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12th June 2020




Dear Parents/Carers


Thank you for the huge support the school has received from you over the past few months since the Coronavirus pandemic struck.   We are very pleased how the “extending” of the school provision has gone and again I would like to thank you for your support in making it a success.   It is disappointing that we will not be able to extend our offer further to the other year groups following the government announcement and I am currently in the process of contacting the families that this affects.


The children have responded so well to returning and have settled well into the slightly different routines.   I am pleased that the provision for the children returning has been kept as similar for them as it was before the “lockdown” and the vast majority of pupils are being taught in their usual classroom base with familiar adults. This has definitely helped their return.


Well done to Lydbrook School for winning a TT Rockstars on-line event against Abbeymead School in Gloucester and a big thank you to everyone who took part to help us triumph! Also well done to Magpies for being the highest scoring junior class at Lydbrook.


Sadly our well-being garden has not been able to be completed due to the current situation and is becoming overgrown.  We are keen to try and finish the project and if anyone is able to help with a Rotovator and then rotovating the garden in preparation for the turf that would be great.   We also have a delivery of bark for the pathways that needs to be placed in the allocated areas.   Please contact the school office if you have any time available – thanks.


There is a slight change to the beginning/end of the school day from next week:


Y6                                Main gate                   from 8.45 – 8.55                      3.00 p.m leave

Jays                             Main gate                   from 8.55 – 9.00                      2.55 p.m. leave

Magpies                      Main gate                   from 8.45-8.55                         2.45 p.m. leave

Woodpeckers             Kitchen gate                from 8.45-8.55                        2.45 p.m. leave

Owls                            Side gate                     from 8.50 (no earlier)              2.45 p.m. leave

Robins                         Kitchen gate                from 9.00                                12.30 p.m. leave


Please try to stick to these times as we are all trying to stay safe by staggering the drop off and collection times.   It is also important not to arrive earlier than the times given. Thank you for your help with this.


Please also remember that the school is closed next week on Friday 19th June for staff training.


I do hope that the home learning is going well for the children not able to come into school. Please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher via e-mail or myself if you have any questions.


Have a good weekend and remember to keep safe!


Best wishes

Simon Lusted


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1st June 2020


Dear Parents/carers


Welcome to Term 6! What a strange world we are living in. It has been lovely to see some different faces today as we widen the opening of the school as per the Government guidance.  I would like to thank the parents who brought their child to school this morning for staggering the drop-off and for using the different gates to ensure social  distancing measures were observed at all times. The school has been set up following our detailed risk assessments and the children are being reminded the importance of keeping a distance from each other and to wash their hands regularly through the day. I hope you were able to see the photographs on your child’s class page on the school website to show how we have set up each classroom.

It is very important for the children not yet attending school to continue with their learning at home. The teachers have set on-line learning to ensure that the very important basics are practised regularly. These include reading and number skills.

The teachers have also set a timetable for other learning to be completed and have given as much structure as possible to guide you as parents through the learning. This will not be in as much detail as during the actual “lockdown” because they now have a teaching timetable every day.  These timetables can be photocopied or e-mailed to anyone who would prefer not to access them directly from the website.

To help us plan for the next 2 weeks (starting from the 8th June) we now require parents to fill in the survey again to inform us of their intentions of whether they would like their child to return to school.   Please click here to complete survey by 3.00 pm, Wednesday, 3rd June.     Any requests received after the 3rd June may not be able to be accommodated.  This survey will not be repeated again until the next government guidance for widening schools.   Depending on the survey results and due to lack of space following our risk assessments we may only be able to offer part-time attendance  on a rota system. 

Please remember that the priority groups in order are:

  • Children of key workers
  • Vulnerable children (either with an EHCP or with a linked social worker)
  • Nursery age
  • Reception
  • Year 1
  • Year 6


At the moment there are no plans for children in Years 2, 3, 4 & 5 to return unless they are children of key workers or vulnerable. For these year groups, new on-line learning tasks will be set each week with the timetable of learning activities, set up by the teacher.  Parents can still e-mail the class teacher but they will not be able to follow up enquiries as regularly as before.

Please continue to look after yourselves and keep safe by following the guidance at all times.


Best wishes

Simon Lusted









1st June 2020

We are looking forward to welcoming back more of our pupils to school on Monday, 1st June.

As the weather appears to be remaining warm and sunny please remember to take the usual precautions - sun hat, cream applied before school and don't forget the water bottles!   No lunches are available in school so all pupils must bring a packed lunch.  Please remember to check drop off and pick up times and locations as set out in the letter dated 22nd May.

Classroom layouts have been changed to accommodate pupils and to cater for social distancing measures - please check out your child's class page for a preview of what to expect on their return.

If you have not been contacted by the school to confirm that we are expecting your child please do not send them into school.  



15th May 2020


Dear Parents and carers

I hope this latest letter finds you all safe and well. Thank you to everyone for continuing to support the home learning and it is lovely to see all the photographs of the children with their finished work. I am very proud of the teachers’ hard work in putting together such engaging learning tasks and I know the children have very much enjoyed completing those.

As you may be aware, the government have asked schools to prepare for a partial re-opening on Monday 1st June. It is extremely important for us to ensure a possible return to school is safe, carefully considered and right for the children, parents, staff and the community. This is a very anxious time for us all and we all need to be doing the right thing to ensure that we can all stay safe.

Currently the Government are saying that as well as the school being open to the children of key workers, children with Education, Health Care Plans and vulnerable children (e.g. those with an allocated social worker), those children in pre-school, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 could also start to attend. However, because of the size of the school and the need to socially distance, this may prove very difficult depending on how many children return. Guidance is changing every day and I will try to keep you up to date during next week before the school closes for the Whitsun holiday. This will give us the time and space to complete all necessary work to make sure we are ready to open on the 1st June. However the Government is not likely to confirm this date until very close to the end of May.

As part of our preparations, we will be carrying out risk assessments, make adjustments to the timings of the day, introduce staggered start and end times and staggered break and lunch times and ensure that any plan to return is specific to our school and the spaces that are available. We will endeavour to keep children within their usual class setting and with their usual teacher and assistant but this cannot be guaranteed at this stage.

One of our main concerns as a school is that it is extremely challenging for young children to understand, let alone carry out social distancing and we will not be able to guarantee that this takes place within the school setting. As a parent, I am sure that this is something you will want to consider carefully when thinking about whether your child will return.

It is really important at this stage that we begin to get a picture of how you feel about this return so that we can plan with your thoughts in mind. Please could you complete the quick survey at:  Survey Here


This will need to be completed by 3.00 p.m. on Monday 18th May. You are of course able to change your mind and we appreciate that this is not necessarily your final decision but it is important for you to share your viewpoint at this time.


Thank you and very best wishes

Simon Lusted on behalf of the staff and Governors of Lydbrook Primary

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Welcome to Lydbrook School

I hope that when your child joins us at Lydbrook School both you as a parent and your child come with high expectations. I can assure you that all of us concerned with your child at school will do everything to make his/her stay with us both happy and successful. Feeling happy, safe and secure greatly determines how successful they are academically.

This website will help you to find out about the school. If you wish to know more or if you have any concerns that you wish to share, please do not hesitate to get in touch with me. Visits to our school are always welcome.

Information will be regularly updated on the school website. Please let us know if you want to see anything else on here!

I look forward to working with you. This is a crucial stage in your child's development and it is important that we work together as partners in order to provide only the best for your child. Remember your child only has one chance!

Simon Lusted