Swalwell Primary School

Working together, learning together


Arrangements for September 2021

Dear Parents/Carers,

I hope this finds you all safe and well; enjoying the summer break.

I am writing to you to share some of the arrangements for the forthcoming academic year.

These have been written taking into consideration parents’ preferences, staff views and what as leaders we feel has worked well.

As you are aware, national restrictions lifted during the summer break. However, as a school, we are going to still take some cautious steps in the first few weeks back. I have listed a set of questions and answers. The admin team will be available to speak with on the phone via 0191 433 4000 on Monday 6th September if you need further clarification. Children are welcomed back to school Tuesday 7th September.


What time is breakfast club and where do I go?

  • Breakfast club starts at 8:15am. Breakfast club will continue to be free and there is no need to book places – turn up if you need it.
  • Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 children go to school hall
  • Year 3 and year 4 children go to Years 3 classroom
  • Year 5 and Year 6 children go to Year 5 classroom.
  • A member of staff will be outside to help assist you with classrooms if you are unsure

You need to access the site by walking onto KS2 yard (Gate A) and leaving by KS1 gate (Gate B)


What time does school start and finish?

  • Reception (including 30hour Nursery children) through to Year 6 will have the same school day.
  • The school day starts at 9:00am and finishes at 3:15pm.
  • However, we will operate a soft opening. This means your child can enter their classroom from 8:50 – 9:00am
  • Nursery day is 9:00am – 12pm. Nursery children can also access their classroom from 8:50am.


Which gate do I use?

We are going to continue with our one-way system around school. We feel this has worked very well and has led to a calm start and end to the day for the children. Therefore, please can everyone enter site by the main gate.

  • Nursery and Reception turn right into the Early Years Garden and leave site by KS1 yard (Gate B)
  • Years 1 and 2 families can walk through the car park onto KS2 yard (through Gate A) and round to KS1 OR go through the Early Years garden gate.
  • KS2 families walk past the school car park, onto KS2 yard (through Gate A). Leave the site by KS1 gate (Gate B).


I have a child in Year 3 and Nursery and we do not want to use breakfast club, what do I do?

Your Year 3 children can make their way to the classroom from the reception classroom door or you are able to drop your year 3 child off at their classroom, leave the site and walk around again to reception garden.

As last year, children will store their equipment in their classrooms. We feel this generated less lost property. It is far easier to re-home a jumper to 20 children than 100!


Children will need a coat and a water bottle daily.


If your child has a packed lunch, they are welcome to bring a packed lunch bag into school (this does not need to be disposable – reusable is fine).


School will provide pencil cases/stationary and PE kit for the children.


Essentially, the main change to communicate at this point is the start and finish time across school.

Have a wonderful last week, and I look forward to seeing you all in September,


Take Care. Stay Safe.


Mrs Rachel Hocking


Swalwell Primary School