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We need your vote!

posted by Carly Regan

Mar 24

We Need Your Vote!

It’s competition time at West Blatchington Primary School as we are in with the chance of winning a canopy! A&S Landscape, a supplier of commercial canopies, is awarding a shade sail to one lucky school. The winner of this competition will be the school will the most votes so please help us to win! You can click here to vote for our school. If we won this prize, we would use this shade sail to insert given reason as stated in submission form.

Once you have voted don’t stop there! Please spread the message on friends, parents and supplier’s websites as well as social media to help us win!

School opening plans for January 2021

posted by Carly Regan

Jan 02

As you may be aware, the Government announced on 30 December 2020, that they were enacting the Department for Education (DfE) contingency framework for some local authority areas.

The infection rate for Covid 19 in our city has significantly increased since the beginning of December 2020.  Brighton & Hove City Council (BHCC) published data up to 27 December, shows that the rate in Brighton & Hove has increased by more than 500% since we came out of lock down at the beginning of December.  It is currently 388 per 100,000. However, the early indications are that this sharp increase is continuing, and we will approach rates of approximately 500 per 100,000 in the next few days.  This rapid increase is mirrored in the rates in our children and young people. The city’s all ages pattern is similar to that previously seen in urban areas of Kent and East Sussex.

Following a meeting between the council leadership (including public health) earlier today, a decision was made to write to the Secretary of State for Education. The Leader of the Council is formally requesting that Brighton & Hove be named within the contingency framework and that primary schools move to remote learning for the majority of pupils from 4 January 2021 until 15th January 2021.

Whilst BHCC await a response from the DfE, the council have just advised primary school headteachers that they should move to remote learning next week for all pupils except for vulnerable children and those of key workers.

We recognise this is extremely last-minute advice and we sincerely apologise for this. However, this is a fast-moving situation, and we need to keep our school community as safe as possible.  The entire West Blatch team continue to be concerned about the educational experiences that children have missed due to the COVID pandemic and we care deeply about the impact on children’s emotional health and wellbeing.  However, our priority must always be the safety of our children, staff and the wider community.

Given the extremely short notice, we will be using Monday 4th January 2021 as an INSET day, to enable us to organise our provision for key worker and vulnerable pupils.  School for these pupils will begin on Tuesday 5th January 2021 and school will be closed to all pupils on Monday.  

We will be regularly reviewing the situation, and further information will be emailed tomorrow.  Please note that teachers will meet virtually with children at 15:00 on Monday 4th January 2021 to share the plans for the remote learning.  Details of this will be included in tomorrow's email.

Thank you for your ongoing support.

Wishing you all a healthy and happy New Year.