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Easter Holidays06Apr2020

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01.04.2020: Message for Key Worker Parents 

School is closed tomorrow (02.04.2020) as no parents require the childcare provision. School will reopen to Key Worker children on Friday (03.04.2020).


School will be open to pupils of Key Workers over the Easter period including the bank holidays of Good Friday and Easter Monday.


Since all schools closed nationally on the 23rd March 2020, pupil numbers of Key Worker children accessing the provision at Lakeside has fallen. In order to safeguard children, not overstaff the provision and ensure we follow Government Guidelines on social distancing and not taking unessential journeys, could all Key Workers conform with school no later than 24 hours in advance of when they are planning on using the service. This can be done through phoning the school office between 9:00am and 3:15pm (daily) or through the school email address


Can I also remind you that Government Guidelines still state that if you can look after your children at home, then please do so. The childcare service is an emergency provision.



Mr Probert



Home learning for this week has been set by the class teachers and you will be able to access this using the Learning tab followed by you child's year group.



26.03.2020: Open Letter to SEND Parents

Vicki Ford MP - Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Children and Families - has written an open letter addressed to all SEND pupils in the country. Please click here to see what she has said. 

25.03.2020: Nursery Leanring

Miss Collins and Mrs Purshouse are missing our Nursery children so much! They wish they could be with the children and share in their learning journey. Until they can do this in person, Miss Collins has set some activities that Parents may be able to have a go at. We hope you enjoy learning with your children:

  1. Put a small toy/coin into a yoghurt pot with water and freeze them. Encourage the children to think of how they could rescue the toy/find the treasure. 
  2. Make a den.
  3. Use paintbrushes and water to draw rainbows, faces, shapes, numbers, letters on fences, paths and patios.
  4. Make Easter cards.
  5. Musical show and tell - put on a show for your family (good luck with this one).
  6. Look at the changes in the environment in your garden and talk about the changes in Spring.
  7. Complete a shape hunt around your house or garden - find shapes in everyday objects.
  8. Water play in the garden.
  9. Lego building challenge - build a house for the Easter Bunny.
  10. Go on a bear hunt - role play the story around your house and garden.

24.03.2020: Advice and Support for Parents regarding COVID-19

We have received some information from Staffordshire County Council giving advice on how parents can support their children both physically and mentally during the school closures. Please click here to see the advice.

23.03.2020: Critical/Key Worker Childcare

For those parents who are accessing the childcare for critical/key workers, parents may 'dip in and dip out' of the emergency provision within the hours of the school day (8:45am - 3:15pm). Please keep your children at home until you need to access the provision. Additionally, please feel free to come and collect your children before the end of the school day if you need to. If you are dropping off or collecting within the school day, please come to the main school office. If children are being dropped off and collected at the normal time, please drop off and collect from outside the ICT room door (through the small red gates off the car park). Parents may use the staff car park if they are accessing the childcare provision.

23.03.2020: Free School Meal (FSM) update

School will still be providing meals for those who are eligible for Free School Meals (FSM). Unfortunately, this will NOT cover Universal Free School Meals for all children from Reception to Year 2!

For this week, FSM will be in the form of a ‘Grab Bag’. Your child’s name will be on the bag so you know which lunch to collect.

The FSM will be available from the Main School Office Reception area and available for collection between 12:00pm and 1:00pm.  We are asking that each day you contact school by 11:00am, stating your child’s name to confirm that you will require a FSM.  This will enable us not to waste food.  We ask that where possible, one person comes and collects the food between 12:00pm and 1:00pm to minimise social contact. Additionally, we are also asking that you stick to the guidance set out by Government and observe the two metre/6 foot social distancing directive if there are other people collecting food at the same time.

From next Monday (30.03.2020), FSM children will be provided with a ‘Hamper’ which will include essential food items (e.g. loaf of bread, butter & a filling, crisps & a snack bar).  One hamper per child will be provided.  If you intend on taking this offer up, please could you confirm this with the school office so we know how many to provide.  Confirmation will be needed by 11:00am on Wednesday 25th March 2020. Once you have confirmed we shall create hampers on a weekly basis until you cancel the order. There will be no need to phone weekly to order the hamper.  Again, you will need to collect these from the school office between 12:00pm and 1:00pm on Monday each week and follow the guidance stated above when collecting these hampers.

Again, we thank you for your support in this matter. If you have any further queries, please call the school office or email on

22.03.2020 - Statement from Mr Probert

Dear Parent/Carers,

Wow! What a strange few days. These are unprecedented times and the last few days and coming weeks are going to be really different for us all. However, I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you all for the support you have shown each other and the school in dealing with these events. It has been amazing to see how so many of you are coping with the school closing by sharing your pictures on twitter. Please could you continue to do this as well as email your teachers or the office so we get to see how all of you are getting on. Please keep sharing as much as you can.

I also want to take the opportunity to speak directly to Year 6, some of which on Tuesday may have been the last time we see each other face to face this school year. I am keeping my fingers and toes crossed that this is not the case but if it is, I make this promise to you all directly that 'We'll meet again'. When this all calms down, we shall make every effort to celebrate your time at Lakeside properly and there will be opportunities for us all to get together to share the years you have had at school.

I know for some of you in Year 6 the cancellation of the SATs will not be something you lose too much sleep over. However, I am disappointed that you won't be able to get the accreditation from the hard work you have put in during your time at Lakeside, particularly over the last few months. Just remember that those that work hard and put the effort in will always get the reward at the end!

Finally, I would like to say that no matter what the next few weeks bring, please remember that we shall continue to be here for you all. I am proud to be the Headteacher of this school and although I'm relatively new to the party, I absolutely love this place and every person connected to the school. If you need anything at all, even just the opportunity to speak and check in; do not hesitate in picking up the phone. At Lakeside we pride ourselves on being a big part of the community and I wish that to continue in whatever capacity we can.

This time will pass and I look forward to seeing you all again on the path in the not too distant future. In the words of Fagan from Oliver Twist 'You can go... But be back soon!'

Stay safe all x

Mr Probert and all at Lakeside


Please click here if your child has been awarded a place in childcare from Monday


Dear Parent/Carers,


School Open to Vulnerable Children and Children of Key Workers


We have received confirmation of the list of job roles that will fall under the ‘Key Worker’ category and the children who will fall under the ‘Vulnerable’ category during the school closures. Parents whose work is critical to the COVID-19 response include those who work in health and social care and in other key sectors outlined below. Many parents working in these sectors may be able to ensure their child is kept at home and every child who can be safely cared for at home should be.


Please, therefore, follow these key principles:

  1. If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be.
  2. If a child needs specialist support, is vulnerable or has a parent who is a critical worker, then educational provision will be available for them.
  3. Parents should not rely for childcare upon those who are advised to be in the stringent social distancing category such as grandparents, friends, or family members with underlying conditions.
  4. Parents should also do everything they can to ensure children are not mixing socially in a way which can continue to spread the virus. They should observe the same social distancing principles as adults.
  5. Residential special schools, boarding schools and special settings continue to care for children wherever possible.

The ‘Key worker’ employees work for include:

  • Health and Social Care
  • Education and ChildCare
  • Key Public services
  • Local and National Government
  • Food and other Necessary Goods
  • Public Safety and National Security
  • Transport
  • Utilities, Communication and Financial Services

For a comprehensive list, please follow this link:

  ‘Vulnerable’ children are those who:

  • Have a current or pending Education and Health Care Plan (EHCP)
  • Have an allocated Social Worker
  • Are Looked after children (LAC)
  • Are working with the Local Authority Early Help Team

If you fall into one of the above categories and you DO NOT have any other childcare during the school closure, your child is eligible to attend school during the closure. In order to protect all of our children and ensure we follow Government guidelines on delaying the spread of the Covid-19 virus, we are limited to the number of places we will be able to offer. Please only reply if you have NO OTHER available childcare for your child(ren). If the number of requests exceeds our limit, we will have to prioritise the children and families who are offered the places through a tiered system.

 To ensure that we can adequately staff and safeguard these children, you need to confirm your child’s attendance at school by either:

  • Phoning into school on Friday 20th March 2020 between the hours of 10:00am and 12:00pm (01827 213990) or,
  • sending an email to as soon as possible.

When confirming your place, please include your name, occupation and job role or the category your child falls into, your child(ren’s) names and their year groups.

We will be in touch with everyone who calls or sends an email before the end of the day so you can all be secure in your childcare arrangements for Monday morning.

As always, we thank you for your support and understanding during these difficult times. Please take care of yourselves.

Yours sincerely,

Mr N. Probert and all the Lakeside Staff




Home learning for the rest of the week has been set by the class teachers and you will be able to access this using the Learning tab followed by you child's year group.

Following the announcement made by the Education Secretary Gavin Williamson and confirmed by the Prime Minister this evening, school will be closed for the majority of pupils on Monday. We shall release further information on Friday which will hopefully provide more clarity on this ever evolving situation. Please come back to this page on the website for updates; continue to keep each other safe and as always we value the support you constantly give the school. 

17.03.2020 - SCHOOL CLOSURE!

We have received notice of a 'suspected confirmation' of coronavirus. As a precautionary measure, we have decided to close school for the rest of the week to ensure a thorough clean of the site. The school shall reopen to all on Monday 23rd March 2020.


We remind parents that if your child is not showing signs of Coronavirus:

  1. A temperature above 37.8 degrees and/or;
  2. A new and persistent cough, 

please could you ensure that your child comes back into school. However, if they are, then could parents please follow government guidelines and keep children at home for 14days! 


During the school closure period, if anyone needs to contact the school, please can you do so via the school office email address:


Learning tasks will be set for your child which you shall be able to access from Thursday 20th March 2020. Please use the Learning tab on the website followed by your child's year group to access the instructions for learning. Remember, links to eLearning websites will be found on the Parents tab followed by Resources. If you need to speak to your class teacher regarding aspects of your child's learning, please use the email address that was sent out last week.


We look forward to seeing you all on Monday.

26.03.2020: Open Letter to SEND Parents

Vicki Ford MP - Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Children and Families - has written an open letter addressed to all SEND pupils in the country. Please click here to see what she has said.