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26th February 2021

Dear Parents/Carers,

Following the Government guidance that schools will reopen on Monday 8th March we are looking forward to welcoming you all back.

During the first few weeks our main focus will be settling the children back into school routines and making sure they feel safe and secure.

School will operate in a similar way as it did between September and January with a few small changes.  Below are the main points:



The Government have stated that attendance is mandatory for all pupils from Monday 8th March unless they have shielding letter.

If you have any concerns regarding your child returning to school please contact the office who can talk through your concerns with you.



These will continue to help control how many people are on site and to enable a smooth flow through the playground.  It is extremely important that you adhere to the time slot allocated to your children.  If you have more then 1 child they can all come together, please use the youngest child’s time slot.


Drop off time

Pick up time

1, 2 and 3



4, 5 and 6



7, 8 and 9



10, 11 and 12



Please continue to use the one-way virtual walk way through to Elmfield Park.  We ask that you do not congregate outside school and respect the 2 metre social distancing rules.

We must ask that only 1 adult drops off and picks up children to minimise the number of people on site.  This includes older siblings who do not attend Gardners Lane.

Parents are asked to drop children off at the virtual walkway and move onto Elmfield Park and not enter the playground area.  If you need to talk to the class teacher you must contact the office who will arrange for the teacher to telephone you.  Please do not be offended that staff will not be able to engage in conversation with you in the playground.

No bikes or scooters to be brought onto the school site please.



We will still be operating a bubble system when the children return.  We are currently looking at plans of how the bubbles will operate.  We will share this information with you early next week.



Initially PE will only take place outdoors as before.  Your child will need to come dressed in PE kit on the following days – school t-shirt, school jumper, jogging bottoms or shorts and trainers.

Class 1



Class 7


Class 2



Class 8


Class 3



Class 9


Class 4

Monday and Tuesday


Class 10


Class 5



Class 11


Class 6



Class 12




If your child or anyone in your household displays any symptoms of Covid you must isolate the entire family and request a test and inform school immediately.  The symptoms are:

  • A new persistent cough
  • A high temperature
  • Loss of taste or smell


Staff will continue to test at home twice a week.  This testing is designed to pick up any one who is positive for Covid but doesn’t have any symptoms.



Initially we will not be restarting breakfast club and after school clubs.  We will review this decision in a few weeks.



Please continue to use both Class Dojo and the School website as important messages will be sent via these platforms.

Should a class have to isolate work will be set via Class Dojo as during the recent lockdown.



Hot lunches will be served in the hall, packed lunches will be eaten in the classroom.  The hot lunch menu can be found on the school website.

Parentpay must be used to pay for school meals, cash will no longer be accepted at the office.



Children will wash/sanitise hands regularly.

High touch areas will be cleaned regularly throughout the school day.

Windows or doors will be kept open to ensure good ventilation.  If it is cold then children are permitted to wear extra clothing such as an additional jumper.


Following the Government announcement, Gardners Lane Primary School will be open for key worker and vulnerable children, as of Wednesday 6th January.

If you are a key worker and require a school place, during the lockdown for your child, please contact the school on (01242) 515761.

Welcome to Gardners Lane Primary School

Gardners Lane Primary school is a happy, lively school with strong links in the community.

Also on the school site is Gardners Lane Children Centre which provides

  •     A Nursery Education catering for 2, 3 and 4 year olds
  •     Childminder Drop In
  •     Family Support (targeted)
  •     Best Start Group
  •     Midwives and Health Visitors
  •     Globes
  •     Gloucestershire Autism Support Group
  •     Parenting Courses

The school has established partnerships with the University of Gloucestershire, Gloucestershire College, Cheltenham Ladies College, CCP, which provides our pupils with a wealth of opportunities to enhance their curriculum entitlement especially in Sports and the Arts.

Gardners Lane also works closely with its partner school, Oakwood Primary School, under the leadership of Executive Head Teacher, Charles Welsh.

Our aim is to work with you, as stake holders, to share your ambitions for your children and your knowledge of them. This will enable us to make sure that together we can celebrate their achievements.

Gardners Lane School is a non-denominational, co-educational Local Authority primary day school, educating children aged 4 to 11 years.

Please click here to view the school performance table.


Gardners Lane and Oakwood Federation



Young Minds Matter

Our school is taking part in a national initiative known as Young Minds Matter, formally Trailblazers. As a school, we are working with statutory health providers who will be delivering mental health service to pupils within our school.


Gardners Lane Trust Partners



Upcoming Events

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Quick Links


Library of translated school letters, words and paragraphs

Please use the following link https://webapps.mantralingua.com/library/document/?utm_campaign=LockdownMM

to access a library of translated school letters, words and paragraphs.

If you require a printed copy of any information, please contact the school office on

(01242) 515761.


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