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To all our Snape Wood Families:


First and foremost, I would like to say a huge thank you to all our grown-ups who have adhered to the protocols put in place at the beginning and end of the day – Thank you for keeping everyone safe and doing your bit.


Sadly, there are a few grown-ups who are not adhering to the protocols – this is causing un-necessary anxiety and stress for some of our families.  As a result, we are asking all our families to adhere to the following measures:


  • NO secondary school children
  • Arrive on time (not early) and leave as soon as children are collected
  • Only one adult per family (maximum 2 adults and only for very large families)
  • Year 5 and 6 come on their own where possible.
  • Adults must stand apart at all times
  • When collecting your child, you must come into the car park (Y5/6) and follow the yellow arrows and up to the yellow children only line.  Staff will not release the children if you are standing at the gate.
  • You must come into the ToyBox entrance up to the yellow wait line to collect your child (Y3/4), staff will not release the children if you are standing at the gate.



Covid Test Update:

Thank you for your on-going understanding and support as we continue to try our very best to ensure that as many of our pupils as possible are in school every day. We continue to do all we can to ensure the safety of pupils and are encouraged by how well our bubble provision is working so far and how happy the children are coming in to school every day.


To those families that are:

1) Currently self-isolating                               2) Trying to get a test                    3) Awaiting test results

We can’t thank you enough for your patience. Please know that we are just as frustrated as you with the time it is taking to get tests and follow up results. We too want to be able to resume our daily onsite education for all of our pupils alongside their peers and teachers; but the last thing any of us want is a year group or whole school lockdown. Please know as a school we are following national government procedures and will be held fully accountable if we deviate from this.


As you are aware in the event of a child being tested positive for Covid, the school will seek advice from Public Health England and will mostly be told to close a bubble and for the bubble (pupils and staff) to self- isolate for 14 days.



Parental Awareness of Home Learning if a year group or the school is advised to close:


If a year group bubble or the whole school were advised by Public Health England to  close for 14 days, this would be likely to happen at short notice, it is important our school is prepared to support your child with their home learning.

As a school our next challenge is to plan and prepare for this, whilst taking into account the needs of all 190 pupils and their households within our community.


The government would like schools (ideally) to have an online learning platform where children can be assisted in their learning from home.

As a school we are currently investigating the following ‘learning platforms ‘whilst being incredibly mindful of our school demographic so that this is something that all of our children can access; such as:

  • Google Classrooms,
  • Microsoft teams,
  • APPs with recorded lessons and related activities,
  • SWPS home learning website page and year group email addresses,
  • Paper packs


You may have heard of the government ‘promising’ disadvantaged students (43% of current SWPS pupils) access to a laptop/Ipad and to 4G wireless routers; this offer which is now only available for pupils in school years 3 to 11. The government have created additional restrictions which have been put in place, meaning that all schools nationally can only apply when:



Devices can be ordered for disadvantaged children in years 3 to 11 when:

  • 1)a local health protection team has advised a group of children (such as a ‘bubble’ or year group) not to attend school
  • 2) a primary school is only open to vulnerable children and the children of critical workers.
  • 3) a school or college is fully open, but supporting a disadvantaged child living in another area who is unable to attend due to local lockdown and travel restrictions

Devices cannot be ordered when:

Devices will arrive within 2-3 days of a year group bubble or whole school closure and only if the demand for these devices is available and we have enough in stock in your area.

Obviously to use an online platform, this assumes that each SWPS pupil within a household has access to: The internet, a tablet, PC Desktop Computer or a Laptop.


With this in mind it is important that the leadership team at SWPS has a clear, accurate and completely honest understanding of which of our SWPS children would significantly struggle to access online learning.

For these children, we need to look at how we can support them with text books and other resources which may include the loaning out of school equipment - TBC.


Parental Home Learning Survey: (All parents to complete please)

So that we don’t make assumptions about each child’s ability to access remote learning, we are asking ALL PARENTS TO COMPLETE an online survey by this Friday please. Allowing us to make the most appropriate decision on which ‘learning platform ‘which are listed within the survey. As the government’s new requirement is for all pupils to both complete and submit their home learning each day to their teachers, and schools will be held to account on this.


WHEN ALL PARENTS COMEPLETE THE SURVEY this will enable us to plan and prepare suitable work for children at short notice if they have to work from home and heavily support parents in the delivery of home lessons.


We hope to have this in place from after October half term, but only for pupils who are absent due to Covid -19, until then we are actively sending age appropriate paper home learning packs to pupils in  Years N-6 . For both Nursery and F2 pupils we are asking parents to use the SWPS home learning pages as these have some age appropriate activities for your child.




I hope all of the information above keeps you informed and up to date with all we are trying our very best to do in school.                                                         


Thank you for your continued support and understanding. Mrs Choudhury (Headteacher


Dear Parent Carers and SWPS families


We hope that you have all managed to spend quality time with loved ones.  We cannot wait to see all the children on Thursday 3rd September 2020.  Please find the updated information below.  Please be aware that the information may be subject to change as we recieve updates from the Local Authority and National guidance from the Government.



As you will be aware the government announced on 2nd July 2020 that schools will re-open to all pupils in September and attendance will be mandatory which means failure to send your child may result in a fine and your child losing their school place.

We are very much looking forward to welcoming all our children back to school on Thursday 3rd September and in this letter, I would like to share with you our plans and preparations for this.


However, our first priority is the safety and well-being of the children and staff, and in order to re-open safely we will need to make huge changes to the school day and normal routines.


As I have previously stated, our first priority is the safety and well-being of our children and staff, and in order to re-open safely we will need to make significant changes to the school day and ‘normal’ routines. Having reviewed and updated our Risk assessment and following the government guidance, below are a list of the measures which we will have in place to allow us to welcome all our pupils back into the school. These are some guidelines which will need to be in place when we reopen.   I understand that the information is overwhelming, but we want to ensure you are clear about the measures we are taking as a school to ensure our setting is as safe as we can make it at this time.  You are also clear then as to how seriously we are taking these measures as a school and staff.  Key messages may be re-iterated verbally to your child or parents when they are on school site and signage will also re-inforce routines we now have in place. If you have any questions,(or would like a 1:1 appointment to view the setting) then please do not hesitate to contact school.



In the latest government guidance document, it proposes that staggered start and finish times should continue in order to avoid large numbers of people on site at any one time.


As a school we have made the decision to use the entrances on Aspen Road (Normal children entrance) for entering the school premise, and the Toybox entrance (Aspen Road) for exiting the premise.


Nursery children will use the Main entrance to school and enter the premise from the Nursery entrance.  The children from Nursery will leave the premise from the same entrance.


The table shows the drop off and pick up times for each class and the designated entrance for each Bubble.


Drop off

Pick up

CLASS 1 & 3

8:45 AM (ASPEN RD)

3:05 PM




8:45 AM (ASPEN RD)

3:05 PM




8:50 AM


3:10 PM



8:50 AM


3:10 PM



8:55 AM


3:15 PM


I politely ask that you adhere to these times and the correct entrance gate. By doing so it will enable us to avoid any large numbers of people at the school gates at one time.

  • Children must be dropped off and collected promptly at these times so that they do not overlap with other year group Bubbles
  • Parents/Carers will not be permitted into the premises – this is to avoid mass gatherings.
  • There will be NO breakfast club provision or After School Club provision for the Autumn term.  We will keep you updated if these provisions will resume.

If you have further questions, please do get in touch by either telephoning school on 0115 9159146, email: ,


Kind Regards,

Mrs Shewley Choudhury

Head Teacher

COVID – 19 UPDATE: 11.6.20




Dear SWPS Family


On the 9th of June 2019, the Local Authority announced that all maintained schools are to prepare for re-opening schools to Y6 pupils from Monday 15th June 2020.


I am writing to confirm, that from next Monday 22nd June 2020, WE NOW WILL begin our gradual reopening of Snape Wood Primary School, starting with Year 6. Nottingham City, have issued a letter of statement.  I have uploaded this on the website.


On Monday 15th June, SWPS will be shut to all pupils, including keyworker pupils, in order to have a whole school emergency inset day. I will be briefing all staff on the numerous measures that will need to be consistently put in place, across the entire school, to ensure we are doing our utmost to protect the safety and wellbeing of all individuals, which continues to be our number one priority. We will also make all final, practical preparations in our new bubbles, each of which will be in new, set locations across the school.



  1. Key worker school will remain open EVERY DAY 8:45am-3:15pm. EXCEPT FOR MONDAY 15th JUNE. (Whole SWPS staff emergency inset).
  2. School from now until the end of the academic year (Thursday 23rd July) will be shut to all non-keyworker pupils on a Friday for deep cleaning, teacher preparation and for staff to continue to also run home learning for those pupils not at school.
  3. The following set year groups will now be invited back to SWPS;
  4. Year 6 – Monday 22nd June 2020
  5. Year 1 – TBC  (IF … the Year 6 reopening has been successful.)
  6. F2 – TBC  (IF … the Year 1 reopening has been successful AND … we still have enough teachers/classrooms available to facilitate this. This will be completely dependent on the number of keyworker pupils entitled to a priority place in school and the number of pupils in Y6 and Y1 wishing to return.)
  7. If you have a sibling of a pupil, not in these 3 year groups, (brother or sister in Nursery, Year 2, Year 3, Year 4 or Year 5) they do not currently have a place at school, unless they are at Keyworker School.
  8. At present there are no set dates to invite back pupils from Nursery. This is due to numbers of staff, space and the level of intimate care required for toileting and changing. Nursery at present remains shut.
  9. At present there continues to be ‘no set dates from the Government or Local Authority’ to reopen school to pupils in Year 2, Year 3, Year 4 and Year 5 (unless they are keyworker children) – we continue to await further instruction for these year groups – the Education Secretary, Gavin Williamson, will be sharing the governments thoughts for this in the daily broadcasts – I will keep you updated.




If you think you NOW REQUIRE a NEW KEYWORKER PRIORITY PLACE at our school. (Your child may be any year group.). Please either call school on 0115 9159146 or email us at - and we will be happy to offer your child a place. We will require proof from your employer stating your job and requirement for you to return to work. Your work schedule or rota. The current critical government keyworker list still stands. If your child currently attends SWPS Keyworker School, there is no need to contact us, your place is guaranteed


If you are a parent of a Year 6 pupil, who has not already booked a place in a new Year 6 bubble, BUT, NOW WISHES FOR YOUR CHILD TO RETURN TO SCHOOL; we will do our best to fit them in to one of our 4 planned Year 6 bubbles from Monday 22nd June 2020. A detailed letter outlining the provision will be sent out by Monday 15th June 2020. Preview slots (20 mins) can be booked on Thursday 18th June 2020 – 9:30 – 11:30.  Please ring the school office to book a slot if you are unsure of whether to send your child into school or not, and need to see the provision before deciding.  We will upload a video virtual tour of the school to enable the children to become familiar with the changes.


We have had, understandably, many of our Year 6 parents ask about transition arrangements. Out of our current Y6 cohort, we have pupils going to approx. 6 different secondary schools across Nottingham City and Nottinghamshire! Miss Brown has spoken to these schools, about each pupil, as an individual regarding their: academic abilities, personal attributes and character.


Sadly, secondary schools cannot offer any specific transition arrangements for us to deliver to our Year 6 pupils. All information including: virtual tours, contact email addresses and important information is available to access on each individual secondary schools website.


I feel it is important to continue to be as honest and transparent with you as parents; what we can offer our current Year 6 pupils regarding transition preparation is sadly very limited. I know this will, for many Y6 parents, be a key factor in terms of your decision as to whether or not you send your child back to SWPS, as we gradually reopen from Monday 22nd June 2020.



It is with deepest regret that we need to share with you that we are unable to do the vast majority of our normal Y6 Leavers Traditions.  The only options we feel we can safely continue, following the current social distancing guidelines at this time, are:

*To ensure all Y6 pupils receive their Leavers end of year gifts

*Miss Brown is in the process of organising a virtual leavers session or a recorded message from each pupil to compile as a video of remembrance – this is TBC

We too, are so saddened, that we are unable to safely commit to anything else. Our Year 6’s will, alongside the rest of school, soon receive their individual end of year reports which all clearly demonstrate the love, care and respect we have for each one of them and our best wishes going forward.


As always, our school will completely respect your decision as parent, we just now need this information in order to prepare final ‘groupings of pupils’ in to their NEW ‘bubbles’ from Monday 22nd  June. Our priority within each bubble is to ensure, for the children’s emotional well-being that they are with SOME of their friends – hence us needing to know Y6 numbers by Wednesday 17th June 2020 - 11AM.


Thank you to everyone in F2 that has already let us know if they would like a place (through welfare calls). If you are an F2 or Y1 parent and have not yet informed us, or have changed your mind, please can:

  • YEAR 1 parents let us know by Wednesday 17th June by 11am- phone call or email please.
  • F2 parents let us know by Wednesday 17th June by 11am. – phone call or email please.


Myself, Miss Williams, (Acting Deputy Head) Mrs Howarth and Miss Brown, - SWPS Leadership Team - continue to be in the school on a regular basis. Mrs Stafford is in the office on a daily basis to assist with your enquiries. We always welcome your calls and questions – please know that your questions and opinions are important to us, so please do get in touch – we are here for you!


I hope this helps to clarify our plans/dates/year groups for the gradual, reopening of Snape Wood Primary School beginning on Monday 22nd June 2020.

Take care and stay safe                                                                                                                                   

Mrs Shewley Choudhury – Headteacher






Nottingham City Council

Loxley House

Station Street

Nottingham  NG2 3NG

29 May 2020

Dear parent/carer

Return of more children to schools, nurseries and early years settings

We are writing to you regarding the phased reopening of schools to pupils from Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 in Nottingham schools from Monday 1 June.

The City Council has been working with schools to understand how we might gradually increase the number of children while keeping them as safe as possible.

We have previously said that there was no pressure from the council for head teachers to reopen until they felt they were ready to do. We also made it clear that we would not issue fines for parents who chose not to send their children back to school.

Earlier this week, our council decided that we had growing concerns that the right conditions for a phased return might not be in place by 1 June.

Today, we would like to make it clear, unequivocally, that we do NOT feel it is the right time to bring children back to schools and nurseries on Monday.

We are advising schools run by the council through the Nottingham Schools Trust that they should not reopen to wider numbers at this time.

This is not a reflection on our schools in Nottingham. They have done a tremendous job of working towards opening to more pupils while continuing to look after the children of critical workers and those pupils with additional needs and vulnerabilities. We would like to praise them for their efforts over the last 10 weeks of lockdown.

This is as much about the right conditions being in place – for example the effective introduction of the ‘Test and Trace’ system that would give additional reassurance on how best to manage the spread of the virus.

We know this is short notice, but we have been monitoring the situation and wanted to wait until we were certain that it was not too soon to bring more children back. We want our parents to be confident that all steps are being taken to minimise the risk to their children. We know that this is the number one priority for our parents, for our schools and nurseries, as well as for the City Council.


Councillor David Mellen                                                       Councillor Neghat Khan
Leader of the Council                                                             Portfolio Holder for Early Years,
Nottingham City Council                                                         Employment and Education



UPDATE: Friday 22nd May 2020


A message to our Dear Snape Wood Families:


We know you have seen in the news that schools may reopen from 1st June to Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 pupils if the government thinks it is safe at that time. We would like you to know that we want nothing more than to have all of our children back with us in school.  However, the safety of our children, their families and our staff is our number one priority, so we have been working extremely hard to consider how we can do this appropriately.  It is a very unsettling time for us all, but you can rest assured that we are doing everything we can to make sure we are ready to receive these year groups if it’s safe for our school to reopen in the coming weeks.


The government’s proposals to re-open primary schools to more pupils from Monday 1st June is still conditional, and the reopening of schools will only happen if the five key tests set out by the government have been met.

We have read the government guidance on the re-opening of schools. I have read plenty more in addition to this so that we can do our very best to ensure our school is the best prepared it can be for re-opening in this situation.   

Every school setting, staff and environment is unique and what we will aim to do at Snape Wood is a gradual and phased re-opening which builds staff, parent and pupil confidence as we go along. Our skeleton school provision will continue as usual till the end of term. You MUST be on the skeleton school register to access this provision. 

Our first priority is the safety and well-being of the children and staff, and in order to re-open safely we will need to make significant changes to the school day and ‘normal’ routines.

We will NOT be opening on the 1st June 2020 for Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 pupils. We are awaiting an announcement on Thursday, 28th May which will tell us whether the government still believes that it is safe for schools to re-open. If, after that, the government still wishes children to return to school, the school will need further time to prepare staff, buildings and resources to do this.

Each school is unique, and we are all planning slightly different approaches depending on what our risk assessments determine to be right for each setting.

We will only do what we feel is safe for us all, which means we may not be able to invite as many children into school as the government might want us to. Similarly, no family should feel pressurized to send their children to school; the choice lies with you and we will respect your choice completely.

We have been overwhelmed by the support you have given our schools during this time of crisis, and we are extremely grateful for this. We feel confident that when this situation is resolved, we will emerge even stronger and more ready to work with you all together.


Kind Regards


Mrs Shewley Choudhury




Good Evening Everyone - SWPS Family


Following the Prime Minister’s broadcast last night, I wanted to reassure you all, our amazing Snape Wood Community, that at the moment, for us a school, there is no change to the guidance. We will continue to provide care for those parents whose work is critical to the COVID-19 response. The message is still that it is safer to stay at home.


We have not yet received any information from the government to support us with this new plan of phased reopening of some year groups. When we do, as always, the approach will be well measured, strategic, carefully considered and communicated well in advance for you as parents to make an informed decision that we will respect as a school. When we do gradually reopen, our highest priority will be: pupil, parent and staff safety, and, pupil, parent and staff wellbeing. This has to and will always come first in any informed decision that we make as a school.


In the meantime, please continue to do what you have been doing at home. You are doing a fantastic job of keeping your children safe and educating them at home. Activities for the children are on the home learning page of the school website:


Please do keep sending in the work they have been doing or activities you have undertaken as a family! (The expectation is still to contact your child’s teacher via Class Dojo.) It would be fantastic to hear from you all and see the faces of your children who we miss so much!


I will be in touch again during the week, as more information is released to schools from the government.


Stay safe and well. Please give your children a great big hug from all of us here at SWPS and make sure that you take care of each other - and stay home. Remeber! Anyone can catch it and anyone can spread it!  Together we can fight the battle against COVID-19.

Mrs Choudhury

A message from all the staff at SW

A message from all the staff to the children at Snape Wood Primary and Nursery School.

Dear Parents/Carers,


I hope you all had a restful Easter break and welcome to our very first remote summer term! Please see the video made by staff for the children on youtube:


We’ve all had to adapt to new ways of working, so I wanted to take the opportunity to say what an amazing job you’re doing supporting your child’s wellbeing and learning during this time.


It’s definitely been a strange and challenging time, so it’s ok if you and your child feel wobbly and worried at the moment. We’re here for you every step of the way as we figure this all out together. Remember, if you have any concerns about helping your child learn or you need any other support from the school, please let us know by emailing school on:  - you can also contact the class teacher via the Class Dojo.  If you do not have access to Class Dojo, then please email school.


We miss the children very much, but we must follow the government’s guidance to keep everyone in our community safe. So, we’re carrying on with the advice of keeping safe, including remote working and provision for vulnerable pupils and children of critical workers.


But just because we’re not all in the same building, doesn’t mean we can’t have some fun together! Your children will have lots of activities they can get stuck into over the summer term – so keep a close eye on school website and text messages from school. All learning is on the website on the Children menu (see links and tutorial at the end).  Teachers have organized paper copies of home learning for summer 1.  If you would like a paper copy, then please contact school via email, stating your child name and class.  Once finished, learning can be accessed on the website.


We also love seeing the children’s fantastic learning at home – please keep sending their work in by: taking a picture and sending via email, following and uploading on twitter @snapewoodpri or uploading onto the class dojo.


We can’t say yet when we’ll be able to open the school fully, but rest assured that we’ll continue doing our utmost to keep your child learning and our school community connected.


Let’s get cracking with our summer term!


Warm regards,


Home Learning on the website:


School Website address:



Letters will be on the Noticeboard – Click on this


Home learning for the children is here: Children– click on this

Direct link:







Click on these to access learning.















COVID-19 UPDATE 18.03.20


Dear Parents/Carers


To help us plan for Monday and beyond, we need to start compiling a list of those children who fall into the categories mentioned in the government's announcement earlier on. Once we get a sense of the numbers involved, we can then start to plan how we proceed with staffing levels etc. Tomorrow, the Cabinet Office is publishing a full list of key worker categories - but we don't know at what time and how much more detail that will have. So for now we can only work on what's been said; namely children of keyworkers such as NHS staff, police and delivery drivers who need to be able to go to work; vulnerable children (including those who have a social worker and those with Education, Health and Care Plans).


If you believe that your children will need to attend school because you fall into one of these categories, please email me directly (  or to the School Business Manager ( with the information below. It's imperative that this is done with full integrity and respect for the conditions set out; clearly if it's a two-parent/carer household with one parent a keyworker but the other not, then your child/ren can stay at home; also, whilst your child may have an EHCP, for example, you may feel that the best place for them at this time of anxiety is at home with you. Schools are being asked to remain open to cater for those with a genuine need, not just because it will be inconvenient to keep them at home. I can assure you that the staff and governors are committed to meeting our responsibilities and will endeavour to manage this situation in the best way to help see us through the current emergency.


Information to email me if applicable:

1. Your child or children's name/s and class/es.

2. The reason why you think they need to attend.

3. Would it be every day or just certain days (depending on your working pattern)?

4. What do you use for childcare (if so, is that before or after school/every day or certain days?)

5. Any other information that may be relevant.


Thanks and best wishes


Shewley Choudhury



What a fabulous term we are having.  There are lots of events and activities planned in the lead up to the end of term.  Keep an eye out for the newsletters and also check the calendar on the website.






It has been a hot week and the children have coped extremely well.  Well done to all the children.  Please ensure your children have hats, sun cream and a drinks bottle.