Ash Green

Community Primary School

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Safeguarding policy update

Our Safeguarding policy has now been updated with a COVID-19 addendum. You can find the policy here.

Emergency Plans - updated 30.03.20

Ash Green will continue to provide care provision for the children of key workers, and those deemed most vulnerable, for the duration of the ‘school closure’ period. This will include care through the weeks of 6th and 13th April, the scheduled Easter break.  If your child, like the great majority, is not at school during the school closure period then you can always phone 01422 244613 (Option 1 for Lower Site) where calls will be answered from 7:45-3:30 but messages can also be left outside these hours. If you have any safeguarding concerns then Mr Sheppard (head@ashgreen.calderdale.sch.uk) , Mr Monaghan (hugh.monaghan@ashgreen.calderdale.sch.uk) or Mrs Hick (ahick@ashgreen.calderdale.sch.uk) our Designated safeguarding Leads will always be on site between the hours specified.

It is our intention to provide this care and service for the duration of this very difficult time for everyone. In the unlikely/emergency event that Ash Green had to close its provision at the Lower Site, we would provide it at the Upper Site: 01422 244613 (Option 2 for the Upper Site). In the extremely unlikely/emergency event that provision could not take place at Ash Green then we would arrange care at Whitehill MAT or Moorside Community Primary Schools. We would also send our school staff to those settings if our children had to be cared for there and would provide details of the host school’s senior leaders and Designated Safeguarding Leads.  In the unlikely/emergency event that Whitehill MAT (Whitehill and Wainstalls) or Moorside Community Primary Schools had to close then we would support care for their key worker/vulnerable pupils by hosting care provision which would be supported by their staff.

Preliminary planning for this emergency planning has already taken place and is therefore in hand for this unlikely situation. Risk assessments are already in place and that all required protocols in place including:

  • Maximum number of pupils that can safely be accommodated to ensure safe social distancing
  • Routine daily H&S checks
  • Pupil: adult ratios
  • Consistent transition and induction arrangements for pupils
  • Catering provision

Emergency Care Provision

We are living in unprecedented times where the whole country’s health is currently at great risk.

Please work with us to ensure that we keep our children, their families, our staff members and the wider community healthy and safe. If you or your family are already self-isolating you need to respect the 14 day period.

Government guidance issued overnight has said: If there is a parent at home who works in a profession listed below then you can take up a childcare place IF NEEDED. I must reinforce this will be childcare NOT regular school education.

  • Health and social care
  • Education and childcare
  • Key public services
  • Local and national government
  • Food and other necessary goods
  • Public safety and national security
  • Transport
  • Utilities, communication and financial services

If you NEED this place then phone school on 01422 244613 – option 1. Please advise if you NEED breakfast and/or after school care.

Can you also inform her if your child usually brings a packed lunch.

However, please bear in mind that government guidance remains that WHERE POSSIBLE children remain safely at home and that social distancing is the policy we should all be following.

Thank you for your co-operation and keep safe.

 

What is self-isolation?

The government’s current advice is that if anyone develops symptoms, everyone they live with must self-isolate. If you are at all unsure what self-isolation means for you, your child and your family, please watch the short video below.

This is an extremely difficult situation for us all and we will continue to make decisions in the best interests of our children and our school community. Thank you for your ongoing support.

WELCOME

 

Welcome to our web site which we hope you find both useful and interesting. The information contained within it is constantly updated so please visit us again.

At Ash Green Community Primary School we are here to serve our pupils, their families and the community. We make our school a centre of learning excellence for all. There is driving determination to ensure that pupils and adults in the school reach their full potential.

Children get one chance with their education and at Ash Green we want this to be the best. This is why we offer childcare facilities every morning and evening, an on-site Children's Centre, and Family Support Services that have been recognised nationally and evening activities for youngsters in Mixenden. Ofsted (November 2018) rightly identified, ‘the school is at the heart of the community.’

Ash Green regularly models outstanding practice in teaching and learning and between 2013 and 2018, we were honoured to be named a National Support School. I was also privileged to be named a National Leader of Education. We are now part of a new Teaching School Alliance led by Trinity Academy and we are proud of the work we do helping to support schools in Calderdale and beyond.

Our most recent Ofsted inspection (November 2018) confirms that Ash Green is a GOOD school. There are so many positives in the report and our wonderful children attract huge praise: ‘Pupils thrive at Ash Green. [They] enjoy their learning, display positive attitudes and value their education.

You can contact me to arrange a visit, leave a comment on the website, or register your views of the school through 'Parent View' - a part of Ofsted's website. You can view Ofsted's School inspections: a guide for parents by clicking on the 'About Us' menu and the Ofsted link. You can access and download our prospectus, admissions information and all of the school's curriculum policies and schemes of work via the 'About Us' menu at the top of the page.

We very much want you to feel a part of our school community.

Mungo Sheppard 
Head Teacher

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Latest School Term Dates Events

School Re-opens20Apr2020

School Closed - Bank Holiday08May2020

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EXCITING LEARNING UPDATE!!

Good day Ash Green! May I start by wishing all our families the very best from all the staff at Ash Green and to thank you for your magnificent support of the job we are doing for children in and out of school. We really appreciate that. Now, on to very exciting news to support the children’s learning.

Thank you so much for all the support you have given to the children to complete their learning packs and the links to websites that you have explored together. School staff have been working incredibly hard each day to prepare the next phase of learning for EVERY child in school. From Monday 20th April, our school website will have a link to every year group where there will be a range of exciting learning activities that will be refreshed each Monday. Teachers have prepared reading tasks- linked to an online library- writing activities and daily Maths videos and tasks. There will be lots of fun ‘challenge activities’ for the children too- all linked to the fantastic topics planned for each class next term- that families will love. Children will get the chance to earn points by completing fun-filled tasks around a whole range of things and they are bespoke to each year group. Staff have worked ever so hard to ensure that learning activities are pitched at the right level for each class but, of course, if children are finding Reading, Writing or Maths tasks too tricky or want to challenge themselves further then they can dip in and out of other year groups Reading, Writing and Maths activities too! We are also developing systems (like the one our brilliant Tapestry App provides for Just 3, Nursery and Reception) so that children and families will be able to share their learning and work back to teachers and we will also post examples on our website! I am sure the children- and hopefully families- will be as excited as we are. I have seen all the activities that have been planned for every class and the children are going to love it! I will keep you updated in the lead up to the 20th- which would have been the first day of the new term- but in the meantime please encourage children to access suggested websites and do not hesitate to get in touch with us at school (01422 244613 Option 1) if there is anything we can help you with.

Best Wishes, Mr Sheppard

FREE SCHOOL MEALS PROVISION - 03.04.2020

We worked through yesterday to ensure all children in receipt of Free School Meals were implemented into the Government scheme to provide Meal Vouchers (£15 per child per week) from the week commencing 20th April- this is a ‘Term Time Only’ scheme and covers only Free School Meals children and sadly NOT Universal Free School Meals (which covered every child in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2). The Meal Vouchers are ‘e-vouchers’ and the vouchers should appear by email in the accounts of eligible families on Monday 20th  April and each Monday going forward for the duration of this ‘closure’. For the small number of families without email addresses, we will arrange a ‘physical’ Meal Voucher. Although we are not funded for the school holiday to provide meals, we are absolutely committed to supporting our children and families and so will provide food packs again on MONDAY 6th APRIL. Just as this Monday, arrangements will be: Upper Site pick-ups from the main entrance of school using the pedestrian gate on Brow Bottom Lane next to the portacabin; Lower Site pick-ups from the Reception class entrance, gate on Sunnybank Road. Reception and Year 1 children’s food will be 10:30-10:45; Year 2 and 3 at 10:45-11; Year 4,5 and 6 11:00-11:30. Please pick up all food packs with the youngest child’s. We are making over 100 packs again this Monday morning- a huge thanks to catering staff and the staff supporting them. Stay safe everyone and try to enjoy the weekend.

School Closures Message from Mr Sheppard - 20.03.20


After the most difficult week of my career and I would imagine anyone who works in schools, I would just like to thank all of the staff at Ash Green Community Primary School. They have done an incredible job in horrendous circumstances, putting our wonderful school community first as always. I would like to thank the parents for your overwhelming support and messages, our staff could not carry on without your backing. Finally, I would like to pay tribute to our amazing children. Goodness knows what is going through their young minds at the moment, but their positivity and resilience is inspiring to us all. We are so sorry that our school is having to close its gates for so many, but this is in the interest of the health and welfare of our school community. We will do our very best to continue providing care and education for ALL of our children, for as long as we have to operate in such a different way. Rest assured, we will continue to communicate through our app, our website and by email. Take care everyone and stay well. Love and best wishes - Mr Sheppard.

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