Bendish Lane, Whitwell, Hitchin, Hertfordshire. SG4 8HX

01438 871241

St Paul's Walden

Primary School

CORONAVIRUS / COVID-19 UPDATE:

 

Schools have been closed to most pupils for over a week now, and hopefully all our families are settling into a manageable routine. We have been loading guidance for parents onto the Coronavirus Closure pages of this website - some of it comes from outside agencies and some of it is from our teachers. The circumstances are changing rapidly at the moment so please look out for emails from school and changes to this website. 

Most families have logged into Google Classrooms, but not all have done so yet. It may be that your log-in doesn't work, you don't have a computer that the children can use, the children don't want to look at school stuff yet or you're struggling to work from home with your children at home too. Please contact the school office or your class teacher if you need help - there will probably be something we can do.

The governing body held its first virtual meeting on Thursday 19th March - and obviously the school's Coronavirus response was the most important item on the agenda. Circumstances and government advice are being constantly updated at the moment but our staff are working very hard (both in school and in isolation, as necessary). 

Take care, and please be patient with staff and each other as we all adjust to a new way of educating your children together. We really are Growing and Learning Together now!

Nancy Adshead and Anne Reid (Chair of Governors)

 

Friday 3rd April
It's certainly a unique end of term today - please find a letter from school, along with all the other letters and emails sent home recently, on the Latest Letters Home page. Enjoy your Easter holidays, unusual as they may be.
 
North Hertfordshire District Council (NHDC) has tailored its Healthy Hub service to provide residents with information, advice and support in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. It's also on the Useful Links for Families page.
 
It is great to see so many children accessing Reading Eggs - don't forget to tell your teacher how it's going! If you've lost your log-in, contact the school office.
 
Finally, we have been sent a long list from the Hitchin Partnership of organisations who should be able to help and support you during this time, including Family Lives, NHDC, SEND, financial, business, housing and some educational ideas. It's on the Useful Links for Families page. We are in very difficult times at the moment, and it's OK to ask for help.
 
Watch out for scammers - please read this letter from Herts County Council about a Free School Meal scam doing the rounds
 

Please click here for the latest letter about the school's care and education for vulnerable children and the children of key workers for the foreseeable future. Please contact the office as soon as possible if, after speaking to your management, you fit the criteria for frontline worker and you can't keep your child at home. This will help us to plan staffing and resources on an ongoing basis. We understand that for many people the situation is very fluid at the moment - just keep in touch with us, so we can work together.

 

For latest government information about their response to this crisis, follow the link below:

UK Government Response to Coronavirus (Covid-19)

Welcome!

This website is your window into St Paul’s Walden Primary School in the village of Whitwell.

Our school has four classes for children from Reception to Year 6.  (St Paul's Walden Nursery is just next door, and takes children from 2 years old to school age)  As well as the four classrooms for the Oaks, Silver Birches, Rowans and Willows classes, we have a learning Hub housing the library, a children’s kitchen and a large hall which is used for assemblies, music lessons, school lunches and our Breakfast and After School clubs.

We know that we are very lucky that our school is surrounded by its extensive grounds, with a large field, a football pitch, a willow tunnel and a wildlife pond. Our very supportive local community means that we have a fantastic spider sculpture keeping an eye on our Growing Together Garden, where the children learn to grow and enjoy fresh fruit and vegetables.

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