Red Gates Primary

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Lockdown January 2021

Dear Parents and Carers

Thank you for your support at this difficult time. I would like to reassure you that we are doing all that we can to support you and your children within current Government and Public Health England guidance.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your class teacher or our family liaison officer. Contact details are in the attachment.

With best wishes for improved circumstances soon.

Updated 11 January 2021


Red Gates School is open for remote learning for the majority of pupils and for onsite learning for children of critical workers and pupils who present safeguarding concerns, from Wednesday 6 January until Friday 12 February or further notice by the government.

Our priority is the Health and Safety of our school community and to safeguard our pupils and staff, to the best of our ability, as information becomes available.

Decisions in schools are based on the following advice

DfE 15 December 2020 – Providing remote education information to parents - template

DfE 5 January 2021 – National lockdown now in force

DfE 6 January 2021 – Secretary of State’s Statement to Parliament 6 January 2021 – National Lockdown: Stay at Home

DfE 7 January 2021 – Contingency framework: education and childcare settings (excluding universities)

DfE 7 January 2021 – Free School meal provision

DfE 8 January 2021 – Guidance for early years and childcare settings during the national lockdown

Meetings with PHE and LA – 4th, 5th and 8th January 2021

Telephone discussions with Chair of Governors

Trade Union advice


Other considerations

Parents as critical workers

Pupil Risk Assessments

Staff Role Risk Assessments

Whole School Risk Assessments

Staff availability due to

  • Usual absences eg operations / illness / bereavement
  • Self isolation
  • COVID positive tests
  • Childcare, despite presenting critical worker letters to their child’s school
  • Signed off with anxiety by GP

Keeping bubble numbers consistent and low

Balancing the demands of remote learning and onsite teaching

Minimizing the use of shared spaces


Remote Learning

We acknowledge that remote learning can be extremely challenging for pupils with Complex Needs and that virtual sessions would not be appropriate. Staff create activity packs appropriate to the needs to pupils in the different pathways with activity ideas for parents to complete for short periods of time, with resources available in the home.

Remote learning is available on the website by Pathway and is regularly updated to keep in line with topic planning

Class teachers phone families weekly for feedback and to assess developing needs


School meals

Pupils with FSM entitlement are sent FSM e-vouchers fortnightly if they are not attending onsite. This has proved popular with families.

Pupils onsite will have their meals in their classrooms, rather than share the dining hall


Annual Reviews

Annual Reviews continue virtually every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday morning


Additional support

Behaviour specialist support can be requested by families through weekly contact with class teacher or by emailing behaviour specialist directly

Family liaison officer (FLO) and family liaison assistant (FLA) are available to support families by phone or email

Members of the school safeguarding team are available onsite and via email and telephone during the school day


Useful email addresses

General enquiries

Behaviour specialist

Family Liaison Officer / Designated Safeguarding Lead


Website address




Celebration of Achievement 2019


The children have worked so hard throughout the year and this was celebrated on Thursday 18th July.

Each child in each class received a certificate celebrating their achievements over the year. Special certificates and medals were handed out to children who had excelled in the year, as voted on by staff. The school's therapists were also involved, handing out certificates and medals to children who they had seen most progression in over the year.

The Red Gates Rockers opened the proceedings with their amazing rendition of Shotgun and Something Just Like This and the school choir closed the event with their version of This is Me and Twist Again.

It was an extremely successful event and was well attended by parents, carers and friends.


Red Gates goes Green

School Council are leading the way in making Red Gates greener and more environmentally friendly. On World Environment Day, they've checked the school grounds for any rubbish, especially plastic. You may not realise it, but we do get occasional visits from wildlife like squirrels and birds here at Red Gates.


We know that plastic can kill them as it does with the wha​les in the ocean. That's why we are keen to keep the school free of any plastic rubbish. This term, some classes are actually working on the topic Hidden Worlds: Under the Sea and are learning about the beauty of the sea and how our attitude towards waste can harm living creatures and destroy that beauty.


Science Week 2019

Each year the school joins in with British Science Week.  Its a  celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths across the UK for people of all ages.  It requires our amazing teachers to come up with entertaining and engaging events and activities for our children to watch and participate in.  To celebrate the end of science week we had a bouncy castle.  As you can see from the smiles and laughs it was a great success across the school.

Croydon Short Breaks Statement Survey

Good Afternoon,

Croydon is in the process of updating its Short Breaks Statement.  This document will provide young people, parents and carers with information on:

*           The range of short breaks services provided in Croydon
*           Who can access short breaks
*           How to access short breaks
*           How short breaks are designed to meet the needs of disabled children/young people and their parents/carers

We would like to hear your thoughts about the draft Short Breaks Statement, your feedback is very valuable to us and will be used to help develop the Short Breaks Statement and ensure we have a service that meets the needs of children and young people.

Please click here to view the document and complete the survey on the Croydon Get Involved page to provide your feedback.  This engagement process will be open for 6 weeks (18th February to 6th April 2019).

Thank you in advance for any feedback provided.

Forest School

One of the extra-curriculum activities the school provides, is Forest School.

"Forest School is an inspirational process, that offers all learners regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in a woodland or natural environment with trees." - Forest Schools Association

Our local Forest School is Courtwood Primary school.  In 2012 Courtwood Primary School was gifted a piece of woodland that backed onto the school.  It was to be developed as a nature trail and woodcraft area.  It has a "Talking Circle" with a fire pit and a trail around the wood.  It is a short walk to Selsdon Woods and fields.

Sessions take place on a Tuesdays and Thursdays. One session is for our year 2 students and the other is an inclusion link with Courtwood pupils joining our session.

As you can see they are able to explore and experience the natural world in all seasons and in all weathers.

Merry Christmas One and All!

This year the theme for the Christmas play was Red Gates Radio.  Each class paired up with another and chose a music genre to perform to.

The play was opened by our amazing Red Gates Rockers, performing Jingle Bells and Santa Claus is Coming to Town and was closed by our fabulous Choir, performing We are the Children of Red Gates School and We Wish You a Merry Christmas

DJ Santa (played by Khalid) introduced each act which started off with Class Rose and Class Teal performing to Rock and Roll music.  We then had Classes Amethyst and Lilac presenting Classical, Classes Magenta and Sky presenting Disco, Classes Cyan and Aqua presenting Rock and Roll, Classes Royal and Violet presenting Soul, Classes Jade and Turquoise presenting Reggae, Classes Mint and Fuchsia presenting Pop, Classes Coral and Lime presenting Country and Classes Emerald and Navy presenting RnB.

We performed on Tuesday to our neighbours, Gilbert Scott School and on Wednesday to our parents, carers and friends.

The children and staff worked so hard to put this performance together and it was a hit with everyone that attended.

Merry Christmas from all the children and staff at Red Gates!