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    Published 18/05/21

    Dear Parents/Carers

    Welcome back to the second half of the Spring Term 2021. I thought I would write to you earlier in the week to remind you, and confirm our plans for the next few weeks, and particularly after last night’s statement by the Prime Minister.

    First and foremost, we are now confident that a return to school for all pupils is appropriate on March 8th. We are now in a very different position when compared to the start of the Spring Term and this includes:

    • An R rate which is below 1 and approx. 0.6-0.9
    • An infection rate of approx. 130/100k of population. This is certainly equitable with great parts of the Autumn Term
    • Weekly testing of staff using Lateral Flow Tests before they come into school. This takes place twice per week.
    • The vast majority of staff have had their first dosage of Covid vaccination just before or during the half-term break.
    • Our school based protocols, as advocated by Government guidance, remain in place with frequent hand washing, keeping distance and the wearing of face masks. Such measures are far from ideal but have served us well so far.
    • Our previous planning had included a growing number of pupils back after March 1st.

    Therefore, based on all the information above, we are confident that we can increase pupils numbers to around half of the school roll next week and then have all pupils back the following week. Wherever possible, all staff will be back on site from next week. Therefore, across the Trust we have a similar ‘roadmap approach’ to the next few weeks and the phases are as follows:

    Phase 1-Week beginning Monday 1st March and ending Friday 5th March

    At Larwood, we will return to having all classes open and approx. half of the school population in school. Therefore, some pupils will learn online at school and some will learn in this way from home. All pupils, will access some time at school during this week, with parent support.

    At Brandles we will ensure that all pupils are back in for at least two full days during the week. A staggered start will allow us to complete two lateral flow tests on all staff and students. When the pupils are not in school, they will continue to learn online at home. Travel arrangements and student timetables will be sent out in the next couple of days.

    NB-During this week, we may have some staff members with school placement issues/care situations that need care and finalisation before March 8th.

    Phase 2-Week beginning Monday 8th March and ending Friday 12th March

    Both schools will welcome back all pupils during this week. The school day will revert to the usual timings for both schools. All pupils will return to the usual time of 9.00am and go back to classes as expected. Class/lunchtime bubbles will continue to operate as they did last term.

    Phase 3-After March 12th and until the end of the term

    At this point in time, those staff who have had the vaccination will have reached the point of the highest immunity possible after one dose. This is not a guarantee against getting Covid, but it does seem to mitigate the nasty effects it may have for most people. Therefore, from this point in time, we will start to discuss what we may be able to safely do over time that may help us return to a greater degree of normality. It is highly unlikely that any changes will be made before the start of the Summer Term and any changes will be based on the state of the pandemic.

    Although we remain a great distance away from normality and where we would all like to be, it does seem very likely that we can edge closer during the next few weeks/months. I am sure we can agree that this is really helpful for us all, and I look forward to the time ahead. I think it is fair to say that most of us have enough of ‘lockdowns’ and restrictions but respect the need to support the NHS and the countries approach to keeping us all safe.

    Finally, thank you for your continued support during the very challenging times faced recently. As always, please do keep talking to us and if we can help, please be rest assured that we will do as quickly as we can.

    Yours sincerely

    S D Trimble

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    Published 18/05/21

    Dear Parents/ Carers,

    As we approach the start of the February half-term holiday, we need to be able to track and trace any potential case of Covid 19, after the pupils have finished school and until they stop being classed as a 'close contact.' Therefore, please the following carefully and only use it if it applies to you/your family in relation to Covid 19.

    If you or your child has a confirmed case of Covid 19 during the holidays (up until we return) you should contact . This will be monitored every morning at half term. Please don’t call the normal absence line as this won’t be covered during half term.

    Remember as soon as your child or any member of your household develops symptoms, they must start self-isolating immediately and book a test.

    Main symptoms of coronavirus are:

    • A high temperature
    • A new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot, for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours
    • A loss or change to sense of smell or taste – this means they cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

    If you are not sure whether symptoms suggest that they have COVID-19 or an everyday cough or cold, you can consult this online NHS symptom checker:

    Please do not send children back to school on February 22nd, if any of the following apply:

    • They have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19)
    • They, any members of your household, or any close contacts (including extended family or friends they have seen and bubbles at holiday activities and sports clubs) have tested positive for COVID-19
    • They haven’t completed the full 10-day isolation period requested

    Self-isolating is one of the most important things we can all do to help stop the spread of the virus and protect our loved ones and the vulnerable. You can read our helpful self-isolating guide If you or your family are affected by COVID-19 and need support locally with things like shopping, getting medication or financial advice, or contact us directly. We can help! Yours sincerely S D Trimble Executive Headteacher

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    Published 22/02/21

    Who is Bob Dylan and ian Dury?

    Or, ….. Children, you can ask your parents!

    ‘’ The Times, They Are a Changin!" written by Bob Dylan and seems to sum up where my thinking is at the moment. So much has been thrown our way in the last few months that it almost seemed like there was new daily challenge to deal with alongside the existing ones. Yet, we certainly seem to be heading into a much more positive phase. So to keep the music references going, as Ian Dury once wrote - ‘reasons to be cheerful’:

    1. Our pupils (your sons and daughters) have been brilliant! So many of them have adapted and tried their best in very strange and tricky times. Hence the ‘Superstar’ nominations and letters selected by class teams this week.
    2. We have rapidly, and unbelievably created a new platform to learn-by using Teams and online. Although this has generated many questions, debates, headaches, and additional work, it is something that we can and will use no matter where the future takes us.
    3. Many of you have opted to keep as safe as possible with your children at home. A tough but understandable choice and you have coped with this really well.
    4. It’s February and one of the coldest times of the year. It can only get warmer and the daylight hours will extend day by day. This will help learning at school but also increased options for you as families for the evenings/weekends.
    5. Additional steps are slowly but surely being taken to help staff stay safe at school. The vaccine should be given to staff by the end of the half term. With a period of roughly three weeks for immunity to build up (pending any Scientific news related to mutations), we will be in a much better place to have all children back during the second half of the Spring Term. Please remember we are making some changes from March 1st, as long as the virus infection/death rates continue to reduce, as they have been.

    Sometimes it is really difficult to see the glimmers of hope and change on the horizon. They’re heading our way. We will still need to be patient and behave in appropriate ways that support the continued efforts to reduce infection. There is no way of promising an Ed Sheeran ‘Perfect’ future. However, it looks fairly certain to be much better in the coming weeks and months when compared to most of the last twelve months!

    that as per all communications up until now, we return on:
    Monday 22nd February at the same time (10.00AM) and with the same pupils.
    We will notify you of any changes ready for the week starting Monday 1st March.

    Thank you for your continued support!

    S D Trimble
    Executive Headteacher

    Larwood Academy Trust

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  • NEWSLETTER - From Mr Trimble 29.01.21

    Published 03/02/21

    Dear Parents/Carers

    I hope that your week has gone as well as possible in the circumstances. I noted the fact this week, with the onset of some snow, that ‘snow days,’ (when the school is physically closed due to transport concerns) no longer need to equate to no learning days! I am sure that pupils will not be happy to hear this! With the incredible work that staff have done in developing online learning due to the pandemic, we can now provide this if such days are experienced in the future. However, it would be your choice entirely if you wanted to access the learning on that day or stick to having some fun in the snow.

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  • Our Approach to Remote Learning

    Published 02/02/21

    Remote education provision: information for parents

    This information is intended to provide clarity and transparency to pupils and parents or carers about what to expect from remote education where national or local restrictions require entire cohorts (or bubbles) to remain at home.

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    Published 15/12/20

    What goes “Oh, Oh, Oh”?
    Santa walking backwards!

    Apologies, but I just couldn’t help myself! After such an unusual year, seeing Santa walking backwards wouldn’t even cause the raising of an eyebrow for most people! However, as we approach the holiday season, I think it’s crucial that at this time of year we start to look forward, reflect on the last twelve months and enjoy time with those that are close to us.

    At the time of writing the morning news has all been about the very first injection to prevent infection from COVID-19. A hopeful day for us all! I am limiting any COVID-19 references, and the focus here is not about COVID-19, but about our amazing staff. When anyone faces a huge challenge and rapid change it can cause many reactions and emotions. Fear, anxiety, the self-doubt that comes from ‘what if…,’ determination, team spirit and selflessness that come from ‘how can I help’ have been considered by many of our staff during the last year. I have never met such a determined group of people, who when faced with an onslaught of frightening and sometimes misleading messages, both from the media and government, were determined to do one thing. That being, to support your sons/daughters as best they can. Initial lock down experiences really rammed home the fact that not everybody can or wants to be a teacher or Learning Support Assistant. Our staff remained dedicated, full of determination and drive to continue learning and supporting our pupils as best they could. I thank each and every one of them for the way they have conducted themselves during this time.

    As we move towards 2021, and just like any other year, your children continue to amaze us all. They have experienced such a challenging year. I will never be able to get over the fact that they have had to get used to increased hand washing, social distancing and staff wearing masks. This, of course is on top of the all of the other issues that many face in ‘normal’ times. Yet they have coped superbly and they continue to surprise us, challenge us, make us laugh and smile and remind us about how bright the future is. Their adaptation, alongside the staff has been nothing but miraculous and I am proud of each and every one of them.

    Finally, we all know that Christmas will be a bit different this year. However, our staff have again risen to the challenge to ensure that all of our pupils (and their siblings where relevant) will be opening up presents on the big day, as they should be. My thanks are extended to Mrs Osobu for her idea of a Toy Drive and the support from many staff to make that happen. Mrs Ford managed to use some of her network to secure donations and many staff also made contributions. This is amazing and it just highlights what an amazing place this is!

    Special thanks go to:
    Kenny Arnold (People for People)
    Sara Lawrence (AD Bly construction)
    Rachel (Tesco Community Champion)                                                                                                          Michelle (Food/ Toy Shed) Executive Headteacher
    Laura Burrage (Butterfly Room)

    On behalf of all at Larwood Academy Trust, have a wonderful Christmas break!
    Please note all pupils should return to school, at the usual time on: Monday 4th January 2021

    S D Trimble
    Executive Headteacher 

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    Published 03/11/20

    The main focus for us all is getting pupils back to routines, learning and dare I say it, having a bit of fun! The start of the term seemed to conspire against us. Not only did we have the continued complications of the pandemic to deal with, but also major building works have started on our approach road and surrounding land. Our pupils (your sons/daughters) have dealt with all of this superbly. As already communicated with you, it is so good to have them all back and our new pupils have all started to show signs of settling in well. It is always tricky being new, and some may take longer than others to understand the way that we work. However, I am confident that  will get there soon.

    All our classes are producing artwork which will be displayed in the dining hall. Mr Reid has designed the frames to include material that will help dampen the noise in that area. Of course, noise in that area is not an issue right now as all classes have lunch in their classrooms!

    As you know the continuing issues around Covid 19, mean that there is a high chance classes will be effected by the virus, testing and self-isolation procedures. Therefore, in line with all other schools across England, we have developed a range of procedures that will be helpful for such situations. We are using Microsoft Teams as our platform for remote learning situations and would ask that you download the free app on your devices/your child’s device just in case of the need to use it. It can be accessed here:


    This will enable us to communicate and teach when the situations lead to some form of self-isolation scenario. This maybe:

    • If a member of staff has a family member that may be going through the process of being tested for Covid 19, but is symptom free/well and able to teach
    • If a pupil/family member is needing to get tested but is well enough to learn from home
    • If there is a positive test result from a staff member or pupil in a class bubble, but some pupils are well enough to engage with learning.

    Please note that none of the above applies when someone is unwell and has the symptoms of Coronavirus. If a pupil is unwell then all efforts should be on getting better and following appropriate medical advice.

    Despite all the complications, we have had a great start to the year. That has only been possible
    with your support and help. Thank you and I hope you have a restful half term break.

    Please note all pupils should return to school, at the usual time on Monday 2nd November.                                   

    Sean Trimble
    Executive Headteacher


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  • NEWSLETTER - From Mr Trimble 18.08.20

    Published 25/09/20

    Dear Parent(s)/Carer(s)

    This is my first formal letter of the new academic year (excluding the one sent just before the start of the year) and I had hoped, I would be writing about a variety of topics. However, I am sure you can guess what will dominate the body of the letter! My apologies but this just cannot be avoided.

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  • OVERWATCH 12+ Game - What parents & carers need to know about ...

    Published 25/09/20

    Overwatch is a team-based multiplayer first-person shooter developed and published by Blizzard Entertainment, the same company behind the likes of World of Warcraft and StarCraft. The online-only game, which is available to play on the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC, sees players face off in six-versus-six matches that emphasize both teamwork and individual skill. Players have a wide choice of characters to play as, each of which comes under one of four main classes or roles - Offence, Defence, Tank and Support - with each class having its own unique strengths and weaknesses. In the UK and Europe, PEGI rates Overwatch as PEGI 12, suitable for ages 12 and up, for non-realistic-looking violence towards human characters.

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    Published 22/05/20

    I hope this edition of the Larwood Lowdown (almost a lockdown version!) finds you all healthy. This half term has been the strangest in my teaching career. However, I fully appreciate that its not just the education sector that has been affected. This situation has challenged all of us in many ways. Thank you for your support during this time and I hope that we can continue to support you and your child in whatever ways are appropriate during the rest of the term.

    I hope that you have noted, via the weekly letters that we continue to monitor the situation with Covid 19 and act in the best interests of pupils, parents and staff. It is very difficult to know what is ‘the answer’ to such a complex and new issue. However, as you will appreciate if we take it slow and get it wrong, there are less risks. If we change things quickly and get it wrong it could be very serious in terms of those affected and the impact it has on their health. It is also essential that you feel comfortable with a range of factors when sending your child back to Larwood. This would include the measures we have in place, alongside transport arrangements.

    As always I am so proud of how your sons and daughters have adapted to the situation. I know that some are finding this just as difficult as the adults are. Yet, many are trying their best with online learning and for the few that we see at the moment, they are behaving in exactly the way we need, to keep all parties safe.

    I hope the weather is kind during the half term break and look forward to seeing more pupils, when we all agree it is safe to do so next half term.

    Thank you for your continued support!

    S D Trimble

    Executive Headteacher
    Larwood Academy Trust

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  • Stay up to date with Larwood NEWS via the e4education app

    Published 20/03/20

    Got an iPhone or Android phone!? Download the e4education App to keep up to date with the latest news and calendar dates from Larwood School!

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  • Learning Resources During School Closure

    Published 20/03/20

    Please keep an eye on the school website for a list of learning resources that you can use at home. This list will continue to grow throughout the weeks ahead, so please continue to check back on this feed and the front page of the shcool website. Dont forget to download the e4education App! this will keep you updated as an when the website has an update or any further news!

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