The school will reopen on June 1st for specific groups of children in Reception and Year 1.

GEMS Twickenham Primary Academy

Inspiring Education and Achievement for Life

Return to School

Update for Parents:



GEMS Twickenham Primary Academy

Principal: Mr John Smith



Possible Opening: Pupils Returning to Twickenham Primary Academy from June 1st 2020


Dear Parents,

I hope that you are all well and that all our families are healthy and safe.


As you will no doubt be aware, the Prime Minister – Boris Johnson, has announced the Governments ambition for schools to begin a phased return to school at the very earliest on the 1st June 2020. This means school will open on the principle that it can assess its risks as medium to low.


This document sets out the plan for the schools return to school based on the information the school has received from the Department of Education thus far.


Though we hope this document encapsulates the key principles of the school’s reopening – This information and advice will continually be updated throughout the summer term especially around the other year groups return so please do be aware that you will need to re-read this document on a weekly basis (Fridays).


We hope that you find the measures that we have in place clear, concise - and yet supportive with the safety of the pupils, staff and parents at the centre of the school’s decisions.


I do apologise in advance for the length of letter but this is a complex situation, and we need to ensure that you have the most up to date and necessary details to keep the whole school community as safe as possible.


Year Groups Returning:

The first year groups to return will be Reception and Year 1. These pupils will begin their return on Monday 1st June 2020. The pupils will be sorted in to small groups, and you will receive an email about which group your child is in, which days they are attending, and what time they need to be dropped off and picked up in relation to the time of the school day. We have decided to operate at this point a day on, and day off rota with each class attending in Reception and Year 1 alternatively on each Fridays (this will be updated and changed depending on the wider context of COVID – 19 and the expectations around the return to school).


Those pupils that are children of key workers, have EHCP plans in place or are classed as vulnerable pupils can continue to attend the school full time as they have done throughout the school closure. These will be fed back into the returning classes, and the remaining pupils kept separate as a bubble until their peer year group’s return. On the alternative day, that their class is not attending they will remain with the key children.


  • You will also be advised which entrance you need to use in order to support social distancing


Unfortunately, your child will not be in class with all of their peers – and sometimes not always with the usual class teacher. We ask that you please prepare and support your child around this and we will let you know who your child will be taught by before the return to the school.

Furthermore, please note:


  • Unfortunately, no parents are allowed in the school yet; this includes the use of the school office and any part of the building. We will update you as this changes


The government and the school are very hopeful that all pupils will return to the school by the final month of the summer term. This will be addressed weekly (on a Friday) within this document.


Arrival / Drop off / Pick up

There will be a one way system in place during arrival and pick up. Please drop off / pick up your child and leave the school premises. Do not stay to talk or socialise with other parents, and do not congregate in the playground or any of designated drop off and pick up areas. We need to consider the safety of every member of our school community.


  • Only one parent may accompany their child to school to reduce the amount of adults on site
  • The routes into the school will be clearly signposted and there will be signage to support you with keeping a 2 metre distance. Please follow this at all times


Please be on time for your allocated slot to support the smooth running of the drop off and dismissal as much as possible. If you are going to be late, please inform the school in the first instance so that we can make the necessary arrangements.


  • If your child is upset, please stand aside to let another child through, if they remain upset take the child home and try again on your next session / day


It is not recommended that we take the children’s temperatures on their arrival to school but we do ask you ensure that your child is fit and well before you proceed to bring them to Twickenham Primary Academy each day to support us with ensuring the school is kept as safe and as hygienic as possible.


If your child displays any symptoms of COVID – 19, he/she/they and the family must get tested. You will have priority testing. Please inform the school in the first instance about the outcome as if they test positive the remaining pupils and staff for their group will need to self-isolate for 14 days. This includes all family members as well.



We are planning for siblings to be able to attend the school on the same day where possible. Where this has posed a challenge for us, you will receive a follow on form with information with what to do next. Please complete this in the first instance.

If you do not receive the form, your children will be attending on the same day.


Pupils walking around school

There will be a one way system operating within the school. The pupils will always go up the front stair case, and they will come down the back stair case; this is to support social distancing measures within the school and to limit different groups of pupils mixing as well keeping the learning environment calm and purposeful.


Social Distancing in the School and logistics

The Department for Education recognises that it cannot expect the school to keep pupils and staff 2 metres apart from each other at all times. The Department for Education has also stated that it does not recommended for Pupils or Staff to wear face masks unless a child is displaying symptoms of COVID – 19. The school will not be providing PPE for pupils unless they are displaying symptoms of COVID – 19 and unfortunately, we cannot support the pupils with any PPE you may wish for them to wear e.g. adjusting or providing new masks. They should not wear this in the school.  If a child displays COVID – 19 symptoms, they will be placed into isolation within the finance office until they can be collected by their parent or a family member living in the house hold via the ‘The Green’ entrance of the school.  Where required, a member of staff will remain with them in the room.

This member of staff will wear PPE (a face mask and gloves). If the child is stable, the member of staff won’t remain in the room with them but observe them through the glass panel until they are collected and ensure they are safe.


Classrooms will be set up so that desks are separated and the school will be following the ‘Protective Measures Guidance’ as set out by the Department for Education

  • Classes will contain no more than 15 pupils
  • There will be limited mixing with other pupils outside of their class in order to support infection control
  • There will be no group or partner work
  • There will not be any soft toys in the classroom or intricate furnishings
  • Pupils will be required to wash / sanitise their hands before they enter the classroom, during toileting, before break, after break, before lunch, after lunch as well as before the end of the day. We ask that pupils bring their own pack of tissues so that they can follow the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach. They must not share these resources
  • Lunch times and break times will be staggered to support social distancing
  • The school will have a robust cleaning schedule in place to ensure that toilets are cleaned regularly and that the all rooms are cleaned thoroughly every evening before the next day
  • Every table in each classroom will be wiped down after each session, door handles and banisters as well as key touch points will be wiped on a regular basis throughout the day
  • All classrooms will be provided with their own disinfectant and wipes.
  • Only two pupils can use the toilets at a time (we have 6 sets of toilets in place) – a lanyard system will be in place to ensure this is followed stringently. There will be no soap or toilet paper in the toilets. Instead, each class will have a wash bag with the necessary resources for the children to go and use the toilets. The washbag and the equipment in the washbag will be wiped down after use and thoroughly cleaned at the end of each day
  • Lunch will be provided by the school and pupils will be socially distanced at lunchtime. Pupils who have packed lunch can continue to bring these as usual
  • Assembly will resume via video within the school. Assemblies will be recorded and put onto the home learning section of the website so the pupils who are not in school can access these
  • The children will be given a ruler (magic wand) to hold in front of them when walking around the school as a class or group to support them with keeping their distance. Pupils will be allowed to decorate their wand and make it as bright and colourful as possible so that they are comfortable with using this as a social distancing tool. There will also be signage on the floor to support the pupils too.



The children will play as a whole group, but there will be designated zones for them to play in at playtime.  The children will be provided with lanyards to support them with knowing the allocated areas they are playing in. Staff will redirect pupils to support with social distancing where they get too close to each other.

The children will enter the playground via the glass doors in front of the foyer. After play time, they will re- enter the building via the side glass door to limit any mixing of year groups; this will be clearly zoned so the pupils know where to stand.


  • A set of playground toys are given to each class to use and will be washed at the end of each day. No soft toys will be in use during this time.



The children will be provided with their own stationary pack in the school which will be kept on their table and solely for their use. These resources won’t be shared, and the children must understand that they cannot share their equipment with each other.

The children must not bring in any stationary resources or any items of interest from home.


Personal Items:

The children will wear their summer uniform – Long hair needs to be tied up. Please see below for the following regulations:

  • The children may bring their slim purple book bag, this will stored in their tray. They must not bring their rucksack  
  • The children must bring a water bottle as the fountains will be out of use and  therefore their only access to water will be during their lunchtime meal
  • The children may bring a coat; this will be stored on the back of their chair and not on their peg
  • The children can wear their jumpers; these will be stored in their trays  if they get too warm
  • The children must bring a snack that is in a box or bag small enough to fit in their tray
  • Packed lunch pupils will keep their lunch in their tray
  • You can provide a pack of individual tissues; these must not be shared and binned in the first instance after use
  • Children must not bring their own hand sanitiser – we have an ample amount in school
  • Key rings, toys, books, show and tell activities must not be brought into school.
  • The pupils will not receive an individual reading book over the summer term. Please use our online reading tools and books you have at home
  • Stored P.E kits will be returned to you as the children arrive back. These should remain at home for now


Symptoms of COVID – 19:

If your child displays symptoms of COVID – 19 whilst they are at school, they will be isolated in the finance office away from the other pupils until a member of the family can pick the child up.

In the instance that your child is seriously ill, a member of staff will remain with the child in the finance office until that child can be collected. As aforementioned, this member of staff will wear PPE (A mask and gloves). Again, if the child is stable, they will be observed through the glass panel until collection can take place. There will be some reading books and toys in the room to support them and ensure they feel safe.

Once you have collected your child, you will need to go and have your child and family tested for COVID – 19 as soon as an appointment is available.  If the test is positive, then your child will need to remain in isolation for 7 days before returning to school. Other family members in the household are required to isolate for 14 days therefore at present your child cannot return to the school until household members have finished their period of isolation (14 days).


To reaffirm:

Please inform the school in the first instance about the outcome as if they test positive the remaining pupils and staff for their group will need to self-isolate for 14 days. This includes all family members as well.

If the test is negative, the child can return to school once they are feeling well enough to attend Twickenham Primary Academy as would be normal practice within the school.


Positive Tests:

Positive Tests:

Where the child, young person or staff member tests positive, the rest of their class/group within the school will be sent home and advised to self-isolate for 14 days. The other household members of that wider class/group do not need to self-isolate unless the child, young person or staff member they live with in that group subsequently develops symptoms.

As part of the national test and trace programme, if other cases are detected within the child or young person’s cohort or in the wider education or childcare setting, Public Health England’s local Health Protection Teams will conduct a rapid investigation and will advise the school and other settings on the most appropriate action to take. In some cases, a larger number of other children and young people may be asked to self-isolate at home as a precautionary measure - perhaps the whole class, site or year group.

Where they feel that our school is observing guidance on infection prevention and control, which will reduce risk of transmission, closure of the whole school will not generally be necessary.

Vulnerable Groups:

For the vast majority of children and young people, coronavirus is a mild illness. Children and young people (0 to 18 years of age) who have been classed as clinically extremely vulnerable due to pre-existing medical conditions have been advised to shield. We do not expect these children to be attending school and we will continue to provide remote learning as required.


  • If a child lives with somebody who is clinically vulnerable, they can attend school
  • If a child lives with somebody who is clinically extremely vulnerable; the school recommends that they do not attend at this point until we have a good indicator of how stringently the school is able to follow the measures we have put in place  


More information about clinically vulnerable groups and extremely clinically vulnerable groups can be found here:



No pupils with any COVID – 19 symptoms should attend the school for any reason. Please notify the school as usual if your child is not attending the school via Miss Joy in the school office. Please let Miss Joy know by 08:00 am if your child is not going to be attending school through following the school’s usual attendance protocols and attendance policy – this can be found on the school website. If you tell us that your child is displaying symptoms, the school will recommend that he/she goes and get tested as soon as possible.


  • The school will not allow your children back into the school until they have been tested and this test concludes that it is negative, or that it is positive and they have isolated for 7 days however they can’t return before 14 days a present as the rest of the household will need to self-isolate for this period of time, and your child will have no other way to be dropped off and picked up from school.


Attendance for Eligible Pupils

We strongly advise that children begin to attend the school in the ear marked year groups from June 1st 2020, and wholly support the government with this.

However, if you do decide not to send your child back to school yet, there will not be any penalisation. Home learning for those eligible pupils who aren’t attending school and those categorised as being ‘extremely critically vulnerable’ will have a range of work posted on the website ready to use. Please find this under your ‘Home Learning’ year group tab.


Teaching and Learning

The core curriculum will resume as usual with the teaching of English, Mathematics, Science and Topic taking precedent as well as key focus on mental health and wellbeing.

However, the school has decided not to teach Physical Education until the social distancing measures have been further relaxed and we feel that is safe to do so.

Some form of Physical Education within the school premises may take place before the end of the summer term.


Wrap around care and Clubs:

There will be no Extra – Curricular clubs or Breakfast Club during the summer term. We will begin arranging these as usual for the Autumn 2020 term (this will be precautionary against any social distances measures that may still be in place).

Energy Kidz are currently assessing the feasibility of providing evening wrap around care, and we will update you with how this is proceeding when we have the detailed information.



As stated, the school will provide lunches for those pupils who are attending school but this will not yet be a hot meal (as advised by Edwards and Ward) as we usually do. The school will also continue to operate the voucher system for those pupils that are eligible (pupil premium) and those who are not attending the school. This will be allocated to your account as usually done so by the school office.

Dessert will be given out and plates/cutlery cleared by the designated staff members to avoid unnecessary movement within the lunch hall.



Learning for pupils in Year 2 – Year 4

To ensure consistency and minimise gaps of learning between year groups we have decided to change our home learning programme once school reopen for some year groups.


From 1st June, if opening of schools is confirmed, children in Year 2 - 4 will be set up with a google classroom account to support remote learning.


Teachers will be providing some pre-recorded video introductions for English, Maths, Topic and Science each week to match the timetable of children attending school. Other learning tasks such as

phonics/spelling, reading and other relevant foundation subjects will be set out as per current practice. Work will continue to be mainly completed in their books however every Friday children are asked to complete English and maths work online for teachers to assess and give feedback.


Details and Information on how to access google classroom and timetable of lessons will follow nearer the time.


  • To ensure all children have access to the new remote learning opportunities please inform the office if you have no form electronic devices for your children to use at home.


Home learning for the days Pupils are not in school (Reception and Year 1)


Children will receive homework in English, Maths and Topic/Science to complete at home. This will be based on the new learning in class and provides opportunity to apply and practise their acquired skills. 



The school’s Travel Policy remains in place – do not, under any circumstances park on Colne, Knowle, Edwin or Albion road. And, please do not, under any circumstances use the Twickenham Primary Academy car park. We need your full support with this to be able to operate the school safely. Where possible, you should cycle, walk or scoot to school.


First Aid:


Pupils who require first aid will be supported within the following ways:


  • If a child needs first aid and they are in the classroom, they will be attended to by a member of staff who is paediatric first aid trained in their classroom. If a member of staff needs further support with the first aid then Miss Joy from the school office will support  with this
  • If a child is at playtime and they have a head knock, they will be attended to in the foyer
  • They will not be taken into the medical room to limit infection control in the main office
  • As always, you will receive a phone call regarding head knocks, and a first aid slip for all minor injuries
  • There will be as limited contact as possible when dealing with minor first aid issues
  • Medication will be brought to the classroom for administration as and when required because pupils will not be allowed in the school office



Health and Safety:

A Health and Safety video assembly will be sent to you on Thursday 21st May 2020 indicating all the key changes that are taking place within the school so that both parents and the children are prepared for how the school will now operate. We ask that you take time to watch the video fully and listen to all the guidance, to prepare both yourself and your children regarding the new regulations at Twickenham Primary Academy. We will make this as up to date as we possibly can, and in line with the regulations at the time.



We will continually update you about Twickenham Primary Academy’s phased return, and how this will develop throughout the summer term. This document will be updated, shared with you every Friday alongside the newsletter, and the new information highlighted to make the process as efficient and accessible as possible.


  • We will delete any information that becomes irrelevant.


What will happen next?

  • The school’s timetable will shortly be released and the length of the school day for your child confirmed. You will then be emailed with your drop off slot, pick up slot, group number, group days and classroom
  • You will receive a Health and Safety video on Thursday 21st May which will demonstrate how Twickenham primary Academy will operate
  • For those year groups remaining at home from the 1st June, your teacher will email you with details around how to access google classroom and the schedule for learning that will take place

What you need to do now:

  • If a member of your household is shielding and your child will not be attending because of this, please inform Miss Joy in the school office. You will be asked to provide the relevant documentation
  • If you have decided that though your child is eligible for education, they will not be attending school, please inform Miss Joy in the school office



I sincerely look forward to welcoming our families back to Twickenham Primary Academy,


Mr John Smith






Annex 1:

Further guidance for Parents can be found here: