I am delighted to say that Classes 3 & 3/4 have now moved into the new mobiles and are working away there! The classrooms are bigger than they are used to and the children love their new surroundings! We hope to have the reception playground tarmacked over the next few days which may result in gate changes but we will keep you informed.
I met recently with Wilmott Dixon who are the contractors appointed by Herts County Council to manage the build and we have started to put the programme of works together. Much of the initial work will occur offsite. I am told it is a modular build so we may not see any works in school until well into the new year. However, I am assured by all interested parties that the building will be ready by September 2016.
Please remember if you have a child due to start school in September 2016 and you would like to come and hear how our intake plans are developing, book yourselves onto one of the open day sessions for prospective parents but there is no need to do the tour!
On Saturday morning I am attending the first session of the Hertfordshire Governor Conference. The reason for this is during this session they announce the Hertfordshire Governor of the Year and Ian Hankin, our Chair of Governors, has been shortlisted! I am sure you will join me in wishing Ian all the best and of course I will let you all know the outcome!
I would just like to thank you all for your amazing support of various projects over the last few weeks. We collected 147 Shoeboxes for Link to Hope which was wonderful. We then had great support for the British Legion Poppy Appeal, selling a variety of poppy products, and today our Children in Need Cake sale was a great success. Thank you so much for supporting us with all of these.
Don’t forget we have the Winter Wonderland at the end of next week and we still need more help on some of the stalls. Please sign up on the rota in the office area or speak to member of the SPA.
Please remember if you have any concerns please do not hesitate to make an appointment and come and see me.
SEVERE WEATHER PROCEDURES!
So far this year we have been unusually lucky with mild weather however we don’t expect it to last much longer! Once the weather turns colder and a little more unpredictable we have to start thinking about our severe weather procedures. I have to assure you that no decision about closing the school would be taken lightly, in reality we have only closed three times in the last 27 years! However, I am not prepared to put anyone in the position whereby they are forced to travel in conditions which the police advise us are dangerous.
We currently only have 2 full time teachers who could get to school by walking if there is severe snow, and that would mean I would have to close the school. It may be that the roads around school do not appear to be dangerous, but many staff travel on major roads where there could be problems.
In the event of severe weather Mrs Light would get to school and assess the situation there and together we will make the decision in line with advice from the Local Authority and the police. If the decision is made to close the school, we would immediately put a notice on the school website home page saying that the school is closed. This would also be sent out by Twitter. As we are such a close community we know that many of you also spread the word which is great but rumours could start so please rely upon the website which will be accurate!
A message is also sent to Hertfordshire LA who post the school’s name on 3 Counties Radio so that is another source of information.
I hope that by being proactive and setting all of this in motion, we will never have to use it, but it is better to be safe than sorry and I can assure you that a decision to close would only be taken in severe cases.