Welcome back for the Spring Term

Letter from Maureen (updated 7th January 2021)

Dear Parent/Carer,

Firstly, a very Happy New Year to you all. The start of this spring term has been totally different from what we would have anticipated and I wanted to write to you in light of the recent Government announcement.

Do I have to send my child into school?

No. The government have indicated that, as long as the school is providing a home learning provision, then you are entitled to keep your child at home until February Half Term when the National Lockdown is expected to be reviewed.

Many parents are choosing to send their child into school and I want to reassure you that there is provision for your child at school, in their usual class, with their usual team. However, this is a personal decision and it is up to you to decide what is best for you and your family. All we ask is that each Friday before 12:00 you email, text or call the school/Parent contact phone to let us know if you will be sending your child in or if they will be kept at home the following week.

If you are planning to keep your child at home you must let us know each Friday if that will still be the case for the following week. You can change your mind but a place will only be available the following week. We cannot accept children returning to school on an ad hoc basis.If you choose to send your child in, they must attend every day for that week unless they are ill. If the child is ill you must let us know as usual.

If somebody in school or on transport tests positive for the virus then you will be notified and your child will have to stay at home for 10 days.  Learning resources will be made available for you to use with your child. 

My Household has Covid symptoms- what should I do?

You MUST let the school know; you MUST keep your child at home and arrange a test. If the test comes back negative your child may return to school as long as they are not displaying any symptoms.   If you do not want your child to have the test they must stay at home for 10 days.

If anyone in the household tests positive then, in accordance with government guidelines, the household should isolate. The picture below outlines how long you should isolate for.  Please do NOT send your child in if they are ill.  Taking their temperature every day would reassure you that one of the COVID symptoms is not present.

You must keep in touch with the school and keep us informed about any key information so that we can keep everyone safe.

  What can I expect from Home Learning if I keep my child at home?

Brook staff have worked very hard to provide individualised, tailor made learning for your child at home. Resource packs will be sent home, hopefully tomorrow, and will be supported by online resources on the Brook website.   There are already many resources on Brook online on the website and the Phonics video is there too for you to use.

Teachers will make contact with you each week on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday. During these contact sessions, the teacher will go through the resources, explore options for engaging your child with the learning resources and answer any particular questions you have.

Online learning videos will support your child’s curriculum learning through interactive lessons, stories, songs, music and Makaton. If you feel you need additional learning support, you are free to contact your class team and discuss this with them.

More communication will be sent about Brook Online and Home Learning shortly.

Please also be aware CBBC are broadcasting learning programmes from 9am daily that will cover various curriculum areas. The CBBC channel will have a three-hour block of primary school programmes from 9am. This will include programmes from BBC Live Lessons and BBC Bitesize Daily as well as Our School, Celebrity Supply Teacher, Horrible Histories and Operation Ouch

We understand that this is a time of great uncertainty and we want to reassure you that we have worked incredibly hard to ensure that the school is as safe as possible for our whole Brook Family. If there is anything you wish to discuss then please do not hesitate to contact me or a member of the Senior Leadership team.

Wishing that you and your families keep safe and well at this time.

Kind regards,

Maureen Duncan

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About Us

Our school is part of the Broadwaters Inclusive Learning Community which means that we share our values, vision, ethos and aspirations with the Willow Primary School and the Broadwaters Children’s Centre.   What’s more, we share a groundbreaking state of the art building.  Our inclusive approach means that pupils live together in an aspirational learning environment where every need is met.
Our pupils are aged 4 – 11 and have a range of needs such as Autism, severe and complex learning difficulties as well as associated physical, medical, and emotional needs.  This means that they need a safe, specialist environment to help them learn and reach their potential.
Laughter, excitement and enthusiasm are evident in all aspects of our school life.  Our emphasis on communication, creativity, physical and personal development means that our pupils develop into self-confident learners who are rightly proud of themselves and their achievements.  Our highly trained staff, working closely with specialist practitioners, are constantly striving to give our pupils the very best experience at school.  We aim to enable our pupils to move confidently onto the next stage of their lives.

Video: All About the Brook with Maureen 

Congratulations to our staff and pupils on receiving the European Quality Mark for our Oceans SOS project.  This is a prestigious award and we have been chosen from  hundreds of nominations across Europe. Oceans SOS Project
Maureen Duncan, Interim Head TeacherSukina Campos, Interim Deputy HeadEd Putman, Interim Assistant Head
Maureen Duncan
Sukina Campos
Deputy Head
Ed Putman
Assistant Head

If you are a parent, a professional or a member of our local community, then you are always welcome to come and visit us and see for yourselves how innovative our learning community is and to share in our pupils’ successes.
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COVID-19, New letter from Haringey:

Dear Haringey Parents, Carers and Guardians,

During the past few weeks, we have seen an increase of COVID-19 cases across all of our age groups in Haringey- including our children and young people. With the school holidays coming up, I want to remind you that we must all play our part to protect our loved ones and the community. Our local schools and childcare settings have done a great job in protecting children and staff these past few months, and it is important we all keep following the rules over the holiday period so that children, students and staff can return safely to them in the New Year.

What can you do to help keep the community safe?

The past few months have been very hard on all of us, but especially for young people. I know that many of you are looking forward to meeting up with friends and family during the holiday, but please remember- even though it is allowed - this carries a risk. The more people we mix with, the greater the risk. So please, keep numbers small. I would urge you to be extra careful during the holidays and continue to wash your hands, ensure social distancing, and wear a face covering when in an indoor public setting. This will not only continue to keep our elderly and vulnerable population safe but help limit the spread of the virus overall.

But most important of all, if your child shows any sign of COVID-19 over the holidays or when schools reopen, make sure they get a test immediately and keep them at home, along with the rest of your household, until you know the result. A test can be booked online via the NHS portal: https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or by phoning 119 If you are not sure whether your child should be in school or childcare, please check with NHS 111 before dropping them off.

Should your child receive a COVID-19 test?

Any child showing one of the three main COVID-19 symptoms (see below) should book a test immediately online via the NHS portal https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or by phoning 119. Children with one or more of the COVID-19 symptoms who do not receive a test, will need to self-isolate for 1 0 days regardless of whether they feel better after a few days.

If a child in the house is unwell with COVID-19 symptoms, the whole household has to go into self-isolation immediately and wait for the child's test result to come back. It is important that the entire household stays at home and does not see anyone from outside the home while they wait for the result, as this will prevent the virus from spreading to other people.

What to do when the test resuIt comes back?

If the test is negative, the child can return to their school or childcare setting when they feelwell enough, and their household/scan stop self-isolation immediately. If the test is positive, the child should continue to complete their 1 0-day self-isolation. Household members will also need to continue to self-isolate for 10 days. The reason the isolation period is 10 days for those within the home, is because that is how long it can take for symptoms to develop, and if you socialise with others during this time you could unknowingly pass the virus on. Family members living with someone who is positive with COVID-19 do not need to get tested unless they also become unwell.

The three main symptoms of COVID-19 are:


1.    High temperature- this means a temperature of 37.8 degrees or above.

2.    Loss or change to sense of smell/taste.

3.    New, continuous cough- this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or three or more coughing fits in 24 hours (a usual cough may be worse than normal)

Most people will have at least one of these symptoms and children only tend to get mild symptoms

Testing is currently only recommended if you develop any of the COVID-19 symptoms.

Planning on travelling during the holidays?

International travel is not recommended at this time with the Foreign and CommonwealthOffice advising against travel to most countries. However, if you do plan on travelling outside of the UK, please follow the current travel advice for the country you are travelling to. Most countries are not on the 'safe travel list,' which means most families going overseas will have to complete 10 days of self-isolation when coming back to the UK. Families with children who will not be attending school as a result of international travel and self-isolation, should please notify the school so that they are aware.

I kindly ask that you help your child's school or childcare setting by following the guidelines and advice within this letter. By doing so, our schools and childcare settings can continue to keep your child, and their staff, as safe as possible.

Thank you for all your fantastic support and co-operation thus far. Wishing you all a happy holiday.

Best Wishes

Dr Will Maimaris


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