Key Information:

We have had a lovely half term and it has been a pleasure to join the team here at GEMS. We have begun to open our doors more to visitors in school and are keen for this to continue. 


As we move into the Summer Term, we are still asking people to remain vigilant and monitor any symptoms you may have. Even though restrictions have lifted, we continue to monitor illness in school - inlcuding COVID. If your child has any symptoms, we recommend and encourage you to remain at home and do an LFT test. Household members need to continue to monitor their own symptoms but can still come into school if they are feeling well enough. Please contact school if you have any questions. 


We know that COVID cases have been rising as well as common sickness bugs and other childhood illnesses. We want to keep our school community safe and well and will continue to update you on any new information. 


Face to face meetings: 

We are opening our doors more to visitors in school and, whilst there is not a legal requirement to wear a face covering, you may choose to if you feel more comfortable. 


Start and Finish Times: 

We have reviewed the start and ends of days and the organisation for this will change for the Summer Term. Please see below:



Start of the school day:  


Reception, Year 1 and Year 2: We will be opening the front school gates that lead onto the KS1 playground at 8:30am so that you can wait with your child outside the classroom doors.


Nursery, Year 3, 4, 5 and 6: The KS2 playground gates will then be opened at 8:40am. KS2 children will be met by staff and go straight to their classrooms. Nursery parents will be able to wait with their child outside the Nursery classroom.  


All gates will be closed and locked at 8:55am. If you are late, please come to the main reception to sign your child in as usual.


End of the school day:

At the end of the school day gates will be opened at 2:45pm. (These are the same gates that you have used in the morning). You will be able to wait in the playground (KS2) or outside your child’s classes (Nursery- Year 2) from 2:50pm. Timings are as follows:


2:50pm – Nursery and Reception

2:55pm – Year 1

3:00pm – Year 2

3:00pm – Years 3 and 4

3:05pm – Years 5 and 6


Staff will be available at the school gates to guide you if you need any help.


Please be reminded that pets are not permitted onto siteeven if you are carrying them.


Can we also remind you that children should not be playing on the Jungle Gym areas before and after school. This is to ensure their safety when school staff are not around to supervise. 


Uniform reminder: 

Please ensure that your child comes to school in the correct uniform. Whilst it is nice to have the school logo, we recognise that this comes at a cost so it is not an expectation. School uniform is:

  • Burgundy jumper/cardigan –  school logo optional
  • Yellow polo shirt – school logo optional
  • Dark trousers/skirt/dress/shorts
  • ALL BLACK shoes or trainers - no logos or other colours
  • Yellow/Burgundy Summer dresses with a burgundy jumper/cardigan in warmer weather


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St Michael's Church School

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M30 7BJ

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