Huntspill Federation

ASPIRE to be the best you can be; always


East Huntspill School


New Road, East Huntspill, Highbridge, Somerset, TA9 3PT


01278 782453


SCH.144@educ.somerset.gov.uk




West Huntspill School


New Road, West Huntspill, Highbridge, Somerset, TA9 3QE


01278 783842


SCH.410@educ.somerset.gov.uk


Latest updates from Huntspill Federation:

Friday 17th July 2020:

 As you all know, today is officially the last day of the academic year and I wanted to thank you all for your support and understanding in what has has been an interesting and challenging year. Having said this, this period of time has reminded us all of the value and importance of working together for what is best for our children and community and how communicating with each other is so important. 

Thank you and good luck to all our Year 6s, you have been a credit to yourselves and your families and everybody at the Huntspills wishes you every success in the future.

Please have a restful and peaceful summer break and we will see you back at school on Monday 7th September 2020. Please read the letter below for details about returning in September.

Safeguarding: worried about a child/family?

If you are worried about a family and/or child(ren) during the summer break, who could be in danger, then please contact Somerset Direct on 0300 123 2224 or email childrens@somerset.gov.uk.  You can also contact the police by dialling 101 - always ring 999 in an emergency. If you would like to speak to a social worker outside of office hours then please phone the Emergency Duty Team (EDT) on 0300 123 2327.

National Domestic Abuse Helpline:

Are you experiencing domestic abuse? You are not alone: help and advice can be found by calling 0808 2000 247 or visiting https://www.nationaldahelpline.org.uk

 In these difficult times it can help to talk. If you need someone to talk to why not try this superb local charity: https://somewherehousesomerset.org/

Take care all and stay safe. See you in September.

Mr Nevell

Thursday 16th July 2020

Please see below letter to parents regarding full re-opening in September 2020.

Wednesday 15th July 2020:

Wow! Time is flying by and we are nearly at the end of our final week of the academic year.

Thank you to all those that have collected food hampers, food vouchers and school books and belongings. Thank you also to those who have been kind enough to send in cakes, gifts and presents for the staff; we are humbled by your lovely gifts.

Please remember that school finishes on Friday 17th July (but in reality on Thursday 16th for most of you) and then restarts on Monday 7th September; all children are expected to return full-time from Monday 7th September

Further details will follow tomorrow (Thursday).

Kind regards,

Mr Nevell

Friday 10th July 2020:

Dear Parents/Carers,

What a busy week! Thank you to all those families that came and collected end of year reports, children's books, PE kits and various other items. Thank you for returning reading books also.

Week beginning Monday 13th July 2020: Food hampers: This will be the last week for food hampers - a HUGE thank you to all staff that have helped organise, prepare and give out these hampers. Thank you too for the families that have been collecting them regularly and understanding when any issues have arisen. An extra special thank you to Mr Nigel Statton (our caretaker) who has been delivering food hampers to families who were not able to collect them themselves. Summer holiday food vouchers will be available for collection on Monday; again a HUGE thank you to staff (and Marcus Rashford) for getting these organised.

Goodbye Year 6: We will be saying a fond farewell to all out Y6s this week. Although it is sad to see you go, I am sure you are all looking forward to making the most of your future at secondary school and beyond. Good luck and remember to always ASPIRE to be the best you can be!

September 2020:

As you know, school finishes for the summer holidays on Friday 17th July 2020 and restarts on Monday 7th September 2020.

We will share final plans for this with you next week, but just so you know (and can begin preparing), there will be an expectation that all children return to school in September and they will be wearing school uniform (there will be no need to wash this daily). We are so looking forward to seeing you all back in September!

Staffing: There are a few staffing changes that I want to make you aware of for September. Mrs Laura Collins (our Deputy Headteacher and Conifer class teacher) is going to be on maternity leave - her baby is due in October - I am sure we would all like to wish her the best of luck at this exciting time. 

Conifer class will be taught (full-time) by Miss Charley Williams, who joins us as a newly qualified teacher; I am sure you will all be keen to welcome her to East Huntspill in September.

There will be two Senior Teachers as of September - Mrs Sally Brown (based at West) and Mrs Hannah Bakary (based at East) who will be assisting in the smooth running of the Federation in the absence of Mrs Collins. Mrs Louise Skinner will be working across both schools from September, as well as teaching in Hawthorn Class on Fridays.

I look forward to updating you further next week on how school will be for everyone in September.

Thank you again for your on-going support and understanding.

Take care and best wishes,

Mr Derek Nevell 

Thursday 2nd July 2020:

Hello everyone and I hope you are all well.

School reports, information on next year's classes and other equipment collection:

We have several important items for you to collect from school:

  • Your child's end of year report
  • Information about your child's class and teacher in September
  • An update letter
  • PE bags
  • Books from this year

These items can be collected from your child's school at the following times:

Monday 6th July: all parents/carers of families collecting food hampers can collect their child's above items between 11am and 12pm.

Tuesday 7th July: all parents/carers of families with surnames A-M can collect their child's above items between 11am and 12pm.

Wednesday 8th July: all parents/carers of families with surnames N-Z can collect their child's above items between 11am and 12pm.

Further to this, if you have reading books and/or anything else to return to the school it can be done when you are picking up your child's items.

If you are unable to do any of the above, or you have any questions, please ring either school office.

Gifts for teachers/staff:

We have been asked by some families if they are allowed to give gifts to teachers/staff under the current circumstances. If you would like to do this, you are welcome to bring the gift to the school anytime in the morning on Monday 13th July. Thank you.

Thank you everyone.

Take care.

Mr Nevell

Monday 29th June 2020:

Good morning everyone and welcome to another week.

It was wonderful to have more children back last week and seeing children learning and engaging with our ‘new normal’ so well. Thank you to all of our families who are respecting the need for us all to follow the protocols that are in place in order to keep everyone safe; please remember it is essential that we keep to the Government guidelines both in and out of school. 

Thank you also to everyone who is continuing to engage with Tapestry, Class Dojo, Google Classroom and Home Learning. We know that this isn’t always easy and are pleased with your participation.

VIRTUAL SPORTS WEEK - Please visit your class pages to find out more about this exciting event.

We are continuing to formulate plans for what September may look like at both East and West Huntspill whilst we await further Government guidance. As soon as we are able, we will share these plans with you.

  • End of year reports will soon be ready for you; more information will follow.
  • Please remember that the last day of term is Friday 17th July 2020 (there will be no provision over the summer holidays).
  • The first day back for children will be Monday 7th September 2020.

Please continue to contact us to discuss any concerns or questions you may have. We are here to listen and help. We can’t wait to have all of our children back to full time school. We will continue to communicate through our website, our class pages and class online links and deeply appreciate your continuing support more than ever.

Many thanks and take care.

Mr Nevell

Tuesday 23rd June 2020:

The weather is due to be hot and sunny this week, so please remember to apply sun screen to your child before school and send them with a sun hat, water bottle, a packed lunch and a coat (just in case). They should not bring anything else to school (no book bags, no toys, etc)

Please remember that there is no crossing patrol available at this current time; you need to supervise your child crossing all roads to and from school.

The letter below (dated 19/06/20) gives further information about both school's capacity to take anymore children before the end of term (Friday 17th July 2020).

Finally, as we have always said, we miss having the children here with us at school and look forward to having them back as soon as possible. However, the safety and well-being of our staff and children must remain our highest priority at all times, which is why, despite the best made plans, the provision we are able to offer is subject to such short notice of change.

Once again, the Governors and I would like to thank you for your understanding and support in these continuing difficult and challenging times.

Take care,

Mr Nevell.

Friday 19th June 2020: (end of week update letter)

Dear Parents/Carers,

It has been wonderful to have more children back this week and seeing children learning and engaging with our ‘new normal’ so beautifully. Thank you to all of our families who are respecting the need for us all to follow the protocols that are in place in order to keep everyone safe; please remember it is essential that we keep to the Government guidelines both in and out of school. 

Thank you also to everyone who is continuing to engage with Tapestry, Class Dojo, Google Classroom and Home Learning. We know that this isn’t always easy and are pleased with your participation.

As a result of the increase in the number of children and a rise in the numbers of critical workers, we are now almost at capacity at both East and West Huntspill Schools. All staff who are able are now back and working to ensure that ‘bubbles’ are all learning and keeping safe. It is now going to be difficult for us to create anymore bubbles and we have very limited capacity to welcome any more children back before the 17th July (which is when the summer term ends). We understand that this is not ideal and welcome your on-going support, kindness and understanding.

We are starting to formulate plans for what September may look like at both East and West Huntspill whilst we await further Government guidance. As soon as we are able, we will share these plans with you.

Please continue to contact us to discuss any concerns or questions you may have. We are here to listen and help. We can’t wait to have all of our children back to full time school, sometimes you don’t realise how much you love things until they are not there. We will continue to communicate through our website, our class pages and class online links and deeply appreciate the community of both East and West Huntspill more than ever.

Many thanks and take care.

Kind regards,

Mr Nevell

Executive Headteacher

Friday 19th June 2020:

Hello all,

The latest Government advice has been updated and links to this can be found on our COVID-19 updates/Latest Government Advice tab.

Thank you.

Mr Nevell

Thursday 18th June 2020:

Hello everyone and I hope you are all well.

It has been lovely to see more children back in school this week and we are still missing everyone else who is unable to come in. Please remember to keep checking your child's online learning and Class Pages for work, activities and updates.

Further re-opening next week (w/b 22nd June 2020):

  •  Both East & West Huntspill Schools will be open to the children of critical workers & vulnerable pupils, Reception children, Year One children and some provision for Year Six children ONLY.
  • Your child/ren can only attend if you have booked a place - we are not taking any more children for next week (week beginning 22nd June).
  • Provision for Reception children and Year One will be Monday-Thursday only. Children of critical workers & vulnerable pupils will have provision Monday-Friday.
  • Year Six provision at West will be from 08.45/09.15 until 13.30 ONLY. Y6 children who are not critical worker children or vulnerable pupils will need collecting from school at 13.30 (from the main gates). This is Monday-Thursday only.
  • Year Six provision at East will only be on Wednesday mornings from 08.45/09.15 until 12.00 ONLY. Y6 children who are not critical worker children or vulnerable pupils will need collecting from school at 12.00 (from the main gates).
  • Unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond our control, the above Year 6 provision is all we can offer currently. This will be reviewed for the following week.
  • Apply sun screen to your child before school and send them with a sun hat, water bottle, a packed lunch and a coat. They should not bring anything else to school (no book bags, no toys, etc).
  • NO parents/carers will be allowed on site.

Food Hampers:

If you have ordered food hampers (or packed lunches), these will be available from your child's school (both East and West) on Monday between 11am and 12pm.

Further re-opening:

As per Government guidance we have to prioritise critical worker children & vulnerable children before further Reception, further year One and Year Six children.

If you want to add your child's name to the consideration/waiting list for future attendance please contact your child's school by 12pm on Tuesday 23rd June 2020.

Thank you and take care.

Kind regards,

Mr Nevell.

Wednesday 17th June 2020

Please see important letter form Julian Webster (SCC Director of Children's Services) regarding the capacity of schools to offer further places in school.

Thursday 11th June 2020:

Hello everyone and I hope you are all well.

Further re-opening next week (w/b 15th June 2020):

  •  Both East & West Huntspill School will be open to the children of critical workers & vulnerable pupils, Reception children, Year One children and there will be some provision for Year Six children ONLY.
  • Your child/ren can only attend if you have booked a place - we are not taking any more children for next week (week beginning 15th June).
  • Provision for Reception children and Year One will be Monday-Thursday only. Children of critical workers & vulnerable pupils will have provision Monday-Friday.
  • Year Six provision at West: All Year Six children who wish to attend will be able to attend from 08.45/09.15 until 13.30 ONLY. Y6 children who are not critical worker children or vulnerable pupils will need collecting from school at 13.30 (from the main gates). This is Monday-Thursday only.
  • Year Six provision at EastAll Year Six children who wish to attend will be able to attend on Wednesday 17th June from 08.45/09.15 until 12.00 ONLY. Y6 children who are not critical worker children or vulnerable pupils will need collecting from school at 12.00 (from the main gates). This is Wednesday only.
  • Unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond our control, the above Year 6 provision is all we can offer currently. This will be reviewed for the following week.
  • Apply sun screen to your child before school and send them with a sun hat, water bottle, a packed lunch and a coat. They should not bring anything else to school (no book bags, no toys, etc).
  • NO parents/carers will be allowed on site.

Food Hampers:

 If you have ordered food hampers (or packed lunches and your child can no longer attend), these will be available from your child's school (both East and West) on Monday between 11am and 12pm.

Further re-opening:

As per Government guidance we have to prioritise critical worker children & vulnerable children before further Reception, further year One and Year Six children.

If you want to add your child's name to the consideration/waiting list for future attendance please contact your child's school by 12pm on Tuesday 16th June 2020.

Thank you and take care.

Kind regards,

Mr Nevell.

Tuesday 9th June 2020:

 Morning all! Just a few important reminders:

  • Both East & West Huntspill School will be open to the children of critical workers & vulnerable pupilsReception children and Year One children ONLY.
  • Your child/ren can only attend if you have booked a place - we are not taking any more children for this week (week beginning 8th June).
  • Provision for Reception children and Year One will be Monday-Thursday only. Children of critical workers & vulnerable pupils will have provision Monday-Friday.
  • Apply sun screen to your child before school and send them with a sun hat, water bottle, a packed lunch and a coat. They should not bring anything else to school (no book bags, no toys, etc).
  • Remember that there is an extended arrival period (08.45-09.15) and an extended collection period (15.00-15.15). Please adhere to social-distancing when arriving/collecting at/from school.
  • NO parents/carers will be allowed on site.
  • Please be aware that the Reception & Year 1 'bubble' at East is a mixed bubble with use of the Hall, Hawthorn classroom and the covered Hawthorn play area.

Further re-opening:

We are still reviewing any further capacity we have to have Year Six children, further Reception and further Year One children in from the 15th June.

As per Government guidance we have to prioritise critical worker children & vulnerable children before further Reception, further year One and any Year Six children.

If you want to add your child's name to the consideration/waiting list for future attendance please contact your child's school by 12pm on Wednesday 10th June 2020.

Thank you and take care.

Kind regards,

Mr Nevell.

Friday 5th June 2020:

The children that have attended this week have been fantastic and we have loved having them back. Here are a few reminders regarding further re-opening from Monday 8th June 2020:

  • Both East & West Huntspill School will be open to the children of critical workers & vulnerable pupilsReception children and Year One children ONLY.
  • Your child/ren can only attend if you have booked a place - we are not taking any more children for next week (week beginning 8th June).
  • Provision for Reception children and Year One will be Monday-Thursday only. Children of critical workers & vulnerable pupils will have provision Monday-Friday.
  • Apply sun screen to your child before school and send them with a sun hat, water bottle, a packed lunch and a coat. They should not bring anything else to school (no book bags, no toys, etc).
  • Remember that there is an extended arrival period (08.45-09.15) and an extended collection period (15.00-15.15). Please adhere to social-distancing when arriving/collecting at/from school.
  • NO parents/carers will be allowed on site.
  • Other than some staffing changes (and the changes to which children can attend school), all other details in the letter dated Wednesday 27th May (see below) still stand.

Food Hampers:

 If you have ordered food hampers (or packed lunches and your child can no longer attend), these will be available from your child's school (both East and West) on Monday between 11am and 12pmThis is a change in time.

Further re-opening:

As noted above, you can only send your child in next week (week beginning 8th June) if you have booked a place in advance.

We are still reviewing any further capacity we have to have Year Six children, further Reception and further Year One children in from the 15th June.

As per Government guidance we have to prioritise critical worker children & vulnerable children before further Reception, further year One and any Year Six children.

If you want to add your child's name to the consideration/waiting list for future attendance please contact your child's school by 12pm on Wednesday 10th June 2020.

As I have said before, I would like to thank you personally, and on behalf of the Governors, for your continued understanding and support. It is much appreciated.

Take care.

Kind regards,

Mr Nevell.

Thursday 4th June 2020:

Friday reminder: Please remember that both schools are ONLY open to children of key workers & vulnerable pupils on Fridays (and that are booked in to be here).

Next week update: (week beginning Monday 8th June 2020)

 Following a calm and productive week at both schools, we are all beginning to get used to the 'new normal'. The children and staff have all been fantastic in coping with the necessary changes.

From Monday 8th June we will continue to provide provision for the children of critical workers & vulnerable pupils, Reception children and are now able to accept Year One children. Please note: you will only be able to bring your child if you have booked a place for the week beginning 8th June.

Please remember that provision for Reception & Year One children is only Monday to Thursday.

Unfortunately this means, that currently, we are not able to provide any provision for Year Six children at either school. This situation will be reviewed and you will be kept updated during next week.

During this time of constant change, one thing that we can be assured of is the amazing support and kindness that we share throughout our wider community and schools. I would like to thank personally, and on behalf of the Governors, all families, staff and children for their continued understanding and support. Together we will get through these difficult times.

Thank you and take care.

Kind regards,

Mr Nevell

Wednesday 3rd June 2020:

Morning everyone!

As previously stated, both schools are open to children of key workers & vulnerable pupils and Reception children this week (w/b 01/06/20) ONLY. Remember: This is only Monday to Thursday other than key workers & vulnerable pupils.

Next week (w/b 08/06/20), we are hoping to extend this provision to Year One children as well. If we are able to do this, please remember to inform the school if you would want to send your Year One child in (especially if you have changed your mind from any previous decision) by 2pm today.

Thank you.

Take care,

Mr Nevell

Monday 1st June 2020:

 Here are a few reminders regarding further re-opening from Monday 1st June 2020:

  • Both East & West Huntspill School will be open to the children of key workers & vulnerable pupils and Reception children ONLY.
  • Provision for Reception children will be Monday-Thursday only. Children of key worker & vulnerable pupils will have provision Monday-Friday.
  • You can only bring your child in if this was previously arranged. We can only take the number of children we are expecting.
  • Apply sun screen to your child before school and send them with a sun hat, water bottle, a packed lunch and a coat. They should not bring anything else to school (no book bags, no toys, etc).
  • Remember that there is an extended arrival period (08.45-09.15) and an extended collection period (15.00-15.15). Please adhere to social-distancing when arriving/collecting at/from school.
  • NO parents/carers will be allowed on site.
  • Other than some staffing changes (and the changes to which children can come to school), all other details in the letter dated Wednesday 27th May (see below) still stand.

Food Hampers:

 If you have ordered food hampers for this week (or packed lunches and your child can no longer attend), these will be available from your child's school (both East and West) between 12 and 1pm.

Next week: (week beginning 8th June 2020)

  • If you are classed as a key worker (and no other person can supervise your child at home) you can request a place for your child at school when you are working only. If you are going to require a key worker place for your child at school next week (regardless of year group), please contact the school by 2pm on Wednesday 3rd June (so we can assess demand and capacity).
  • If your child is classed as vulnerable, then you should already be aware of attendance at school. If you are not, please contact your child's school.
  • As stated below, we are constantly reviewing which children we can have in school. We have to prioritise children of key workers & vulnerable pupils, Reception children, Year One children and Year Six children, in that order. We will update you by 4pm on Thursday 4th June with regard to the provision we can offer from the week beginning 8th June.

Finally, as we have always said, we miss having the children here with us at school and look forward to having them back as soon as possible. However, the safety and well-being of our staff and children must remain our highest priority at all times, which is why, despite the best made plans, the provision we are able to offer is subject to such short notice of change.

Once again, the Governors and I would like to thank you for your understanding and support in these continuing difficult and challenging times.

Take care,

Mr Nevell.

Friday 29th May 2020:

IMPORTANT UPDATE REGARDING FURTHER RE-OPENING FROM 1ST JUNE 2020:

Dear Parents/Carers,

Following the Government announcement on 28th May, the Governing Body and I have made a final review of our proposed further re-opening offer at East and West Huntspill Schools.

Although a detailed plan is in place and all relevant risk assessments have been completed there continues to be a huge strain on our staffing capacity due to circumstances beyond our control.

For this reason, the only provision we can currently offer at both East and West Huntspill will be for the children of key workers, vulnerable learners and Reception children for the week beginning 1st June 2020.

This situation will be under constant review and parents/carers will be informed of any updates by Thursday 4th June at 3pm (for the week beginning 8th June).

Thank you for your understanding in this matter.

Take care,

Mr Nevell

Wednesday 27th May 2020:

Dear Parents/Carers,

Please see this important letter that is an update to our plans for the proposed further re-opening of schools (for some children) from 1st June 2020.

A final decision regarding further re-opening will be posted here by 3pm on Friday 29th May.

Thank you.

Take care,

Mr Nevell.

Friday 22nd May 2020:

 Good morning!

Please remember that there are food hamper pick-ups TODAY to cover next week (half-term week).

School is CLOSED on Monday 25th May as this is a bank holiday.

School is open to children of key workers and vulnerable learners from Tuesday to Friday during half-term week only.

Further information about the proposed re-opening of both schools from the 1st June will be shared with you as soon as full details are known. Until then, please see the letter below.

Take care.

Mr Nevell

Wednesday 20th May  2020:

Please see the below letter that explains the current thinking regarding the proposed further re-opening of schools (for some children) from 1st June.

Please use this information to help you make decisions for your children/family and potential attendance at school.

Take care.

Mr Nevell.

Monday 18th May 2020:

 Food hampers:

**Important information** Food hampers will be available for collection on Monday 18th May AND Friday 22nd May this week. This is because the week beginning 25th May was due to be half-term (and a Bank Holiday) so there will be no food hampers for collection in the week beginning 25th May.

So: Monday 18th May: Food hamper collection from West between 12 and 1pm  AND Friday 22nd May: Food hamper collection from West between 12 and 1pm (this is for the week beginning 25th May).

Update on potential further re-opening from 1st June 2020:

 As previously mentioned (see entry dated 11th May), I am still working on how any potential further re-opening at West (and a potential re-opening at East) may look and work. Our paramount concern will be making this as safe as possible for everyone involved, however, it needs to be made clear that whatever provision we are able to offer, it will not be school as you or your children are used to.

We will be trying to come up with the best possible solution to allow the children to return to a school environment that is as safe as it can be for them and the staff. To do this we will need to look at all available possibilities which will mean: 

  • There will be different behaviour expectations and routines (eg social distancing measures).
  • Your child being with a teacher/staff member they do not normally have (and in a different group).
  • The classrooms, equipment and break times will be different.
  • The timetable, curriculum and learning support will be different.
  • There is a possibility that we may not be able to offer a five day provision (eg your child may only be able to attend every other week or there only be a four-day provision).
  • There will be no Breakfast Club or after school clubs.
  • No parents/carers will be able to enter the school sites.

These measures will need to be considered because we are struggling in terms of available staff and restrictions of available space at both sites. 

I am sharing this important information so it can help you make a decision about whether you feel your child can return to school, or not, given what we will be offering.

Please bear with us at this difficult time and we will let you know our plans as soon as we can get them fully arranged later this week.

Thank you for your continued support and understanding.

Take care.

Mr Nevell

Wednesday 13th May 2020:

Hello everyone. Please see the entry/letter dated 11th May 2020 (see below) for information regarding further re-opening of schools. Until I provide further information regarding this, please assume that nothing has changed. School (West) is only open to the children of key workers and some of our more vulnerable children. 

Parents/carers of current Y6 children (joining Y7 Kind Alfred's in September 2020):

 Please read the letter below regarding transition to King Alfred's. This letter will also be on Class Pages and either posted to you or be in the food hampers.

Thank you and take care.

Mr Nevell

Tuesday 12th May 2020:

 Hello everyone. 

Please see the letter below regarding the potential expansion of re-opening schools from the 1st June 2020. Until I provide further information regarding this, please assume that nothing has changed. School (West) is only open to the children of key workers and some of our more vulnerable children. 

Please remember to regularly check the Class Pages for suggested work and activities form our teachers.

Take care and stay safe.

Mr Nevell

Stay alert - Control the virus - Save lives

Monday 11th May 2020

Update following Prime Minister’s announcement on Sunday 10th May 2020 (copy of letter for parents/carers of both East and West Huntspill Schools):

Dear Parents/Carers,

I hope you are all well and keeping safe. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your continued support and understanding in these challenging times.

I am sure that after the Prime Minister’s statement last night (10/05/20), there are lots of questions that you have. We have lots of questions that need clarification too.

At the moment, for us in school, there is no change to the guidance. We will provide care for those parents/carers whose work is critical to the COVID-19 response (key workers; the guidance for what a key worker is has not changed) and only those that cannot be safely cared for at home. The message is still that it is safer to stay at home.

We have not received any information to support us with this new plan to start the phased reopening of some year groups. We expect we will receive further information from the DfE (Department for Education) shortly, hopefully with some clarification.

We will need clear guidance to plan how it is possible to socially distance in schools and keep our children, teachers and families safe; how we might start to phase groups of children returning and what this looks like. Please be assured, there is no way we will reopen until we are 100% prepared.

As always, we will keep you informed – via the COVID-19 Update section of the Federation website https://www.huntspillfederation.co.uk/ - but for now, please try not to worry. Our plan for now is to continue to provide activities for learning at home (via the website Class Pages and the class online learning platforms), keep contact with you, our families, and continue to support each other in these very difficult and uncertain times.

Please take care all and stay safe.

Mr Nevell


Monday 4th May 2020:

I hope you are all well.

Please remember to regularly check the Class Pages for suggested work and activities. This week 

the activities and work will be focused around the 75th celebration of VE day on Friday 8th May 2020. This day, which was meant to be a Bank Holiday, marks 75 years since victory in Europe was celebrated on 8th May 1945. Enjoy learning about this important historical day and why we should still remember it today. Any work you want to share can be emailed in to homelearning.hfed@educ.somerset.gov.uk

The school will be closed on Friday 8th May 2020. 

West Huntspill will be open for the children of critical key workers and some vulnerable children. If you require essential childcare please contact the school (probably best by email) with dates.  Please remember: only bring your children to school (West Huntspill) if you absolutely need to. Otherwise, please remember to #StayHomeSaveLives.

Food hampers will be available on Monday between 12 and 1pm at West Huntspill.

Rainbow challenge:  (A fun artistic challenge for all)

We know that during these difficult times everyone is thankful for all the critical key workers that are still going to work to ensure we all have everything we need and are all cared for. This includes everyone working in the NHS, everyone delivering food, everyone emptying bins, everyone in the emergency services, everyone providing childcare, everyone running power stations, everyone looking after the elderly and many, many more jobs. If you have painted a rainbow, or done something else, to say 'thank you' we would love to see it and put it on our website. Please email a photo/scan to SCH.410@educ.somerset.gov.uk We look forward to seeing them.

Academy Conversion Update:

As you are all aware, both schools are in the process of converting to academy status and joining The Priory Learning Trust (TPLT). I wanted to inform you all, that although this process is still on-going there will be a 'pause' due to the current lockdown situation having an understandable effect on the Local Authority's capacity to progress any conversions at the moment. I will keep you up-to-date as and when things change.

Safeguarding: worried about a child/family?

If you are worried about a family and/or child(ren) who could be in danger then please contact the normal school numbers/emails, or by contacting Somerset Direct on 0300 123 2224 or by emailing childrens@somerset.gov.uk.  You can also contact the police by dialling 101 - always ring 999 in an emergency. If you would like to speak to a social worker outside of office hours then please phone the Emergency Duty Team (EDT) on 0300 123 2327.

National Domestic Abuse Helpline:

Are you experiencing domestic abuse? You are not alone: help and advice can be found by calling 0808 2000 247 or visiting https://www.nationaldahelpline.org.uk

Take care all and stay safe.

Mr Nevell

Thursday 30th April 2020:

 Here is a photo of our first rainbow that was completed by the 4 children in school on Wednesday with a little help from the staff. It looks amazing in our hall window; well done!

Why don't you have a go at our rainbow challenge too? 

Rainbow challenge:  (A fun artistic challenge for all)

We know that during these difficult times everyone is thankful for all the critical key workers that are still going to work to ensure we all have everything we need and are all cared for. This includes everyone working in the NHS, everyone delivering food, everyone emptying bins, everyone in the emergency services, everyone providing childcare, everyone running power stations, everyone looking after the elderly and many, many more jobs. If you have painted a rainbow, or done something else, to say 'thank you' we would love to see it and put it on our website. Please email a photo/scan to SCH.410@educ.somerset.gov.uk We look forward to seeing them.

Stay safe.

Mr Nevell

Thursday 30th April 2020:

 In these difficult times it can help to talk. If you need someone to talk to why not try this superb local charity: https://somewherehousesomerset.org/

Take care all and stay safe.

Mr Nevell

Wednesday 29th April 2020:

Hello, I hope you are all well and keeping safe at home.

Shielding: IMPORTANT NOTICE

Could anyone with someone in their household who is shielding please supply the school with a copy of the letter as soon as possible. This could be a photograph or scan and can be sent to SCH.410@educ.somerset.gov.uk Please put the word 'Shielding' and the family name in the subject box. Thank you.

Rainbow challenge:  (A fun artistic challenge for all)

We know that during these difficult times everyone is thankful for all the critical key workers that are still going to work to ensure we all have everything we need and are all cared for. This includes everyone working in the NHS, everyone delivering food, everyone emptying bins, everyone in the emergency services, everyone providing childcare, everyone running power stations, everyone looking after the elderly and many, many more jobs. If you have painted a rainbow, or done something else, to say 'thank you' we would love to see it and put it on our website. Please email a photo/scan to SCH.410@educ.somerset.gov.uk We look forward to seeing them.

VE day celebrations: (Next week's focus for suggested work/activities)

Next week's suggested work and activities from all teachers will be focused around the 75th celebration of VE day on Friday 8th May 2020. This day, which was meant to be a Bank Holiday, marks 75 years since victory in Europe was celebrated on 8th May 1945. Enjoy learning about this important historical day and why we should still remember it today. You will be asked to send in any work you want to share later next week.

Take everyone and stay safe.

Mr Nevell

Monday 27th April 2020:

 Welcome to another week in lockdown! Please rememebr that West Huntspill will be open for the children of critical key workers and some vulnerable children only. If you require essential childcare please contact the school (probably best by email) with dates.  Please remember: only bring your children to school (West Huntspill) if you absolutely need to. Otherwise, please remember to #StayHomeSaveLives.

Please remember to regularly check the Class Pages for suggested work and activities form our teachers. From now on, all classes will also have an online learning platform such as Google Classroom, Class Dojo or Tapestry; please keep a check on your emails for information about this or email the school on SCH.410@educ.somerset.gov.uk so you can be sent an 'invite' to join. Thank you to all of you for waha you are doing at home with your children; you are all doing a fantastic job!

Academy Conversion Update:

As you are all aware, both schools are in the process of converting to academy status and joining The Priory Learning Trust (TPLT). I wanted to inform you all, that although this process is still on-going there will be a 'pause' due to the current lockdown situation having an understandable effect on the Local Authority's capacity to progress any conversions at the moment. I will keep you up-to-date as and when things change.

Safeguarding: worried about a child/family?

If you are worried about a family and/or child(ren) who could be in danger then please contact the normal school numbers/emails, or by contacting Somerset Direct on 0300 123 2224 or by emailing childrens@somerset.gov.uk.  You can also contact the police by dialling 101 - always ring 999 in an emergency. If you would like to speak to a social worker outside of office hours then please phone the Emergency Duty Team (EDT) on 0300 123 2327.

National Domestic Abuse Helpline:

Are you experiencing domestic abuse? You are not alone: help and advice can be found by calling 0808 2000 247 or visiting https://www.nationaldahelpline.org.uk

Thank you all.

Take care and stay safe.

Mr Nevell

Friday 24th April 2020: (3pm)

As another week comes to an end I just wanted say well done to you all for staying calm and coping so well with these difficult circumstances we find ourselves in. You are all doing a fantastic job

Please remember: Whilst it is important to keep up some learning, time away from the computer, having some fun, being creative and staying calm is also incredibly important. When we all return to school, teachers and staff will do everything necessary to get your children back up to speed, so for now, just do what you can.

Food hampers will be available on Monday between 12 and 1pm at West Huntspill.

Next week: West Huntspill will be open for the children of critical key workers and some vulnerable children. If you require essential childcare please contact the school (probably best by email) with dates.  Please remember: only bring your children to school (West Huntspill) if you absolutely need to. Otherwise, please remember to #StayHomeSaveLives.

Take care and stay safe.

Mr Nevell.

Friday 24th April 2020:

Please read the below for a useful home learning support for parents/carers:

StarLine home learning helpline:
A new home learning telephone helpline - is now live to support parents and carers nationwide.
A group of partners including David Ross Education Trust, Freshworks, Future Academies, Inspiration Trust, Mumsnet, Oak National Academy, PLMR, StarAcademies, Triple P Positive Parenting Program and United Learning have come together to create and deliver StarLine. Each partner has pledged their people, expertise and resources to support StarLine. This initiative is supported and welcomed by CST and also by the DfE.
StarLine will help parents and carers in the following ways:
By providing access to a team of qualified teachers, education and parenting experts.
By focussing on providing practical ideas, support and reassurance.
By offering tips, techniques and resources to enable parents to give their children the support they need to continue learning while schools are closed.
By supporting family wellbeing and mental health.
By covering all phases of education and subjects plus behaviour, pupil well-being and SEND.
StarLine is available to parents and carers of pupils from all schools nationwide. Free, confidential advice is available six days a week by phoning the StarLine team on 0330 313 9162. For more information, visit www.starline.org.uk or follow @StarLineSupport on Twitter.
The team behind StarLine will also be broadcasting a weekly programme on YouTube. In each episode of StarLive, a guest presenter will share practical ideas for home learning. Further details can be found on the StarLine website.

Why not give it a try?

Thank you.

Mr Nevell

Wednesday 22nd April 2020:

 Hello everyone!

I hope you are all keeping well and keeping busy by engaging with some of the activities suggested by the class teachers on their Class Pages via the school banners to the left. There are also lots of links under the Home Learning banner. Enjoy!

Remember: We now have a dedicated Home Learning email address that you can use to ask questions regarding your child’s learning whilst at home.  You will hopefully receive a reply within 48 working hours.

The email address for this is:  homelearning.hfed@educ.somerset.gov.uk

We have also set up an ‘Achievement Wall’ (see banner to the left) to display what your child/children have been doing at home. Please use the school’s email addresses to send us information or photographs of your child’s work.  Please put the words ‘ACHIEVEMENT INFORMATION’ in the subject box. We look forward to seeing what they have been up to.

West Huntspill will be open for the children of critical key workers. If you require essential childcare please contact the school (probably best by email) with dates.  Please remember: only bring your children to school (West Huntspill) if you absolutely need to. Otherwise, please remember to #StayHomeSaveLives.

Please remember: Whilst it is important to keep up some learning, please remember that time away from the computer, having some fun, being creative and staying calm is also incredibly important. When we all return to school, teachers and staff will do everything necessary to get your children back up to speed, so for now, just do what you can.

Take care and stay safe.

Mr Nevell.

 

Monday 20th April 2020:

Hello everyone. I hope you have managed to enjoy some relaxed time over the Easter 'break'. Teachers will now resume ensuring that there is work suggested on the Class Pages. There has also been the launch by the BBC of 'daily lessons' which can be found here https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/dailylessons

Please remember: Whilst it is important to keep up some learning, please remember that time away from the computer, having some fun, being creative and staying calm is also incredibly important. When we all return to school, teachers and staff will do everything necessary to get your children back up to speed, so for now, just do what you can.

Food hampers:

All food hamper pick-ups will be on Mondays from now on (starting on Monday 20th April). Please collect from West Huntspill main gates between 12 and 1pm.

Safeguarding: worried about a child/family?

If you are worried about a family and/or child(ren) who could be in danger then please contact the normal school numbers/emails, or by contacting Somerset Direct on 0300 123 2224 or by emailing childrens@somerset.gov.uk.  You can also contact the police by dialling 101 - always ring 999 in an emergency. If you would like to speak to a social worker outside of office hours then please phone the Emergency Duty Team (EDT) on 0300 123 2327.

National Domestic Abuse Helpline:

Are you experiencing domestic abuse? You are not alone: help and advice can be found by calling 0808 2000 247 or visiting https://www.nationaldahelpline.org.uk

Thank you everyone.

Take care and stay safe.

Mr Nevell.

Friday 17th April 2020:

A quick update.

Food hampers:

All food hamper pick-ups will be on Mondays from now on (starting on Monday 20th April). Please collect from West Huntspill main gates between 12 and 1pm.

Reminder: Teachers will update their class pages again from Monday 20th April 2020.

West Huntspill will be open for the children of critical key workers. If you require essential childcare please contact the school (probably best by email) with dates.  Please remember: only bring your children to school (West Huntspill) if you absolutely need to. Otherwise, please remember to #StayHomeSaveLives.

Take care and stay safe.

Mr Nevell.

Safeguarding: worried about a child/family?

If you are worried about a family and/or child(ren) who could be in danger then please contact the normal school numbers/emails, or by contacting Somerset Direct on 0300 123 2224 or by emailing childrens@somerset.gov.uk.  You can also contact the police by dialling 101 - always ring 999 in an emergency. If you would like to speak to a social worker outside of office hours then please phone the Emergency Duty Team (EDT) on 0300 123 2327.

National Domestic Abuse Helpline:

Are you experiencing domestic abuse? You are not alone: help and advice can be found by calling 0808 2000 247 or visiting https://www.nationaldahelpline.org.uk

Thank you everyone.

Take care and stay safe.

Mr Nevell.

Thursday 16th April 2020:

 Morning everyone! A quick update.

Food hampers:

All food hamper pick-ups will be on Mondays from now on (starting on Monday 20th April). Please collect from West Huntspill main gates between 12 and 1pm.

Reminder: Teachers will update their class pages again from Monday 20th April 2020.

West Huntspill will be open for the children of critical key workers. If you require essential childcare please contact the school (probably best by email) with dates.  Please remember: only bring your children to school (West Huntspill) if you absolutely need to. Otherwise, please remember to #StayHomeSaveLives.

Take care and stay safe.

Mr Nevell.

Sunday 12th April 2020: (Easter Day)

  Happy Easter everyone! 

I hope you are all keeping well and remembering to #StayHomeSaveLives.

Please remember that there will be a food hamper pick-up on Tuesday 14th April (see post on Wednesday 8th for details).

Take care and stay safe.

Mr Nevell

Wednesday 8th April 2020:

 Hello everyone!

Please remember the food hamper arrangements over the Easter 'holidays'.

Food hampers: (please collect from West Huntspill main gates between 12pm and 1pm)

**IMPORTANT CHANGES OVER EASTER HOLIDAYS** 

Thursday 9th April  (hamper pick-up) – food provided for Thursday to Tuesday (Easter weekend)

Tuesday 14th April (hamper pick-up) – food provided for Tuesday until Monday.

Weekly collections will begin again from Monday 20th April.

Thank you everyone.

Take care and stay safe.

Mr Nevell.

Monday 6th April 2020:

Hello everyone!

Please remember that it is now the Easter 'holidays'; this means that the teachers will not be posting daily updates on their class pages but have posted some suggested Easter activities for them to have a go at. This will allow everyone to have as restful an Easter break as possible.

Teachers will update their class pages 'normally' from Monday 20th April 2020.

West Huntspill will be open for the children of critical key workers during the Easter holidays (except Good Friday and Easter Monday).  If you require essential childcare over this period, or beyond, please contact the school (probably best by email) with dates.  Please remember: only bring your children to school (West Huntspill) if you absolutely need to. 

Food hampers: (please collect from West Huntspill main gates between 12pm and 1pm)

**IMPORTANT CHANGES OVER EASTER HOLIDAYS** 

Thursday 9th April  (hamper pick-up) – food provided for Thursday to Tuesday (Easter weekend)

Tuesday 14th April (hamper pick-up) – food provided for Tuesday until Monday.

Weekly collections will begin again from Monday 16th April.

Got a question?

 If you have any questions please remember that these can be emailed into the schools via the home learning email address homelearning.hfed@educ.somerset.gov.uk 

Safeguarding: worried about a child/family?

If you are worried about a family and/or child(ren) who could be in danger then please contact the normal school numbers/emails, or by contacting Somerset Direct on 0300 123 2224 or by emailing childrens@somerset.gov.uk.  You can also contact the police by dialling 101 - always ring 999 in an emergency. If you would like to speak to a social worker outside of office hours then please phone the Emergency Duty Team (EDT) on 0300 123 2327.

Thank you everyone.

Take care and stay safe.

Mr Nevell.

Friday 3rd April 2020:

 Hello everyone. I hope you are all keeping safe at home and managing to complete some of the activities and work on the class pages. I am also aware that lots of you are getting into good routines, normally starting the day with 'PE with Joe Wicks' (ouch)!

This is fantastic, however, please remember that it is not possible to complete all the work available and you need to make sure you don't over do it with your children. The school day cannot be reproduced at home and don't be too hard on yourselves either; some reading, some writing, some exercise and something else (science/nature/art/cooking/other) is more than enough. As we say to the children, you and them can only strive to do your best!

Easter holidays:

With the above in mind (and the fact that the next two weeks are officially holidays), teachers will be posting Easter based activities on their class pages for the next two weeks and not making daily comments. These activities are just suggestions and are aimed to be more 'relaxed' than the work they are suggesting in term time. This will allow everyone to have as restful an Easter break as possible. Teachers will update their class pages 'normally' from Monday 20th April 2020.

West Huntspill will be open for the children of critical key workers during the Easter holidays (except Good Friday and Easter Monday).  If you require essential childcare over this period, or beyond, please contact the school with dates.  Please remember: only bring your children to school (West Huntspill) if you absolutely need to. 

Food hampers:

Please note that hampers can be collected every Monday from the main gates of West Huntspill School between 12.30 and 1pm. 

**IMPORTANT CHANGES OVER EASTER HOLIDAYS** 

Monday 6th April  (hamper pick-up) – food provided for Monday to Thursday

Thursday 9th April  (hamper pick-up) – food provided for Thursday to Tuesday (Easter weekend)

Tuesday 14th April (hamper pick-up) – food provided for Tuesday until Monday.

Weekly collections will begin again from Monday 16th April.

Got a question?

 If you have any questions please remember that these can be emailed into the schools via the home learning email address homelearning.hfed@educ.somerset.gov.uk 

Safeguarding: worried about a child/family?

If you are worried about a family and/or child(ren) who could be in danger then please contact the normal school numbers/emails, or by contacting Somerset Direct on 0300 123 2224 or by emailing childrens@somerset.gov.uk.  You can also contact the police by dialling 101 - always ring 999 in an emergency. If you would like to speak to a social worker outside of office hours then please phone the Emergency Duty Team (EDT) on 0300 123 2327.

Thank you everyone.

Take care and stay safe.

Mr Nevell.

Thursday 2nd April 2020:

 I hope you are all keeping well and keeping busy by engaging with some of the activities suggested by the class teachers on their class pages via the school banners to the left. There are also lots of links under the Home Learning banner. Enjoy!

Please read the information below regarding food hampers over the Easter holidays.

Easter Holidays

West Huntspill will be open for the children of essential key workers during the Easter holidays.  If you require essential childcare over this period, or beyond, please contact the school with dates if at all possible.  Please remember: only bring your children to school (West Huntspill) if you absolutely need to. 

Take care and stay safe.

Mr Nevell.

Tuesday 31st March 2020: (3.30pm)

Thank you to those who collected their food hampers yesterday.  Please remember these are available for pupils who are entitled to benefits-related free school meals and ALL pupils in Reception year, Year 1 and Year 2 under the government Universal Infant Free School Meals (UIFSM) scheme.  If you are eligible and still wish to collect your hamper for this week, please contact West Huntspill School or message one of the school PTA Facebook pages.

Please note that hampers can be collected every Monday from the main gates of West Huntspill School between 12.30 and 1pm. 

**IMPORTANT CHANGES OVER EASTER HOLIDAYS** 

Monday 6th April  (hamper pick-up) – food provided for Monday to Thursday

Thursday 9th April  (hamper pick-up) – food provided for Thursday to Tuesday (Easter weekend)

Tuesday 14th April (hamper pick-up) – food provided for Tuesday until Monday.

Weekly collections will begin again from Monday 16th April.  

Home Learning:

We now have a dedicated Home Learning email address that you can use to ask questions regarding your child’s learning whilst at home.  Please note that this is to assist you in your home learning and not to answer specific questions like ‘What is the answer to question number 4?’   We are anticipating that you will receive a reply within 48 working hours.

The email address for this is:  homelearning.hfed@educ.somerset.gov.uk

We are also setting up an ‘Achievement Wall’ to display what your child/children have been doing at home. Please use the school’s email addresses to send us information or photographs of your child’s work.  Please put the words ‘ACHIEVEMENT INFORMATION’ in the subject box. We look forward to seeing what they have been up to.

Easter Holidays

West Huntspill will be open for the children of essential Key Workers during the Easter holidays.  If you require essential childcare over this period, or beyond, please contact the school with dates.  Please remember: only bring your children to school (West Huntspill) if you absolutely need to. 

As we say goodbye to March today and welcome April, with lighter nights and hopefully sunny weather, remember to be responsible, stay home and stay safe.

Take care.

Mr Nevell.

Friday 27th March 2020: (3.30pm)

Just a quick update from me.

Thank you everyone - staff, parents, carers, children and the community - for being so calm, understanding and supportive as we all adjust to what are unprecedented and challenging times. We will continue to support everyone involved in our Federation and community as best as we can as we move forward together.

East Huntspill School is now officially closed to all pupils and non-essential visitors and West Huntspill is only open to those children that absolutely need to attend

Free School Meals:

As of Monday 30th March 2020, BAM (our lunch supplier) will be producing a hamper (per child) that will last a week. This is available for all children that are entitled to benefits-related free school meals or Universal Infant Free School Meals (UIFSM). UIFSM are all children in Reception year, Year 1 and Year 2. We have ordered a hamper for every eligible child.

These hampers will be available for collection from the main gates of West Huntspill School between 12.30 and 1pm every Monday. Please ensure you adhere to social distancing advice when you come to collect your hampers. Unfortunately, we are unable to deliver any hampers.

Best wishes and stay safe.

Mr Nevell.

Please remember: Only bring your children to school (West Huntspill) if you absolutely need to. Otherwise, be responsible and stay at home

Thursday 26th March 2020:

Free School Meals update:

In addition to the information below, children who qualify for Universal Free School Meals (that is those children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2) are also able to order a hamper. To have this hamper ready for Monday, we will need to know who would like one as soon as possible today (by 10.30am) so we can order them. Please ring West Huntspill school to order your hamper on 01278 783842.

Those entitled to benefits-related free school meals will be ordered for you.

Thank you.

Stay safe.

Mr Nevell

Wednesday 25th March 2020: (mid-day)

I hope you are all well and managing to engage with the home learning. Home Learning can be accessed from the Home Learning banner and also from the Class Pages via the East Or West Huntspill School banners. Try your best to get your child/children into a routine so they and you know what you will be doing each day.

Free School Meals update:

 Currently, if you are eligible for a benefits-related free school meal, then these will be available to collect from the main gate at West Huntspill School from 12.30-12.50pm.

As of Monday 30th March, BAM (our meal provider) will be doing a hamper of food for all those children eligible for benefits-related free school meals, which will be available to pick-up from West Huntspill's main gates between 12.30pm and 1pm every Monday. This will last for a whole week (per child).

Below is what the hampers will contain:

Please remember: Only bring your children to school (West Huntspill) if you absolutely need to. Otherwise, be responsible and stay at home.

Take care and stay safe.

Mr Nevell


Tuesday 24th March 2020: (10am)

Thank you everyone for the huge efforts you are making in keeping your children home to keep them safe and help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Home Learning: Please remember the Home Learning banner and the Class Pages (via the West and East Huntspill banners) will have good advice on what your children can do at home.

If you are eligible for a benefits-related free school meal, then these will be available to collect from the main gate at West Huntspill School from 12.30-12.50pm. This went really smoothly today, so thank you. We are currently looking into how we can carry on supporting families eligible to benefits-related free school meals following the Prime Minister's announcement last night.

Please remember: Only bring your children to school (West Huntspill) if you absolutely need to. Otherwise, be responsible and stay at home.

#StayHomeSaveLives

Stay safe,
Mr Nevell

 

Monday 23rd March 2020: (10pm)

Tonight, the Prime Minister announced further measures to tackle Coronavirus and the spread of COVID-19.
 
Schools and other settings remain closed - except for vulnerable children and the children of critical workers who cannot be cared for at home and absolutely need to attend.
 
Only bring your children to school (West Huntspill) if you absolutely need to. Otherwise, be responsible and stay at home.

     #StayHomeSaveLives
 
Stay safe,
 
Mr Nevell

Monday 23rd March 2020: (4.30pm)

Dear Parents/Carers,

Thank you to all of you who were able to keep your children safely at home today. I hope you are all well and remembering to engage with the home learning as set out on the Class Pages under the East or West Huntspill School banner. Please remember: If children can safely stay at home, then they should do, to limit the chance of COVID-19 spreading.

If your child is one of the children we are expecting tomorrow at West, please remember to bring them between 08.40am and collect them at 3.15pm. They need to come in a freshly laundered set of clothes with a water bottle, lunch and coat. They do not need to bring reading records or bags.

If you are eligible for a benefits-related free school meal, then these will be available to collect from the main gate at West Huntspill School from 12.30-12.50pm. This went really smoothly today, so thank you.

Keep safe everyone and remain calm.

Best wishes,

Mr Nevell

Monday 23rd March 2020:

 Dear Parents/Carers,

Please remember: If children can safely stay at home, then they should do, to limit the chance of COVID-19 spreading.

If you were contacted by the school on Friday regarding your child attending and they absolutely need to attend, please remember to bring them to West Huntspill at 08.40am and collect them at 3.15pm.

If you are eligible for a benefits-related free school meal, then these will be available to collect from the main gate at West Huntspill School from 12.30-12.50pm.

Thank you and keep safe everyone.

Mr Nevell

Friday 20th March 2020:

Please read this important letter about school closures and maintaining some provision from Monday 23rd March 2020. 

Click Here for today's letter 

Thank you,

Mr Nevell

Please read this letter addressed to parents/carers from Julian Wooster, Director of Children's Services

Click Here for letter from Somerset Services for Education

Thursday 19th March 2020: (update at 4pm)

Firstly, thank you for your understanding and support in what is a very challenging time.

Secondly, tomorrow - Friday 20th March 2020 - both schools are open as normal, so please attend unless your children/you are displaying symptoms or are in the 'at increased risk' category. 

Thirdly, I would like to reassure you that I will post arrangements here related to next week - from Monday 23rd March 2020 - as soon as I can. Everyone will receive this detailed information by 3.15pm tomorrow. This will allow us to provide for the children of 'key workers' and our 'vulnerable children' as specified by the Government (we are still waiting for the exact guidance related to this).

Once we have this guidance we will then finalise our plans, however, it is most likely that all eligible children will be required to attend at West Huntspill's school site from Monday 23rd March 2020. This will allow us to ensure there is enough staff to supervise the attending children and for us to ensure we are able to facilitate the provision of free school meals to the families that are entitled to them via benefits that they receive.

Thank you for your continued support.

Best wishes,

Mr Nevell

Thursday 19th March 2020:

Both schools are open, so please attend unless you are displaying symptoms or are in the 'at increased risk' category. 

Thank you,

Mr Nevell 

Wednesday 18th March 2020:

Both schools are open, so please attend unless you are displaying symptoms or are in the 'at increased risk' category. 

Thank you,

Mr Nevell 

Tuesday 17th March 2020:

Please see the below letter (which was also sent home today and put on the PTA Facebook pages), it gives you lots of information about the on-going situation regarding COVID-19. It covers the symptoms (and whether your children should be in school or not), who is considered at 'increased risk', how we will keep you informed, where you can access home learning and in formation about safeguarding and well-being.

Click Here for today's letter

Thank you,

Mr Nevell

Tuesday 17th March 2020:

Please be reassured that the safety and well-being of all pupils and staff across the Huntspill Federation is paramount. We are staying calm and following Government advice regarding keeping both schools open and attendance is expected as normal unless you are displaying either of the known symptoms:

  • A new continuous cough
  • A high temperature/fever (above 37.8 degrees Celsius)

If anyone in your household has or is displaying these symptoms, then the current advice is to self-isolate the whole household for 14 days.

There is also new Government guidance regarding those who are at increased risk (see below):

We are advising those who are at increased risk of severe illness from coronavirus (COVID-19) to be particularly stringent in following social distancing measures.

This group includes those who are:

Note: there are some clinical conditions which put people at even higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19. If you are in this category, next week the NHS in England will directly contact you with advice the more stringent measures you should take in order to keep yourself and others safe. For now, you should rigorously follow the social distancing advice in full, outlined below.

People falling into this group are those who may be at particular risk due to complex health problems such as:

  • people who have received an organ transplant and remain on ongoing immunosuppression medication
  • people with cancer who are undergoing active chemotherapy or radiotherapy
  • people with cancers of the blood or bone marrow such as leukaemia who are at any stage of treatment
  • people with severe chest conditions such as cystic fibrosis or severe asthma (requiring hospital admissions or courses of steroid tablets)
  • people with severe diseases of body systems, such as severe kidney disease (dialysis)

Monday 16th March 2020:

In response to the on-going situation with the COVID-19 outbreak the Huntspill schools will be:

  • Increasing our hygiene routines, including hand-washing, in-line with Government advice.
  • All non-essential visitors to school will be cancelled/postponed.
  • All after school sports clubs will be cancelled.
  • Class worship will replace daily collective worship.
  • Class wake 'n' shake will replace collective wake 'n' shake.
  • No trips will take place.
  • No PTA/other events will take place: the planned Mother's Day/Special Person's Day gift buying will take place as it will be facilitated by school staff.

Thank you for remaining calm everyone.