Schools Links

Schools Links

St Giles is part of the Valley Teaching Alliance and works with a group of local mainstream primary and secondary schools to share and develop good practice.

St Giles has a number of well-established links with Primary and Secondary schools in Croydon.  Pupils from the school take part in events and activities specially planned to promote inclusion and raise self-esteem for all pupils involved.  We are keen to promote disability awareness and challenge perceptions.

Events this year have included:

  • Green class singing in the Primary Choir at Fairfield Halls with hundreds of mainstream pupils
  • The Brit School working with secondary pupils to prepare for their summer show
  • Inclusion sessions at Regina Coeli for a Year 1 pupil
  • John Fisher students helping with sports day
  • Pupils from Riddlesdown, St Giles and Priory working together to represent Croydon in the Panathlon competition
  • Pupils from Chipstead Valley invited to the primary Bollywood day

28th August 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

Like all schools in England, we have been working hard to be ready for the safe return of our pupils and staff for the Autumn Term. Children and young people from year one upwards will be returning on the 7th September. We are looking forward to welcoming pupils to our new nursery and reception classes on the dates that they already have been given.

We will be limiting the amount of movement and interactions pupils will have over the course of the school day. We will be eating lunches in our classrooms and organising staggered break times. We will only be admitting essential visitors to our sites. If you are bringing your child to school, please make sure that you check the start and finish times that you will have been given. If you are arriving by car or taxi, please stay in the vehicle until a member of staff collects or brings your child to you. Most meetings and appointments will continue to be virtual this term. Please call or email the office to make an appointment if you feel you need to visit either of the school sites.

We will maintain social distancing wherever we can, but, given the specific needs of our children this will not always be possible. Therefore, staff will be wearing face masks to protect extremely clinically vulnerable children and adults on our sites. Staff will be wearing face masks, gloves and aprons for any medical interventions, personal care and feeding. We do not expect any of our children or young people to wear face masks at school. You will find a link on the home page of our website to our most current school risk assessment which contains further information about the return to school.

It is extremely important that you do not send your child to school if they are displaying any Covid 19 symptoms and that you get your child tested as soon as possible. The school will advise you how to get your child tested. If your child becomes unwell with Covid 19 symptoms during the school day, you will need to come to collect them immediately.

Our teachers have worked hard to plan a curriculum for the first weeks of term that will support your child with their return to school. We will be uploading a video onto our website next week that you can use with your child to explore our school site before their return.

We are very much looking forward to welcoming your child back to St Giles School. Please contact us if you would like to discuss any aspect of your child’s return to school.

Best wishes,

Kathy Lewis - Headteacher