Gillingstool is such a special place in which every member of staff knows and cares for every child in the school. This compassionate ethos is promoted at all times and is recognised as a strength of Gillingstool by parents and visitors alike.
Within that caring ethos, we seek to maximise every child’s potential, by working together with parents to provide an education tailored for pupils needs. We strive to ensure there is support where needed and challenge in every lesson to stretch the minds of all students. Across the curriculum, we will develop creativity, curiosity, initiative, independence and most importantly your child’s confidence and self-belief.
IMPORTANT HOT WEATHER PLANS Dear Parents/ Carers, The UK Health Security Agency have issued a level 3 heat-health alert from 00:00 on Sunday through to 11:59 on Tuesday for some parts of the country including the southwest. Schools have been advised to take precautionary measures to protect children and staff during this time but current guidance is that we will remain open. Consistent with DfE guidance, as a school we have reviewed our risk assessment for severe weather and will be putting in place a number of mitigating factors. These will include opening school at 8.30am and closing at 1.30pm on both Monday and Tuesday in order to avoid children being in school for the hottest part of the day when temperatures are expected to rise considerably. We will review the forecast over the coming days and advise you should this change. Next week during this period we will also: ask that children wear lightweight, summer clothing with appropriate footwear move playtime to an earlier and cooler part of the day or take our break indoors shorten the lunchtime break to avoid the sun in the hottest part of the day encourage children to drink water to stay hydrated throughout the day keep children inside for more relaxed PE sessions using the hall. We would also advise parents/carers to consider how they prepare children for the day before they leave home including provision of water bottles and sunscreen. Please note that this is the current guidance, if this is to change, we will notify you ASAP. We will continue to monitor the situation closely.