Letter and guidance from the director of Public Health at Wigan Council

Letter to Parents 5.11.20 including FAQ (002).pdf

Headteacher Vacancy

The Governors of Nicol Mere Primary School seek to appoint a highly motivated, enthusiastic and caring Headteacher who will build upon our current strengths and provide an excellent education for all our children.


Job Description.pdf

Letter from Co-Chairs.pdf

Person Specification.pdf

WG - Teaching Staff DBS Application Form.pdf

Admissions for Reception September 2021

If you are interested in applying for a place in our Reception class for September 2021, please contact school directly where we can offer more advice on school tours/meeting the staff. 

Letter for parents 

Letter for Parents.pdf

Half term Covid letter for parents.pdf

Home Learning Contingency Plan

Please see the attached Contingency Plans should your child need to self-isolate and learn from home.

Home Learning Plan Contingency.pdf

Home Learning Contingency Plan Flowchart.pdf

Letter to school from the Director of Public Health

Letter to Schools and Parents.pdf

Home Learning Preparation 

As a school, we want to be as prepared as possible should another lockdown arise or a year group bubble having to isolate due to a positive COVID-19 case.
Should this arise, we want to provide the best home learning experience for your child, and so have taken the decision to provide online support and lessons via GOOGLE CLASSROOM for years 1-6. Reception will continue to use DOJO.
In order to support this transition, your child will be bringing home a slip with their login details, a Blended Home Learning letter and a 'How to access Google Classroom' booklet. There is also an attached instructional video below. Please take some time to familiarise yourself with the website so that you can support your child in accessing the work/live lessons.
Please do not hesitate to contact your child's teacher should you need any further support with this.
Thank you, as always, for your continued support. 


School COVID guidance 

Schools in Wigan have had new guidance today. We have to follow this guidance and advice.

Children should NOT come to school if they are displaying ONE of the following symptoms.

1. High temperature - 38 degrees or higher
2. Consistent cough
3. Loss of smell or taste

We are sorry about this, but we must follow the rules to keep our Nicol Mere family safe.

To return to school there must be a negative result on a Covid text and be symptom free or they must isolate for 10 days.

Please contact school for further help.

Thanks for your understanding.

Stay safe ❤️


COVID Advice For Parents 

Covid 19 Advice for Parents in GM.pdf

Drop off and collection reminders

Year 3 parents - in the morning, please leave your children at the gates where a member of staff will escort your children to class.
Year 3 parents - CAN come on site at home time to collect their children .


Year 4, 5 and 6 parents - please discuss with your children where you are collected them and please do not gather around the gate.

Reception, year 1 and year 2 - parents can come on site to drop off and collect their children.

If you are on site, please social distance from other parents.

We are extremely grateful to all our parents and children for following all the rules. 

School Information For September


Please click on the links below and read the information carefully regarding our plans for September. 

Letter from the Headteacher.pdf

School Opening Arrangements.pdf

Drop off and pick up map.pdf

COVID-19 Primary School Phase 2 Reopening.pdf


Free School Meals Information

 Please click on the link below for further information regarding the Free School Meal vouchers available for summer.

 These are available for collection from the School Office on Tuesday 28th and Wednesday 29th July 12pm-2pm. 

 Free School Meals Voucher Information.pdf

Letter From Wigan Council 

Wishing Pupils Well.pdf

Food Allergies and Intolerance Notice

Customer Notice Food Allergies and Intolerance (1).pdf


SEND Surveys

Wigan Council would like to do all we can to meet the needs of children and young people with SEND during the current pandemic. As we plan for the re-opening of schools for all children, we would like to hear the views of young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and their parents and carers. We would appreciate it if you could complete the survey below. This will help us to work with our schools and settings and develop our work in the areas that matter to young people and their families.

 Survey for Parents and Carers of Young People with SEND


 Survey for Young People with SEND


 If you have any queries please contact:

Wendy Froggatt, Wigan Council SEND team W.Froggatt@wigan.gov.uk 07766924127


Year 6 parent/carers REMINDER

If you wish for your child to attend the Year Six transition and end of term day w/b 13.07.20, you must book in via Google Classroom. Every child has had log in details and has been shown how to access this home learning platform. Any queries should have been addressed with teachers when they carried out welfare calls.

We are extending the previous deadline to 10am tomorrow on 7/07/20. We must have final numbers so we can prepare staffing, lunches and resources.

Monday - Miss Killick’s class
Tuesday - Mrs Wallace & Mrs Bullen’s class

The day will run from 9.30 - 1.00 and lunch will be provided.

This is a repeat message.
It is very important that you do not turn up on the day without booking a place as you will have to be turned away.
There are very strict pupil numbers and bubbles to adhere to.

Year Six teachers

Uniform Grant 

We have been advised by the Linen and Woollen Stock Charity that they are providing uniform grants, providing you fill the following criteria:

· You live in Ashton, Bryn, Stubshaw, Garswood or Pewfall.

· Your child is already attending school or is about to start primary or secondary school.

· You are in receipt of means tested benefit including Universal Credit.

 Only one primary (£50) and one secondary (£100) grant is available for each child.

Maximum £100 per household.

Application forms are available from the main school office but must be returned directly to the charity not back to school. All details are on the bottom of the form.

Heat Health Warning 

Please see the document below on further advice on heat health warning that has been issued from the Public health and civil Contingencies Team. 


Key Worker Update

Reminder of booking your child's place

Due to the increasing number of key worker children and the limited capacity in school, from now on key worker parents will have to book a place for their children a week in advance.
We have already had to increase the number of bubbles in school to at least 4 and this has become a logistical concern where we now need as much notice as possible to organise areas.
If you require a place for your child W/B 29th June, we need to know by midday Tuesday 23rd June.
Thank you

End Of Year Reports

As of Monday 22nd June, the children's reports from Years 3, 4 and 5 will be available for collection from the school office between 10am-12pm and 2pm-3pm.
Please note that we are staggering the year groups to ensure that we are able to follow social distancing guidelines.
You will also only be allowed to collect your own child's report.
Thank you 

COVID update 19/6/20

 At the moment, we are still being directed by the government and LA not to bring back the children in years 2, 3 ,4 and  5. We understand that this is frustrating, and we would have liked to have brought them back before the end of the summer term but under the current guidance, we are not allowed to.


Year 6 children might be able to come in for limited time mid-July for a few mornings but no final decision has been made yet.

 Thank you for your continued support.


New Headteacher Post

Please see the attached letter regarding the new headteacher post from September 2020

Headship - 15.6.2020.pdf


Key Worker Update 11/6/20

 Due to the increasing number of key worker children and the limited capacity in school, from now on key worker parents will have to book a place for their children a week in advance.

We have already had to increase the number of bubbles in school to at least 4 and this has become a logistical concern where we now need as much notice as possible to organise areas.

Next week W/B 15th June- please let us know by 9:30am Friday 12th June outlining which days you will need a place.

Please note that we are closed to all pupils Friday 19th  June as we are having some work done in the school and the electricity will be turned off.

If key workers need a place W/B 22nd June, please let us know which days you need by midday Tuesday 16th June otherwise places will not be available.


School Opening Update 2/6/20

 Following further communication from Wigan LA, they are now advising that we do not open more widely before the 15th June in order to allow for a full 14 day cycle of the Test and Trace systems. We understand that this differs from the original message, but we are following the most recent guidance from Wigan Council.

Advice Note to Schools and Childcare Settings 01 06 2020.pdf

School Opening Update 23/5/20

 To save parents the cost of buying new school uniform, the children will be able to wear their own clothes if they return to school at some point in June. This includes children of key workers and the Reception and Year 1 children whose parents have already requested a place in school when we re-open. Children will have to wear clean clothes everyday for health reasons.

Thank you 


School Re-opening Update 22/5/20

As it stands, we are still awaiting further guidance and updates from the Local Authority and the SAGE report.
We are currently planning to re-open for both Reception classes (Mrs Greaves and Mrs Roberts) on Monday 8th June 2020 (times to be confirmed- please contact the class teachers)
Both Year 1 classes (Miss Rutter and Miss Norris) will then both be in from Tuesday 9th June (times to be confirmed- please contact the class teachers)

This is different to the original rota system.
This is still subject to change depending on Local Authority guidance. As a community school, we are directed by the guidance that we receive from the LA.

The Government has requested to start a gradual opening of schools from 1/6/20. However, Wigan Local Authority have directed us not to open until at least 8/6/20.

As always, thank you for your continued support. Please contact the school office if you have any questions or queries.

School Re-opening Update 20/5/20

Following further guidance from the LA, it has been decided that Reception and Year 1 pupils will now only return to school W/C 8th June at the earliest. School will still be open for key worker children. 

Update Local Authority update on possible re-opening of schools 19/5/20

The LA have received addition guidance and information from the Government, and from this, the LA have advised us that we may not be opening until at least the 8th June as the situation is still so fluid. There will be a final decision made tomorrow (Wednesday 20th May).


We understand that this is a slightly different message from last week, but we are continually being updated with advice and will only open the school when it is safe to do so.

Local Authority letter to parents.pdf


Possible Re-opening Update 

Dear parent/carers,

Please see the document below regarding our plans for re-opening on June 1st. 

Thank you for your continued support. 

Parent information - School re-opening.pdf

Here are some useful links to some information from the Healthier Wigan Partnership on the CCG 'Here for you' campaign regarding COVID19.

COVID19 Advice for parents poster 6.0.pdf

HFY Full Health Support Full Colour Landscape Final.pdf


Free School Meals

As we are now open from Tuesday 14th April for NHS workers/Key Workers who have booked in,we will continue to be able to provide the free school meals to those children who qualify for the scheme. If you require a free school meal (to be collected from school every lunch time) please phone school before 9:30am each day.

Vouchers will not be issued as parents can collect a free school meal as per DFE advice. 


Please click on the link below to see our updated Safeguarding policy which is relevant to the recent COVID-19 school closures.

COVID 19 addendum to safeguarding policy.pdf


Welcome to Nicol Mere - a school where we are proud of our high expectations for attainment, achievement, attitude and behaviour.

We are committed to ensuring that every child, entrusted to our care, achieves their full potential in a happy, safe and caring environment.

We nurture positive attitudes to learning and behaviour, using this to support our children in achieving their full potential.  We encourage our children to be the very best they can in all aspects of life; preparing them with the key skills and values needed to play a positive role in our community.

Developing relationships is paramount to supporting our children's growth therefore we actively encourage strong links with our families, governors and the community.

An enriching learning journey...

Life and Learning at Nicol Mere

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