IMPORTANT INFORMATION UPDATE: 25th June 2020

As I am sure you are already aware school we re- opened for year 6 from the 22nd of June, for those parents who registered for a place. On Tuesday I was informed that Liverpool Local Authority were looking at the possibility of schools being to re-open for a further year group if schools are able to do so. In preparation for this possibly happening parents of reception children were called to see if they would want their child to return to school; this year group was the next agreed year group to return as directed by the DFE.

School also continues to be open for children of keyworkers and identified vulnerable children. From next week we have 104 children registered to return to school.

As already stated following government guidelines, detailed risk assessments and an assessment of capacity measurement; school is able to accommodate a maximum of 152 children however, in realistic terms this number would be closer to 100 with the number of staff available to work and with the tight restrictions on group size and the need to ensure the integrity of the pods. This will mean that school will be full and no more further places will be available until we are informed to amend / reduce the social distancing guidance. I have been advised by the local authority to inform parents that once school reaches total capacity number like we will have if parents need a school place for their child/ren they should contact the local authority who are looking to try to provide alternative provision. I am aware how difficult this maybe for families but I am sure you can understand how hard it is for us to manage this very difficult situation. I would love nothing more to be able to re-open for all the children but I have to think of the safety and well-being and ensure it is not compromised. This is not something that as a parent myself and head teacher I am able or willing to do. Thank you for your continued support, stay safe


I am sure you are aware there is a lot of media attention with regards to children returning to school with the media suggesting it is safe for more children to return to school and a wider re-opening should take place with social distancing being reducing to 1meter. I want to clarify with you we have been following the local authority guidance and they have yet to issue any information about a wider re-opening or changing the social distancing guidance. Further school re-opening will only happen when we are told it is safe to do so.

I am confident that I will receive further information in the next couple of weeks about how we move forward with the next stage of reopening and how things may look in September. I will of course keep you informed of all updates and plans as and when necessary.


Nursery Update Information:
Proposal to Create a Nursery Class at St Matthew’s Catholic Primary School, Liverpool
The Governing Body of St Matthew’s Catholic Primary School wishes to advise you of their intention to alter the lower age limit of the school to create a Foundation 1 (nursery) class from 1 January 2021. This action will be taken under the guidance from the Department for Education to accompany the School Organisation (Prescribed Alterations to Maintained Schools) (England) Regulations 2013 and (Establishment and Discontinuance of Schools) Regulations 2013 which came into force on 28 January 2014 and permit Governing Bodies of all categories of mainstream school to make certain changes to their schools without following a formal statutory process.
The provision will be for 52 places (full time equivalent) with children admitted the term after their third birthday. The age range of the school will therefore be 3 – 11.
I can confirm that:
1. The Governing Body has identified suitable accommodation within its existing building that meets the BB103 dimensions and physical provision for a 52 place nursery/F1 class;
2. The Governing Body and the Liverpool Archdiocese will meet the associated capital costs of providing accommodation for the purposes of use as an EYFS teaching area. Ongoing revenue costs will be met through the income generated by nursery places with staffing levels set with relevance to the number of nursery places filled;
3. The Governing Body has also written to the Archdiocese of Liverpool, as trustee body, and will obtain formal agreement – including that which is required for capital works to the school building, prior to implementation, and;
4. The school’s planned admission number (60) will not be changed as a result of this proposal.
Although Governing Bodies are no longer required to follow a statutory process for a proposal of this nature the Governing Body will ensure that parents and other interested parties have sufficient opportunity to give their views. Governors will consult on the proposals between 9th June to 4th July during which time a letter explaining the proposal will be distributed to a) all parents of children at the school; b) all local schools, and; c) other nurseries and pre-schools in Liverpool. Information will also be published on the school’s website. This period provides four term-time weeks for responses to be provided before the Governing Body meet in later July 2020 to consider the formal ratification of the change.
I trust that this information will enable you to support the school’s proposals. If you require any further information or have any comments that you would wish Governors to consider then please do not hesitate to contact me.

Consultation on proposed changes to
St Matthew’s Catholic Primary School
Primary School
with effect from 1 January 2021

Background
The Governing Body of St Matthew’s Catholic Primary School wishes to advise you of their intention to alter the lower age limit of the school to create a Foundation 1 (nursery) class from 1 January 2021. This action will be taken under the guidance from the Department for Education to accompany the School Organisation (Prescribed Alterations to Maintained Schools) (England) Regulations 2013 and (Establishment and Discontinuance of Schools) Regulations 2013 which came into force on 28 January 2014 and permit Governing Bodies of all categories of mainstream school to make certain changes to their schools without following a formal statutory process.

Specific Proposals
The Foundation 1 (nursery) provision will be for [52] places (full time equivalent) with children admitted the term after their third birthday. The age range of the school will therefore be 3 – 11.
The Governing Body has been allocated funding to provide additional suitable accommodation which meets the government’s school accommodation guidance regarding the size and physical provision for a 52-place nursery/Foundation 1 class. Planning approval is yet to be obtained for the development.
The school’s reception class admission number of 60 will not be changed as a result of this proposal.

How to Respond
The Governing Body of St Matthew’s Catholic Primary School want to ensure that parents and any other interested parties have sufficient opportunity to give their views. You are invited to submit comments in writing about the proposal above to: The Chair of Governors, St Matthew’s Catholic Primary School, Queens Drive, Liverpool, L4 8UA.
Alternatively you may wish to e-mail: matthewsj-ao@st-matthews-jun.liverpool.sch.uk
Please submit any comments by 4th July 2020. The Governing Body will meet in July 2020 to consider the formal ratification of the change.



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