Coronavirus information and updates:
2nd April 2020
We hope you and your family are fit and well during this unprecedented National Crisis.
Many of you are facing difficult times and recent workplace closures have meant that many parents are on reduced income.
If you have recently registered for Universal credit or are on a reduced income you may be eligible for Free School Meals.
After Easter we will be moving to the Governments Voucher scheme for those who are eligible. This entitles parents to Grocery Shopping vouchers worth £15 per eligible child.
If you are not registered please apply via the link below at your appropriate local authority.
Vouchers will start w/c 20th April and will be £15 per qualifying child once registered you should then receive these every school week until schools return in the future.
The Headteacher – Pearson Primary School
LOCAL SUPPORT FOR FOOD AND HOT MEALS
Please note all the information on this page is subject to change and the organisations listed may need to close or reduce their services in accordance with Government advice.
Please check they are open and you are eligible (if applicable) first before you leave your home. Thank you.
Families need to fill out an application form to access this service – a ‘membership number’ will then be issued. Once you have a membership number you are able go to a “Community Fridge” to purchase your meals.
Open Monday to Friday 11am -4pm.
You can get a hot meal in return for a donation to the service on the day.
Once you are registered at The Pantry, the staff will support you with other services if needed.
HULL CORONAVIRUS HELPLINE
Tel: 01482 300307
Hull City Council has launched a Hull Helpline to support vulnerable residents impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.
The helpline has been set up for those who may have no other means of support and who may need help to access essential items and services including food, health and wellbeing and financial advice.
- payment of bills
- collection of your medication
It is available seven days a week from 9am to 5pm.
Residents can also register their need for support through an online form which is now live on the council’s website:
Letters home to parents & carers:
7th July 2020
I just wanted to write to you, as we come close to the end of the term, with some updates on our plans for next year.
We are currently working incredibly hard to make sure that all the necessary precautions are in place, so that every single child at Pearson can return to school in September.
Years 1-6 will return to school on Monday 7th September 2020.
EYFS children will receive a school start date separately, and you will be contacted
by Mrs C. Thackery – EYFS leader.
The school will be closed for all provisions, including key worker childcare from 3pm on Friday 17th July until Monday 7th September.
We are welcoming a new teacher to Pearson in September, Mrs K. Carden. We are very excited to announce that she is joining our Pearson team in year 2. All teachers, including Mrs Carden will be writing a letter to their new class next week and will try to ring all of the children in their new class to introduce themselves and to start to get to know you. Please see below for your child’s new teacher.
Our Senior Leadership Team
Mrs L. Clarkson – Headteacher
Mrs C. Neale – Deputy Headteacher
Mrs C. Thackery – EYFS Leader
Miss J. Jones – SENDCo
Wider Leadership Team
Mr S. Furbank – KS2 Phase Leadership
Mr I. Lane – KS1 Phase Leadership
Safeguarding and Child Protection Lead
Mrs D. Rix
Safeguarding and Child Protection Lead
Mrs C. Neale
EYFS Mrs C. Thackery
Year 1 Mrs P. Nixon
Year 2 Mrs K. Carden
Year 3 Miss J. White
Year 4 Mr C. Knowles
Year 5 Miss J. Jones
Year 6 Mr S. Furbank
Our staffing plan for next year will also be enhanced by Mrs G. Mulligan, who will work full time as a specialist SEND teacher and Mr I. Lane, who will deliver ‘catch-up’ programmes for children in KS1.
In order that you receive all the information that you will need over the Summer Holiday, it is important that you collect your children’s final work pack between 10:00-12:00 any day during next week, w/b 13th July. You will also be able to collect your children’s end of year report, some important information about reading over the Summer and a special ‘Summer Fun Grab Bag’ for each family – something really lovely to bring some fun to your Summer Holidays!
I will send out a further letter next week detailing the safety measures that we will have in place for September, your families school start and end times and all of the additional details you need to know to support the children’s transition back to school.
Again, my heartfelt thanks for your patience, support and positivity over the last few weeks. If there is anything else that we can do to support you, please contact the school via the normal school number or email us on Enquiries.email@example.com.
Mrs Louise Clarkson
19th June 2020
The last three months have been the most difficult that schools and many families across the country have ever known. We want to say how incredibly grateful we are for the support we have received from parents, carers and our community. Thank you for every kind message that has been sent.
We have recently welcomed our Foundation and class 1 children back to school along with some year six pupils. In addition, we continue to offer up to full-time provision for the children of critical workers. The government have given more guidance which now states that primary schools may bring in pupils from other year groups if they have capacity. However, without a significant number of extra classrooms and extra teachers, we are unable to do this at this time. I will revise the situation weekly and contact you should this change.
Our staff are working hard to support home learning and are creating weekly, printed work packs for all children. These are available for collection, from school, any day, Monday to Friday, anytime between 10am & 12noon. We kindly ask you to return your child’s work for their teacher when collecting a new pack.
For those children with IT equipment and internet access, we are also offering further learning by using Sumdog, Spelling Shed and Purple Mash.
We have chosen to offer both printed work packs and online learning so every one of our children can access at least one of them.
I understand that most parents and carers want to know “what happens in September?”. The simple answer is that we simply do not know yet. The government has not yet produced guidance for schools, which is perhaps understandable given that we do not know what the rate of infection will be in September or if social distancing will be reduced.
It is our real hope that all our wonderful children are back in school full time sooner rather than later and I can assure you that we will be working hard to make sure that this is a positive transition for them.
I hope this letter has helped provide a little bit of clarity, and please rest assured that I will keep you updated of any changes as they happen.
Take very good care.
4th June 2020
Take very good care.
22nd May 2020
As next week is half term, I wanted to wish you all a lovely week. I also know that many of you will be enjoying Eid celebrations this weekend, so I hope you have lots of fun.
Because it is half term, there will not be any work packs to collect next week. Work packs for all year groups will be ready to pick up again from June 1st. From this date on, I am pleased to inform you that you will be able to collect work packs for your children Monday to Friday, anytime between 10:00 – 12:00.
The school is closed the week beginning June 1st with the exception of providing emergency child-care for children of key workers and for the collection of work packs.
In response to the latest public health guidance, children in Foundation Stage 1, Foundation Stage 2 and Year 1 will not return to school before 8th June at the earliest.
Again, I want to that you for your continued patience at this difficult time and I will be in touch as soon as I have any further information.
Take very good care.
20th May 2020
RE: School Re-opening
I hope that you and your family are keeping well. I know, from the many conversations that I’ve had with the staff at Pearson, that you are being very well supported through the current situation. I am immensely proud of the hard work and dedication shown by the staff and hope that you will join me in extending our thanks to them.
The Government has announced that schools will begin partial re-opening, which could be as soon as June 1st. They will make their next announcement on May 28th.
We have had comprehensive guidance from the government, and I have worked alongside Headteachers in the Trust and leaders in the school to carefully calculate what we can offer. We have looked at the size of our classrooms and decided children should be in groups of no more than 10. There are many other changes we will have to make to reduce the risk of contracting COVID 19. I must stress that even with these changes we cannot guarantee children attending school will not contract the virus. Primary schools are unable to socially distance and will not routinely have nor use PPE in classrooms (in line with government guidance).
- We will open to children in Foundation Stage 1, Foundation Stage 2 and year 1 initially.
- We are carefully considering plans for our year 6 pupils and there will be more information to follow.
- Years 2, 3, 4 and 5 are not to return to school until further notice.
I would like to stress that it is an individual family’s choice whether to send your children to school or not under these circumstances. You should not feel pressured either way on deciding. If you decide to keep your children at home, we completely respect your choice and will continue to provide work packs for collection from the school to support home learning.
If you have children in Foundation 1, Foundation 2 and year 1, you should already have been contacted by their teacher to discuss your intentions. If you require any further information or have changed your mind regarding your intentions, it is vital that you contact the school office as soon as possible.
We will be taking the following measures to minimise risk:
- The children will be taught in small groups (bubbles) of less than 10 in a classroom. The children may be in groups with children from different classes.
- The groups of children will not change once established. Each group will be made up of the same children and the same adults where possible, until we are given an updated directive.
- The groups will not be allowed to mix with other groups in the school. Drop-off times pick up times, playtimes and lunchtimes will have to be staggered.
- Each group of children will have their own sinks for handwashing, toilets and outdoor space. They will each arrive and leave school through a different door.
- The learning environment will be changed from what your child is used to.
- Classroom delivery will look very different to normal practice. Our Foundation Stage 1 and Foundation Stage 2 children usually spend part of each day in ‘continuous provision’ where they play with a range of equipment and each other. Play sessions and the amount of equipment will be reduced so we can keep areas cleaned. Soft toys/ furnishings will be removed where possible. This also applies to outdoor equipment.
- Children normally sit closely together in Foundation Stage and year 1, either on the carpet for group work, at desks or in free play. We will place children further apart and limit their opportunities to play closely together, HOWEVER, IT IS IMPORTANT PARENTS NOTE THAT WE CAN NOT IMPLEMENT SOCIAL DISTANCING WITH CHILDREN OF THIS AGE.
- We will aim to spend more time outside with the children (weather permitting).
- We will ensure cleaning of hands more often than usual.
- We will minimise contact with individuals who are unwell by ensuring that those who have coronavirus symptoms, or have someone in their household who does, do not attend. Unwell children with corona virus symptoms will be isolated and parents contacted.
- Children and families of those who have experienced any symptoms of corona virus will be asked to follow government guidelines for self- isolation and testing.
- We will ensure good respiratory hygiene by promoting the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach.
- There will be a cleaner on site throughout the day. Classrooms, toilets and communal areas will be cleaned throughout the day using approved products.
- Children WILL NOT be able to share anything between groups, though children within groups may be using the same equipment.
- Things that are brought into school and sent home from the school will be kept to an absolute minimum.
- Children will be able to have a packed lunch brought in from home or a meal prepared at school.
- If your child is eligible for the Government Free School Meal voucher scheme and they return to school, the vouchers will stop as the child will receive a meal at school. Children in the family who are at home will still receive a voucher for their Free School Meal.
- Children will eat lunch in their classrooms.
- The timings of the school day will be reduced to start with. Children will normally attend each morning and go home after lunch. There will be no lunchtime outdoor play.
We understand this is a lot of information and changes to our normal practice. In this world of ‘new normal’ our plans seem to change each day. We really appreciate your understanding and support at such a difficult time.
For those who have chosen to take up a place, we will update you on your child’s bubble information and drop off/ pick up arrangements as soon as possible.
Our emergency childcare provision for children of key workers/ vulnerable children will continue at Pearson Primary from June 1st.
In the meantime, don’t hesitate to contact the school if we can support you in any way.
Take very good care
11th May 2020
I am writing to you with an update and sending my hopes that you and your families are well.
Like you, we have only just seen the Government announcement and so at this time I will be unable to answer many of the questions that you will undoubtedly have.
We are waiting to receive further information from the Government about what their announcement means for schools, and I will be in contact with you over the coming days and weeks, as soon as I have some clear information to share.
This week I will be holding a series of extended online meetings with other Headteachers, Trust Leaders and Leaders at Pearson to plan ways forward. I hope that you know from the way that we have worked so far in this crisis that we will be putting the well-being of children and families, as well as staff and their families, at the forefront of our thinking.
In the meantime, nothing has changed. Children who are eligible for a childcare place because they are children of key workers, will still attend the Collingwood hub.
We will continue to publish weekly home learning timetabled activities on our website, and you will receive messages to invite you to come to school to collect an additional home working pack for your child/ren. Staff are working hard to maintain the highest standards of social distancing during pack collection and are working through family groups so that you only have to make one trip to school per week. If there is anything else that we can do to support you, please do not come into the school, the school is still closed. You can phone 01482 331914 or 01482 328569 or email Enquiries.Pearson@hcat.org.uk
In the event that your call is not answered, someone will get back to you.
Finally, a reminder, in order for us to maintain the highest standards of health and safety, if you have a confirmed case of COVID-19 in your family, it is vital that you inform the school immediately.
Wishing you and your families the very best,
Mrs L Clarkson
11th May 2020
Good afternoon parents and carers,
The past weeks have been testing and we have all faced challenges in not being able to follow our usual routines. Not being able to see friends and family, go to work or indeed send our children to school has been extremely difﬁcult for us all.
l’m sure that by now you are aware of the Prime Minister’s announcement regarding a possible phased re-opening of schools in early June.
Throughout the lockdown period, we have been proactive in our preparations for a potential re-opening of our schools. Like you, we need further clarity on the Prime Minister’s proposals and have many questions as we await further details and guidance. Once these are known and understood, we can start to think through the practicalities and implications for each school within our Trust and how we start our phased opening whilst keeping our children and staff safe.
As soon as it is possible to do so, we will communicate with you how any re-opening will be managed, and the implications for those year groups not mentioned in the speech last night. At the forefront of our thinking will, of course, be the health, safety and well-being of pupils and staff. In the meantime, our current practices will carry on.
Once we receive further clariﬁcation, we will work closely with the Local Authority and partner agencies to make sensible decisions about how we go forward.
Thank you for your patience, support and understanding at this critical time
CEO Hull Collaborative Academy Trust
20th April 2020
I hope that you and your family are well and had as good an Easter break as possible in these difficult times.
I am writing to welcome you to the Summer Term and to introduce the newest member of our Pearson team, Mrs Neale, our new Deputy Headteacher. We are very pleased to have her join our Pearson family and only wish that circumstances were different and that she was able to meet all of you in person on the playground this morning.
I know how strongly families at Pearson support their children’s learning, and I understand that you will be keen for them to continue with their studies during this time. Like in other schools across the country, our teachers have produced a suggested weekly timetable for children and some signposted work and activities. These are available from the home page of our school website. https://pearsonprimaryschool.co.uk/
We fully appreciate how challenging this is going to be for all families. We understand that for many, juggling work, childcare and now facilitating some educational activities is going to be extremely difficult. We know that you may well be dealing with sick or vulnerable relatives, you may be sick yourself and on top of this, you may have serious financial concerns.
As a community at Pearson, we believe that routine and a sense of purpose are going to be incredibly important over the coming weeks, but remember, there is more than one way of structuring your time and creating a productive environment at home. The timetable provided for your children is a suggestion only and the signposted work is made available to you, so that children can continue with their learning where possible from home. We do not expect parents and carers to be teachers. Any time spent with your children reading, baking, sharing stories and playing games is going to be invaluable at this time. The priority is to create an environment of safety and normality for the children and then to provide opportunities to support learning where possible, using the resources provided by the children’s teachers.
We are all in this together, however we must be realistic. Family comes first for everyone, including our own staff.
Please continue to contact us via Enquiries.Pearson@hcat.org.uk if there is anything else that we can do to support you at this time. Your enquiry will be forwarded to the most appropriate person and you will receive a response.
Take very good care
3rd April 2020
Schools should be at the heart of their communities and we have never experienced a stronger sense of community and common humanity than we are experiencing now.
Over the last three weeks we have supported key worker shifts by maintaining emergency school provision, first at Pearson, then subsequently at our Collingwood Primary School hub, and supported the children and families who need us the most. Some staff are working from home and some are working in schools, but all those well enough to work are busy preparing learning materials for children to use, to continue their learning after the Easter holidays. Rest assured that we are working hard to develop the very best ways of helping the children to learn from home.
Every child will be provided with a flexible timetable and work set by their teachers to complete. This will begin from Monday 20th April. Much of the work set will be available on Purple Mash, our online learning platform, and teachers have been working hard to contact all families to share their unique passwords. Please contact us via Enquiries@Pearson.hull.sch.uk if you have not yet had this information.
We are enormously grateful to all our parents and carers who have been patient, flexible and compassionate as we have responded to this national crisis. When we return, after the Easter break, I will write to you weekly, to keep you posted on what we are doing and how we are working to support our children, families and the wider community in these challenging times.
In the meantime, I wish you and your families all the very best.
Take very good care
Mrs Louise Clarkson
24th March 2020
Dear Parent/ Carer
I am sure you will understand that our plans are changing day by day!
For pupils who are accessing our emergency childcare provision
Following the government announcement last night, we are having to alter our emergency childcare provision for children of key workers who have no alternative childcare. As a trust we are operating on skeleton staff and therefore have taken the decision to merge our settings, so we are able to continue to offer this critical service.
From Wednesday 25th March 2020 HCAT pupils from Thoresby, Pearson and Collingwood will access emergency childcare provision at Collingwood Primary School.
Arrangements will continue as broadly as normal;
· A member of Pearson staff will always be on site at Collingwood
· We will be providing a breakfast club from 8.00am
· School lunches will be available with Free School Meals for those who are entitled to it
· There will be no after school clubs, the provision will close at 3.00pm
If you are not the person who picks up your child, please remember to let your provider know that arrangements have changed. Please contact the Collingwood School Office on 01482 331914.
For pupils who are currently at home
Free school meals (grab bags) will continue to operate for pupils in receipt of Pupil Premium but arrangements for collecting grab bags have changed. You will now be able to pick up a ‘grab bag’ between 11.30-12.00pm from the Collingwood Primary School entrance.
Thank you for bearing with us during this National crisis. I will continue to keep you informed of any developments.
24th March 2020
Dear Parents and Carers
I do hope that you are all keeping safe and well. It is a completely unprecedented situation that we find ourselves in. Each and everyone of us will be worried about what this means for us; be it how we will provide for families if we are unable to work or for those who we can no longer see owing to their age or underlying medical conditions. I think it is safe to say that a significant number of us can now speak from first-hand experience what this actually means; I know I can.
You will no doubt have seen the televised message from Boris Johnson setting out what he now expects from the nation. I cannot implore strongly enough how important it is that you act upon this… I have been informed that in some of our schools there were children present today who have parents who were able to work from home and STILL sent their children to school. This is no longer acceptable and I have instructed our leaders to enforce that only those who have NO OTHER ALTERNATIVE but to send their children to school should do so… you will be asked to have your children at home if you are there.
It is so important that you support us with this. School staff are now in the significant minority of people who are being expected to work, other than at home – they are more than happy to do so to ensure that those professions, who we rely on, to keep order and safety for our population can continue to do so, but they and their families are at immense risk of being infected with this virus – please do the right thing and think of my colleagues who are putting others before themselves.
We have already had a number of staff who have had to self- isolate or make the decision to not make themselves available for work in the interests of protecting their loved ones. After yesterday’s announcement that 1.5 million people will now have to be in “shielding”; staff feel they can no longer leave the house other than for essential things to protect these particular family members. This does mean that our staffing levels are even lower than they were even a few days ago. As such, we are only able to care for those children who it is absolutely necessary to have in school.
This is absolutely the furthest from how myself and my colleagues would normally operate – we would endeavour to do our utmost to support everyone in this situation however, I have a duty as leader of this Trust to ensure that I look after my colleagues; please help me to do so.
If you are at home – your children should be with you. If you have informed your child’s school that they will be in school tomorrow and you are able to be at home owing to the latest announcement – please let the school know in the usual way that they will not be attending.
Thank you as always for your continuing support, now and as we move through these worrying times.
Hull Collaborative Academy Trust
Schools COVID-19 update
Dear Parent/ Carer
It is in the best interests of your children and your family if you keep children at home as the Health Minster Matt Hancock has stated, “If you stay at home you are saving lives” however:
In line with Government legislation, after schools shut their gates on Friday afternoon, our schools will remain closed to pupils, until further notice. The exception to this will be children of key workers and vulnerable children, as part of the country’s ongoing response to coronavirus. The government has asked parents to keep their children at home, wherever possible, and asked schools to remain open for only those children who absolutely need to attend.
As from Monday 23rd of March you may only send your child to school under the following circumstances:
- Children who are subject to an EHC plan if the parent wishes.
- Children where parents/carers are a member of the defined list of key workers. If you believe you fall into this category please contact the school if you intend to send your child/children into school, before close of school Friday 20th. Please be ready to provide proof if asked by the school.
- Children of part time key workers should only attend on those days.
We will make available, for those children whom are eligible for a free school meal (Pupil Premium), a packed lunch to be collected from school to take home.
If your child is in the Foundation stage, Year One or Year Two and you think you may qualify for a free school meal, but are not currently registered, please contact the school to register. If you are in receipt of free school meals but are currently ‘self-isolating’ or have symptoms, please contact the school.
Thank you for bearing with us during this national crisis, please keep yourself and your family safe.
Parents may find answers to their questions on the documents available here.
20th March 2020
Dear Parent / Guardian,
We are writing to officially confirm Pearson Primary School’s closure from today. This is an extremely difficult situation which impacts us all, but we believe that the closure of schools is necessary to ensure the safety, health and wellbeing of everyone and prevent further spread of the Coronavirus.
The Prime Minister has advised that children should not be left with older grandparents or older relatives who may be particularly vulnerable to the Coronavirus.
Our staff have been working extremely hard behind the scenes to devise a learning plan to ensure that our children can still continue their studies remotely. Weekly learning packages can be accessed via class pages on the school website.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding the closure, please do not visit the school. School is closed. You can contact us via email on Enquiries.Pearson@hcat.org.uk
Teachers will contact EVERY CHILD, EVERY WEEK from their class to check in and offer guidance and support.
As soon as we have an official date to re-open, we will communicate this with you via email, text and through the school website.
Until then, we would like to offer our very best wishes and hope that anybody affected by this unprecedented virus makes a speedy recovery. Take very good care of yourself, your loved ones and your community.
Best Regards from us all at Pearson,
20th March 2020
Important information regarding KS2 Statutory Assessments 2019-2020.
Cancellation of 2019/20 national curriculum assessments
The Secretary of State for Education announced on Wednesday 18 March, that the 2019/20 national curriculum assessments will not take place due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
This means that all assessments planned in the summer term will no longer take place.
We have spoken in detail to our Year 6 students, regarding the examination announcement the government made yesterday, and offered our reassurance that as a school and trust we will continue to do absolutely everything we can to make sure they are in the best possible position going forward. This includes making contact with high schools to ensure ALL necessary information is provided regarding every child.
Thank you for your continued understanding in these exceptional circumstances,
Mr S Furbank
Pearson is a really friendly school and is a supportive place to work.
We are very happy with the school and our child’s progress.
My child loves the school and enjoys her time here.
Foundation teachers are great – very enthusiastic with great ideas.
Thank you so much, our child couldn’t be happier.
We are very happy with our child’s education.
The teachers are always looking out for the children and they are nice to the children.
We always have new challenges and it gives us the opportunity to learn.