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Transition Letter 25th June 2020


Dear Parents/Carers


Our plans for transition meetings are going ahead and we are keeping our fingers crossed for good weather.

Morning sessions will run from 10.00am to 12.00pm and afternoon sessions will run from 1.00pm to 3.00pm.

Your child can come in sports wear when they attend and will receive their end of year report from their teacher before they leave.

Please meet on the car park at the front of school and staff will meet you there a few minutes before your start time and return your children a few minutes after the end time.

Please try to stay apart from other parents and children and please ensure your child has been to the toilet just before leaving the house.


You will receive a text with your day and time and the name of your child’s new teacher’s name.





Yew Tree Community School


Dear Parents and Carers,


If you are confused about the government’s plans for schools then I am totally with you.

I get my information at the same time as you – from the news or from the ministers who stand at the Number 10 podium at 5 o’clock every day.


Free School Meals

We are continuing to provide free school meals to be collected from school for children who are entitled to them.  This can be confusing because when we are working normally all infants get a free meal.  This is called a Universal Free School Meal.  To be entitled to a free school meal you will be in receipt of certain benefits.  If you’re not sure the offices have a list from the council and if you think you are entitled you can make a claim at any time.

As soon as we get the go ahead and the way to do it we will process the vouchers for the summer holidays.  Bear with us, there is no information just yet.


Summer opening

We are starting to get phone calls about whether we are open during the summer holidays.  Again, I have no more information than you have.  I have listened to ministers say schools will not be open and I heard the prime minister say there would be a summer of catch up but I have no idea of what is planned.  I do know however that we have worked throughout the lockdown and throughout the holidays so far and at some point schools will have to close.  I know you join with me in praising and thanking the staff for their valiant efforts in carrying on with whatever they have been asked to do.



We are making plans to open as normal in September, taking into account catching up on the (nearly) 4 months of learning lots of children will have missed.  Teachers and classes are sorted.  We do not know whether we will be opening however, it will depend on government decisions.


Home Learning

We continue to send out English, maths and topic work every Monday but fewer and fewer children are emailing their teachers.  We understand that it’s a slog, getting your children to engage, but if you can it will help them and it will help us to catch them up eventually.

If you let your teacher know about work for this week and next week there will be a small reward.


Children in School

The children who are in school now are doing really well.  They are safe and in a routine and learning well.  The staff are doing a great job.


I hope you are well and staying safe.  It’s getting more difficult to know what the rules are but be assured we are following the rules for schools as best as we can.


Yours sincerely,



Martine Buckley


Home Learning


Please click on the link below to access the home learning pages.


Year 1     Year 2      Year 3    Year 4     Year 5    Year 6



Important information for year 1 school opening 8th June 

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Free School Meal Letter 


Dear Parents


From next week the government will not be providing any vouchers for children entitled to a free school meal.


We can provide packed lunches from our school kitchen as we did before the voucher scheme started.  However, I do need you to tell me if you will be coming to collect a lunch so that no food is wasted.


The children who are coming to school who are entitled to a free meal will get one.  All infants in school can also have a free meal even if you are not in receipt of benefits.


If your child is not in school but entitled to a free meal please ring the school office on 0161 284 5464 so we can add you to our list.


If your child is bringing his/her own packed lunch please send it in a bag we can throw away.


Thank you and stay safe.




Martine Buckley


Letter from Mrs Buckley  



Dear Parents,


We hope you are al safe and well.  The current weather is amazing!


Arrangements have changed today as we begin to welcome more children back to school.


By tomorrow, when some year 6 children return, we will have 8 ‘bubbles’.  So instead of our staff working on a rota system, they will be assigned to a ‘bubble’.  The ‘bubbles’ will not mix.  This means that if staff are absent for any reason we may not be able to keep the ‘bubbles’ open.  Unfortunately, this applies to key worker groups too.  We can’t put ‘spare’ staff into a bubble.  We will try to give you notice if we can because of your working pattern but it may be last minute.


2 reminders – if your child is bringing a packed lunch it must be in a bag that we can throw away.  And – we are back in uniform, staff and children.


Yours sincerely


Martine Buckley


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