On 23rd March 2020, Buckingham Primary School and Nursery closed to the majority of children in response to the Coronavirus Pandemic and Government guidance. The school and nursery remained open for key worker children and the school took the decision to also remain open for our most vulnerable children, including those entitled to free school meals, supported by an EHCP, subject to a child protection plan or known to social care. Every child was offered a hot meal each day prepared in the school kitchen. For those children not attending school, learning was supported remotely, through the use of SeeSaw. Any children who struggled to access remote learning were provided with paper packs of learning which were hand-delivered by school staff. The school remained open full time. The number of children attending was small at the outset of reopening, averaging 15 over the first couple of weeks in school and 10 in nursery.
From 1st June we were pleased to reopen to all children in F2, Yr 1 and Year 6 and key worker and vulnerable children in all other years. Again, the school functioned full time, 5 days per week and during July were teaching in a total of 14 classes accommodating up to 166 children in school and 25 in nursery each day.
Our pastoral team continued support for our children during this entire period, using phone contact for families not attending school and sharing resources to support mental wellbeing.
Parents and carers were kept informed through weekly updates from the headteacher and examples of children’s work was posted on our Facebook page each week, to celebrate achievements both at home and in school.
In July, parents were informed of the new routines in place from September and further information was shared in late August. Risk assessments are in place and have been shared with all staff and Governors and is available on the school website. Communication with parents will continue regularly, detailing updates in Government guidance and changes to routines to keep our school community safe.
On 3rd September we were delighted to fully welcome all of our children back into school. Feedback from parents and children during the first few days was overwhelmingly positive. From 7th September we were pleased to be reopening our wrap-around care to support working parents with child care.
The Prime Minister Announced a further National Lockdown and partial closure to all schools on 4th January 2021. We have continued to work hard to support families both attending school and learning at home. We have revised and improved our home learning provision. Details of this can be found in the BPS Contingency Plan
January Partial Opening Arrangements and Risk Assessment