Warden Park Primary Academy, New England Road, Haywards Heath, West Sussex RH16 3JR

01444 451264

Warden Park Primary

'Reach for the Stars'

Parent Guidelines for full reopening 8th March 2021

This following information outlines how we will manage the full re-opening of WPPA. In order to do this we wish to share with you the systems and routines that we will be adopting. Much of the content in this guidance will be familiar to you, as it largely replicates what was in place for the Autumn Term.  We appreciate there may be some anxiety for parents and we know that having a clear idea of what the school day will look like and how we will operate will help you better understand what you and your child can expect. All plans we have made are in line with the Public Health England, DfE and Government Guidelines.  These guidelines will be in place until we are advised to make any changes by the DfE.  The safeguarding of children, families and staff remains our top priority and we will be continually monitoring this during re-opening period.


It is essential that if anyone in your household is displaying symptoms of COVID19 you must not send your child to school.   You must observe the self isolation guidance. 

Who is returning to school?

All children will return to school on Monday 8th March.



It is vital that children return to school - for their educational progress, for their wellbeing, and for their wider development. School attendance will again be mandatory from Monday 8th March. For parents and carers of children of compulsory school age, this means that the legal duty on you as a parent to send your child to school regularly will apply.


The advice for pupils who have been confirmed as clinically extremely vulnerable is to shield and stay at home as much as possible.  Whereby a child is deemed as clinically extremely vulnerable, parents should provide the school with a copy of the shielding letter to confirm that they have been advised not to attend school whilst shielding guidance is in place.


As ever, parents should plan their holidays within school holidays and avoid seeking permission to take their children out of school during term time.  Holidays during term time will not be authorised.


Ultimately, local authorities and schools have a range of legal powers to enforce attendance if a child or young person misses school without a valid reason.


How should we travel to school?

Where possible we encourage families to walk, scoot or cycle to school to reduce the number of cars parked close to the school gates. As you know, there is very little available parking and dropping your children at school may take longer than usual because of the need to queue in a socially distanced way, especially for the younger pupils.  We operate a ‘Park and Stride’ system with parking permits available which allow parents to park in the Orchards (Tesco) and Hazelgrove (M&S) car parks at drop-off and collection time.  Permits cost £10 for the school year and will be available from the school office from Monday 8th March. 

To ensure social distancing and to minimise the number of people within the school building, we ask you not to visit the school office in person. Instead, please email or phone.  


When should we arrive at school and how can I safely drop my child off?

In order to maintain social distancing we will stagger each year group’s start and end times. This is to ensure that parents do not congregate at the school gates or within the school grounds. Where it is necessary for you to wait on the public footpath outside the school gate, we ask you to maintain a 2m distance from the family in front of you. All parents and carers should wear a face covering when on school grounds, unless there is a medical reason why they cannot do so. Current restrictions mean that households should not mix and we ask that this is maintained as families travel to and from school and whilst on and around school grounds.  Parents should ensure that their children remain next to them and  are closely supervised at all times and where possible, only one parent/carer should attend.  It is essential that you arrive precisely at (but not earlier than) the allocated time so that we do not have large numbers of children and parents arriving at the same time. Where children walk to school by themselves, please ensure that they leave home at the appropriate time to allow them to arrive at their allocated arrival time (and not before).


You will continue to have contact with your class teacher via SeeSaw but you will not be able to stand and talk with them at the beginning or end of the day.   If it is necessary for us to give you a message about your child, we will do this via Seesaw or by contacting you by phone.


To avoid parents having to wait between drop off times, siblings may arrive together to the entrance of the earliest drop off where they can enter and the older sibling will walk younger siblings to their classroom. 

Nursery children are to be dropped at the nursery classroom by a parent.


It is essential that you arrive precisely on time for your start time.  There will be staff on hand to support the following arrangements.


Staff will ensure classroom doors are opened promptly in the morning and that children are dismissed promptly to avoid undue congestion. 


Fruit will be availble for breakfast this term. The option of cereal and toast will return in the Summer Term. 






Rothko Class arrive at 8.40am

Bowling Class arrive at 8.40 am

EY/KS1 gate  - Using Reception classrooms. There is a queueing system outside the KS1 parent gate. Parents will be allowed to walk their child down to their class entrances and then you will need to continue in a one way system past the office window and out through the main entrance gate. 


Year One

Dali Class arrive at 8.40 am

KS2 gate - due to building works Dali class will be using a classroom in the KS2 corridor. SLT will be on the gate to direct you. 

Matisse Class arrive at 8.30am

EY/KS1 gate  - Using Y1 classrooms. There is a queueing system outside the KS1 parent gate. Parents will be allowed to walk their child down to their class entrances and then you will need to continue in a one way system past the office window and out through the main entrance gate. 


Year Two

Marc Class arrive at 8.30am

Picasso Class arrive at 8.30am

EY/KS1 gate - past nursery round to the back of the school and (in EY/KS1 gate, out bottom KS2 gate). 


Year Three

Riley Class arrive at 8.30am

Adnan Class arrive at 8.30 am

Riley Class - main gate

Adnan Class  - Children must enter through the KS2 gate. Parents should then continue in one direction, up the steps and leave via the main entrance.


Year Four

Mailou Jones Class arrive at 8.35am

Kahlo Class arrive at 8.35am

Children must enter through the KS2 gate and enter their classrooms. Parents should then continue in the same direction, up the steps and leave via the main entrance.


Year Five

Futura Class arrive at 8.30am

Banksy Class arrive at 8.30am

Children must enter without any adults at the KS2 gate and enter their classrooms via the outside doors. 


Year Six

Britto Class and Kaws Class arrive at 8:35am

Bottom KS2 gate - Children must enter without any adults at the KS2 gate and enter their classrooms via the outside doors. All children will need to be in before 8:35 when the gate will be needed for the next year group. 


When and how do I collect my child? - We will also be operating a staggered pick up times 

You should collect your child in the same way that you dropped them off.  If your children attends a before/after school club they will be dropped off and collected from class.



Y6 teachers will line up their group and walk them down to the exit gate where they can be met or walk home. We appreciate that most of our Y6 children do walk home. It is important that children from different bubbles do not group up at this stage to walk home together. I know it will be very tempting for them to do so. We will be explaining to the children why it is so important not to do this. We would appreciate your help in enforcing this. 



Year Group



Start Time





Miss Phillips





Miss Fraser





Miss Brown






Miss Dockerill





Miss Burtenshaw






Miss Jones





Miss Downes






Miss Crowther





Mrs Ridgewell





Mailou Jones

Miss Furminger





Ms Hart






Mr Jones





Mrs Cartwright/Mrs Dodd






Mr Wood





Mr Leigh/Mrs Waters






What will a normal day look like for my child?

Your child will be taught in their class bubble.   This will include the Reception classes, Bowling and Rothko. They will continue to keep active and be taught the range of curriculum subjects. We fully appreciate that the transition back into school needs to be handled sensitively and to allow children time to adjust to what the school experience is now and to reflect on their experiences over the past months. Ms Baxter, our Inclusion Manager, has been developing a curriculum that all teachers will use with children to explore their worries and concerns. 


Teachers will plan a curriculum on the basis of the educational needs of pupils on their return.  Curriculum planning will be informed by an assessment of pupils’ starting points and addressing the gaps in their knowledge and skills, in particular making effective use of regular formative assessment (for example, quizzes, observing pupils in class, talking to pupils to assess understanding, scrutiny of pupils’ work) while avoiding the introduction of unnecessary tracking systems.


As per usual, your child will have a mid-morning outdoor break with their class. They will not mix with children from other classes or ‘bubbles’. The adults from their ‘bubble’ will be on duty with them. At lunch time all EY and KS1 children will eat in the hall.  KS2 children will eat in their classrooms.  The layout of the hall and serving arrangement will be fully compliant with health and safety guidelines. When eating in the hall, children will be sat with their class and will not mix with children from other classes.  Children will also get a break time outside at lunchtime. Again they will not mix with children from another class.  What children are able to do at playtimes will be limited by the need to encourage distancing.  


We intend for the children to spend as much time outside as safely possible. Reception, Y1 and Y2 will have outside learning areas available for each classroom they are in. 


Children will have limited, timetabled access to pastoral staff at this time. There will not be separate small groups outside the classes at lunch time and the children will not have access to The Den or The Warren. 


Curriculum,  enrichment and visitors

  • French lessons for KS2 children (taught by Vanessa Samandi) and Albion in the Community involvement with Y5 will recommence from 8.3.21
  • Individual childrens’ WSCC/Rockademy music lessons will be conducted virtually rather than on-site. Your child’s music teacher will be in touch with you to organise this.  Plans for the Summer term will be reviewed in due course. Bethan Thurgood will be recommencing piano lessons on Monday 8th March
  • For the remainder of the Spring term, no visitors linked to year group learning journeys are permitted.  This will be reviewed for the Summer term.
  • No off-site educational visits will take place for the remainder of the Spring term.
  • To reduce staff mixing across different class bubbles, Mr Gingell and Ms Little will not be able to lead and support forest school sessions for the remainder of the Spring term.  Your child’s teacher may take the class to the woods for their timetabled slot but the lesson will be organised differently.  Teachers will be in touch with you via Seesaw regarding Forest School arrangements.


Provision of school meals

Hot school meals will be provided as they were prior to COVID19. Nursery, Reception and KS1 will eat their lunch in the hall. KS2 children will eat in their classrooms.  


Reception, Year 1 and Year 2

Universal Infant Free School Meals – these meals are free and children will choose which meal they would like every day with their teacher. Please ensure your child’s dietary requirements are up to date on Arbor.

Nursery, Year 3 - 6

If your child is in Year 3-6 in September and would like school meals (and is not eligible for means tested Free School Meals), you will need to ensure you have set up your Arbor account so that you can pay for meals. If you require a login, please contact the office. Please ensure that your child’s dietary requirements are up to date. Any debit or credit balances from your Parent Pay account will be transferred into your Arbor account before we start back in September.

You will need to top up your child’s meal account on Arbor before they have any meals, using the meals payment item at the top of your Arbor App.  


So that you know what meals will be available each day for your child to choose from, a 3 week rolling menu is available to view on our website.

If you feel that your child is not able to choose their meal on the day, or you prefer to know exactly which meal they are having; you can complete and return a paper menu.  Paper menus are available from the office and a supply will be given to classes in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 classes. 

If you have any questions about your Arbor account, please contact the school office.



To avoid ‘congestion’ in the toilets, children will be encouraged to use the toilets at their groups’ allocated break times.  At other times, children will be able to use the toilet as required and will be escorted to the toilet by an adult to ensure social distancing guidelines and good hygiene procedures are followed and adhered to.


How will we keep resources clean and safe for use?

In addition to children remaining in a consistent class bubble and separate from other groups, resources and toys will not be shared between groups. The staff within each room will have cleaning products to ensure surfaces and resources are regularly wiped clean.  During the day additional cleaning hours will be used to clean touch points and ensure all toilets are cleaned before and after lunch. Cleaning will also take place at the end of each day as usual. Thorough and regular washing of hands will take place throughout the day. We continue to have gel sanitiser in class and at the main entrance and exit doors. 


Children or staff displaying symptoms of COVID-19

If anyone becomes unwell with a new continuous cough or a high temperature in school, they will be sent home and advised to follow the COVID-19 guidance for households. Whilst a child is awaiting collection they will be monitored away from other pupils. The child or adult will need to access a test.

As part of our extensive risk assessment, we sought guidance from Public Health England (West Sussex) about if one of our community developed symptoms, how we should advise other community members. We received the following guidance, which I paste in full for your consideration:

Currently the guidance states that only the symptomatic individual needs to go home, and follow the isolation and testing regime as per the national guidance: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19#what-to-do-if-someone-develops-symptoms-of-coronavirus-covid-19-whilst-at-an-educational-setting 

School contacts may remain at school unless/until:

  1.   The symptomatic individual tests positive, at which time all contacts will be required to follow the isolation and   testing regime as per the national guidance.
  2.   The individuals remaining in school become symptomatic as well, in which case the symptomatic individuals should also go home and follow the isolation and testing regime as per the national guidance.

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

If a child or member of staff tests negative, they will need to show evidence of this via their text results or email results. When the negative test results have been shown the child/ren or member of staff may return to school. Please do not delete the results before showing them as this may result in you needing to get another test.

All members of the school community should actively engage with NHS Test and Trace.  Please inform the school if you are contacted by NHS Test and Trace.

The government advises against the routine checking of children’s temperatures as it is not regarded to be a reliable method for identifying COVID-19. However, parents must follow the standard national advice on the kind of symptoms to look out for that might be due to coronavirus. You must not send your child into school if they are displaying any symptoms of COVID-19The child or adult must then access a test.  Your child will not be able to come back to school until they have had a negative test. In the event of a positive COVID 19 test, your child will need to stay at home for a minimum of 10 days or until the symptoms have stopped.



Staff will wear masks in all communal areas. Children will not be asked to wear PPE. If you would like your child to wear a mask you will not be prevented from doing this. 


Will children need to bring in their own hand sanitiser? 

No.  We have hand sanitiser in all classrooms and on the entrance and exit doors. We also have sinks in all classrooms and antibacterial hand wash. The key message from the government remains that washing hands for 20 seconds regularly is the best way to prevent the spread of infection. All adults will continue to teach this message and ensure this is carried out. 


Children’s belongings and equipment

Children should bring the usual things to school; lunch box, book bag and a coat/sun hat when the weather requires.  Please apply sunscreen to your child before school in the event of warm and sunny weather.   Children should not bring toys or other items from home.



Please make sure that all medicines are brought to school on Monday 8th March.  Please check that medicines are in date.   Mrs Durnford will be available outside the main office to collect medicines from you and ensure the correct paperwork is completed.


School uniform

Children should wear full school uniform.  See our website for full details.  All children should wear their school PE kit to school on their designated days. Your class teacher will let you know which days this is. On Forest School days children must wear appropriate clothing for the weather and activity. This includes long sleeves and trousers. 

If children have experimented with their hair style and colour during the break, we ask that this be returned to their natural colour and a sensible style. 

If my child forgets something, is it ok for me to come to the school during the day to hand it in at the school office? 

Please phone the school first as the school may be able to resolve the issue without you coming to school as visitors at the school should be kept to a minimum. 


Before and After School Clubs

Treetops and Pioner will resume on 8th March.  Final risk assessments are currently being completed and will be shared in due course.  Click here to visit the Treetops website.


After school clubs will not take place during March.   Plans will be reviewed for the Summer term.



We will strike an appropriate balance between ventilation and appropriate working temperature in the classroom. In the event of cold weather, children are encouraged to wear additional layers of clothing under their uniform to ensure their comfort and welfare.


Remote learning arrangements for children who are self-isolating/shielding

We have a contingency plan in place for remote education provision in the event of pupils being unable to attend school.  We are in a position to:

  • Provide access to high-quality live lessons and online resources
  • Use Seesaw to allow interaction, assessment and feedback
  • Provide printed resources for pupils where appropriate

We recognise that younger pupils and some pupils with SEND may not be able to access remote education without adult support.


How do I inform the school that my child is unwell and will not be attending?

A small number of pupils will still be unable to attend in line with public health advice because they have had symptoms or a positive test result themselves, or because they are a close contact of someone who has coronavirus (COVID-19). If your child is unable to attend school for this reason you should use Studybugs or contact the school office to inform the school.  Please continue to report any non-COVID19 related illness in the usual way. Please can we ask that you do not send a seesaw message regarding illness to your child’s teacher.



All children and those with whom they live will have access to a test through the NHS if they display symptoms of coronavirus, and must get tested in this scenario. The aim is to enable children to get back to childcare, and their parents or carers not to need to self-isolate any longer than is necessary, if the test proves to be negative. A positive test will ensure rapid action to protect other children and staff in their setting.

We ask all parents and carers to ensure they organise a test for their child, in the event that they develop coronavirus symptoms, and notify us immediately of the test result. Further guidance is available about getting tested.


Staff in primary schools will continue to test with Lateral Flow Devices (LFDs) twice a week at home, as per existing guidance on testing for staff in primary schools and nurseries. Primary age pupils will not be tested with LFDs.


What should I tell my child in preparation for going back into school 

Most children will be excited to be going back to school. However, there has been a lot of uncertainty for all and making this transition back into school life will present challenges. Class teachers will be sending a ‘social story’ to help with the transition.



Click here to view the Addendum to the academy behaviour policy during Covid 19:

1 WPPA will teach their children returning to school what is unsafe behaviour and the required protocols for keeping school safe at this time.   Children will not be allowed to leave their group to mix with children from other groups. We will be very strict about this.

2 Any pupil who behaves, deliberately, or otherwise in a manner that we believe is detrimental to safety guidelines provided during the COVID 19 pandemic will be temporarily excluded from the school site, with parents being requested to collect their child immediately. Wherever possible the academy staff will endeavor to mitigate against this course of action and will always seek to work in partnership with parents to ensure the safety and well-being of every child. 


We appreciate that there is a lot of information to digest in this document, but we hope that it answers most of your concerns and queries. Much of the content in this guidance will be familiar to you, as it replicates what was in place for the Autumn Term.  

If there is any information you would like to share with the school regarding your time in lockdown and learning from home which may affect your child's return to school please let us know by completing this form.

You may have specific questions which relate particularly to your child or children - in this instance, please contact the class teacher via Seesaw. Also, do not hesitate to contact the Senior Leadership Team via email - office@wardenparkprimary.co.uk 


We look forward to welcoming back your children to school and seeing you all on Monday 8th March.