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Well we are coming to the end of 2020 and what a year it has been!  It truly has been a rollercoaster of ups and downs for us all.  Sadly for the school it has also been and is looking to be a very expensive year due to a variety of things that have happened:

  • The outbreak of Covid-19 caused school closure and the necessity for online schooling. When we were able to open up to children again it led to changes in the way the school was accessed via pupils/parents/visitors, new cashless systems, the creation of the one way system, cleaning protocols being implemented, individual entrance and exit doors for each class, online meetings, class bubbles for each year/class.  
  • We have had cases of oil being stolen from our oil tanks, including damage to the oil tanks and pipes. 
    • This has led to the pool having to be closed down  to prevent damage to the boiler.  
    • We managed to repair damage caused, on a Friday, to pipework leading to the canteen over a weekend.  We were lucky that this did not affect the kitchen and preparation of school meals, which would have been devastating to the children who have them and would have affected the most vulnerable children in the school who need them.
    • The break in to the school boiler room and damage caused to the external door and boiler leading to the school being closed down for a day until it was able to be fixed.  .
  • Storm damage to the Kingfishers class carpet and a cupboard which held children’s resources, due to a totally unexpected failure in the Keystage 2 roof!  This has turned out to be quite a significant problem, with quotes coming in for repairing/patching up the roof to the complete renewal of the roof at an eye watering cost. 
  • The fascia boards and guttering on the swimming pool and canteen need replacing. 
  • This is all on top of the usual maintenance and repairs to the school.


So, as you can see, we have had a very eventful year repairing and replacing things around the school and in truthfulness we still have a huge amount of expense to come in the future repairing and fixing the Keystage 2 school roof.  I am informing you about these things because I believe you have the right to know, but I do not want you to worry.  As a school we have managed our school budget prudently and have a healthy contingency budget that will enable us to cover these expenses.  The normal running of the school and learning of the children WILL NOT be affected in any way!


I am also aware that some of you may be questioning why, as the weather is getting colder, we are not providing the full hot menu that you are used to your child receiving.  It is purely down to the school not being able to use the canteen fully and the logistics of having them delivered to the children’s classrooms, We are also concerned about the mess and the effect on the children’s learning space if there are any accidents.  We have been quoted £1500 per classroom to replace the carpet which is an expense we feel can be avoided by simply providing the children with the grab bag menu option.


The school day is from 9am to 3.15pm.

Breaktime is 10.40-10.55 and lunch is 12.20 to 1.10.


Queries or complaints, (from parents or members of the public) including for SEND children, should be sent to and marked for the attention of the Headteacher, Julie Lillycrop.


Online Safety


The Internet is becoming as commonplace as the telephone or TV in today’s society; it has become an essential life-skill for education, business and social interaction. Internet use is a part of the statutory curriculum and a necessary tool for staff and pupils. When using the internet, young people need to be protected from dangers including violence, racism and exploitation. Much of the material on the Internet is published for an adult audience and therefore may be unsuitable for pupils. They need to learn to recognise and avoid any potential risks – to become “Internet Wise”. Pupils need clear guidance in order to prepare them to respond appropriately to any situation, for the inevitable moment when they come across inappropriate material or find themselves in an uncomfortable situation.


Children and young people need to be empowered to keep themselves safe – this isn’t just a top down approach. Children will be children – pushing boundaries and taking risks. Teaching your child about technology should be seen as another part of keeping them safe, just like crossing the road or learning to swim.


Do you know how to keep your children safe? Do your children know how to keep safe? At Edmund de Moundeford we are committed to discussing these serious issues as part of our e-safety curriculum but we can only be successful if we all work together: pupils, parents and teachers.


Follow the links below to visit some websites with parent advice about e-Safety. These include parentinfo which is a new collaboration between CEOP (child exploitation and online protection) and the Parent Zone. Here you will find up to date information on all elements of online safety including gaming, social media and online identities.