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Covid Guidance Update - 1st April 2022


From next week, parents and carers of all 5 to 11 year olds will be able to book a COVID-19 vaccination for their child. The national booking service will open for this age group on Saturday 2 April 2022, with the first appointments available from Monday 4 April 2022 onwards.


Appointments will be available in larger vaccination centres and some community pharmacies.  Larger vaccination centres will also offer whole family appointments so that already eligible adults and older children who are not fully vaccinated can take advantage of the ‘evergreen’ offer and have a vaccination at the same time as their 5 to 11 year old.


Appointments for 5 to 11 year olds who are not ‘at risk’ will also be available at some GP-run sites.  If your GP is offering the vaccine, they will contact you.  Please do not contact them. 


Vaccinations are already available for ‘at risk’ 5 to 11 year olds, and children in this age group who live with someone who has a weakened immune system. Until now vaccinations for this ‘at risk’ group of children have been available through GPs and special educational needs schools but parents and carers will be now able to book their vaccination through the national booking service when that opens for 5-11s.  


To book a COVID vaccination for all eligible age groups please visit the NHS national booking service or dial 119.


Local information



Letter from Mrs Patrick - 24th February 2022

Updated Covid-19 Guidance - 17th January 2022

Letter from Mrs Patrick - 4th January 2022

Letter from Mrs Patrick - 12th October 2021

Letter to Parents of Da Vinci Class - 6th October 2021

Important Notice - Positive Case Identified


Letter to Parents - Return to School Arrangements

10th April 2021

Letter to Parents - Lateral Flow Test v PCR Test

Urgent Letter to Parents regarding drop off and pick up arrangements - 12th March 2021

Letter to Parents - Returning Laptops/Devices to School

Risk Assessment for Full Opening of School - March 2021

Our updated Risk Assessment can be read by clicking the link below.

Letter to Parents and Carers - 5th March 2021

FAQs about the return to school on Monday

Information about lateral flow testing for household of primary age children - March 2nd 2021

You may have heard that the Government are now providing tests for the households of primary school children. This is a voluntary programme and the tests are for the adults in the household, not the children. The aim is that this will pick up asymptomatic cases within households, meaning that adults and children can self isolate and avoid bringing infection into school.


As stated, this is voluntary, but obviously the more families that participate, the more cases will be identified.


The link below gives you all of the information that you need to know, including how to order the tests for your family.

Letter to Parents and Carers about the return to school on 8th March 2021 
Updated COVID 19 Restricted Attendance Risk Assessment - January 2021
Update for all Parents and Carers - 29th January

Letter to Nursery Parents - 21st January 2021

Letter to Parents - Full Opening of Nursery
Google Classroom Launch - 15th January 

Letter to Parents - Free School Meals Update 

14th January 

Remote Learning Update - Google Classrooms

13th January

Update to Key Worker Guidance - 12th January

Spring Meadow Laptop Appeal - 9th January

Please take a look at the attached letter which asks for your support in helping us to secure more devices to support our children with their home learning.  We appreciate that you may not be in a position to to help us yourself, but please share our appeal with friends and family.  Anything that you can do to support this appeal will be very much appreciated.

Remote Learning Update - 8th January 2021
Letter from the Local Authority about who should attend school during this period of lockdown - 6th January 2021

Arrangements for Benefits Related Free School Meals


I can now confirm arrangements for benefits related free school meal provision for the period of lockdown. For this week only you will receive a voucher for £15 per child. This will be emailed to you in the same way as those received over the Christmas period and should be with you in the next couple of days.


From next week you will receive a Morrisons food package which will be delivered direct to your home. Once I am aware of the delivery day for these packages I will let you know.


Those children attending school, who are entitled to FSM will receive these in school and therefore will not receive vouchers or food parcels.

Please note that only families who are registered for benefits related Free School Meals will qualify for this support.


This does not include children who receive universal free school meals as a result of being in Reception, Year 1 or Year 2.


Letter to Parents following Government Announcement dated 5th January 2021

Letter to Parents - Reopening of School and Nursery with effect from Tuesday 5th January 2021 for Keyworker and Vulnerable Children

Letter to Parents and Carers regarding revised arrangements for opening in January 2021 - 3rd January 2021
Open Letter to parents and carers from Essex County Council - 1st January 2021
Holiday Hunger and other support - Christmas 2020

Contact Tracing Arrangements for the Christmas Holiday Period

9th December 2020

Important Letter - Change of dates

9th December 2020

Letter from Governors - illness and attending school 

7th December 2020

Letter to Madagascar Class - 1st December 2020

Whole School Letter - 30th November 2020

Letter to Netherlands Class - 30th November 2020

Letter to Parents from the Local Authority - 16th November 2020

Letter to Ghana Class 5th November 2020

Letter to Parents and Carers - 4th November 
Letter to parents and carers about Lockdown 2.0

Updated Guidance for Parents - October 22nd 

Please see updated arrangements for after half term

Letter to all parents and carers - 20th October 2020

Letter to parents and carers of children in India Class - 20th October 2020

Letter from the Governors 18th October 2020

Please find attached a letter to our school community from Andy Johnson, Vice Chair of Governors

Letter from NHS Test and Trace

The attached letter contains guidance for parents and carers about when to book a coronavirus test for your child.

Governor Letter for Parents - 21st September

Please see attached letter from our Vice Chair of Governors

Update - 20th September

Please see attached letter with further clarification and information about the current situation

Urgent Letters to all parents - 18th September 

Please see attached letters to parents of India Class and the rest of the school regarding a confirmed case of COVID19 in school.

Letter to Parents 16th September 2020

Please see latest COVID-19 update for parents and carers


Letter to parents 3rd September 2020

We are really looking forward to seeing all of the children back in school on Monday!  Please read the latest information for parents that should hopefully answer some of your final questions. 

Letter to parents 19th August 2020


Please see attached letter confirming arrangements for full return to school in September.


Risk Assessment for Full Opening - July 28th 

The Government guidance requires schools to undertake a detailed Risk Assessment to help schools plan to open safely to all children in September.  Schools with over 50 employees have to publish their completed Risk Assessments, in order to give parents and Unions the opportunity to comment.  The Risk Assessment for Spring Meadow has now been approved by Governors and can be accessed using the link below.  Please note that this is a working document and is therefore constantly being updated.  Should anyone wish to respond to the contents of this document you can do so by emailing head@springmeadow.essex.sch.uk 

Breakfast Club

Please see attached letter with details about how our Breakfast Club will run in September.

Further Information about Full Opening in September 2020

This letter details more information about the measures that we will be putting in place in September to make the school environment as safe as possible for all of our children, staff and parents.

Letter to Parents from the Local Authority 15th July 2020

The Local Authority have asked us to share a letter with all of our parents and this can be accessed using the link below.  This letter contains some general information about the return to school in September.

Autumn Term and Non Pupil Days - 2020/2021

Update 8th July 2020

The Government has produced a guidance document for parents (link below) explaining what to expect when school open in September for all pupils.  We are working hard to make plans based on the guidance, and will be issuing information about what this will look at Spring Meadow in the next few days.

We challenge all Spring Meadow children to hold your own Sports day!

This week should have been our school Sports Day, but obviously this could not go ahead due to the current situation.  So, Miss Seaman and Mr Carnevale challenged the Spring Meadow staff to complete their own Sports Day activities which you can see in this video, and they are hoping that you will have a go at some of these activities too!  You could make up your own challenges and even wear your House colours!  If you would like to take part, please send your videos and photos to Miss Seaman at russia@springmeadow.essex.sch.uk and she will award the Sports Day cups to the Houses that are the most active and imaginative over the next two weeks.  Good Luck!


Virtual Sports Day!

Still image for this video

Letter to parents of children who will be starting in Reception in September 2020


A letter has been sent out to all parents of children who will be joining us in Reception in September 2020.  This letter, which can also be accessed using the link below, details the induction arrangements that have been put in place.  Teachers will be making phone calls home next week to organise these sessions.

Update 29th June 

Please see below a letter that has been posted out to all families today.  Enclosed with your letter will be details of your child's new class from September along with the allocated transition sessions that are taking place before the end of term.  Please note that everyone has been allocated a transition slot whether or not you indicated your intention to take up the offer.  There is no need to let us know if you have changed your mind, simply turn up on your allocated days.  Please note that we can only accept your child on the allocated days as social distancing guidelines mean that we have to stick to a maximum of 15 children in each group.  We have also attached a map of the school site so that you can see which classroom each class will be in for the transition days and the next year.

Class Allocation and Transition Letter

Update - 25th June 

Teachers have been busy making calls home this week to find out whether you intend to take up the offer of two transition sessions for your child.  Of those that we have managed to speak to, the overwhelming majority have been supportive of this idea and confirmed that they would like their child to attend.


We have now finalised class lists and will be sending home a letter to every parent on Monday confirming which class and teacher their child will have in September, along with confirmation of the transition dates and drop off / pick up times.  


I can confirm that children will not be required to wear school uniform for these transition sessions.

Letter to Parents 22nd June - Transition Sessions

Letter to Year 6 Parents - 22nd June

Update 5th June

Confirmation of Wider Opening from Monday 8th June 2020


The Governing Body met this morning and formally agreed that the school is fully prepared to open to children in Nursery (4 year olds), Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 from Monday 8th June.  


We have now placed the children, whose parents have indicated that they are returning, into their 'bubbles', and written out to confirm details of bubble names, class base, teacher and drop off / pick up times.   If you have not received a letter confirming your child's place, then please do not bring them to school next week as there will not be space for them.  If any other parents  now wish for their child to return, they will need to let us know by Thursday 11th June, in preparation for coming back during week beginning 15th June.


We look forward to seeing some of our children back in school next week.





Update 3rd  June 2020 - Plans for Wider Opening


Yesterday, the Governing Body met to look at our Wider Opening Plans in detail including the Risk Assessment and other guidance documents.  After much discussion, the Governors agree that the school has all of the necessary measures in place to ensure that wider opening is as safe as possible and were therefore happy to approve and sign off these plans.


As you know, parents of children in in Nursery (4 year olds only), Reception, Year 1 and Year 6, have been asked to let us know by Thursday 4th June if they would like their child to return to school on Monday 8th June.  We currently expect approximately 25% children in Reception and Year 1 to return, and 50% in Year 6. Once we have final numbers, we will be able to allocate each child to their 'bubble' and will write home to give you some more information about their teachers, class base and drop off and pick up times.


Tomorrow afternoon, a final check of the site will be undertaken by Mrs Patrick and one of our Governors to make sure that all of our planned risk mitigation measures are in place.  Then on Friday morning, Governors will meet again to consider this site inspection and the latest COVID-19 data, before making a final decision about opening on Monday.  Whilst we are really hoping that we will be be able to open the doors to more children next week, we will only do this is we are completely comfortable that we can do so safely.


As ever, of you have any questions please do call the school office or email head@springmeadow.essex.sch.uk   



Letter to parents of children in Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 - 27th May

Please see the attached letter explaining the way in which we intend to welcome more children into school, beginning on 8th June.  Please read the letter carefully as you will need to let us know if you require a place for your child that week.  The school will remain open every day for children of Key Workers and from our most vulnerable families.

Letter to all parents - 18th May

Letter to parents of children in Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6


Please read this important letter about the potential phased return to school in June.

Letter to Parents dated 13th May 2020

Update 11th May


Last night Boris Johnson announced a possible partial re opening of schools to all children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 6, and I am sure that parents are very keen to know how we will do this, however we currently have no further information other than that shared publically last night.  The Government are publishing written clarification later today, and once we have read and digested what this says, we will be in a position to update parents further.


In the meantime, please do complete the parent questionnaire to let us know your views about reopening.  This is particularly important if your child is in Reception, Year 1 or Year 6.  If you would rather email your views directly, then please do to head@springmeadow.essex.sch.uk 

5th May - Parent Questionnaire


You may have heard lots of speculation in the media recently about how and when schools will begin to reopen.  It is important to say that we have no idea what the actual plans are at this stage, but we really would like to hear the thoughts of our parents on this subject.  So we are asking you to please take a few minutes to read and respond to our questionnaire, so that we can take account of your views when we start to make plans within the guidelines that the Government issues in the future. 

FSM Update 9th April

Please see below letter from Clare Kershaw, Director of Education for Essex, regarding the delay in receipt of FSM vouchers.

Updated Child Protection Policy

In line with Government and Local Authority guidelines, we have updated our Child Protection Policy to indicate the measures we are taking to safeguard all of families during this period of closure due to COVID-19.  You can read our policy using the link below.

Child Protection Policy during School Closure April 2020

Coronavirus.  A book for children


This book, illustrated by Axel Scheffler, (who is famous for illustrating The Gruffalo), explains the issues around the Coronavirus in a really child friendly way. We thought it might find is useful if your children are confused, upset or scared by the current situation. 

Coronavirus - by Elizabeth Jenner, Kate Wilson and Nia Roberts and illustrated by Axel Scheffler

FSM Update - 7th April


We have now made applications, through the centralised Government system, for all families recorded as being eligible for Free School Meals.  We received an email from the DfE late last night confirming that the issue of vouchers is under way but due to huge demand is taking longer than expected. We can see from our system that our applications have been accepted so we hope that they will clear their backlog and get the voucher codes out to you today.


If you are eligible for FSM but have not given us an email address, we have applied for vouchers on your behalf. These vouchers will be emailed to the school and we will print them off and either post or hand deliver them.


If your child is in KS1 and you have not applied for benefit related FSM but feel that you qualify, please contact us. The eligibility criteria can be found using the link below.

Free School Meal (FSM) Voucher Scheme - 1st April 2020


We have now received further guidance from the DfE about how the new central voucher scheme will work.  All eligible families will receive an email with instructions about how to apply for your vouchers, which will be emailed to you.   If we do not hold a valid email address for you, please get in touch with the school office so that we can update our system and ensure that you get the vouchers you are entitled to.  All activation emails should be with you by the end of this week.


We understand that there will be no vouchers issued over the Easter Break period as FSM would not normally be received during this time, so we expect the first vouchers to be issued for the week beginning 20th April.


A number of parents have contacted the school because they believe that they are entitled to Free School Meals, but did not receive the school issued vouchers.  Please be aware that only those parents who are entitled to income related FSM are eligible for the vouchers.  This means that if your child receives Universal Free School Meals as a result of being in EYFS or KS1 then you will not be eligible.  If you believe that you meet the income / benefit requirements to be eligible for FSM then please email the school and we will advise you what to do next.


Finally, can we please remind parents of the Government requirement that the vouchers sent out to families eligible for FSM are only to be used to purchase food.  Please do not put Morrisons staff in a difficult position by attempting to use these vouchers  for alcohol or cigarettes, as they will have no choice but to refuse to serve you.  Thank you for your understanding and cooperation in these difficult times.

Letter to Parents regarding Easter Holiday Provision

Corona Virus Update 25th March 2020



A new Essex Welfare Service is now available for those in the county in need of urgent support during the Coronavirus outbreak. It is also the place to report anyone in the Essex area who you are concerned about.

It is always advisable to reach out to friends and family or local volunteer organisations first of all, but if this is not possible, this service is available to make sure that everyone gets the assistance that they need.

0300 303 9988 (Mon-Fri 8am-7pm and Sat-Sun 10am-2pm)

Corona Virus Update 24th March 2020

Could all 'Critical Workers' who are continuing to send their child to school, please read the letter below from the Local Authority written following the broadcast address from Boris Johnson last night.   Please be aware that, as a result of this guidance, we are likely to be seeking evidence of how your role is critical to the fight against COVID-19.  We urge you to consider if you have any other possible childcare options and to only ask school to provide that care if there really is no other way to keep you child safe.  For example is one parent working from home or are there older siblings at home who can look after your child?  We thank you for your support and consideration at this difficult time for us all.

Letter from Clare Kershaw, Director of Education for Essex

Corona Virus Update - 23.03.2020


If you have applied for a school place via the appropriate application form, please note that registration closes at 9.15am.  In order to enable us to organise staff and meals, it is not possible for us to accept children after this time.  Thank you for your continued co-operation.

Corona Virus Update - 20.03.2020


We look forward to seeing the children of Key Workers who have submitted the application form in school from Monday 23rd March.  No other children will be allowed in school from this date until further notice.  As advised we will not be teaching the National Curriculum, instead children will undertake a number of planned activities throughout the day supervised by teachers and LSAs.  Children do not need to wear uniform and should come prepared to take part in PE and other outdoor activities.  The school kitchen will remain open throughout this time to provide lunches for those in school.  


Application for School Provision

Corona Virus Update - 18.03.2020 - 6.45pm


In line with the Government announcement this evening, Spring Meadow School and Nursery will close at 3.15pm this Friday until further notice. If you feel you fall into the category of “Key Worker” and require your child to stay in school, please e-mail details of your name, job description and name of your child to Mrs Patrick at head@springmeadow.essex.sch.uk as soon as possible.


We will share further updates with you as soon as they become available.


Thank you.

Corona Virus Update - 18.03.2020

Corona Virus Update - 17.03.2020


The water fountains around school have been turned off today for Health and Safety reasons. Please ensure your child has a bottle of water in school.  The children will still have access to drinking water within school.

Corona Virus Update - 16.03.2020


Latest update from the Department for Education issued to schools today.


Updated guidance for education settings on coronavirus (COVID-19)

Today, the Department for Education and Public Health England have issued updated guidance for education settings on COVID-19. This guidance will assist staff in addressing COVID-19 in educational settings. This includes childcare, schools, further and higher educational institutions.

What you need to know:


·         staff, young people and children should stay at home if they are unwell with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature to avoid spreading infection to others. Otherwise they should attend education or work as normal

·         if staff, young people or children become unwell on site with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature they should be sent home

·         clean and disinfect regularly touched objects and surfaces more often than usual using your standard cleaning products

·         supervise young children to ensure they wash their hands for 20 seconds more often than usual with soap and water or hand sanitiser and catch coughs and sneezes in tissues


The updated guidance can be found here:


Current advice remains in place: no education or children’s social care setting should close in response to a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 case unless advised to do so by Public Health England.


The Chief Medical Officer has advised that the impact of closing schools on both children’s education and on the workforce would be substantial, but the benefit to public health may not be. Decisions on future advice to education or children’s social care settings will be taken based on the latest and best scientific evidence, which at this stage suggests children are a lower risk group.

Update - 16.03.2020

Update - 15.03.2020


We understand that this is a very worrying time for our families.  The school has not been made aware of any confirmed cases of COVID 19. If and when we are notified of a confirmed case we will of course take all necessary action and keep parents informed via text and on our website. Many thanks.

Corona Virus Update 13.03.2020