What does Oldhill Look like now?

As Oldhill welcomes back more children, we need to ensure that we can keep our children, families and staff safe at all times. In the areas below you are able to see how things have changed at school and the new ways in which we are working.

Here are some examples of the different ways we have organised classrooms, large spaces, playgrounds and children’s movement around the school

  • Here are some examples of the different ways we have organised classrooms, large spaces, playgrounds and children’s movement around the school

    • Development of bubbles for the ARP, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6
    • Year group bubbles developed
    • Classrooms re-modelled, with chairs and desks in place to allow for social distancing.
    • Spare chairs and furniture removed from desks so they cannot be used.
    • Clear signage displayed around the school promoting social distancing.
    • Assemblies and large groups celebrations cancelled
    • Playground split into different zones for different bubbles
    • No air conditioning units to be used.
    • Classroom doors and windows to be left open
    • Random temperature checks of staff and children- if above 38 degrees should be sent home and self isolated/tested
    • Soft Start Introduced for all year groups
    • Departure times are staggered
    • Floor markings are visible where it is necessary to manage any queuing.
    • Year 6 bubble leads to discuss the importance of social distancing in the streets, shops and on public transport.
    • Children are encouraged to walk or cycle to school
    • Circulation plans have been reviewed and revised.
    • Corridors are divided where feasible.
    • Appropriate signage is in place to clarify circulation routes.
    • Movement of pupils around school is minimized as much as possible.
    • No child should be moving around the school alone
    • Where children have to go to first aid/toilets or sent to slt due to behaviour, an adult from the bubble must escort them
    • Staff and pupils need to maintain social distancing when moving around the school, in corridors, on stairs and in offices
    • Children are regularly briefed regarding observing social distancing guidance.
    • Break times and lunch times are structured to support social distancing and are closely supervised.
    • The school’s behaviour policy has been revised to include compliance with social distancing and this has been communicated to staff, pupils and parents.



We have enhanced our cleaning and hygiene procedures following government advice.

  • Enhanced daily cleaning only of areas being used – class rooms, toilets, ict suites, offices
  • High touch areas identified and cleaned at least three times a day
  • Monitoring arrangements are in place to ensure that supplies of soap, hand towels and sanitizer are maintained throughout the day.
  • Additional sanitizers and handwashing facilities have been placed in all classrooms
  • Bubbles are taken to the toilets to wash hands using warm water
  • Hand sanitizers ae available in classroom
  • Pupils are reminded regularly on how to wash hands and young children are supervised in doing so.
  • Year group toilets have been established with signs on the doors
  • Children will be expected to wear uniform
  • Windows are open at all times when classes are in use
  • Air conditioning is not being used
  • Social distancing provisions are in place for medical rooms.
  • Additional rooms are designated for pupils with suspected COVID-19 whilst collection is arranged
  • Lunch times are staggered to reduce number of children In the dining hall
  • Tables in the dining room have been put in rows to ensure social distancing
  • Normal food hygiene procedures are followed and enhanced
  • Screen has been put in place at serving counter
  • Kitchen staff now serve the salad
  • Dining hall cleaning after each bubble use by the lunchtime supervisor
  • One lunchtime supervisor per bubble
  • Each ‘bubble’ to have own resources
  • Each child to have their own resources at their table
  • Early Years Playground equipment is used by the Early Years only

We have a number of children who have a variety of underlying health conditions, who could fall into the governments clinically vulnerable and clinically extremely vulnerable groups. We have put the following measures in place;


  • Parents have been asked to make the school aware of childrens’ underlying health conditions and the school has sought to ensure that the appropriate guidance has been acted upon.
  • Schools have a regularly updated register of children with underlying health conditions.
  • Medical plans and individual risk assessment for children with underlying health conditions to be completed before children come back to school

This can be a very difficult time for the children and they may need to talk to someone about their thoughts and feelings.  We have a number of services and support groups in place (please see mental health section on the website)


  • There are sufficient numbers of trained staff available to support pupils with mental health issues.
  • There is access to designated staff for all pupils who wish to talk to someone about wellbeing/mental health.
  • Wellbeing/mental health is discussed regularly in PSHE /pupil briefings (stories/toy characters are used for younger pupils to help talk about feelings).
  • Resources/websites to support the mental health of pupils are provided.
  • Regular support from Aspace therapist
  • PSHE lead and SENCO to support regular sessions for the children.
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