Last updated Friday 28 August 2020

Reopening Update

Please read this page very carefully as it is all about the ‘new normal’. We have had to make lots of changes to minimise the risk of spreading Covid 19 including different start and finish times, restricted entry and staggered break times.



It is vital that all children return to school on Thursday; we have planned a fantastic learning journey for them which will help them reconnect and re-engage with each other and school life. We know that the children in our care will each have had unique experiences of, and responses to the events of 2020. We also know that they may not all be super excited about returning to school, that they may have fears and worries. But our job is to help them make sense of things! We will support their mental health and well being as well as promote their general development and attainment. We are confident and committed and can’t wait to see everyone again.


School Attendance

School attendance will be mandatory from the beginning of the new academic year. This means that it is your legal duty as a parent to send your child (if they are of compulsory school age) to school every day. If they are not going to be in school then you must inform the school office on the first day of absence.


Covid-19 Home School Agreement

We know from our experience of opening the school in June that it is essential that the whole school community takes responsibility for keeping each other safe. This is why we are insisting that every family reads the Covid-19 Home School Agreement. Once you have read it please email the School Office ( to say you are committed to the agreement and to register that your child will be at school on Thursday 3rd September. For the safety and reassurance of all our staff and families your child will not be allowed to start school until that email (or phone call) has been made.


What measures are in place to minimise risk to your child?


The Primary School will be divided into 4 bubbles. 


Year 1 & Year 2

Year 3, 4, 5

Year 6

The aim of the system within the school is that these bubbles mix only with each other from arrival at school in the morning until the children go home at the end of the school day. During lesson time children will mix solely with their year group. It will only be at playtime when they mix with their wider bubble.


Staggering start and finish times/arrangements

What time does my child start school? 

All children can arrive at school between 8:35am – 8:55am. Children must arrive by 08:55am at the latest. Parents must respect social distancing at the designated gate (see map) and leave promptly once your child has gone into school or has been collected from school.


Which gate will my child use at the start and end of the day?  

Reception – Reception Gate (Lyall Avenue) 

Year 1 – Main Gate (Bowen Drive)

Year 2 – Main Gate (Bowen Drive) 

Year 3 – Main Gate (Bowen Drive) 

Year 4/5 – Carpark Gate

Year 6 – Carpark Gate


What time does my child finish school? 

Y1 – 3pm (collection from main gate)  

Y2 – 3:10pm (collection from main gate) 

Y3 – 3:20pm (collection from main gate)

Y4/5 – 3:20pm (collection or walk home from carpark gate)

Y6 – 3:30pm (collection or walk home from carpark gate)


What happens if my child is late for school and their gate is closed? 

In order to minimise risk to the school community, children must be on time for school. If your child arrives later than 8:55am you will need to telephone the office so we can arrange for your child to be escorted safely to their classroom.


What happens if I am late to collect my child at the end of the day?

In order to minimise risk to the school community, children must be collected promptly at the end of the day. If you are late to collect you will need to telephone the office to arrange to collect your child, children will not be permitted to sit in the school office but will have to remain in their classrooms.


Can my child bring a bike or scooter to school? 

We will continue to promote walking, cycling and scooting to school and will ensure that there is somewhere for your child to safely leave their bike. We suggest children in Years 4, 5, 6 lock up their bikes.


Can I enter the school site? 

Parents will not be permitted to enter the school site, children will be welcomed at the designated gate by a senior leader and returned to that gate at the end of the day.

Should you need to pick up your child at any time during the day this must be pre-arranged by telephone with the Office Staff.


What measures are in place to ensure high standards of hygiene?

Sanitiser dispensers have been installed throughout the school e.g. at each entrance. 

Warm water and soap are available at every sink in the toilets, and in classrooms with sinks. 

A paper towel dispenser and bin have also been placed in all classroom toilets.

Hand hygiene will be promoted and encouraged, and parents/guardians are asked to support the school in reinforcing this message.

In accordance with the PHE guidelines, the school will be thoroughly cleaned at least once per day. Particular attention will be focused on frequently touched surfaces – door handles, handrails, chairs/arm rests, communal eating areas, sink and toilet facilities.

All staff will have access to cleaning products and will be required to maintain cleanliness of their own work area. Staff should thoroughly clean and disinfect their work area before and after use each day.

Waste will be collected regularly from all areas within the school.


What can my child bring to school to minimise risk to others? 

Children will not be permitted to bring anything into school other than a water bottle which is essential as the water fountains have been turned off (the bottle will remain at school and must be labelled). 

All children will be provided with lunch, children may not bring in any additional items including food or drink. They will be given reading books which will be quarantined for 72 hours on return to school (more details to follow regarding home learning).

Y2 – Y6 Pencil Case: If you are able to bring your own pencil case when you return to school we would really appreciate it. We have all the pens, pencils etc… to go inside, so you just need to bring an empty pencil case.

Mobile Phones can only be brought to school with prior arrangement with the Class Teacher.


Does my child need to wear school uniform?

Children will return to school in their school uniform. They will wear their PE Kit on PE days (these days will be confirmed next week).


Where can I purchase school uniform?

To buy new school uniform please use the Schools Buddy App. You will have received a link to this already.


Are you selling any second-hand uniform?

Friends of Dulwich Wood will be hosting a second-hand uniform sale on Friday 5th September from 1pm by the main gates in the bottom playground. There is an enormous amount of good quality uniform, including fleeces.


What will my child eat for lunch?

On Thursday 3rd & Friday 4th children will eat a packed lunch on the playground, weather permitting. 

From Monday 7th September we will be resuming our hot meals in the dining hall. We are currently looking at the menu and will provide you with the menu next week.


Do you have Wrap Around Care?

We intend to be providing an after-school club (Emu Club) service from the 14th September. This will be organised around the school bubble system in operation during the day. (Early Years, Y1 & Y2, Y3, Y4 & Y5). This means that we will be running three separate after school clubs in different locations across the 2 schools. 

Bookings will commence from Monday 7th September via Schools Buddy. More details to follow next week. 

Due to staffing numbers needed for three separate clubs we are currently unable to provide before school care.


What will a typical day look like?

Children will arrive at school via their designated gate (see above). Parents must have confirmed that they have read and agreed to the home-school agreement in advance before children may enter the site. 

Children will wash their hands in their allocated bathroom before they enter the classroom, after break, lunch time or specialist lessons. 

Assemblies will be virtual except for one bubble which will change on a weekly basis.

Break and lunch times will be staggered

Spanish, PE, Music and Art will still be delivered by Specialist Teachers


How can I prepare my child for coming back to school?

Re-visit your child’s Tapestry account and watch the video again of their new teacher. (Please email the office if you need your link to Tapestry to be resent). 

Try to practice the teacher’s name and remind them what year group they are in. 

Reassure them that there will be lots of familiar adults who are there to help them and answer their questions. 

Remind them about how well they used their learning tool kit during the school closure.


For additional information please refer to the latest advice from Public Health and

What parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges in the autumn term