Headteacher's Blog

09 September 2021


Dear Parents and Carers


Welcome back after what I hope has been an enjoyable and safe summer holiday.  As usual children have been fantastic on their return and slipping into routines straight away.  Our new Year 3 pupils seem as though they have always been here and both look and behave brilliantly.  They are a true credit to you.


Regarding routines I would remind you that learning in school begins at 9am. Our gates are open at 8.45am and children can go straight to class.  Please ensure that they are here on time as it can be challenging and embarrassing for some children to join a class when a lesson has already started.


The school day ends at 3.10pm for all pupils.  At the end of the school day classes are now situated at specific points around the playground for collection.  Thank you for slipping into this new routine so rapidly and helping us to keep your children and other adults safe by reducing contact.


You will be aware from the new Covid information that some of the requirements for schools have been relaxed.  However, as I indicated in my communication in the Summer term, we are committed to being as safe as possible and as such we are continuing with many of the measures from last academic year.


There are no class “bubbles” but we are still keeping year groups distinct and apart from others as far as possible.  This means that break times and lunches in halls are still in year groups.


We still insist upon orderly movement and keeping appropriate distance around the school. All classes and areas have to be well ventilated.  Hand hygiene is still maintained throughout the day alongside strict cleaning protocols.


Despite being told that whole school assemblies are now allowed we will not be doing this as our hall spaces are limited and we currently have 291 pupils in school.  Gathering will be year group based and time limited.


All other measures are detailed on the current Risk Assessment which is on the school website.


With this letter is an update for you from Sarah Scott, Executive Director of Adult Social Care and Public Health.  It details for you the changes to reporting, testing, tracking and managing any Covid related infections.  Please read this carefully and if you have any queries, please contact us.


Once again “Thank You” for a great start to the year and for all the support you give us.




July 2021


Dear Parents and Carers


I cannot quite believe I am writing this blog for the last time in this academic year. 


It has been a year like no other and has presented challenges unprecedented in all of our collective experiences.

The level of safety precautions we have all had to put in place has had an impact upon the nature of access to the curriculum in school in that how we share experiences and access services and activities outside of school has changed.  The need to be able to move to remote learning in the event of an outbreak has led to different approaches to our learning.  However, your children have responded magnificently and made amazing progress.


It would be easy to dwell upon the negatives of these situations, but many of these enforced changes have made us look at things in a different way and actually make improvements as a result.


We are now much more geared towards accessing learning for you and your child(ren) through technology.  We now have greater access to you as parents and carers through this technology and you have interacted with us superbly.  Lunchtimes in smaller groups give children a better experience and our transition from our feeder infant schools has been longer and more effective.


As I write this the announcement that there will be a relaxing of the restrictions comes as a welcome relief and we can begin to return to the sort of holistic access to the curriculum that allows pupils to mix and extend their experiences and relationships.

However, please be reassured that we will still continue to apply the same high level of care in accordance with guidelines for you and your children.


For those of you with children in Y6 where this is your final year as a parent at our school I say a sad farewell and a thank you.  Your children are a true credit.  I wish you well.


For those of you who will be with us in September I cannot wait to continue the fantastic journey with your children and ensure we do everything to make their time here a happy, safe and productive one.


Finally, on behalf of all staff a massive “Thank you”.  We take it as a given that you, as parents, offer us amazing support.  However, your respect for the processes we have had to put in place and your patience when we have had to send pupil groups home to isolate has been incredible.


I wish you all a happy and safe summer break and look forward to seeing most of you in September.


Andrew Darby


March 2021


Dear Parents and Carers

I just wanted to say a massive welcome back and “thank you” for a great return to school.

Your children have been incredible and it has been a joy to see them all enjoying their friends, engaging in their lessons and feeling happy and safe.

You have also been fantastic.  Thank you for the way in which you have followed the timings and continued to maintain social distancing and the wearing of masks on the playground and inside the school.  Ultimately these are the measures, alongside what we do during the day, that are going to keep us all safe and ensure as little disruption as possible.

I would also remind you that the timings of the day in terms of start and finish alter from Monday 15 March 2021.  As you know this has been flexible this week to allow you and your children to adjust and where needed make alternative arrangements.


From Monday 15 March 2021, as we indicated in our letter to you, we will expect all pupils in by 9.00am as usual.  


Children may enter the school from 8.45am and go directly to class.  I would ask that you drop them at the gate, either High Street or Tredworth Road and move on as quickly as possible to reduce numbers on the playground.  If you need to pass on a message, senior staff will be available for you to approach or you can call reception if needed.

The majority of children have been in by 9.00am this week which is great.  We have a very small number of pupils coming in beyond 9.15am, this is not acceptable.  We need all pupils in by 9.00am so that lessons can begin for all pupils on time.  We have a lot of ground to make up!

The infant school is maintaining opening up to 9.10am so there is time to come here first if needed and still make the infant school in time.


Pick up times for your children are as follows:

Year 3 and Year 4 - 3.00pm

Year 5 and Year 6 - 3.10pm


Once again many thanks, keep safe.


Andrew Darby


School will closed on Tuesday 5 January 2021

Following the government announcement, school will be closed on Tuesday 5 January 2021 while we look at provision.  Please call the school if you are a key worker to book a place for your child/children for Wednesday. 

Parents/carers who fulfil the criteria as a key worker are:


  • Health and Social Care
  • Education and Child Care
  • Local/National Government who are involved in delivering the coronavirus response or essential public services
  • Food distribution and other necessary goods
  • Public safety and national security
  • Transport and border
  • Utilities, communication and financial services


School will contact parents of vulnerable pupils. 

January 2021


Dear all


Happy New Year.


I hope you all enjoyed the festive period and are well.


School is open as usual on Tuesday the 5th January 2021 and we look forward to seeing you all.  Please keep to the starting and leaving times for lower and upper school to reduce contact as much as possible on the playground.  Please maintain social distancing and where possible wear a mask.


Best wishes


Andrew Darby


October 2020


Hello everyone


I hope this finds you and your families healthy and well as we begin the run up to a well-deserved rest for your children and the staff.


When we returned in September we all faced a situation that is uncharted, both professionally and personally.


As you are aware the health and safety measures we have put in are extremely comprehensive and require everyone to stick to them.  Your children have been amazing and have adapted brilliantly.


Our new Year 3 pupils have settled incredibly well.


I would particularly like to thank you all as parents and carers for carefully adhering so specifically to our new staggered entry and exit times and in the way you have all dealt with queries through the admin as asked.


We now need to be extra vigilant and not assume that what we are doing is job done.  We will continue to ensure we have the safety of all of our Tredworth “family” as our highest priority, but there will undoubtedly be new challenges to face along the way.


I know that we will face them together as we always have in the manner that makes Tredworth Juniors the fantastic school it is.


Andrew Darby