Provision & protocols during the Covid-19 Outbreak

Provision & protocols during the Covid-19 Outbreak

Are you re-opening school this term? 

We have been open for the children of Key Workers, LN, UN, Year 1 and Year 6 since 15th June.  From June 29th, we welcomed the rest of the school back.

Provision & protocols during the Covid-19 Outbreak

How are you offering your provision to those children unable to attend School due to Government restrictions?

Dallington Digital Learning Hub (via Google Classroom, FlipGrid and Zoom)

Our teachers are delivering and continue to develop an ambitious programme of cross-curricular learning via the Dallington Digital Hub. This allows all children to continue their progress through the curriculum, remotely accessing a wide range of online and offline resources, live sessions with their teachers and further teaching material recorded by their teachers. 

Provision has included all curriculum areas, including French and Performing Arts.  Most lessons have moved online and our teachers frequently introduce additional elements to further elevate our provision and keep our children engaged. 

David, our Performing Arts teacher leads choir and family sing-alongs, Ramzi our French teacher posts French recipes for the children to follow and enjoy and guided family yoga sessions are encouraged.  We have also incorporated specialist performers, who have led remote workshops such as Creating an Olympic Ribbon Dance and Interpreting Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream.  Instrument lessons continue and our children even rehearse for the plays they will perform to their invited Zoom audience.

Throughout all this activity, the importance of daily story times and circle times for all year groups cannot be underestimated as we endeavour to keep our children, our teachers and our families engaged and close to eachother, secure in the knowledge that we will all be together again soon. 

The children who returned to School during the summer term are able to access these sessions as normal, alongside their home-based classmates, if they choose to do so. 

Provision & protocols during the Covid-19 Outbreak

Have you conducted a Risk Assessment? 

We have, naturally, conducted a full, Covid-19 specific risk assessment of both our school building and our arrangements for children, staff and parents, which meets stringent government expectations and guidance. 

Provision & protocols during the Covid-19 Outbreak

How are you currently approaching class sizes and social distancing? 

Pods: All LN, UN and Year 1 children are allocated to a group of up to 10 children, with 2 staff, which we call a pod. A pod, referred to in government communications as a bubble, is simply a group of children and staff occupying a designated space in school, which limits the possibility of the Covid-19 virus spreading throughout an active school community.  

Each pod remains together throughout the day and will not interact with other pods who may, in the future, be sharing their floor. Pod resources are clearly marked and each pod enjoys freedom within their designated area.  Please note that children and staff within pods are not expected to observe social distancing. 

Provision & protocols during the Covid-19 Outbreak

What is your main focus for the children returning to school in these circumstances? 

As always, our absolute priority is the safety and wellbeing of all the children and staff, whilst making sure that our phased return to school is a positive experience.  All staff in school will of course be going above and beyond to ensure that school is warm, positive, exciting and very much focused on promoting wellbeing, physical activities, fresh air and nurturing relationships through play.

Provision & protocols during the Covid-19 Outbreak

Currently, what are your Drop Off & Pick up Arrangements for those children attending school? 

We have staggered our drop off and pick up times for the returning year groups. 

We ask that only one parent per family is at drop-off and pick-up, which now takes place at the front door, except Year 6, who enter through the fire door.  

There are markings on the pavement to help facilitate social distancing.  

Hand sanitising is available to the children on entry at the front doors, where they are met by a member of staff who takes them to their class.   

At the present time, adults accompanying children are not admitted to the building. 

Provision & protocols during the Covid-19 Outbreak

Between what hours is the school currently in session?

Between 10.00 am and 2.30 pm with staggered drop-offs and pick-ups.

Provision & protocols during the Covid-19 Outbreak

Please tell me more about Pods and the H & S protocols within them 

Government recommendations demand that certain activities will not be possible in order to maintain a Covid-19 secure environment and thus some resources have been put away, such as playdoh, sand, water and soft toys.  Soft furnishings, including carpets, cushions and those in home corners are in storage. Resources used by each pod are cleaned daily in accordance with government guidance.  

Each child has their own bag of creative resources, including pencils, paper, scissors, colours and glue sticks.  

Books are rotated, cleaned and then stored for 72 hours, before being used again.  

Children are not allowed to bring in toys or playthings from home and we ask you to ensure that your child understands and respects this rule.  

Packed lunches provided by families, including snacks, should be in a named tupperware. Each child should have a named water bottle and a named, closed bag of clean spare clothes in case of an accident (for the younger children).  

In line with government regulations, all clothing worn at school should be washed as soon as the children return home. 

Provision & protocols during the Covid-19 Outbreak

Outdoor Play 

At the time of writing (12th June 2020), Islington Council has no plans to reopen the Seward Street playground, on Health and Safety grounds and in line with current government directives. We will instead take groups of children to play at Compton Street playground and, as such, have conducted a full risk assessment of the route and site. Weather and social conditions permitting, we will make frequent use of this lovely open space. 

Provision & protocols during the Covid-19 Outbreak

Please tell me more about your Health & Safety and Cleaning Guidelines and Protocols

All government health and safety standards and guidelines will be met and monitored by our staff on site, appropriately adapted to our own environment; as bespoke adaptation is explicitly expected of us.  Hand washing will be scheduled throughout the day and our established ‘Catch it, Bin it, Kill it’ protocol will be followed. Within each school space, the cleaning of surfaces, handles, tables and chairs will take place throughout the day on a government recommended 2 hourly schedule or between activities, as appropriate. In addition, toilets and other areas and surfaces in regular use beyond the pod areas will be cleaned according to the same schedule. 

Provision & protocols during the Covid-19 Outbreak

What will happen if someone presents with Covid-19 symptoms? 

In the event of a pupil or member of staff presenting with Covid-19 symptoms, all children and staff members within the pod or group will have to begin self-isolation immediately. Should the individual test positive for Covid-19, the isolation will need to extend to 14 days and follow government guidelines. In this event, we expect to be able to participate in the national Test, Track and Trace programme, which launched on 28 May. Staff will only need to wear PPE – which will include disposable gloves, masks and pinnies - when looking after any child showing symptoms of Covid-19 whilst at school. If a child is vomiting, spitting or coughing, staff are required to also wear appropriate eye protection. As always, should your child fall ill whilst at school, you will be called to collect them immediately. 

Provision & protocols during the Covid-19 Outbreak

What will happen if my child becomes ill or upset during the day? 

Naturally, if children are ill or upset at any point in the day, we will of course comfort them just as we always would.  

Provision & protocols during the Covid-19 Outbreak

Who is overseeing that all H & S protocols are adhered to? 

Our Chair of Governors and our Headteacher have ultimate responsibility.  They are supported by our committed Leadership and Staff teams.  Chris Byrne, our Caretaker, is in school throughout, ensuring that all health and safety protocols are followed. 

Provision & protocols during the Covid-19 Outbreak

Is there any risk involved in my child returning to School?

We are absolutely adhering to all government health and safety guidelines for children returning to school, putting in place a myriad of preventative measures.  However, alongside all our colleagues in leadership across the country preparing to welcome children back, we must emphasise that no school environment can be entirely free of risk. We can only strictly adhere to all guidelines in a committed attempt to maintain risk to a minimum.  

Provision & protocols during the Covid-19 Outbreak

What is the Fee Structure for in School Provision? 

Naturally, our normal fee structure for all eligible year groups attending school is applicable.  

Registration & Admissions

Registration & Admissions

I am interested in your school. What do I do now?

Please call Maria-Luisa on 020 7251 2284 to arrange a visit.  To truly understand why Dallington is so different from other schools, you need to come and meet the children and staff and experience the spirit of Dallington.

Registration & Admissions

During School Closure/Lockdown, how can I learn more about Dallington?

Please call Maria-Luisa on 020 7251 2284 to arrange a 'virtual tour' with Abi.

We will soon have a 360° Virtual Tour on our website.  Furthermore, Abi Hercules our CEO and Proprietor who usually conducts one of the tours would be delighted to give you a 'virtual tour' on a Zoom call.  We realise this could never replace seeing our school in person and experiencing the unique atmosphere, however she will share all the content you would normally hear during our tour. 

Registration & Admissions

When do I need to register my child?

As soon as possible to avoid disappointment, although at least a year before their third birthday is preferable.

Registration & Admissions

What are the chances of getting a place?

If you register promptly, you will of course, increase your chances of joining our school.  We can give you more specific feedback on our lists once you have registered and when you visit, we can give you an idea of how many children are registered for a particular entry point.  Please bear in mind that family circumstances change, particularly when families register their child soon after they are born so our lists are a very moveable feast!  We know more, two terms before entry, when we send out our 'Invitation to visit' so once again, the best chance of securing a place is to register early.

Registration & Admissions

If you are oversubscribed, what number would my child be on the waiting list?

If, once places have been offered (on a first-come first-served basis),  your child is placed on our waiting list, we can then tell you their placement and an approximate date for when we may be back in contact, following the first 'round' of offers.

Registration & Admissions

Do most families live locally?

Approximately 50% do.

School roll and Group/class sizes

School roll and Group/class sizes

How many children are in the school?

Currently 136 (as at September 2019)

School roll and Group/class sizes

How many groups are in each year?

This varies, depending on group sizes from one year to the next.  We are able to be flexible with the teachers and class sizes.  Mostly there is one group per year, but on occasion, some years have two classes.  Occasionally we have combined year groups and sometimes year groups work together.

School roll and Group/class sizes

How many children are in each group?

As at September 2019, classes have between 10 and 22 children.  Our mean average group size is 16. 

Please be aware that the class sizes you see when you take a tour may well differ from the class sizes we have when you join.

School roll and Group/class sizes

Do you have Teaching Assistants?

Each year has a Teaching Assistant.

School roll and Group/class sizes

Why do you sometimes have combined year groups with two teachers?

Sometimes we choose to work in this way to enable some children to receive on-going support or revisit areas of learning that they have covered and to challenge the more able.

School roll and Group/class sizes

Why is there a combined group of Years 5 and 6 with two teachers?

This is always the case, as we enjoy the freedom to either separate the groups or combine them.  They are combined for project work but generally not for Maths and English as the children work at different levels of expectation.  Working within a flexible set-up gives children permission to revisit areas of learning without losing face within the group.  

School roll and Group/class sizes

What is the adult to child ratio?

As at September 2019, we currently have 20 permanent adults working with 136 children .  We always have a relatively high adult to child ratio throughout the school.

Fees

Fees

Do you have a siblings’ policy?

We offer a 10% sibling discount on fees for second and subsequent children who have an elder sibling in the school.  Siblings are usually registered in plenty of time, by nature of the fact that their parents are coming into school.  

Fees

Can I pay in instalments, by direct debit?

Yes of course.

Fees

What are your bank details?

Our bank details are as follows:

Bank: Nat West
Sort Code: 60-00-01
A/C No: 95604464
A/C Name: Dallington School Limited
Iban/Swift Code: NWBKGB2L
​Iban No: GB75NWBK60000195604464

Settling in

Settling in

How will you help my child settle in to a full week?

We are aware that for some children, Dallington will be their first experience of nursery, having spent time at home with their family.  We are very supportive of children being eased into a full week and our staff will help you decide how best to settle your child into our nursery.  Some children do mornings with some afternoons, gradually building up a week of full days.  If you keep an open dialogue with your child's teacher of how he or she is getting on, this will ease the settling in period.  Please note that, financially, we only offer full-time places at Dallington.

Settling in

What can my child and I expect during their time in each year group?

At the beginning of each academic year, you will be invited to our Welcome Evening.  This is an informal talk/drinks evening held on each floor, with staggered talks to accommodate parents who have more than one child of different ages. We will introduce you to your child’s new class, speak about the year ahead and give you some ideas of how to support your child.  In addition, class teachers will send home practical information letters and timetables.

Settling in

As a Dallington parent, how can I get involved with the school?

We actively encourage parents to be involved in their child's education.  Moreover, we have a vibrant Parent/Teacher Association called Friends of Dallington, of which you are automatically a member on joining our school.  Spending time with a class, sharing your profession, your knowledge and skills with the children, can be a great way to become involved.

Playground 

Playground 

Do you have a playground?

We are keyholders to the playground on Seward Street (a 5 minute walk around the corner, off Goswell Road) where we have a kitchen and storage rooms for our sports equipment and nursery trikes and scooters.

Playground 

How often do the children go out?

Regularly, once a day to the playground.  More on a sports day or school trip day.

Curriculum & External Exams

Curriculum & External Exams

Do you follow the national curriculum?

We have to be aware of the National Curriculum, however the requirements of independent receiving schools are above those of the National Curriculum, therefore, we aim over and above this level.  We also give more time to the Arts and Sports.

Curriculum & External Exams

How do the children prepare for external exams in Years 6?

In addition to their daily classroom work, Year 5 children have a weekly session with our visiting Perceptual Therapist.  The children are given weekly practice in study skills and exam technique. 

Curriculum & External Exams

What are the chances of a child getting the secondary school place of their choice?

We have never not placed a child.

Curriculum & External Exams

Are there any extra curricular activities in which my child can be involved?

Yes! We have several after school clubs catering for different interests, the details of which are on our Clubs page.  Furthermore, individual instrument lessons are available in a wide variety of instruments from a talented and experienced group of visiting musicians.

Curriculum & External Exams

Do the children do Sports?

From an early age the children are encouraged to develop their motor skills through gym, sports, dance and swimming lessons, as well as free play and a variety of constructional activities.

From Upper Nursery, all children attend swimming lessons all year round, at a local swimming pool, with our own qualified instructor.

From Upper Nursery, all year groups have a weekly session with our sports coach who introduces the children to tennis, cricket, football, basketball, hockey, rounders and tag rugby.  In the summer term, Years 5 & 6 go canoeing at Shadwell Basin, with a qualified instructor.

Curriculum & External Exams

My child loves to dance. What provision do you provide for this?

We recognise the importance of the Arts in our curriculum.  Weekly dance lessons start in Reception and are given by our Performing Arts teacher.

Curriculum & External Exams

My child is musical. Is music included in the curriculum?

All groups have  weekly singing with our Performing Arts teacher and music appreciation is incorporated into movement and gym sessions. 

From Year 1, The Kodaly Method is introduced to the curriculum to give the children a foundation in rhythm and music theory.  In Year 2, the Recorder is introduced and then the Ukulele in Year 3.

The school has close links with the Barbican Centre and the LSO and we make frequent visits to their schools' concerts. 

Individual instrument lessons are available in a wide variety of instruments from a talented and experienced group of visiting musicians

Curriculum & External Exams

Do the children do school plays?

Children from Year 1 onwards have a weekly drama session.  Regular performance opportunities are the summer performance and The Carol Concert.  In addition, sometimes classes devise a piece or rehearse a play to perform to parents.  Talented musicians also have the opportunity to perform at recitals held throughout the year.

Curriculum & External Exams

Do the children learn languages?

French begins in Reception. The children in Years 3 to 6 are grouped for lessons according to ability and experience. 

Uniform

Uniform

Do the children wear a uniform?

We do not have a uniform at Dallington however the children are required to own and wear a Dallington Sports kit for Sports and Gym sessions.