My Child is Unwell – What Should I Do?

It can be difficult to know what to do when your child becomes unwell.

NHS advice for Childhood Winter Illnesses – HERE 

We have developed a quick covid reference guide for parents, carers and staff – HERE.

Unsure if your child is displaying covid symptoms – click HERE for latest NHS advice

Advice on self-isolation- click HERE for advice in Hertfordshire (new 16 November 2020)

Advice on treating coronavirus symptoms – click HERE for latest NHS advice

Some families may find theses graphics (BBC) useful – HERE

Please inform us – we will follow the appropriate government advice at the time.



The information here applies to the whole school.


Update – School will be open to all students from Monday 8th March

Copies of letters sent home regarding school arrangements are archived here.

Letter 40 – 16th July 2021 – end of year and covid arrangements
Letter 39 – 9th July 2021 – transition, sports day including Y4 and more
Letter 38 – 2nd July 2021 – update, bubble closures, sports days and Year 6 events
Classes for 2021/22
Letter 37 – 25th June 2021 – Sustainability Week Photography competition results
Letter 36 – 18th June 2021 – updates including sports day
Letter 35 – 11th June 2021
Letter 34 – 28th May 2021 – covid risk assessment updates
Admissions Consultation – 28th May 2021 – consultation to reduce planned admission numbers to 60 from EYFS 2022/23
Letter 33 – 21st May 2021 – updates for clubs & class mixing, reminder re covid testing and details of a photography competition
FLYER – Sustainability Week – Photography competition – all years
Letter 32 – 7th May 2021 – sports update and proposed sports days
Letter 31 – 30th April 2021 – curriculum and catch up plans
Letter 30 – 23rd April 2021 – farming and gardening update – FLYER YOUNG FARMERS
Letter 29 – 16th April 2021 – staffing update
Letter 28 – 9th April 2021 – email update to parents – no staggered start from 12th April 2021 and Team Tenacity
Letter 27 – 19th March 2021 – staff update and end of term plans
RHSE Policy – 12th March 2021 – draft policy for consultation – comments to school by 12pm 19th March 2021
Letter 26 – 12th March 2021 – RHSE Policy, staff update, Easter Holiday Clubs
Public Health – 9th March 2021 – letter from the Director of Public Health
Letter 25 – 5th March 2021 – staffing update and return to school crib sheet
Letter 24
– 4th March 2021 – return to school arrangements
Letter 23 – 26th January 2021 – parent survey feedback, world book day , tentative plans for return
Keeping Safe at Half Term
– advice from Hertfordshire County Council
Book Week – 12th February 2021 – details about Book Week and World Book Day in March
Letter 22 – 4th February 2021 – parent survey
Letter 21 – 29th January 2021 – update
Letter 21a – 29th January 2021 – Remote Learning Strategy
Letter 20 – 22nd January 2021 – update including lateral flow testing for staff
Letter 20.1  22nd Janaury 2021 – Childhood winter Illnesses – NHS
Letter 20.2 – 22nd January 2021 – Positive Mental Health – Parent guide
Letter 19 – 19th January 2021 – letter from Nicola Dale, Chair of Governors
Letter 18
– 15th Janaury 2021 – update and note re keyworkers
Letter 17 – 12th January 2021 – letter from Hertfordshire County Council
Letter 16 – 8th January 2021 – update – cancellation of key assessments
Letter 15 – 6th January 2021 – update and Google Meet Protocols
Email 9:30pm – 4th January 2021 – school closure and keyworker survey
Letter 14 – 4th January 2021 – return to school arrangements
Letter 13 – 31st December 2020 – return to school in January 2021
Letter 12 – 18th December 2020 – covid holiday procedures
Letter 11 – 14th December 2020 – advice of covid cases in school
Letter 10 – 10th December 2020 – school closing 1:15pm Friday 18th December. Hub closing at 5pm.
Letter 9 – 20th November 2020
Letter 8 – 13th November 2020
Letter 7 – 6th November 2020
Harvest Festival – donation information
Menu change – 6th October 2020 – letter
Letter 6 – 16th October 2020 – weekly update from Mr Farrugia
Extra Curricular Sport – 6th October 2020 – letter for children participating in football and netball clubs
Letter 5 – 25th September 2020 – weekly update from Mr Farrugia
Public Health – 25th September 2020 – Letter from the Director of Public Health
Letter 4
– 18th September – weekly update from Mr Farrugia
Letter 3 – 11th September 2020 – weekly update from Mr Farrugia
Year 3 – 11th September 2020 – amendment to drop off / pick up arrangements for children in Year 3 only
Public Health – 9th September 2020 – Letter from Director of Public Health
– 8th September 2020 – updates for EYFS, Years 1-2
Letter 2
– 4th September 2020 – includes amended arrangements to entry and exit guidance
Letter 1 – 26th August 2020 – September return guidance

Update with effect from 8th March 2021 – the year group emails have been switched off as children have returned to school. Please use .Thank you.

We have updated the drop off and pick up areas for children – MAP. This is to support social distancing between children and families to avoid bottle necks at key entrances / exits. Please help us by helping eachother.

With effect from Monday 12th April 2021 we will no longer be operating staggered start and finish timings.

Children in Years 1 – 6 can arrive between 8:40a.m. and 8:50a.m.

Children in EYFS can arrive between 8:50a.m. and 9a.m.

All children will finish at 3:15p.m.

All staff, parents and children will enter school via the Townsend Drive entrance and leave via the Batchwood Drive entrance (bottom of field). Please allow for additional time for your journey to/from school to accommodate this.

Please do not gather in or around the school site. Thank you.

Please arrive promptly with your child. If possible we would ask that only one adult brings or collects their child. Adults must wear a mask (or dispay an exemption badge) and remain socially distanced whilst on school premises.

No dogs on the school site – even if carried.

There can be no games or mixing before school. NO child, of any age, should touch or play on the playground equipment on any playground.

The cycle sheds and scooter park will be open.

We ask that all parents do what they can to avoid having to visit the school site during the school day.

All children should bring a NAMED water bottle to school with them every day. 

It is essential that any snacks / packed lunches do not contain any nuts. This is to protect children and staff with severe allergies.

The school kitchen is open. The menu from April can be found HERE.

Parents of children in EYFS do not need to pre-order. Children will be offered the lunch choices during morning registration.

Parents have pre-ordered milk.

EYFS, Years 1-2 – the govement continue to provide a piece of fruit/vegetable daily.  

KS2 – The KS2 voucher scheme will not be running for the foreseable future. Please provide your child with a suitable snack for break time, preferably a piece of fruit or vegetable.

Uniform expectations remain as usual however, as classrooms will have windows open, children can wear a warm top in addition to their usual uniform.

Please ensure that your child has appropriate clothing for the weather – suitable outdoor clothing such as a waterproof coat and sensible shoes.

Parents of younger children may wish to pack a spare uniform in case of accidents.

Update April 2021 – no change to current arrangements in summer term

MONDAY 27th April – class photograph day. ALL children should come to school in full school uniform including school shoes. Children who have PE today should bring their trainers to school with them.

Children should come to school in their PE kit on the following days: 

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
(not 8/3)
Year 1       PE – ALL  
Year 2   Pine only   PE – ALL Larch & Cedar only
Year 3     PE – ALL   PE – ALL
Year 4 PE – ALL   PE – ALL    
Year 5 Swallow & Moorhen only PE – ALL     Kestrel only
Year 6   PE – ALL     PE – ALL



At Garden Fields we will be working in year group bubbles.

Each year group will be assigned different playgrounds.

There will be no assemblies except by video.

If your child requires medication in school for a medical condition e.g. asthma, EPIPEN then please ensure that this comes in with your child, in a labelled clear bag/container and is handed to the adult collecting your child from the playground on the first day of school.

Children in Y6, who are travelling by themselves to school, should hand their medication to the teacher on arrival.

The usual arrangements will apply if your child becomes unwell. We will contact you to ask for them to be collected as soon as possible. Please ensure that all contact details are up to date. Thank you.


Reminders of what to bring….

Water bottle – NAMED PLEASE – it will go home with your child
Pencil case (if possible) for children in Years 2-6 – NAMED PLEASE – pens, pencils, glue, child’s scissors, ruler etc. This will remain in school. We will provide equipment for any child who does not have a pencil case.
Snack – KS2 children only – preferably piece of fruit/vegetable
Lunch – packed lunch from home or order a school packed lunch – ham, cheese or tuna available daily

Please do not allow your child to bring in any toys, games, cuddly toys or comforters from home.

We are sorry but no parents will be permitted to come into school. The school office will be open, however we would ask that only one adult is in the lobby at anyone time. Please keep to social distancing rules when waiting outside. Where possible please call 01727 890440 or email the office team rather than coming in.

Please do everything you can to avoid the need for your child to be collected during the school day.


Q1. Someone in our house has possible Covid-19 symptoms what should I do?

Please do not come to school if your child is presenting symptoms – ring and let us know and follow the guidance below.

Unsure if your child is displaying symptoms – click HERE for latest NHS advice

Advice on self-isolation and treating coronavirus symptoms – click HERE for latest NHS advice

Some families may find theses graphics (BBC) useful – HERE

Please inform us – we will follow the appropriate government advice at the time.


Q2. Is my child allowed to wear a mask to school?

Children can wear a face mask to school if you/they wish. Please consider though their age and ability to wear it all day – covering nose and mouth. If a child is not wearing their mask appropriately they will be asked to remove it.

The government advice is being regularly reviewed and we will update parents should the advice change.

Q3. Will staff be wearing PPE?

All staff will be wearing masks. Some staff will be wearing PPE. This will be because:

– their role requires 1:1 contact with a child
– their role involves intimate care e.g. changing nappies

Q4. Will you be taking temperatures on arrival to school?

Update – January 2021

We have ordered non-contact thermometers and will be using them once they arrive. Children will have their temperature taken on arrival at school.

Q5. I am a volunteer and would like to help the school if I can. Can I come in?

We are always grateful to our volunteer body for their support for the school. At the moment we have to restrict the number of adults on site and limit contact within bubbles so are unable to to have volunteers. We will let you know once we are able.

It is for this reason that we have to ask that no parent attempts to access the school building. We would ask you to respect this. The school office will be open but please only one person in the lobby at any one time. Please maintain social distancing protocols whilst waiting outside. If possible please call the office rather than visiting. Thank you.



Q7. Will you be reviewing the soft start arrangements?

In previous years children in Years 1-6 have been able to access classrooms from 8:40am. Parents of children in EYFS wait with their child(ren) on the infant playground to meet their teachers at 8:50am.

Update – January 2021

No soft start. Staggared starting and collection times for all children by house group. Please see School Day/MAP tab for more information.


Q7. It is my child's birthday. Can they bring in a treat for their class mates?

Whilst we understand that many children like to give their peers a small gift when it is their birthday unfortunately we are unable to facilitate this at the moment. Instead parents may prefer to give the classroom a gift, a book perhaps for the class to share.