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Admission Arrangements Consultation for 2022-23

We are currently setting our Admissions Arrangements for 2022/2023.

Nancledra School is an Academy School and is a member of Truro & Penwith Academy Trust (TPAT), which is the admissions authority for the school.  

The School Admissions Code (2014) requires all admission authorities to formally consult on any proposed changes to their Admission Arrangements every 7 years. The Admission Arrangements (PDF document below) are for the year 2022-23. Oversubscription criteria have not changed since our last consultation. 

The consultation process is open from Wednesday 18th November 2020 to 6th January 2021 and will be open to;

  • parents of children between the ages of 2 and 18
  • other persons in the area who in the opinion of the Admission Authority have an interest in the proposal
  • all other admission authorities in the local area
  • Cornwall Council

Please send any responses to this consultation to the school secretary, Mrs Tracy Watkinson, 

At the end of the consultation Nancledra School & TPAT will consider all responses to the proposal and will determine its admission arrangements for 2022/23 by the 19th January 2021, after which the arrangements will be published on our website.

File icon: pdf Nancledra Admissions 2022-2023.pdf [pdf 703KB] Click to download

September 2020 - Plans for full re-opening of school

We have planned for a full re-opening in September. The first day of the Autumn term will be Thursday 3rd September. (New Reception children will have a phased return from Monday 7th September.) 

All children will be expected to return to school in September.

Our aim is to provide a school experience which is as normal as possible for our children, families and staff. There will however be some restrictions and changes to how we operate.


We will re-open school with the following control measures;



  • No-one with symptoms of illness will be able to attend school. If the symptoms are consistent with Covid 19 we expect all families to engage with the government's stay at home guidance and the test and trace process which will be managed by the local health protection team. If there is a positive test result in our school community, close contacts will need to isolate for 14 days. This means it is possible a whole "bubble" could be asked to stay at home for 14 days
  • Children and staff will continue to clean hands thoroughly at key transitions (at least 6 times each day).
  • Good respiratory hygiene will be practised at all times. (We do not expect children to wear face masks)
  • Enhanced cleaning will continue both during and at the end of each day.


  • Only pupils and staff will be permitted to enter the school without prior appointment.
  • Children will return to school in their new classes and year groups
  • Social distancing is not enforceable in a Primary school so there will be two consistent groups ("bubbles") - Class 1/2  and Class 3/4. This will minimise the number of contacts that a pupil will have each day thus reducing the risk of transmission.
  • the school day for Class 1/2 will be from 9.05 - 3.05
  • the school day for class 3/4 will be from 8.55 - 3.15
  • lunchtimes and break-times will be staggered although there will be some overlap at lunchtimes so groups will have designated areas of the playground and field. There will be rotas to give all children access to all areas during each week.
We aim to offer a full curriculum to all of our children in September. However, some aspects of our extra-curricular provision may take a little time to re-establish. There will be a number of smaller operational changes in the school week and school day which staff will implement to mitigate risk. We would ask families to support us by making drop off and pick-up as smooth and efficient as possible. 


· We have decided to make an adjustment to uniform policy from September.  We will expect children to come to school in PE kit on activity days. This will remove the necessity for changing at school. Teachers will let you know when these days are (normally 2 days per week). We will call these "Tracksuit days" and will expect children to attend in PE kit with addition of black joggers or leggings when the weather is cooler. School jumpers and cardigans can be worn over PE      T-shirts. Trainers or plimsolls should also be worn on these days. More details with images will be available at the start of term.

· Decisions about school events such as Christmas Concerts, School Camps etc will be made by the end of September.

· Advice from the government about the return to school, for parents and carers, is available from the following link;  

Important Information for September



Again, parents will not be able to enter the school building without prior appointment with the relevant member of staff.  I will miss not being able to speak with parents at the office window!  Our main method of communication to parents will be by email and text message - please ensure that you check your devices on a regular basis and that we have the most up-to-date contact details for you at all times, so you don’t miss out on any important information.  

We have had a new phone system installed in school this week.  We have set it up with two options: 1 = select this if your child is absent from school and 2 = speak to the school office.  You can also contact school via email:     

If Tracy is on the phone the system will go direct to answerphone.  Please be aware that Tracy is due to leave work at 2.30pm Monday-Thursday and 1.30pm on Fridays.  Correspondence should come direct to Tracy in the first instance and not Mr Gill.


The Government has stated that all children should return to school in after the summer break.  Their guidance states that ‘shielding advice for all adults and children with pause on 1 August,  subject to a continued decline in the rates of community transmission of coronavirus.  This means that even the small number of pupils who will remain on the shielded patient list can also return to school, as can those who have family members who are shielding.  Some pupils no longer required to shield but who generally remain under the care of a specialist health professional may need to discuss their care with their health professional before returning to school.’  As a result the normal     attendance rules will apply in schools.  All absences should be reported to school by 9.30am.

Arrival and Pickup:

We will be operating a two bubble system in September with staged start and finish times.

· All children in years 3-6 (KS2) will enter and leave school through the main front door. 

· All children in years R, 1 and 2 will enter school through gate to the class 1 play area. 

· Pupils in year R and 1 will enter class 1 through the door in their play area.

· Pupils in year 2 will walk to their class along the outside of the building past class 4.

· We expect children to be left at the front (car park) gate to make their own way to their classroom/bubble area on the playground.

· No parking will be available on the school field.

· Children should not be dropped off at school prior to the school doors opening at 8.40am



In September we will continue to send the newsletter out to everyone by email.  Should you have a problem with your email please view the newsletter on the school website.


Any adult that needs to visit school (by prior arrangement only) must use the electronic system to sign in.  It is     important that we have a record of all visitors with contact numbers for the NHS Track and Trace programme.


The information that we give you can change at short notice.  We will be in touch will you towards the end of the summer break with an update. 

Wider opening for Years 2, 3, 4 & 5

From Monday 6th July to Friday 17 July we will be offering some days at school for years 2, 3, 4 & 5 children.

Details and timetables are included in the School Newsletter dated 26.6.20 - available below and on our newsletter page.

File icon: pdf Newsletter 26.6.20.pdf [pdf 4MB] Click to download

School open for Reception, Year 1  & Year 6 on Wednesday 3rd June

If you are a key worker and require emergency child care, please read information below and email

If you have a safeguarding concern please contact Rick Gill (DSL) by emailing

If it is out of school hours, please contact the Multi Agency Referral Agency on 0300 1231 116; E-mail:

School Hours & Key Worker Child Care Guidance

Dear Parent/Carer,

We will be re-opening school for Reception, Year 1 & Year 6 on Wednesday 3rd June.

Reception - 9.15 - 2.45

Year 1 - 9.00 - 3.00

Year 6 - 8.45 - 3.15

Educare - 8.45 - 3.15

ON FRIDAYS SCHOOL WILL FINISH AT 1.15 (Reception & Year 1) & 1.30 (Year 6 & Educare)

We will also continue to provide for children of Key Workers (Educare). Key Workers who are eligible to continue to send their children to school are listed below.

If you fall into all of these categories:

  1. You are unable to arrange for your child to be cared for at home.
  2. You are included in the list of Government designated Key Worker occupations
  3. You would like to apply for your child to attend school at times when you are at work.

Please let us know the days and times you would like your child to attend school by 11.00 am on the Friday preceding the week in which you require care for your child/ren.

You must book places a week in advance if possible because we need to manage the number of staff at school


Key Workers

Health and social care

This includes but is not limited to doctors, nurses, midwives, paramedics, social workers, care workers, and other frontline health and social care staff including volunteers; the support and specialist staff required to maintain the UK’s health and social care sector; those working as part of the health and social care supply chain, including producers and distributers of medicines and medical and personal protective equipment.

Education and childcare

This includes childcare, support and teaching staff, social workers and those specialist education professionals who must remain active during the COVID-19 response to deliver this approach.

Key public services

This includes those essential to the running of the justice system, religious staff, charities and workers delivering key frontline services, those responsible for the management of the deceased, and journalists and broadcasters who are providing public service broadcasting.

Local and national government

This only includes those administrative occupations essential to the effective delivery of the COVID-19 response, or delivering essential public services, such as the payment of benefits, including in government agencies and arms length bodies.

Food and other necessary goods

This includes those involved in food production, processing, distribution, sale and delivery, as well as those essential to the provision of other key goods (for example hygienic and veterinary medicines).

Public safety and national security

This includes police and support staff, Ministry of Defence civilians, contractor and armed forces personnel (those critical to the delivery of key defence and national security outputs and essential to the response to the COVID-19 pandemic), fire and rescue service employees (including support staff), National Crime Agency staff, those maintaining border security, prison and probation staff and other national security roles, including those overseas.


This includes those who will keep the air, water, road and rail passenger and freight transport modes operating during the COVID-19 response, including those working on transport systems through which supply chains pass.

Utilities, communication and financial services

This includes staff needed for essential financial services provision (including but not limited to workers in banks, building societies and financial market infrastructure), the oil, gas, electricity and water sectors (including sewerage), information technology and data infrastructure sector and primary industry supplies to continue during the COVID-19 response, as well as key staff working in the civil nuclear, chemicals, telecommunications (including but not limited to network operations, field engineering, call centre staff, IT and data infrastructure, 999 and 111 critical services), postal services and delivery, payments providers and waste disposal sectors.

Welcome to Nancledra School

This is our school.

Staff, children and parents are proud of our school and work hard to provide a caring and supportive environment for learning.

We share an ethos which promotes high standards in academic achievement allied with a broad, stimulating, hands on curriculum. We celebrate and encourage the talents and skills of all of our children.

Our aim is to create independent, and curious learners who are well prepared to make a positive contribution to our society.

Thank you for taking the time to look at our website.

Rick Gill



Nancledra School is monitoring and following advice from the World Health Organisation, Public Health England, the Department for Education and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office. 

We are working with our Multi Academy Trust - TPAT - to coordinate information and action for all of our schools .

The link below will take you to the TPAT information page which has further links to governmental guidance.

File icon: pdf Corona March 2020 #1.pdf [pdf 699KB] Click to download

Keeping Children Safe Online

We would like to draw your attention to a new initiative launched by Facebook called the ‘Parents Portal’ which aims to help parents, guardians and teachers to be better informed about child safety online.

Children spend on average 3.4 hours a day on their smartphones and nowadays 62% of 11 year-olds have a Facebook profile.

The Parents Portal, which has been created by Facebook, their safety partners and parents around the world tries to answer some of the many questions surrounding the internet. This online platform provides an important resource with a Bullying Prevention Hub, important Parenting Tips, advice and important links to safety experts and the full Parents Portal can be found at


File icon: pdf Online Safety Newsletter March 2020_Nancledra.pdf [pdf 385KB] Click to download

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Plastic Free School

This term we will be learning how to improve our environment by engaging with the plastic free schools initiative supported by Surfers Against Sewage. This is inspired by Plastic Free Penzance and David Attenborough’s Blue Planet.
Our main aim is to raise awareness amongst children, staff and families about reducing single use plastic and properly recycling the plastics that we do use.
We have asked all of our children to help out at home with recycling. For up to date information on what can and can’t be recycled in Cornwall - please visit the link below.