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Friday 15th May - a message from Binks Neate-Evans, our Executive Principal

Dear Families,


Firstly, I'd like to thank you all for superb support for our schools. You have acted with incredible patience and understanding as we try to work apace to respond to government announcements.


You will have seen from my previous communication that our priority will remain the safety of your children, the staff that work with them and the wider community.


You will also see from the letter from Lynsey Holzer CEO of Evolution, that we have been working very hard to develop safe plans for the gradual re-opening of schools.  Families of eligible year groups will be asked early next week of their intention to take a place. This provision is still very much in the early planning stage as we respond to the changing guidance issued daily.  For you to make an informed decision we will try and provide information about what provision will look like so you are able to make a judgement for your child.


CRITICAL WORKER PROVISION WILL CONTINUE HOWEVER SCHOOLS WILL NOT BE OPEN FOR ANY CHILDREN FOR MAY HALF TERM (25th-29th May). This is because schools have not closed since February half term and so that planning and preparation for re-opening can continue. As well as being responsible for the children, I am also responsible for all staff and leaders. Whilst there is still much to do I am sure you will recognise the need for staff to have a short pause as they have been work very hard during this crisis. 


I feel that it is my responsibility to communicate to you about the likelihood of school re-opening on June 1st. It is highly unlikely that all of the eligible year groups i.e. Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and year 6 will be able to return in the first week (except for Y6 at Angel Road Junior). Any return will be staggered i.e. different drop off times and initially may be over a period of days and weeks so we can ensure we have the safest procedures. Whatever model is in place, all children will be collected at lunchtime on Friday so that staff can plan and prepare for the following weeks and so that deep cleaning can take place in addition to other cleaning routines in the week.


I am really sorry I am unable to give you concrete answers at the moment and that this must be frustrating. I am trying to give you as much information as is available. What we hope it does demonstrate is the level of care we will take to ensure what we provide is as safe as possible and can be maintained.


Please be assured that we look forward to a time when we can welcome all children back to school. I have never felt more conflicted and concerned about my role as a leader in education. Please be assured we are trying to make the very best decisions in the short and long term in very uncertain times. I hope that we can use our experience of this crisis to really move forward as cohesive caring communities. 


Please continue to take extreme care and my advice would be to still be at STAY AT HOME in your family bubble as much as is possible.


Go well.




Binks Neate-Evans 

Executive Principal 

Bignold Primary and Nursery, Angel Road Junior and Angel Road Infant and Nursery schools