Silverhill School News

Important information regarding week beginning 15th June

Published on 11 June 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,

Thank you for your support and cooperation over the last two weeks. Those of you bringing your child to school have adhered to the new systems and requests, thus helping keep everyone safe and comfortable in an unfamiliar context – you have helped ease our stress levels!

Your engagement with our home learning projects through Teams has also been hugely successful, considering it is new to all of us and unavoidably puts pressure on the demand for laptops, tablets and Wi-Fi in your homes!

I feel it is appropriate at this point to give a huge thanks to our year 6 teacher Mrs Hall for leading our Home Learning. We are so grateful for her IT skills, knowledge and patience with us all!

Following last week's communication, we have been inundated with requests for school places from Key Workers.

We are able to offer a further 50 places next week but then the school will be full.

We will have no further capacity to accept any more children this academic year.

We understand that this is going to be very disappointing news for many children and parents, but we must prioritise places for vulnerable children and those of Key Workers and all places have been allocated to these two groups. We have used the criteria below that was shared in last week's letter:

  1. Vulnerable children and children with Educational Healthcare Plans  
  1. Households where all adults are keyworkers and leaving the home to work (including single parents)  
  1. Households where all adults are keyworkers and working from home (including single parents) 
  1. Households where only one adult is a keyworker and leaving the home to work 
  1. Households where only one adult is a keyworker and working from home 

As you can imagine this has been a challenge.

We have carefully considered the detail within each email submitted before the deadline of Wednesday 10th June. We have also used our knowledge of pupils, family circumstances and safeguarding aspects to make the most informed and considered decisions.

Due to the significant numbers of key worker children at Silverhill, and our desire to support our community, we have been unable to move to 'phase 2', which would have seen children from Reception, Y1 and Y6 return to school, and for this we apologise. We are very aware that this is going to cause disappointment and upset.

However, we do intend to plan a unique celebration for our Year 6 children. At some point before the end of term, most likely within the last two weeks of July (in line with the best weather forecast!), we will invite all Year 6 children into school  for a special event to celebrate the end of their primary school journey.  

If your child is currently in school then they will retain their place. You will be informed by text message if you have been allocated one of the additional school places.

Thank you again for your patience and cooperation during these challenging times.

Best wishes

Mr Gallagher