Special message to all parents of children in our school regarding the Government's Plans for a Phased Return to School
Please be assured that we are working hard to find a way forward that will enable us to invite the children back gradually in the next weeks, as far as we are able to. Safe conditions will be the key to this, and I know that you understand that we want to be able to return to normal as much as any of you, but that we must do so in a way that is safe for everyone, including our team, so that we can continue to enrich the time to come for all children.
Today, Children's Services at Wokingham Borough Council have written a letter to you all, explaining their position. This has been sent to you this morning. I hope you will find it reassuring - I have certainly been reassured to know that I am not going to be asked to do anything that will place anyone in danger. We will manage the way forward with care, and the utmost attention to detail.
About our School
It is my great pride and privilege to have been leading Shinfield St Mary’s C of E Junior School since 2014. There have been many changes, and together – children, staff, parents, governors – we have built, and we make, a fantastic team, in which everyone has something to bring to the feast. This was recognised by OFSTED in 2018, when it was confirmed that we are a good school, providing well for all our children.
Our school has a strong focus on caring for the world: our bio-dome and raised beds produce plants and flowers that are sold in support of Launchpad, a local charity that supports homeless people. This has been well publicised on television and in the newspapers, and we are very proud of it, but it would not have come about if it were not for our values, and on particular because of a child, his friends, and then by the whole school, in their wish to do something to end homelessness. We love the fact that this initiative came from the children. Our focus has been for some time on the concept of helping others, not through a sense of charity, but through a sense of social justice, so it is clear to us that this feeling is strong in our children, who always make us feel proud. They know that our whole values system can be summed up in the two words 'Be kind' - but that in order to be kind, they must also be kind to themselves in the long term: doing their best in all subjects, and making sure that they work hard to enrich the time to come. For this reason, we turn out good citizens who have achieved their potential at the end of their time with us, not simply academically, but in terms of skills for life, including a social justice mindset, compassion, and a spirit for hard work.
If you have any questions for us, please don’t hesitate to make contact, either by talking to your child’s teacher in the first instance, or, for those of you who are new to us, by contacting the office directly. In the meantime, by all means watch the short video opposite, and find out about us from our VIPs - the children.
We always look forward to meeting new members of our community and telling you all about our wonderful school.
Sue Runciman – Headteacher
New Data Protection Regulations
On 25th May 2018, the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR), which are changes to the current data protection regulations, will come in to effect. The school and the Oxford Diocesan Schools Trust regard the protection of personal data relating to children and parents/carers as a very important matter.
On this website, in accordance with best practice, we have published our updated data protection policy and Pupil Privacy notice. The Pupil Privacy notice outlines the pupil information that we collect, hold and share, including the lawful basis about how we use this information. Both documents can be found here.
If you would like a printed copy of the data protection policy and privacy notice, please do not hesitate to contact the school office.