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The end of another first week back!

We've reached the end of another successful first week back! The children have, as usual, been fantastic! Although many of the systems we have in place to address the current situation are now familiar, many thanks to everyone for persisting with them. Hopefully, in the coming weeks we will be able to dispense with face coverings on pickup and drop off.

As time passes, we will constantly review how we do things, and if there is a better way of doing something, we will make minor changes along the way.


Drop off and collection times for families with multiple children currently at Ashleigh still apply as they did before Christmas.

Parents with more than one child at Ashleigh can either:

1. Drop off and collect at the allotted time, either waiting on the playground with the child who has yet to go in, or indeed, leaving the premises and doing multiple drop offs and pick-ups. This is probably the best solution for children, as it means they are going in and leaving at the same as their classmates. This option is clearly more inconvenient to the adults doing the running around!

2. Drop off all the children at the earliest time which applies to any of their children, and pick up at the latest time which applies. For those families doing this, it is vital that children who are going in early still access the building through their class doors, as we don't want children having to walk through school and potentially having contact with children from other bubbles.

The various doors will close 5 minutes after the allotted times, so if you are late, you may find they have already closed.

Doors open at 8.30, 8.45 and 9.00am. So if you are late and find they have already closed, it may mean you have to wait for the next time they open, and let your child in then. If this happens, please make sure your child doesn’t get too close to the children who are coming in at that point.

No children should be entering school before their allotted times, unless they have a brother or sister who has an earlier time, and then it should be at that time.


We appreciate all the wonderful support you have shown school during the pandemic. Many many thanks for the lots of lovely comments you’ve sent to the office or to individual teachers, they are always really appreciated. We are very lucky to have such wonderful pupils, and to have parents who value education and encourage their children so brilliantly at home. I hope that the support you and your children received during the recent lockdown was just about right. We know that the remote learning can’t have been easy for parents and children at times, and we were blown away by your efforts. I know that the teachers and support staff worked tirelessly to provide remote learning for their children, whilst still teaching the 40-50% of children who were coming to school regularly, even on occasions, when they were poorly themselves and having to isolate. As I have said many times before, it makes me proud to be the headteacher of such dedicated staff, who truly want the very best for their children.


Hopefully, as more and more adults are vaccinated in the coming weeks, we will be able to gradually relax some of the restrictions we have in place currently. As they say, there is light at the end of the tunnel! J


Stay safe and well,

Mr. Matthews