Current Guidance January 2021

Message from Mrs Simpson, 9th February 2021

We wanted to say a huge thank you to all of our parents and carers who have supported us and their children over the last weeks. We know these are incredibly difficult times and we want to work with you , the best we can to support you with your children at home. Please don’t put yourselves under too much pressure just do what you can , when you can and let us do the rest. If you need help or support or have any concerns, please contact your child’s teacher in the first instance either via Seesaw or by ringing the school. We will do all we can to help.

Advice from the Department for Education and Blackburn with Darwen Council:

Parents and carers who are critical workers should keep their children at home if they can.

With this in mind we do ask parents and carers who do fall into the category of critical workers to consider whether it is necessary for your child to attend school. As you know the purpose of the national lockdown is to reduce the overall number of social contacts in our community. Central government have resisted restrictions on attendance at schools since the first lockdown but, in the face of the rapidly rising numbers of cases across the country and intense pressure on the NHS, we now need to use every lever at our disposal to reduce all our social contacts wherever possible.

Therefore if you are able to support your child to learn at home we would encourage this so that we can collectively reduce the transmission rates of this virus.

Your child’s school has worked extremely hard in a very short timescale to ensure remote learning for children and young people learning from home. We are very grateful as a council for the hard work of our schools in BwD in ensuring our children and young people’s education will not suffer as a result of this current lockdown. If you do have any questions regarding your child’s remote learning or wellbeing – please contact your child’s school directly who will support with any matters that arise.

We do ask you to support the council in keeping to the lockdown rules and explaining to your child why these rules are necessary in the current situation.

Finally we would like to thank all our parents and carers for the support you have given since this third lockdown and we know you will throughout the remainder of the lockdown. We know it is not easy for families who have children and young people working from home – but together we will get through this.

Remote Assemblies and Worship Time

Your child will be invited to live remote assemblies and worship each week. The link for these will be shared on SeeSaw please look out for them. We have almost 200 log ins ( with multiple children on some devices ) attending whole school assemblies. It is a great way for your children to still feel part of the school life. Please ensure your child knows to show their full name and stay muted unless invited to unmute. Thank you.

Half term

We break up for half term on Friday so there will be no home learning set from week beginning 15th February. Please encourage your child to have time away from their screens and get lots of fresh air over half term. We will see you all in school or online from Monday 22nd February.

Kind regards,

Mrs Simpson

Welcome

On behalf of the pupils, staff, parents and Governors, I would like to welcome you and your family to Wensley Fold Church of England Primary Academy.

At Wensley Fold we provide a happy, secure and supportive learning environment where the children develop independence and work hard to make the most of their talents, and ‘Make Each Day Count’ within a deep and rich curriculum.

Teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.

Psalm 90:12

We believe a close working relationship between home and school is vital to support your child’s learning. We encourage you as parents to form a partnership with the school and to actively share in your child’s education.

At Wensley Fold we take pride in our safeguarding culture which permeates everything that we do and where everyone takes responsibility for safeguarding, We recognise our moral and statutory responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of all pupils. We endeavour to provide a safe and welcoming environment where children are respected and valued. We are alert to the signs of abuse and neglect and follow our procedures to ensure that children receive effective support, protection and justice.

We support the values of democracy, rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs and these are embedded within our curriculum. We aim to empower children to have a voice and to stand up against discrimination, valuing equality, tolerance and mutual respect.

At Wensley Fold we believe that every one of us is loved unconditionally by God.We must avoid, at all costs,diminishing the dignity of any individual to a stereotype or a problem. We offer a community where everyone is a person known and loved by God,supported to know their intrinsic value.

As a Stonewall School we empower people to be their authentic selves, enabling them to realise and achieve their full potential. We will challenge homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying and celebrate differences.

We know that you have made a wise decision in choosing our school, we assure you that your child will be happy at Wensley Fold and will receive an excellent education.

Yours sincerely
Mrs Donna Simpson
Headteacher

Mission Statement

The school values and recognises the uniqueness of each individual child and acknowledges their fundamental right to be educated to their full potential in a safe, secure and caring environment.  The school, which has a Christian heritage will, in partnership with parents and the extended community, aim to make each day count for all.