Dear Parents and Carers,

Welcome to term four and a warm welcome to our new families who have joined us in the last few weeks, we look forward to working with you over the coming weeks and months.

Last term we said goodbye to Mrs Williams who has retired and will, I’m sure, be taking a well earned rest before spending time enjoying her new freedom with family and friends; look out for her riding her new bicycle around Allington soon.

I would like to congratulate Miss Butler, who has been appointed to the temporary position of assistant headteacher with responsibility for pastoral care, while we undertake the full recruitment process for a permanent assistant head.  I would also like to congratulate Mrs Brundish, who has just qualified as a teacher and has been appointed to the position of temporary class teacher to cover for Miss Butler.  These changes will remain in place until the end of the academic year.

I would like to welcome Miss Lora Maclellan and Miss Amy Nelson to the St Francis family.  They join us as teaching assistants and we look forward to working with them in helping the children with their learning.

I’m sure that you have all heard the news that schools will be opening to all children from Monday 8th March.  There is a significant amount of work to do in preparation for this including updating risk assessments, planning for the first few days, reorganising classrooms and the wider school, preparing resources for all the children and general planning and preparation for learning.  Further details and relevant paperwork will be sent to parents at the beginning of next week, however, the structure that was in place before the latest lockdown will continue, with staggered start and finish times.  These will be the same as in term two.  

Breakfast Club and After School Club will be open from Monday 8th March and if your child/children attended prior to lockdown they will be able to attend automatically from Monday 8th.  If you require a place in either Breakfast Club or After School Club and your child has not previously attended please contact the office at and they will give you an application form.

In order to prepare for the wider opening of school we will need to close to all pupils on Friday 5th March, this so that staff can clean all areas, reopen classrooms, move furniture, prepare resources and ensure that all health and safety preparations have been completed ready for Monday 8th March. 

Online learning, only, will be provided on Friday 5th March.  The structure will be the same as it has been on each Monday during lockdown; teachers will greet pupils at the beginning of the day, provide independent tasks for children to complete during the day and meet the children again at the end of the day.  Live learning will, instead, be provided on Monday 1st March.

Please make sure you check for and carefully read emails over the next two weeks as they will provide all the information you need in readiness for our return to school on Monday 8th March.  I know all the staff are really looking forward to seeing all the children and parents and we really hope that we will remain in school for the rest of term four and all of terms five and six.

Yours sincerely


Elisabeth Blanden