CORONAVIRUS: Stay alert. Control the virus. Save lives.
UPDATED 13th May 2020
Please note that school will be closed on Bank Holiday Monday 25th May 2020, however it will then be open for the rest of that week to children of key workers. From Monday 1st June, school will be open to Year 6 children and children of key workers.
The Windmills Junior School is a three form entry Junior School in the village of Hassocks just outside the South Downs National Park. We are exceptionally proud of our school and our pupils. Our pupils are highly motivated and thrive in our stimulating learning environment. We value the importance of creative learning and working together as a community. We offer a broad and balanced curriculum and provide exciting learning and sporting activities to ensure that the children have a wealth of experiences as they learn and grow.
We have a highly skilled team of teachers, teaching assistants and support staff who are extremely caring and totally committed to children’s learning, happiness and well-being.
We believe that sound values and a positive attitude are crucial in becoming lifelong learners and our expectations of the children are very high. We want our children to love school, love learning and feel proud of their own achievements.
Hopefully you will find all the information that you need on the website, but please feel free to contact the school office on the email, or phone number above with any queries.
Headteacher: Mrs Leila Murray
Coronavirus - information for families
We wish to clarify for families the Government advice issued on Monday 16th March:
· If any member of a family has symptoms of Coronavirus the whole household should self isolate for 14 days
· Nobody should therefore come in to school for a period of 14 days if any member of their household has symptoms
The main symptoms of coronavirus are:
- high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
- new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
- loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal
Most people with coronavirus have at least one of these symptoms.
If in any doubt, we would ask you to please err on the side of caution at this challenging time and follow the guidance to self isolate your whole household.
Please see link below to the NHS guidance:
Latest Guidance from WSCC
Advice for Parents from the West Sussex Safeguarding Children Partnership
The poster can be viewed via School News and the Useful Links page.
Latest Guidance from the DfE:
During this period of partial closure The Windmills Junior School continues to be open for provision for vulnerable pupils and children of key workers. The safeguarding of all our children remains our top priority. At this time, our school will continue as normal in supporting our vulnerable children and if anyone has any questions regarding this please contact the school office.
Coronavirus - information for children
"You're all going to be really, really important in slowing down the spread of this disease."
Public Health England have advised that adults can support children by watching Newsround viewers put their questions to Drs Chris and Xand vanTulleken of CBBC's Operation Ouch.
Please click on the link below for essential viewing for speaking to children about the disease.
The Children's Commissioner has also published the following information:
You can also ring Childline on 0800 1111
Childline have a really good page about the coronavirus that might be worth looking at with 10 tips to cope during lockdown:
Click on Learning Zone below for guidance on ways to continue learning from home for children who are unable to attend school.
NEW page . . . click on image below to see Mrs Murray's online assemblies
Spellings are now accessed via School Jotter, click on the image below to be taken to the login page.
If you would like to receive paper copies of any letters or documents on the website please contact the school office who will be happy to provide a copy free of charge.