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 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.