Update information for families due to Covid-19

School Statement on the use of face masks in school

Full School Reopening in September 2020

I hope all our families are keeping well and have enjoyed the recent good weather.

It now seems very likely that school will be able to reopen for all children on Wednesday 2nd September and we are looking forward to welcoming the children back. You should have received a letter in July with the arrangements for opening. School will reopen for the full school week for all children with staggered start and finish times for different family groups. This has been designed so that the oldest children attend for the longest day. We appreciate your cooperation in adhering strictly to your allotted times.

To enable social distancing, there will be a one way system in place with parents dropping children at their classrooms as they pass. Entry to the school grounds will be via the Dock Lane or Melton Road pedestrian entrances and exit will be via Wilford Bridge Road or the car park on Melton Road. It is important that social distancing measures continue to be followed when on site, that only one parent accompanies their child to school and that siblings do not accompany parents unless absolutely necessary, in which case they should remain with parents at all times. In the event that a child is anxious upon arriving at school, please step to one side and have a quiet encouraging word with them. Unfortunately, our staff will be unable to help as much as they would normally.


Your family has been assigned to a group based on your eldest child’s class. All children attending school should be brought in together at the start time indicated for your group. 

Your family is in this group if your eldest child is in:Start timeFinish time
Red GroupOwls or Penguins8:50am to 9:00am3:30pm
Blue GroupWoodpeckers, Eagles or Parrots9:05am to 9:15am3:15pm
Yellow GroupPuffins or Robins9:20am to 9:30am3:00pm


For example, if a family has three children (in Robins, Eagles and Penguins), they will be in Red group as their eldest child is in Penguins. They will all arrive at school between 8:50am and 9am and will leave at 3:30pm.

All families will be issued with a coloured key ring fob which you will need to show on entry (these will be given to the children on the first day back).

Our new Reception class families have been provided with details of their start schedule.


The staffing for September will be;

Robins (Reception)           Miss Grant and Mrs Rogers

Puffins (Year 1)                  Miss Jones and Mrs Huisman

Parrots (Year 2)                 Mrs Smith, Mrs Cavignac, Mrs Dorey and Mrs Halliday

Eagles (Year 3)                  Miss Lumsden        Mrs Barrance will work across Years 3 & 4

Woodpeckers (Year 4)     Mrs Cain

Penguins (Year 5)              Miss Begum, Mrs Mills and Ms Cousins

Owls (Year 6)                      Mr Burges and Ms Barr

Assistant Head Teacher with responsibility for SEND and pastoral care           Mrs Hancock

Assistant Head Teacher with responsibility for teaching and learning           Mrs Mann


We will be able to provide our usual school lunches from September although the timings will be staggered to reduce the number of children in the hall. The meals will follow the normal menu issued by Edwards and Blake. Children with packed lunches will be required to eat in the classrooms. 

Wrap Around Care

We will be running Breakfast Club (from 7:45am) and After School Club (until 5pm) with entry and exit via Wilford Bridge Road gates.

We will have a maximum of 16 places available for each session in September. Some sessions are already fully booked. However, if you require wrap around care and haven’t booked a place, please email me as soon as possible head@melton.suffolk.sch.uk

Building work

Unfortunately, but not unsurprisingly, much of the building work planned for this summer hasn’t started yet. This will make the reopening of school easier to organise and we will keep you updated of the plans as they become known. The anticipated start date for the major development work is now late October.

Hopefully you have seen photographs of our growing Reception outdoor area. Thanks to a team of volunteers, the children will have a fabulous space to start using in September.

A copy of the operating procedures for opening in September is available to view on the school website.

If any of our plans change, I will contact you with a update.

We hope to see you all soon.

Alun Davies