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17th June 2020


Dear Parents/Carers. 


I was delighted to hear that the Government are continuing the Free School Meals for our children over the Summer Holidays.  Many people’s financial situations may have changed due to COVID, so it is worth checking to see if you now qualify for free school meals.


Click on the link below and follow the instructions:


Apply for free school meals

To make an application for free school meals you must apply online.

You will need to provide:

· your name 

· your date of birth

· contact details

· your national insurance number or national asylum seekers number

· child's name

· child's date of birth

· school your child is attending or will attend


If you do qualify for Free School Meals, the school will be told and we shall be able to ensure you receive the Free school Meal Vouchers for your child during the Summer holidays.


Warm regards,


Mrs Forrest



How We Will Keep Children Safe

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Information for parents and children on the school re-opening.

22nd May 2020


Dear Parents and Carers


Thank you to those who responded to our email about sending your child to school if we were to reopen from 1st June.


The Governors and I want to outline the current position regarding the potential reopening of New Road Primary.


We have been using government, union and Local Authority advice and guidance to start considering if and how we can make school as safe as possible for children to return after half term. We are sure that you will agree that making such a decision is not an easy one as we are still at the centre of a global pandemic. The Governors and I have a duty of care to all of the staff and children at our school and we are not willing to rush a decision that could compromise the health or wellbeing of anyone entrusted to our care.


The 1st June is the date from when schools may be able to extend their opening arrangements. It is neither a fixed nor hard-and-fast date by which all schools must open. Currently:


  • we are working to the best of our ability with the government guidance we have
  • we are still waiting to see the scientific evidence underpinning the government’s view that a return to school of more pupils and staff can be done safely.
  • we have not been informed that the governments own five key tests have been met to justify a change in policy at this time.
  • the government will not be announcing until 28th May its final decision on the reopening of schools when it reviews the latest scientific advice.


For the reasons outlined above, New Road Primary will not be opening to any extra pupils on Monday 1st June and the current status of provision for key workers will remain. Staff and pupil health and welfare is our key consideration in planning for wider opening and the Governors and I need further reassurances that it is safe to open the school further.



All teachers, including myself, want to see our children back at school as soon as it is safe for them to return. The Governors and I shall be reviewing the situation regularly with our senior team and, once we have received further reassurances, we shall look to start a phased reopening of school for children. Our next scheduled meeting is on Monday 1 June, this follows the government’s announcement on 28 May, and allows for unions and other key stakeholders to respond on 29 May.


As it stands, the earliest possible date for this is not before Monday 8th June. We shall keep you updated and give you as much notice as possible when a decision to reopen to more staff and pupils has been made.


We appreciate your understanding and support at this time as we try to find a safe solution to bring more staff and children back to school.


Please note: We will continue to provide our emergency childcare for the key worker children. Please continue to take care and remember social distancing.


Warm regards


Mrs N Forrest

Letter From the Chair of Governors re Re-opening of School


18th May 2020


Dear parents and carers,


Re: Reopening of New Road Primary School and Nursery


You will have heard that the government has announced plans for the gradual reopening of all primary schools following lockdown and that all primary year groups should have at least a month of schooling before the end of the summer term.


The governing body at New Road Primary School believes that days out of school have a detrimental effect on a child’s development and long-term learning and it is our ambition to get all pupils back into school as soon as possible.  However, we will not put pupils, staff, or the wider community at risk by opening the school before we believe it is safe to do so, or we can minimise any identified risks.


Teaching unions are currently meeting with government advisors to discuss their members’ concerns, when these talks have finished, it is likely that local union representatives will seek assurances from Medway Council and headteachers.  I sincerely hope that these discussions reach satisfactory conclusions quickly and we can look to welcome children back to New Road School soon.


Government’s guidance is for primary schools to start by admitting Nursery, Year R, Year 1 and Year 6 and then to start admitting children from other year groups.  As a governing body, we will consult the guidance, engage with staff, collect the unique information from our pupils’ parents and carers, observe what other similar schools are doing, and seek advice from Medway Council and local education professionals before deciding what is the best way for us to reopen New Road School.


It is unlikely that it will be compulsory for parents and carers to send their children to school for the remainder of the summer term.  Due to social distancing measures that we will have to introduce, class sizes will have to be reduced.  As a result of this, space in the school will be at a premium and we will need to carefully manage pupil numbers in the school, classroom, or playground.


So that we can plan for this, please can you let us know if you would like to send your child back when the school reopens, or if you intend to keep them off school for a bit longer?  (This is not a guarantee of a place, nor is it a binding commitment - you will be able to change your mind later, it is just to help us with planning)


Please can you ensure that the contact details we hold for you are up to date and correct?  (It may be necessary to contact you at short notice)

If your child comes back to school, you will be expected to adhere to our processes to minimise the potential for the virus to spread, and to provide health information about all members of your household, so we can track potential outbreaks within our community.


I appreciate that these are very difficult times for everyone, it is our intention to provide a positive experience to all pupils who return to school.


Thank you for your continued support.


With very best wishes.


Stay safe,


Liam Bonthrone

11th May 2020


Dear Parents/Carers,


Re: Possible reopening of school to more pupils in June


We know you’ve seen in the news that schools may reopen on 1 June to reception, year 1 and year 6 pupils if the government thinks it’s safe then.


We’re waiting for further guidance and clarification from the government right now, which will hopefully help us create an action plan for our phased reopening. We’ll share this with you as soon as possible so you know what the school’s reopening will look like in practice.


It’s a very unsettling time for us all, but rest assured that we’re going to be doing everything we can to make sure we’re ready to receive these year groups if it’s safe for our school to reopen in the coming weeks.


However, we’re also not going to be pressuring anyone to send their children to school, since you know your children and personal situation best. We’ll keep you updated with all our preparations for making sure the school is as safe as possible, so you can make an informed decision.


In the meantime, the school is still open only for vulnerable pupils and the children of critical workers. We know some employers will be encouraging you to return to work, but we’re not in a position right now to extend places to other children until we receive further government guidance.


We’d like to thank you for your continuous support in helping your child learn from home. We’ll need to keep going with this for a while yet, so please do continue to do what you can and stay in touch with us about how your child is doing.


If you have any questions, please contact the school office by phone or by email.


Warm regards,


Mrs Forrest  


20thh April 2020


Dear Parents/Carers,


I hope you have had a restful Easter break and welcome to our very first remote summer term!


We’ve all had to adapt to new ways of working, so I wanted to take the opportunity to say what an amazing job you’re doing supporting your child’s wellbeing and learning during this time.


It’s definitely been a strange and challenging time, so it’s ok if you and your child feel wobbly and worried at the moment. We’re here for you every step of the way as we figure this all out together. Remember, if you have any concerns about helping your child learn or you need any other support from the school, please let us know by emailing your child’s class teacher or phoning into school.


Although school is ‘closed’ we are still open for key worker and vulnerable children and the office is manned everyday by a member of staff. What we don’t know is how many of you can access the internet for all the resources we are trying to put up to keep your children learning.


I have many friends who are also home learning with their children and they all tell me how hard it is. Please do not make your child work all day!!!!! We are not slave drivers. It doesn’t matter which part of the day you choose to do some learning in. The most important thing is to keep their brains ticking over.


If you can’t access the website or internet to see the resources we are putting up, please could you phone this number 01634 843084 and leave your child’s name and your phone number so that we can contact you.






We miss the children very much, but we must follow the government’s guidance to

keep everyone in our community safe.




But just because we’re not all in the same building, doesn’t mean we can’t have some fun together! If you go to the Home Learning Page on the school website, there are lots of ideas in the different stars and I know some children are having lots of fun on Purple Mash.



Today Mrs Kyle is sending out a letter to everyone about Google Classroom.  The letter has instructions on how you can access this new development and it will give teachers closer contact with the children. Your children will have lots of activities they can get stuck into over the summer term – so keep a close eye on Google Classroom.


We also love seeing the children’s fantastic learning at home. If at all possible, could you take a photo of what your child is doing and either email it to their class teacher, by post to New Road Primary or you could attach it on Google Classroom.



What we would like to do is set up a Gallery of children’s learning during the

Summer term. If you do not want your child’s photo on the website – just take a photo of their learning but make sure you include their first name and age.




We can’t say yet when we’ll be able to open the school fully, but rest assured that we’ll continue doing our utmost to keep your child learning and our school community connected.


Let’s get cracking with our summer term!


Warm regards,


Mrs Forrest



Friday 20th March 2020 2.17pm


If your child is to coming to school on Monday 23rd March please read the letter on the website. It can be found under News & Events - Coronavirus.


Kind regards,



Letter to Parents who are Key workers with children attending school



Friday 20th March 2020 2.14pm


Please note: School will be closed to pupils today and not re-open on Monday 23rd March 2020. Only children of Key workers and certain identified children will attend on Monday 23rd March 2020. Thank you for your support.


Kind regards,




Dear Parents,


We are in the process of putting a contingency plan together for children that are entitled to free school meals. If your child is entitled to free school meals, during closure we are aiming to offer a packed lunch collection for those that would like it.  If you would be interested in receiving a packed lunch for your child/ren please inform the school office via email by lunch time tomorrow.


Kind regards,



Coronavirus Update Letter - 19.03.2020 3pm



Parents who are Key Workers - 19.03.2020  1.10pm 


Dear Parents,


The Government are announcing who are eligible as key workers this afternoon. If you think you are a key worker e.g NHS Staff, Police etc please contact the school office to notify us if you will need the school service next week. Please call 01634 843084. As soon as we have further information from the Government we will send out a second message.


Kind regards,




Foodbank Vouchers and Coronavirus


Dear Parents


As we enter into a difficult period for our communities and our families, we have contacted some local foodbanks should some families find themselves in an emergency.


Some Foodbank Centres may not be open or may not have supplies so it is wise to check before any visit. The Foodbank Centres are;


All Saints Community Project

33 Magpie Hall Road

Chatham    ME4 5NE                                Tel: 01634 845419

They are open Mon/Wed/Fri between 10 am and 1pm.



Third Floor, Kingsley House

Gillingham   ME7 4PF                                Tel: 01634 383760

They are open Mon to Fri 9am to 3pm.


Gillingham Street Angels

43, Skinner Street

Gillingham   ME7 1LG                                Tel: 07790 052575          

They are open Mon to Fri 9:30am to 4pm.    


We hope that such emergencies situations will not happen, but we have provided these details just in case.  


Remember to follow all official instructions for coronavirus to stay safe.


Wishing all our families well over the next few weeks.




Closure Updates & Contact - Wednesday 18th March 2020 8.30am 


Dear Parents, Due to the volume of calls we are receiving, we wanted to inform you that we will update you as soon as we are aware of any changes to school closures. We are currently open and have no plans to close until we have been told by the government. If your child has a temperature or a new cough please keep them and any siblings at home for 14 days. Please only call the school to inform of a new absence or for urgent queries.

Kind regards,




Tuesday 17th March 2020 15.30pm Coronavirus Update 


New guidance for households with symptoms:


Yesterday, the Government introduced new guidance on whole household isolation in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak:


*If you live with others and you or another member of the household have symptoms of coronavirus, then ALL household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days.  The 14 day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill.  It is likely that people living within a household will infect each other or be infected already.  Staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household  could pass on to others in the community.
*For anyone in the household who starts displaying symptoms, they need to stay at home for 7 days from when the symptoms appeared, regardless of what day they are on in the original 14 day isolation period. 


The symptoms are: 
*A High temperature (37.8 degrees or above)
* A new, continuous cough


Kind regards,




Coronavirus update Tuesday 17th March 2020

The latest advice says that if anyone in your household develops the Coronavirus symptoms


– a high temperature and/or a dry cough,


then the whole family should self-isolate for a period of fourteen days.

Children continue to wash their hands regularly throughout the day and we have hand sanitizer in all classrooms.


Thank you for your continued support




12th March 2020


Coronavirus Update

Dear Parents,

We would like to update you that we currently do not have any cases of coronavirus reported at the school.


We are following the department of education guidelines and will keep you updated.


If you do need advice please call the coronavirus information line on 0800 046 8687.


Work has been given to children in case of closures but the school currently remains open.


Kind regards.




27th February 2020


Dear Parents and carers,


Coronavirus Update


There have been lots in the media recently about the Coronavirus outbreak in Asia and parts of Europe.  This is clearly a developing situation.  Public Health England advises that the risk to individuals remains low. You may find the following information in the link below useful:


This website provides specific guidance on areas overseas, whereby you may need to self-isolate if you have visited them, within the stated time periods on the advice document.  The school will be following this guidance and we would advise anyone who meets these criteria to contact the school and their GP/the NHS on 111, as advised in the document.


Each class has got hand sanitizer which all staff and children have been encouraged to use at the beginning of the day, before and after break and lunch times and after going to the toilet.  Washing hands and keeping them away from the mouth area will go a long way in stopping the spread of the germs.  We will be encouraging all of our children to do this and to be extra vigilant towards the children and our own personal hygiene.


The school will continue to keep you informed of any updates that we receive from relevant agencies.  If you have any concerns we would ask you to contact the school through the usual channels and we will advise on any action needed.  Our first duty is always to ensure the safety of all members of our community.


Yours faithfully,


Mrs N Forrest




25th February 2020


Dear Headteacher,


Re: COVID-19 Advice for schools and educational settings


You may be aware that advice for travellers from affected areas has recently changed and it has come to our attention that this may affect children and staff returning from school trips. Please be aware that this is a fast evolving situation and we will continue to share any new advice at the earliest opportunity.


As of today (25th February) advice for returning travellers is as follows:


1) If you have returned from the following areas since February 19, call NHS111 to inform them of your recent travel, stay indoors and avoid contact with other people even if you do not have symptoms:


  • Iran
  • Specific lockdown areas in Northern Italy* as designated by the Government of Italy
  • Daegu or Cheongdo, Republic of Korea
  • Hubei province, China (returned in the past 14 days)


*Bertonico, Casalpusterlengo, Castelgerundo, Castiglione D'Adda, Codogno, Fombio, Maleo, San Fiorano, Samaglia, Terranova dei Passerini, Vo


2) if you have returned from the following areas since February 19th and develop symptoms, however mild, you should stay indoors at home and avoid contact with other people immediately and call NHS111. You do not need to follow this advice if you have no symptoms.


  • Northern Italy
  • Vietnam
  • Cambodia
  • Laos
  • Myanmar


3) If you have returned to the UK from any of the following areas in the last 14 days and develop symptoms of cough or fever or shortness of breath, you should immediately stay indoors and avoid contact with other people, call NHS111 to inform them of your recent travel to the country.


  • Other parts of China outside Hubei province
  • Thailand
  • Japan
  • Republic of Korea
  • Hong Kong
  • Taiwan
  • Singapore
  • Malaysia
  • Macau


Further guidance for educational settings has been published at the following links and will be updated as soon as possible with the above advice and any further:


Information for the public:


Yours sincerely


Dr Alexander Allen

Kent Health Protection team

Public Health England