William Byrd Primary Academy

Updated Information for Parents/Carers

Monday 20 April - Click here for more information

Dear Parents and Carers

I wanted to write to you to give you an update on how we at William Byrd are working to support you and your children during this school closure period. I hope you are all continuing to stay well and safe and that you managed to relax and enjoy some of the sunshine over the Easter break. These are very stressful times for all of us and I wanted you to know that we are thinking of you all and we have tried to stay in touch as well as we can via email, the school website and the occasional text message.

Keeping in Touch

I would like to say a big thank you to all of our families who have been sending in photos and pictures of work, it is lovely to see what the children are doing at home and it is a great way for your children to keep in touch with their teachers. Please keep them coming!

We are very excited to be developing a new page on our website called The Newsroom. If you would like to take photos of your children working at home or showing us some of the amazing things they have done then you can send them in to us at school using the year group emails. They will then be posted on the Newsroom page. School staff will also be posting on this page so do look out for their posts, photos and maybe even videos!

Your children should by now have received a letter from their class teachers packed full of pictures, puzzles and ideas for keeping busy at home. We hope they enjoyed reading them and it helped them to feel a little more in touch with school.

Please remember that if you have any queries, please do contact the school in one of the following ways:

  • By emailing the main school enquiries address: enquiries@williambyrd.school
  • By calling the school office on 01895 462 394 between the hours of 8.30am and 10.30am, Monday – Friday
  • By emailing your child’s class teacher on the dedicated email address (remember to include your child’s name and class): EYFS@williambyrd.school
    Year4@williambyrd.school ​​​​​​​
    Year5@williambyrd.school ​​​​​​​

Supporting You and Your Children with Home Learning

Teachers have been busy trying to ensure that they are setting activities and work for your children to complete at home to keep them busy and keep their brains ticking over until school reopens. We recognise that simply putting activities on the website is not helpful for many of our families who may not have access to laptops, printers etc.

We are very happy to say that our friends at Heathrow Airport are supporting the school and helping us to deliver hard copies of work packs to families to ensure that all children are able to access the activities that their teachers have created. These work packs will be delivered fortnightly, either by hand or through the post. Pack deliveries will then take place fortnightly on or around the following dates:

  1. Thursday 23rd April & Friday 24th April
  2. Wednesday 6th May & Thursday 7th May
  3. Thursday 21st May & Friday 22nd May 

May We fully understand that many of you will be working at home yourselves so it cannot be easy trying to get your child(ren) to work and properly supervise them while you are working yourself. You are not expected to be teachers, or to be home educating your children so do not stress about how much and how well your children are doing. What we have sent home and put on the website are suggestions and ideas to help ensure your children are still engaging their brains. This is all revision and reminder work. It is the school’s job when we reopen to restart the curriculum and plan new learning.

Finally, let me say again that I hope you are all doing ok. On behalf of all the staff at William Byrd, we miss you and we are very much looking forward to when we can be together again as a school community. This situation won’t last forever. Schools will reopen and when we do, we will be ready to pick up the pieces, make up for what children may have lost in their learning and help them get focused again on achieving their very best.

Yours sincerely

Mrs S Roberts