Sunday 31st May, 2020

Dear parents and carers,
You will more than likely have heard that the targets the Government set to measure if it was safe for schools to reopen are ‘being met’; however, at no stage have they stated that they ‘have been met’.
You may also have heard that the ‘R’ value for Brighton and Hove is significantly higher (the 3rd highest nationally) than the level that the Government has set for the safe reopening of schools. Of course, the local ‘R’ value will continue to be monitored throughout this period.
Based on this new information, Bevendean Primary School will continue to prepare cautiously for a wider re:opening of our school.
At this stage we will now be aiming to welcome some Reception, Year 1, and Year 6 children back into school from Monday 8th June, 2020; however, this is still a conditional offer. We will continue to provide child-care places for the most eligible pupils.
Brighton and Hove Council support this decision and have released the follow statement (29.05.20)
Our city’s schools and early years providers continue to do a magnificent job opening for the children of key workers and vulnerable children and we thank them for their hard work during a prolonged challenging time.
Our advice continues to be that schools and Council nurseries should only reopen to more children when it’s safe to do so, following risk assessments and detailed planning so that we can make sure they are as safe as possible for children, school staff and the wider community.
We are acting on advice from our public health colleagues and there are reasonable concerns that the government’s 5 key tests have not all been met locally. In particular we are not confident that the test around effective testing and tracing is currently met given the very recent introduction of the government’s Test and Trace programme especially in a city with a high visitor footfall such as ours.
Therefore our current advice to Brighton & Hove schools and council nurseries is that they should not open more widely for pupils on 1 June.
Whilst education is hugely important for our children, the Council’s position has always been that the safety and welfare of our children, school staff and wider community has to be our paramount consideration.
The decision on whether to open an individual school lies with the head teacher, in consultation with the chair of governors, but we would encourage schools to follow our advice.

This advice will be kept under constant review by the council as we are keen for schools to reopen to more children, but only when it is safe to do so.

Friday 22nd May, 2020
To confirm, from Monday 1st June, Bevendean Primary School will continue to offer child-care provision for the current eligible children and so helping to reduce the spread of coronavirus.

Decisions about any phased return for children in Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 will be made throughout the week beginning Monday 1st June, with plans under way when it is safe to do so. We will let you know the outcome of this decision as soon as possible, based on the risk assessment, updates from the Local Authority and the national COVID-19 pictures.
Teachers will update their class pages again after half term. Please keep safe and stay well.

Coronavirus Information: What should I do?
1. In England, go online to, in other parts of the UK call 111. Do NOT go to a GP, pharmacy or hospital
2. Department for Education Coronavirus Helpline: The Department for Education cononavirus helpline is available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline as follows:
- Phone: 0800 046 8687
- Opening Hours: 8.00am – 6.00pm (Monday to Friday)

OFSTED: December 2019 - Bevendean Primary School continues to be a GOOD School!
Have you seen our amazing Year 6 SATS results from last year??
Reading: 93% Writing: 83% Maths: 93% SPAG: 83% R/W/M: 78%
See parents / School Performance Tables above for a full list of the results.

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