viewpoints and various Local Authorities, including Sefton, sent out letters of support and suggesting a delay.  No wonder so many families found it difficult to answer.  Further guidance is due to be issued by the government on the 28th May.

At this moment, we are still waiting for final responses from parents and of course, confirmation from the government, that the criteria of their 5 key tests have been met.  However, next week we will contact parents setting out more detailed plans for increasing the number of pupils in school.  The first priority, in-line with advice, is to increase the number of children of key workers in school, to ensure that those parents whose jobs are critical to the national response to Covid-19 are able to work.  We are expecting greater numbers from 1st June.  The next priority is to establish consistent, small groups of Year 6 pupils, for the 48 who have requested a place.  Staff are busy working on the details and ensuring everything that is needed to minimise the risk of infection is in place – but our guiding principle is that we can only reopen to other pupils when it is safe to do so.

Detailed plans will be shared next week.  For now, thank you for your understanding. Please take care of each other and we look forward to seeing more of our wonderful children in June.
Keep viewing our website, Twitter and Text2Parents for the latest updates, daily lessons for each year group, virtual assemblies and links to additional resources and competitions.

School will be closed on Monday, 25th May for the Bank Holiday.

Take care and stay safe!

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Letter to Parents from Sefton Council - Tuesday 19th May

Tuesday 19th May

Please read and respond by ASAP and no later than Friday 22nd May

Dear Parents/Carers,

I hope you are all well and staying safe throughout these unusual times. Thank you so much for the support you have shown us in recent weeks and your patience, understanding and resilience.  With daily headlines and speculation surrounding the reopening of schools in England it must be really difficult to make any decision about whether or not your child should be in school.  Everybody’s circumstances are different and subject to change, often with very little notice, and with many employers now asking their staff to return to work, juggling child care, work and everything else is increasingly problematic.

At FJS, despite being closed for the majority of pupils, we have remained open every day (except for weekends and Bank Holidays).  The children of key workers and vulnerable pupils have been able to access school throughout lockdown, but many have followed government advice to stay at home, resulting in very low numbers of children in school.

In an effort to increase the numbers in school, government advice has changed.  You may have seen on our website some of the plans we have drawn up in order to accommodate additional pupils.  The guidance is very lengthy, but the main points are:

  1. Children whose parents are key workers and any vulnerable children must be prioritised when reopening schools to more pupils. 
  2. Children in Year 6, in order to support their transition to high school, must be the first year group at FJS (since we do not have any Nursery, Reception or Year 1 pupils) to be phased back into school from June onwards.
  3. In order to follow social distancing guidelines, children must be in groups of no more than 15 – but in reality, due to the size of classrooms, this will be between 10 and 12.

In a school of 360 children that immediately creates more questions.  The most obvious one being about capacity.  In order to plan the next phase, we need to know which children will require a place in school after half-term.  We have already asked our Y6 parents to inform us and as you can imagine that has not been an easy question to answer.  We now need to confirm the number of children of key workers who will be in school in June, in order to make the necessary arrangements for everyone’s health and safety.

Therefore, if you are a key worker (health and social care/education and childcare/key public services/local & national government/food and other necessary goods/public safety/national security/transport/utilities, communication and financial services) please inform school, either by phone or email, ASAP and no later than Friday, 22nd May. 

Thank you again.

Yours sincerely,

P. A. Swift

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Thursday 14th May

Please read and respond by 3.00pm on Tuesday 19th May

Dear Year 6 Parents/Carers,

Following the government’s announcement on Sunday and the guidance that was published by the Department for Education, we have begun to prepare for the possible return of our Year 6 pupils in June. As you will be aware, the reopening of schools is dependent on many things as well as clear evidence that the right conditions are in place.

With this in mind, I would like to share with you the actions we are taking to prepare for reopening and clarify for children and parents what ‘school’ will be like. Clearly, the children need to understand that the guidance around social distancing and the recommendations from the experts mean that classes will be organised very differently, utilising different rooms in school and whilst a great deal of thought and preparation has been put into the plans, inevitably children may find that they are not with their teacher, not with their entire class and not in their usual classroom.

The table below is designed to briefly set out some of the plans in place. We would like you to be as informed as possible, but the plans can’t be finalised until we have an indication of numbers. Therefore, we would like you to email us, stating whether or not you intend to send your child into school using the address by 3:00pm on Tuesday, 19th May.


How this will look at FJS

Staggered start and finish times

Children will be allocated a start and finish time for their teaching group. It is very important that they stick to this time and that a 2m distance is kept between adults and children around the entry points. The design of our building allows us to use several entry points – once plans are finalised you will receive detailed instructions about where/how/when to arrive.
Please note: Only one adult from each household should drop off/pick up.

Temperature checking

Children will have their temperature checked by staff on entry to school using an infrared forehead thermometer. If a high temperature (above 37.8) is recorded, the child will need to return home and self-isolate for 7 days. The rest of the household will need to self-isolate for 14 days. Testing is also recommended.

Cleaning rotas

Our cleaning team will focus on the rooms being used and teaching staff will also have access to appropriate cleaning materials in the classroom. High touch points such as light switches will be cleaned more frequently than usual and doors will be wedged open where possible to limit the amount of ‘high touch’ surfaces.  Windows will be opened to allow for ventilation.

Classes in use

We will make use of all the available spaces – particularly the larger rooms in school, therefore each teaching group will have a maximum of 15 children (but most groups will be smaller) and they will remain in the same classroom with the same people as far as possible. This may not be your child’s usual classroom but this measure is necessary to limit any cross-contamination.
Outdoor spaces will also be used as ‘teaching spaces’ – as recommended.

Teaching staff

Each teaching group will have one teacher and a teaching assistant may also be allocated, depending on the needs of the children in that group. These adults will remain with this group, even though this may not be your child’s usual class teacher. Again, this measure is needed to ensure smaller teaching groups and to avoid cross contamination.

Social distancing of TA

Teaching assistants will be allocated to certain groups according to need but will still need to social distance. This will mean that children will get the support they need but may need to be encouraged to work with more independence than usual.

Use of stationery

School will provide children with a ‘named’ pencil case containing pens, pencils etc so that they will not need to share equipment or bring any additional items from home.

Marking books

Marking of books will be limited to avoid any virus transmission to staff.  Children will be able to self-mark where possible (for example in maths and verbal feedback will still be provided).


Whilst online learning has been provided, the children will have still missed a large chunk of the curriculum. We will therefore have to prioritise the aspects which we feel are most important, particularly within the core subjects of English, maths and science.  Our ‘Rainforest’ topic will provide the main theme and there will be an emphasis on well-being and transition to high school.  Sefton high schools are providing opportunities for pupils to visit their new school from the week beginning 15/6/20.


Children will still need to abide by social distancing measures at breaktimes. These times will be staggered according to teaching groups and will mainly consist of exercise, rather than play that would lead to contact.  We are very fortunate to have lots of outdoor spaces


Groups will stay together during their lunchtime.  There will be time for exercise and these times will be staggered according to teaching groups and will need to comply with social distancing. Welfare staff will supervise the groups. A packed lunch, rather than a hot meal, will be prepared by the kitchen and delivered to school – payment should be made in the usual way.  Alternatively, pupils should bring in their own packed lunch.  In order to plan ahead, please indicate whether you will require a school packed lunch or provide your own, when replying to this letter.

Pupil handwashing times

Regular handwashing rotas will be in place for teaching groups. The children will wash their hands when coming into school, before eating, after using the bathroom, before leaving school and regularly during the school day.

Online learning continuation

For those classes that are not able to return to school in this next phase and for those children whose parents do not wish for them to return we will continue to provide work on our website.

As staff are going to have to set work online as well as teach full-time, no children (other than children of critical workers) will be in school on Fridays. This will allow staff to plan for the classes they are teaching in school as well as giving them time to set work for the following week.

Parent communication

We will continue to communicate via Teachers2Parents for general matters, via our website for online learning matters and via the year group email addresses if parents have individual enquiries. Our school Twitter account has been used to share/celebrate events and will continue to do so.  We ask that everyone communicates via email whenever possible rather than sending physical letters into school. Electronic communication is safest by far.

Office traffic

Our school reception area is not designed for social distancing and we ask that parents email where possible or telephone when email is not an option. We will be limiting visitors to school to an absolute minimum and ask that parents only come to the entrance if it is absolutely necessary. Only one person at a time will be allowed in. If you are waiting, it is safer to wait outside and at a distance of 2m from others.

School uniform


Face Masks

Children who have attended school throughout the lockdown period have continued to wear our school uniform – but there has been no requirement to wear a tie as the emphasis has been on comfort.

The latest guidance is: “Wearing a face covering or face mask in schools is not recommended.  Schools should not require staff, children and learners to wear face coverings.”
As a school we endeavour to keep up to date with the latest guidance and all decisions will be evaluated daily and changes implemented as soon as they are needed.

Displaying symptoms

No child or adult will be allowed in school with any virus symptoms, however mild.  Parents must contact school immediately if their child, or anyone in their home, start to display symptoms to ensure any necessary actions are taken.

In order to put these plans in place, alongside all the other preparations we are making to ensure that reopening school to more children is safe for everyone, it is vital for us to know how many children will be returning.

There is a lot of information contained in this letter and parents will need to decide for themselves what they think is right for their family.

Next Steps:



When we have a clearer idea of numbers and further guidance from the DfE and the government we will contact you with the specific details for your child.

Thank you for your continued support,

P A Swift

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Sunday 3rd May

Dear Parents and Carers

We have been asked to share this letter from the School Health Team:

During this difficult and uncertain time we wanted to remind you that the School Health Team are still available to offer support and advice if you have any health concerns regarding your child.

The School Health Team is part of the 0-19 Team which includes health visitors, nursery nurses, school nurses, community staff nurses and clinical support workers. There is a duty practitioner available Monday to Friday (excluding bank holidays) 9am to 5pm. They can be contacted on: 0151 247 6354. If they are unavailable, please leave a message including your child’s name, date of birth, school attended and your contact number and someone will return your call. Alternatively, you can email the team email address on:

If you are concerned that anyone in your household is showing symptoms of coronavirus (Covid-19), either a high temperature (this means you feel hot to touch on your chest and back) or a new continuous cough please stay at home and refer directly to the NHS 111 website  for further advice.

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Wednesday 15th April

Dear Parents and Carers

When your child is ill or injured it is very difficult to decide if/when to call your child’s GP, NHS 111, or go the Accident and Emergency Department (A&E). While the government is asking everyone to stay at home, it can be confusing to know what to do. This document from NHS England offers some guidance around what to do if your child becomes ill or suffers an injury.