Farsley Farfield Primary School

Headteacher blog 12/2/21

Brrr….  It’s been shockingly cold this week: not helped at school by needing to keep windows open for Covid-related ventilation and the failure of parts of our super-duper new heating system in the juniors. Fortunately, the classroom heating kept working.

We have made it to the end of what has been a long and challenging half term. It began with the chaos of a single day’s opening and then Mr Johnson’s 8pm volte-face. I am very grateful to our staff for the hard work, flexibility and resilience that they have shown collectively over these six weeks. I am impressed by how well the vast majority of children have adapted to home learning and I would like to put on record my appreciation of the efforts of our parents at home supporting their child’s or children’s learning. It cannot be easy.

We are all hopeful that school will be able to reopen more fully from March 8th, but it is not a foregone conclusion. Leeds’ infection rate remains over 200 per 100,000 despite such a long lockdown.

Reflecting on the half term, we do feel closer to, and more in touch with, the children than was the case in the first lockdown. Unlike most schools, we did some live lessons in last year’s lockdown, but this is now much more regular across all the age ranges and we have successfully ensured that everyone that needed a device got one.

Now it is time for a half term break – an opportunity to relax and recharge our batteries. A brighter springtime awaits…


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  • Jade Thomson says:

    The last 6 weeks have been made bearable due to the live lessons and work from all the teachers. Hope they all have a well deserved rest!

  • Anna Pritchard says:

    I’d like to echo Mr Harris’s Thank you to all the teachers at school especially those in years 3 and 6, your time, support and encouragement has been greatly appreciated by myself, Steve, Olivia and Matilda. It certainly hasn’t been a stress free lockdown, with work as well as homeschooling, but your understanding has made a huge difference! Stay safe and enjoy your well earned break.