Year 1 Closure

Friday 24th February 2017

Dear Parents/Carers
The Year 1 move today has gone really well and the classrooms are looking great. The Year 1 Team are looking forward to welcoming the children to their new classroom spaces. 
All Risk Assessments have been completed to ensure that the classrooms are ready for learning. We will of course be monitoring the use of these rooms during the first week. 
Until the middle of next week there will be additional support at the beginning and end of the day. This is due to the continuing installation of fencing and gate surrounding the classrooms. This will be completed by Wednesday. 
Access into the classrooms is a lanyard entry only and the release button to leave is out of children's reach. 
On Monday all parents are welcome to pop into the classrooms to view their child's new learning space. 
Thank you to the Year 1 Team for all their hard work, many of which have been out of school hours. A huge thank you again to the Year 1 children for being so adaptable and to parents for their continued support.
Kind Regards,
Sara Yarnold

Tuesday 21st February 2017

Dear Parents,

As you are probably aware, Portakabin have been on site this week, preparing the new Year 1 classrooms. We will be moving over on Friday and Saturday, ready for Monday morning. To enable us to do this without too much disruption to the children's learning, we are planning Forest School sessions this Friday. Mrs Gerolemou's class will go in the morning and Miss Cummins in the afternoon. When not at Forest School your child will continue their leaning in the Cresswell. Can you please ensure that your child is wearing Forest School clothes on Friday. They do not need to bring their uniform to change into.

We are very much looking forward to settling into our next new space, and sharing that with you on Monday morning.

Please note, at the beginning of the school day on Monday, we will be welcoming the children at the entrance to the Portakabin (located next to the Cathedral) and will no longer be using the Cresswell for drop-off and pick ups.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

With kind regards

The Year 1 Team

Friday 10th February 2017

Portakabin Update

Thank you for your support and positive feedback regarding the children moving to the temporary classrooms next month.

We want to assure you that everything is being considered and monitored regarding the safeguarding and the welfare of all the children.

There will be a ramp leading up to the main door with lanyard only access. This will take you into a cloakroom first and then into the classrooms. Over the half term construction will begin and by the time you return to school the Portakabin will be in place. Once the furnishings, IT and resources have been put in place and all the regulation health and safety checks and risk assessments completed, the classes will be moved across from the Creswell. We will give you a better idea of this date nearer the time.

Have a restful half term.


Sara Yarnold and the CPS Team


Friday 3rd February 2017

Dear Parents/Carers

I am now in a position to give you an update on the situation of the Year 1 classrooms.

Unfortunately, the damage in the Deanery has proven to be much more severe than first anticipated. This building will now to be completely renovated meaning access to the Year 1 classrooms will not be possible.

It has now been confirmed that the insurance company will be providing a large Portakabin which will house two Year 1 classrooms until we are able to move into the new school building. This large Portakabin includes, two classroom teaching spaces, two intervention rooms, one large intervention room and cloakroom and toilets. Bristol Cathedral has kindly agreed to let us use the space on the west end of their site (where they construct the graduation marquees) as a location. Delivery and installation of the Portacabin classrooms will be happening over the next week. Over the weeks following that, the interior fixtures and fittings will be delivered and installed.

We have worked hard to ensure the best quality provision for the children and we are sure you’ll be pleased with the outcome. We will be inviting parents to come and view these classroom spaces once they are complete.

We hope to move into these classrooms in early March or earlier if completed.

Once again a huge thank you for your continued support.

Best wishes

Sara Yarnold

Head Teacher


Thursday 5th January 2017

Dear Parents / Carers,

I am now in a position to give you an update about the classroom situation for the Year 1 children.

The building has now been assessed and due to the significant amount of water damage is not safe for occupancy. Access to the whole of the Deanery building has been closed off and is only accessible to contractors working on the site.

The Senior Leadership Team have been working closely alongside the Building Recovery Team to plan temporary accommodation for our Year 1 classes.

Having looked at various options the decision has been made to locate the Year 1 classes in the 1st Floor Cresswell Theatre. Building engineers have carefully planned out this space with us to create two classrooms areas with an additional adjoining room to be used for small group intervention. Fortunately, all of the furniture and resources in the two classrooms are undamaged. Over the weekend with guidance from myself and Mrs Gerolemou all the Year 1 furniture and Year 1 resources will be relocated to this area. The IT provision will also be set up to ensure SMART board and desk tops are up and running. The Year 1 team will use their creative flair and excellent organisation skills to make this space look inviting for the children when they return.

It is anticipated that the Cresswell Theatre will be used until alternative temporary accommodation is in place. We will of course keep you updated about these developments. Although this is an unfortunate situation we are very supported by Cathedral Schools Trust who are working hard to ensure that children are safe and have a learning environment in which they continue to thrive.

There is a considerable amount of work taking place over the weekend to ensure these learning areas are ready for Year 1. To ensure these spaces meet my expectations, the children will need to return on Tuesday 10th January. We understand that this causes difficulties for some families and are very grateful for the support you have already shown. If you are unable to find alternative childcare for Monday 9th January could you please email the school office  by midday on Friday 6th January and we will assess the situation. Could all Year 1 parents confirm by email or phone that you have received this information.

Mrs Piti will be there will be there as usual to greet you from Tuesday 10th January. She will be based outside the entrance of the Cresswell. Pick up will also be from the Cresswell entrance.

Many thanks once again for your continued support,


Sara Yarnold


Friday 30th December

Dear Parents / Carers,

I am now able to give you a more informative update about the situation with the Year 1 classrooms. There is unfortunately significant damage to the Deanery building including ceilings, floors and electrics. Whilst the Year 1 classrooms themselves are relatively unaffected the surrounding rooms, corridors and stairwell pose a Health and Safety risk. We have been advised to delay the start of the term for Year 1 children until Monday 9th January.

We know that this causes difficulties for families, but the damage is so significant that we need to allow time for repairs to be made.

If you are unable to find childcare could you please email the CPS office by midday on Tuesday 3rd January.

We are really sorry for the inconvenience that this causes and will provide further updates when they are available.

Many thanks for your continued support,

Sara Yarnold

Thursday 29th December

Dear Parents / Carers,

I hope that everyone has enjoyed the Christmas break.

Unfortunately, during the holidays there has been a water leak in the Deanery part of the school; this being where the Year 1 classrooms  are situated. The extent of the damage is being assessed and there is a possibility that we may have to delay the start of term for Year 1 children.

I am unsure if there will be any inconvenience arising from this issue but I will of course keep you all informed as I find out the extent of the damage.

Many thanks as always for your continued support.

Kind regards,

Sara Yarnold