‘Our children will be inspirational, kind, curious human beings, literate and with a passion for knowledge.
Emotionally healthy and able to build great relationships, our children will be empowered to take on the world’
Welcome to our fantastic school. I hope our website gives you a flavour of what a great place Anderton Park is and how very proud we all are of our children and staff and their wonderful achievements. We value relationships, determination and the ability to sparkle; these highlight our core belief that education is an absolute joy and should leave children and their families wanting to know more, wide eyed and inquisitive about the world around them. We all love reading and devour books. We believe that everyone in our community is a learner everyone can excel and accomplish great things with the support from our parents and the whole school community.
We aim to give all our children, from the age of three, a superb education, where they love coming to school, make excellent progress and achieve very well in all areas. We are highly ambitious and provide an excellent curriculum so that children can flourish in everything from sports, art, music, dance, science, maths and English to kindness, empathy and mutual respect. Our children have rich and diverse heritage and are multi linguists. We are a Royal Shakespeare Company associate school, work with Ex Cathedra, West End dance and many more excellent partners. We are fully committed to equality and justice and challenge harmful stereotypes wherever they occur.
Our nursery and reception classes are tranquil beautiful spaces for children to learn, explore and be curious and provide a calm and exciting place to start school. Extensive playground areas throughout our grounds provide excellent spaces for children to play, exercise, relax and perform. Our school is a safe, happy and thriving place for all.
Do arrange a visit to come and see for yourself.
Anderton Park Primary School
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Dear parents and families,
What strange and scary times we are in, that I should have to write to you on a Sunday evening.
As you know we have a training day for staff which is going ahead as planned so no children in tomorrow.
Children were due to return to school on Tuesday but as you know, the new strain of Coronavirus is spreading like wildfire, hospitals are full and we cannot guarantee safety for everyone. We are not scientists or virus experts and cannot therefore accurately decide what is best to do.
We want all children back of course; Anderton Park is best when full of enthusiastic children and staff. And at the same time, we are all very worried about the new strain of COVID. The local infection rates are up to 643/100,000 which is 6 x what it was at the start of the pandemic.
Many staff have been advised by their unions not to work in schools but to work from home. Currently, we have 16 teachers working from home from Tuesday which means most children will not be able to come to school and will learn online.
School will be open for the following children:
Children with one key worker parent who cannot be looked after by someone else
Children with EHCP
Children who are vulnerable or who you are worried about
Children who do not have a computer at home
Children who are supported by a Family Support Worker or Social worker
Anyone else who you feel will be better in school than at home.
Please email school email@example.com or phone 0121 464 1581 or pop in and see us tomorrow to let us know whether you want a place at school for the next couple of weeks please.
It is difficult to be exact about our opening plans as things may change overnight from the Government, the Local Authority or from us if we do not have enough staff in to teach your children safely.
It is a very difficult time for everyone. Secondary schools are ALL closed, primary schools in London and the South East are too, and in Wales and Scotland. I am so sorry for all the confusion. It is not a great way to start a new year but teachers and staff will make sure children have a brilliant education online, with set work and with paper work too.
Education does not stop, it just changes. We are all still Anderton Park, love learning, reading, knowledge and love seeing our teachers on screen.
There will be staff in school every day so please carry on talking to us and together we will continue to learn.
Very best wishes,
Update: 24th August 2020
Many things have changed recently in education, and we all will have a little worries about starting back on 7th September. At Anderton Park we were lucky to be able to have all classes back from June and therefore we have had a really good practise at social distancing, using sanitiser, staying in our bubbles, working outside and all other aspects of keeping us safe as we can during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are all, therefore, well-rehearsed and confident about opening back up in September for all of our children .
We have very well-experienced staff throughout school who have our children’s wellbeing at the heart of all they do.
We have over 65 hand sanitiser units throughout the school and children are involved in cleaning their desks, backs of chairs, taps and locks that they have touched in the toilets throughout the day with the help of their teachers . All staff have emergency PPE equipment, should they need it and 48 members of our staff on now fully trained in Paediatric First Aid and First Aid at Work .
The governors and I agreed that we would need four days in the first week to get school ready for opening on the 7th of September. On the 1st of September all staff will return to school and we have four full days of training and preparation for the children’s return, giving us plenty of time to update our risk assessment to include recent government guidance or changes and prepare all areas of school.
It is completely natural to have some worries about returning to school , if you have not already done so, or if you are new to Anderton park but please be reassured that we have done everything we can to make it as safe and comfortable as possible for all of us . If your precious little one is starting school in Nursery or Reception for the first time, it is still a very exciting, new experience for them and we will make it relaxing and memorable. It was great to hear Professor Chris Witty speak on 23rd August of how he regards children coming back to school as safe. The government advisor’s words were a comfort to me as head teacher and I'm sure to you as families .
Please give us a call if you have any questions at all and we will help in any way we can. Staff are in school on the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th of September and can help with any questions.
Thank you for doing all you have at home during lockdown and the summer holidays to help your children understand about COVID and for helping them with reading and other work. Every conversation you have with them is helping them learn about the world around them. We really noticed how the children who came back in June were full of life and had definitely not slipped back in their work. We could really see how much help families had clearly been giving them.
We are really looking forward to seeing everyone and our new little ones from the 7th of September, we will send out more guidance next week on where classes will enter and leave school. Reception and nursery children will have had a letter in the post with their start date and time but please feel free to call school to check if you need to.
Please do not worry about starting school again in September - we will do everything in our power to make it a happy, calm and positive experience.
24 September 2020