Southway Junior School updates

Please find below updates relating specifically to Southway Junior School.  All updates from WSCC, DfE or PHE can be found on a separate tab.
Update: Sunday 10th January 2021
Dear Families,
At 5.30pm on Friday the Department for Education updated its guidance for critical workers. They now advise parents and carers of children who are eligible for a school place should keep them at home if at all possible. 
Your child should only attend school if you cannot work from home.
This update is also in response to a worrying increase in the numbers of children who are being sent to school. At Southway we have had to increase the numbers of staff attending the school site. All of the latest statistics about numbers of cases and hospitalisation tells us that we have to do everything we can to cut the number of contacts that people have.
If your child has a place at school and you are able to work from home, I am asking you not to send them in.
We have had a tremendously positive response from all parents to our remote learning provision, which has been highly effective. The fewer contacts all children have the safer it will be for your them, your household and school staff.
As always I remain grateful for your continued support.
Mr. P. Newbold
Update Sunday 3rd January 2021
Dear families,
This morning the NEU (National Education Union) instructed its members that in the current climate and following the latest SAGE information it is unsafe for them to return to face to face teaching on the 4th January. I have now been informed by our NEU members that they intend to follow this advice with immediate effect. As a result of this it is not possible to open our school safely tomorrow. 
The NEU are recommending that schools remain closed for a minimum of two weeks and that children be provided with remote learning during this period. This will come in to effect from Tuesday 5th January. Monday 4th January will be used by all staff to plan and prepare. 
In line with NEU guidance we will be open for the children of key workers and vulnerable groups from Tuesday 5th January following normal school hours.
Clearly the situation is evolving rapidly and all staff completely understand the effect this is having on families. I hope this decision provides you with some clarity and allows at least some opportunity for you to plan for the coming weeks.
I will remain in close communication over the next few days and please feel reassured that we remain committed to the education and welfare of all of our children.

Mr. P. Newbold
Update 27/03/20
During this period of partial closure this school site continues to be open for provision for vulnerable pupils and children of key workers. Irrespective of any partial closure or collaboration with another school, the safeguarding of all our children remains our top priority. At this time, our school will continue as normal in supporting our vulnerable children and if anyone has any questions regarding this they are asked to make contact via Please contact the school if you have any queries.

School Closure - Home Study 

Following the recent outbreak of Covid-19 and the Government’s decision to close all schools with immediate effect we are writing to you to outline the school’s expectations on children whilst at home. We recognise that formal schooling will no longer be an option, however, we would expect that all children continue their good learning habits whilst absent from Southway.

 We would really appreciate you supporting your child with the following:

  • Continued reading at least three times a week with relevant comments made in reading journals.
  • Times Tables practise on TT Rockstars every day. This will be regularly monitored by teachers.
  • Spelling practice using the lists provided to all children as well as the spelling word mats appropriate to each year group.
  • A research project, using a variety of online and book sources, on a subject of their own choice. This might be a hobby, a specific interest or something they are keen to find out more about. This should be handwritten and in A4 with no less than 10 pages. Please note this is not to be written using word processors or PowerPoint. Children might also choose to make a model to accompany the book. The books and models will be shared on return to school.

The above is an expectation for all children and we look forward to seeing the children’s efforts on their return.

Thank you for your continued support.

Key Worker

West Sussex County Council are considering a County-wide response to the provision of schooling for children of 'key workers'  and vulnerable pupils. This will require a short period of co-ordination.

The current plan is to set up hubs of schools to reduce the number of schools open. This *may* centre around those schools with Special Support Centres and nurseries to provide support to the widest group of Parents.

Key workers are:

  • health workers
  • police officers
  • supermarket delivery drivers (not supermarket workers)
  • workers looking after the vulnerable and elderly

Key workers are people who work within the public sector in roles that are vital to the infrastructure of the community. While a full list has not yet been revealed, this could also include:

  • Teachers and nursery nurses
  • Police officers, Community Support Officers and some civilian police staff
  • Prison officers and some other Prison staff
  • Probation Service staff
  • Social workers, educational psychologists, and therapists
  • Local Authority Planners
  • Firefighters
  • Connexions Personal Advisers
  • Some Ministry of Defence personnel
  • Environmental Health Officer
  • Highway Agency Traffic Officers

Until we have further information it is difficult to say whether the hubs will be offering childcare or education. I suspect it is likely to be the former, in which case, pupils should spend some of their time working on the homework they will be receiving from their teacher.

We will be in contact with families where one parent identifies as a key worker shortly to outline plans for more immediate childcare.

Handwashing advice

The most important thing individuals can do to protect themselves is to wash their hands more often, for at least 20 seconds, with soap and water. Public Health England recommends that in addition to handwashing before eating, and after coughing and sneezing, everyone should also wash hands after using toilets and travelling on public transport.

Watch this short NHS film for guidance: