Parent Update Letter 17 July

Released On 28th Jul 2020

Parent Update Letter 17 July

17 July 2020

Dear Parent

Parent Update

And so we have reached the end of the strangest academic year I am sure most of us have ever encountered. Although I will continue to post updates throughout the summer I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for being a part of the Stanchester Community. One of my favourite quotes is from Nelson Mandela, who says “The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”  The last 4 months have posed the greatest of challenges to us as a school but together we have strived to ensure the challenge did not stop us but that we worked through each step enabling us to grow stronger and stronger, giving us a new foundation from which to build and to take us into the next phase. Thank you for your patience, your openness, your support and your continued messages of thanks.

Summer Contacts

Attached to this update is a safeguarding signposting sheet which provides you with all the possible contact numbers you need should a concern arise related to safeguarding or should you require support from an external service. Included on this sheet are the work mobile numbers for Mr Clinkard, the Designated Safeguarding Lead (07503 636863) and myself (07503 671088). These numbers are for emergencies only and will be checked regularly but not switched on all the time.  Texting to these numbers and leaving details and contact information is usually the most effective way to communicate with us should an emergency arise.

During the summer we will send 4 updates on the following dates:  Friday 17 July, Friday 31 July, Friday 21 August and Friday 28 August. This will enable us to keep you up to date with progress towards September.

September Planning

An personalised letter has been emailed to every parent containing key information about every child’s start in September. The information includes the start date, gate each child is to use, information about their ‘bubble’ and zone on the school site and where the location of their new tutor room is within their ‘bubble’. This letter also contains information about uniform. The full list of uniform requirements is attached but please ensure you check your individualised letter which provides further explanation. Please ensure you keep that letter safe ready for the September start.  Further information will be sent closer to the start date to ensure we can be as confident as possible that there will be no further significant change.


Information regarding County transport is unchanged. County transport should be in touch with you regarding allocation on the buses but the buses expect to run as normal – subject to changes in guidance. If you require school run transport from Yeovil you will be receiving a letter in August with details of how to book this. We have secured enough transport for all those who require it but are finalising costings and details with the Trust prior to sending out booking forms. With the increase in numbers and therefore requirement of additional buses the cost is likely to rise but we aim to be able to cap it at £3 per day with the Trust subsiding the additional cost of £531 per week (just over

£20,000 per year). Full details will follow in August. All those children requiring transport on this bus will be able to travel from the first day of term.


The new school website which was mentioned in last week’s update should be online at the end of the month. Our office staff have worked hard to ensure they are able to share direct routes to the updates with you as soon as it goes live. We are confident you will find the new website far more user friendly and easier to navigate.

Site works

Over the summer an enormous amount of work will be taking place on the school site besides the preparations we are making for a safe return in terms of the pandemic. We were successful this year in bidding for grants for roofing and heating. The heating works will commence on Monday 20 July.  With the projects totaling more than £2 million of work they will last a significant amount of time and probably a full academic year but with work mostly taking place outside of school hours.

The school will also be having the IT server environment rebuilt and migrated to a new Bridgwater College domain. There will be little impact for children and families but no IT services will be available from Wednesday 5 August until staff receive new passwords on Monday 17 August. For this period of time there will be little to no ability for staff to access email accounts. We will keep you updated through our parent updates.

Finally, thank you once again. I am sure you still have many questions regarding the return to school in September, please rest assured that although the term finishes today, the senior team will be continuing to work through our plans throughout the summer and we will keep you updated on developments ensuring you have absolutely everything you need to know well in advance of Monday 7 September.

Take care and have a fantastic summer.

Yours sincerely

Mrs A Joynes



Support Services for Children and their Families Summer 2020

Immediate threat of harm

In an emergency, if there is an immediate threat of harm to a child, please contact the Police and Somerset Direct.

Police 101 (non-emergency) 999 (emergency/immediate threat of harm)

Somerset Direct 0300 123 2224 (by e-mail

Emergency Duty Team (out of hours) 0300 123 23 27

Emergency school contact

If it is not an immediate threat of harm but you urgently need to discuss a safeguarding issue with school the following numbers can be used. They will be checked regularly during the summer break, but are for emergencies only.

Matt Clinkard, Designated Safeguarding Lead, 07503 636863

Amy Joynes, Headteacher, 07503 671088

Support Services

Samaritans 116 123      Childline 0800 11 11

‘See, hear, respond’ – new Barnardos support line 0800 157 7015 and hub

Mind Line Somerset (Emotional support and mental health helpline) 01823 276 892

Every Mind Matters NHS mental health advice

Somerset Domestic Abuse Support 0800 69 49 999

Somerset and Avon Rape and Sexual Abuse Support 0808 801 0456/

0808 801 0464

Student online mental wellbeing support

Online safety advice

Chat Health – confidential text advice (school nurse team) 07480 635516

Educational Psychology Service Line - Help for Parents 01823 357000

Uniform and PE Kit List

School Uniform:

Lower school tie (Year 7 will have had this provided by Stanchester Academy)

Black trousers (not jeans or leggings)

Black knee length skirt (no long splits)

White shirt/blouse long/short sleeves with fastening top button

Black jumper with school logo

Footwear must be black.

Heels must be no higher than 2.5inches/7.5cm.

White, black, grey socks

Nude, black or grey tights

Plain outdoor coat, no sweatshirt material or large logos

Appropriate school bag to fit all school equipment in


Make Up and Hair:

Lower school no make up

Upper school subtle make-up

No extreme hair styles, cuts or colours

No Nail Varnish (for Years 7-9, ‘French polish’ only in Years 10-11)

No false or acrylic nails.


1 small stud per ear (no other piercings allowed)

1 small bracelet (no bangles)

2 rings (no large ‘costume jewellery’ rings)

A watch

No visible necklace


School ties and all uniform items containing our logo are available to purchase from:

Schoolwear & More

10 Wine Street



BA20 1PW

Items can also be ordered online at:

School jumpers and polo shirts embroidered with the school logo can also be purchased at: