Welcome to Prospective Parents for September 2021
Welcome to our page for Prospective Parents for September 2021.
Dear Prospective Parents
You are about to start the exciting and very important next stage of your child's life in choosing a school for them.
My staff and I always look forward to meeting prospective parents and welcoming you into our school. We are very proud of our Heatherside Family so it is with sadness that we realised that with the current Covid situation we are unable to show parents around our school this year in the interests of keeping our school open and everyone safe.
We have chosen a multimedia approach to be able to share information with you and I hope you enjoy watching the videos and presentations to gain a flavour of our school.
I know that the process of choosing a school this year is going to be more difficult for all of us, but especially for you as new parents; it does not feel right not to be visiting the schools to make your choice. However, I hope that you will take comfort from the fact that the safety of the children in our care is of paramount importance and that we follow the protocols and guidelines during the global pandemic.
Mrs Christine Lynch, Headteacher
Mrs Lynch always likes to share this lovely poem by Anita Wadley with our new parents - it carries a very important message and we hope you enjoy reading it as your child prepares to start school..
We are pleased to announce we will be hosting Question & Answer sessions with Mrs Lynch via Zoom; please see below for further details.
Welcome to our virtual tour of Heatherside Infant School, we hope you enjoy learning about life at Heatherside.
The videos have been kindly filmed and produced by Lucy Williams at Traverse Media Ltd.
Welcome from Mrs Lynch, our Headteacher:
Visit our Year R Classes:
Meet Miss Mavers, our Deputy Headteacher:
Please watch a short presentation by Mrs Lynch:
Mrs Lynch explains the admissions process:
Meet our Chair of Governors, Mrs Kate Probert:
Listen to our Year R Children:
Welcome from our Admin Team:
There may be some questions which you feel we haven't answered in these virtual tour videos or you may want to "meet" Mrs Lynch and get to know her a little bit more. We are therefore hosting some Question & Answer sessions with Mrs Lynch and some of her team. These will be held via a Zoom call, a link to join each meeting will be published on the home page of our website shortly before the meetings start:
Thursday 26th November at 1.30pm
Friday 4th December at 1.00pm
Each Q&A session will last for 30 minutes and there is no need to book a place in advance.
You are invited to email your questions to us before the sessions at email@example.com ; please note that if you have a question particular to your child please contact the School Office directly. We ask you to bear in mind these sessions will be public and are therefore not the appropriate time to discuss individual children. Thank you for your understanding.
Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions we are unable to hold our Open Evening presentation, usually held in early October, nor can we host small groups attending tours of the school during the day. It has been a difficult decision to reach and is based on our own risk assessment and the following advice sent to all Hampshire schools in September 2020:
"Hampshire County Council’s Public Health Team considers that events (such as open evenings and visits to schools) should not occur where people gather in the setting. The great efforts that school heads and staff have made to successfully apply COVID-19 mitigations to protect pupils and staff are recognised. So, allowing a proportion of the community into the setting presents significant opportunity for the risk of school exposure to COVID-19, that would otherwise remain in the community. The consequence of which could be self-isolation of multiple school case(s) and contact(s) presenting implications for health and for school resilience."
Thank you for your understanding and we hope you enjoy getting to know more about our school.
Please visit Admissions Information for September 2021 for lots of useful details to help you during the application process this year.
If you would like to continue to receive further updates from our school, please register your details with us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and we will contact you with further updates and information during the coming weeks.