As our schools prepare to expand their offer on Monday 8th June, we are so excited to see many of our families again, and looking forward to hearing all about what they have been up to at home.

‘Ready, respectful, safe’ is a fundamental principle of life in our schools, and now more than ever it seems appropriate to hold this mantra close.

Staff from all of our schools have been incredibly busy in the last few weeks, preparing for a ready, respectful and safe expanded reopening on Monday 8th June. They have done everything from ordering new vacuum cleaners, to sharpening 1,000 pencils (by hand!), to producing beautiful wall displays in their new ‘bubble’ classrooms.

The safety and well-being of our staff and children is at the heart of everything we are doing, and we have listened to our parents so that, as far as possible, we can mitigate any concerns parents might have about new environments and routines, friendship groups, familiar adults and what learning will actually look like when our schools expand their provision.

Throughout lockdown, our staff have been making videos to keep in touch with our children – so that we can continue to share funny, happy, and thoughtful times together. We have now started to supplement this with personalised introductions to bubble classrooms and our learning environments with our returning children. You can see all of the videos we have produced here.

Alongside all of this, we have continued to provide extensive home learning for all of the children who are not returning to us initially.

Here is a taster of everything that’s been going on ‘behind the scenes’ in the last few weeks!