North Leigh C of E Primary School
Learning at Home
17th July 2020
Final headteacher's letter of the year

It is with a heavy heart that I write to acknowledge the end of this school year. It has been a year unlike any other that we have ever faced in school, and while I am grateful that we have not, within our community, experienced some of the very tragic circumstances witnessed elsewhere, I am very aware that for many in our school community the pandemic has bought anxiety, worries, stresses and hardship that were unimaginable prior to the closure of school in March.
It has been lovely to have the opportunity to see many of the children returning in prioritized year group bubbles or for re-connection visits and we now look forward to welcoming all children back, albeit in rather strange circumstances, in September.
Read the full letter here

15th July 2020
Planning for Full Reopening of School from September 2020
Following publication of the Government guidance for full reopening of schools and in consultation with ODST, we are now in a position to inform you of our plans for September.
Read the full letter here plus download the Coming Back to School sheet

15th July 2020
Advice for parents during coronavirus

Whilst coronavirus is infectious to children it is rarely serious. If your child is unwell it is likely to be a non-coronavirus illness, rather than coronavirus itself.
Whilst it is extremely important to follow Government advice to stay at home during this period, it can be confusing to know what to do when your child is unwell or injured. Remember that NHS 111, GPs and hospitals are still providing the same safe care that they have always done. Here is some advice to help:
Read the full guidance here from the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health

1st July 2020
Wider Re-opening

Dear Parents and Carers
We hope that this letter finds you and your family safe and well.
In the spirit of honest and transparent communication, which has served us well during this crisis, we are now writing to you following the Government’s further announcements on education in the last week, so you are aware of our decision making processes and our future planning.
Read the full letter here...

11 June 2020
Dear Parents and Carers

I hope this letter finds you safe and well.
We have now seen all bubbles from Holly, Maple and Ash returning to school and are pleased to report that this seems to have been an overwhelmingly positive experience for children and teachers. It has been lovely to catch up with those children who are attending and just hearing their voices in school is a real pleasure.
Read the full letter here...

3 June 2020
FAQ from NL parents at recent zoom meetings regarding return to school and photos of classrooms
Read the FAQs and see the photos...

1 June 2020
Dear Parents and Carers
Home Learning from 1 June

We hope this letter finds you all safe and well.
As we begin the start of a new term we have some children in school two days a week, some attending Key Worker provision and the majority remaining at home for a while longer, we thought we would explain the format and role of home learning from this week.
Read the full letter here...

22 May 2020
Dear Parents and Carers

Following my letter yesterday regarding the planned extension to school provision from the beginning of June, I am now writing to set out in more detail the arrangements and preparations we are making in school to mitigate risks for children attending, families and staff.
Read the full letter here... Also read 'Practical Arrangements for Reopening'

21 May 2020
Dear Parents and Carers

Planning for phased reopening of school from 1 June.
As you will be aware, the Government has asked schools to plan for a phased reopening of schools from 1 June (at the earliest), prioritizing children of critical workers and those in Reception, Year 1 and Year 6. I am now writing to you to explain North Leigh’s cautious and measured response to this.
Read the full letter here... Also read a letter from Anne Dellar, Chief Executive - Oxford Diocesan Schools Trust

18 May 2020
Dear Parents and Carers

Home Learning Update: I know that class teachers very much enjoyed catching up with you all again last week and we are all relieved to hear that children continue to stay safe and well.
We are also pleased that the overwhelming feedback was that you appreciate the ‘pick and mix’ style of home learning we are making available now and most found you could dip into activities as and when it was possible around your other responsibilities at home. There was also clearly an appetite for wider learning beyond the core subjects of English and maths.
Read the full letter here...

15 May 2020
Dear Parents and Carers

Proposed school re-opening from 1 June 2020: You will be aware that the Government has asked schools to welcome back more children into school from 1 June at the earliest. I am writing to you to let you know more about our school’s response to this.
Read the full letter here...

11 May 2020
Dear Parents and Carers

I hope this letter finds you and your family well.
I am writing to you in response to yesterday’s announcement by the Prime Minster which suggested that schools would be closed until at least June 1 and then would begin a phased re-opening for Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 pupils. It is important you realise that, as yet, we have no further details from the Department for Education (DfE) on this.
Read the full letter here...

27 April 2020
Dear Parents and Carers

Following the introduction of BBC Bitesize Daily and the Government backed Oak National Academy offer last week, I just wanted to provide you with some feedback from teachers.
Read the full letter here...

17 April 2020
Dear Parents and Carers

We hope this letter finds you and your loved ones safe and well and that you have managed to find some peace over Easter enjoying this lovely Spring weather.
Following the Government review and briefing yesterday, it is clear that statutory school closure will continue for at least the next three weeks. Though this will continue to present frustrations and challenges for us all, we are pleased to note that rates of infection appear to be plateauing and we look forward to better times ahead.
Read the full letter here...

14th April 2020
Please see here for wide range of OCC help and support available during the Covid-19 outbreak and here for help and support with relationships and domestic abuse.

31 March 2020
Dear Parents and Carers

I can hardly believe that it is only just over a week since we closed school; such a lot seems to have changed for us all since then. I do hope that this letter finds you and your loved ones safe and well.

As you will appreciate, the move to close schools happened with very little notice, leaving staff with a limited amount of time to organize emergency arrangements for the care of children of key workers or put together home learning resources for all our other families. It now seems appropriate, as school will be closed for some considerable length of time, to establish more regular and systematic routines around home learning resources.
Read the full letter here...

COVID19_advice for parents and carers


19 March 2020
Dear Parents and Carers

In the light of the national response to the coronavirus crisis, we now expect schools to be closed for the foreseeable future so recommend that your children engage in learning activities as part of a ‘usual routine’. Whilst this will not be the same as your children being in school, it will give structure to their day and allow them to keep recent learning fresh and stimulate interest in new learning.

Building a daily schedule for learning activity at home will help to make sure you regularly visit key areas of learning eg. maths, reading, writing, spelling but also ensure that children are getting time for exercise and creative activities involving art, music etc. Scheduling time outside and away from screens is also advisable.

Read the full letter here...


North Leigh C of E Primary School

North Leigh C of E Primary School      Park Road      North Leigh      Witney      OX29 6SS
01993 881525               email office.3128@north-leigh.oxon.sch.uk