Newsletter 22nd June 2020

Dear parents and carers

I hope that you are continuing to keep well and stay safe!

It was fantastic to be able to welcome back some of our pupils today and wonderful to see happy faces walking into school this morning. Let’s hope that this is just the start of things returning to normal.

Whilst it is a shame that we can’t bring back pupils in Years 2, 3, 4 and 5, we are following government advice in providing full-time education for Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 and haven’t got the capacity for any other year groups currently. I look forward to September when I am confident that we will be able to welcome back all our pupils. I can’t yet confirm whether this will be on a full or part-time basis but will update you as soon as I can. This will depend on how the virus develops in coming months and the government’s response to it.

It was good to hear that the government is going to provide schools with extra funding to provide one to one tuition and support for pupils to help them catch up. This will really help us provide some specific teaching and support, especially for pupils who have found home learning difficult. I will share further details of how this will work when we get some clearer guidance from the Department for Education.

To help with the transition to a new class, teachers are going to hold a Zoom meeting during the last week of term (week beginning 13 July). Please look out for the details for this as I think it will be great for the children to see their new teacher, say hello to them and ask any questions that they may have.

Even though we have been severely impacted on, school has continued to move forward and develop. Mrs Flynn will be leaving Hillside this summer and whilst we are very sad that she will be leaving us after 14 years at Hillside, we wish her all the very best in a new venture delivering a music and movement programme to young children. Good luck Claire! I would like to thank Claire for her hard work and dedication throughout her time at Hillside. We are pleased to announce that Mrs Wendy Porter will now be teaching Year 1 alongside Mrs Potts. Mrs Porter will teach Year 1 on Thursdays and Fridays. We are also pleased to announce that we have appointed a new teacher to Hillside. Mrs Lucy Quraishy will now be teaching Year 2 on a Thursday afternoon and a Friday alongside Mrs Fletcher-Curran. All other teachers remain in their current year groups for September.

We hope that you have managed to speak to your child’s classteacher and that arrangements for home learning are clear. The new home learning packs will hopefully support you in providing some good support and practice for the children before the end of the academic year. So far pupils have responded well to the Zoom lessons. Please do try to encourage your child to attend these as they are important and we do feel that they will make a positive impact, not only on pupils’ learning but also on their wellbeing and mental health. The Duchess of Cambridge delivered an online assembly on mental health last week which is available to view from the Oak Academy website. A recording of the assembly can be accessed here:

Please remember that we are open for pupils of key workers and for vulnerable pupils as we have been throughout the Coronavirus pandemic. If you need a place for your child, please contact the school office as usual.

Kind regards

Craig Richardson


Contact the School

Helsby Hillside Primary School

Bates Lane
Helsby, Frodsham
Cheshire, WA6 9LN

Headteacher: Mr C Richardson
School Contacts: Mrs Julie Ellis
& Mrs S Tregilgas

Tel: 01928 722991