New Seaham Academy



Dear Parents,


The health and safety of our children, staff and their families is paramount in considering whether it is safe to open the school more widely. The school is currently conducting robust risk assessments and when these indicate the risk is minimal, we will then consider inviting more pupils to attend school. The school will keep you updated from the school website and from the school's Facebook page.

We appreciate your patience and understanding during these difficult times and hope you all keep safe and well.


The Board of Trustees
New Seaham Academy Trust



Further to our notice yesterday, can we politely inform parents that all safety measures contained therein follow the specific government advice provided to all schools.


We understand these are upsetting for our children and their families - as well as upsetting for all of us in school - and whilst we do not want to introduce such measures, we are compelled to do so in order to adhere to government advice.


You will shortly receive a text from parentmail with a link to the online form which needs to be completed by 3.30 pm, Monday 25th May.


* Please do not call or email the school with your responses *


As ever, we appreciate your cooperation and understanding during what are unprecedented challenges for us all.



As you are aware, the government has asked schools to consider the wider opening of schools from after the half term if their 5 tests have been met. Our half term will finish on June 8th so any wider opening of the school would be from that date at the earliest. We are currently conducting a robust risk assessment on the possibilities for New Seaham Academy using guidance from the government, the Education Unions and Durham LAs Health and Safety Team.


All of us at the school would love to the have the children back in with us as soon as possible - but only if it is safe to do so. The health and safety of our children and their families and the staff and their families will be paramount in any considerations. In order to assist us in our risk assessment we will need a general idea of how many children may be attending should the school open. Ultimately it will be parental choice in deciding whether they think it is safe for their children to attend and no parent will be penalised if they do not send their child to school should we have a wider opening.

As we are still at the initial stage of this, we will soon be sending out a short survey to those parents of children in Reception, Y1 and Y6 via text using Parentmail to ascertain the numbers of children we may need to consider.

In order for parents to make an informed choice in their responses we would like to give you some idea of how the school experience may look should we open for more children. These measures are all intended to try and reduce the risk to the health and safety of all in school and their families at home:


  • The learning environment and teaching strategies will be very different from what children will be used to and may be very challenging for them.
  • Children will be in small groups and in classrooms and areas that they may have not been in before. They may be taught by a teacher they are not used to. They will stay in the same small group all day and every day for learning, for breaks and for lunches. These groups may not be their usual circle of friends.
  • The classrooms will look very different with all furniture removed except for individual tables for the children to sit at, all soft furnishings, toys and equipment will be removed. They will each have their own table to sit at during the day with their own basic equipment and they will not be able to mix freely with their friends during learning.
  • They will not be able to share or play as they usually did during breaks and will have a designated area to stay in on the yard.
  • There will be no physical contact between staff and children as we need to try and ensure for the safety of everyone that they are kept apart.
  • There will be staggered starts and finish times, staggered breaks and lunchtimes all designed to reduce contact and help reduce risk of transmission. Parents will not be allowed on the school site and drop offs and pick ups will have to be carefully managed to ensure social distancing is secured.
  • Children will only be allowed to bring their own water bottles to school and a packed lunch if required in a packed lunch box not a bag. The caterers will be providing packed lunches in school for those who want them so no cooked lunches will be served.


We will of course do our very best to try and make everything as child friendly as possible but the protective measures needed to try and mitigate risk will have to prevail. We hope this information will help you make an informed decision about whether you think it is safe for your child to attend.


Home Learning

The school now has online home learning packs available located under the "HOME LEARNING" tab at the top right corner of this page.


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