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Please use this page to read copies of letters that are sent home over the year, just click on the links below to open the letter you want to read.

For the most recent letters home regarding Covid-19, please see the Covid-19 information section of the website 

Virtual Author Visit: 7th December 

We are really excited to be bringing acclaimed and former Blue Peter prize winning author Gareth P. Jones to Richmond Avenue Primary and Nursery for a virtual author visit on Monday 7th December.

This will be for all year groups in KS1 and KS2. In pre-Covid times, when an author visited schools the day would be rounded off with a book signing so that the children could purchase books and get them personalised and signed. A virtual visit is a little different, but we know that the children attending are likely to be inspired by Gareth and excited to read his books and have a special signed copy to keep.

We have arranged a solution with the help of Jacqson Diego Story Emporium in Westcliff and Gareth himself, by creating a secret page on the Jacqson Diego website from which only those with the special link can order signed books in relation to the visit.

This is the link to your secret page on the website: 

If you order the books via this page, we will arrange for Gareth to sign bookplates that will be stuck inside the books and delivered into school for distribution. To ensure that books are personalised orders must be received before 9am on Thursday 10th December. Orders will still be accepted after this - and books will still include a signed bookplate - but we cannot guarantee that it will be personalised with the child's name.

You will be asked for names as they should appear in the books, when you reach the purchasing page.

At the final checkout please ensure that you click the school name for the visit and books will be delivered to school in the following week.

Thank you for your support and enjoy your visit with the amazing Gareth P. Jones

Letter from SECAT - 1st December 

Please click  here for a copy of a Letter from the CEO regarding Governance at Bournes Green Junior School 


NELI - Language project in Reception 

Richmond Avenue Primary & Nursery School has been successful in applying to participate in a project to support pupils’ early language skills – NELI – Nuffield Early Language Intervention.

This project is funded by the Department for Education and will be starting in January 2021. The project aims to improve children’s speech and language through assessment and small group sessions.

The first stage of this is to identify children who will benefit from this programme of support by taking part in a Language Screening activity.This will take place in school with a known member of staff and will be within their class bases and will only take about 10 minutes per child.

The results of this screening and your child’s name, date of birth and gender will be collected by the Language Screen team for assessment and research purposes.

No information that can identify individual children will be made available to anyone outside of the Language Screen team and the school.  The data will be kept securely and no names of children or the school will be made public in any report arising from the research.

Reception parents, please complete the slip sent home / the Form on the school app to confirm that you are happy for information for your child to take part in the Language Screen project.  If you do not wish your child to be part of this programme to help children develop language skills please indicate on the slip and then no information about your child will be shared with the evaluation or project teams at any point during the project.

Your support with this project would be much appreciated. Thank you 



SECAT Letter - School Gates Campaign (5.11.2020)

Dear Parents and Carers

Welcome back after the half term. I do hope that you and your loved ones are all safe and well and managing to keep upbeat at this time. We know how difficult this second lockdown is for all in the community and further afield.

As we enter the second half of the autumn term, collectively, we face another challenge. A second lockdown was not what we all wanted but has been deemed necessary. However, as per Government guidance, we continue to open our schools, keep your children safe and ensure they learn and have some normality at this challenging time.

It is refreshing to receive emails that congratulate us on how well you feel SECAT schools have managed the return to school. It continues to challenge all of us, but you too are to be congratulated. You support your children and their schools constantly and we thank you all for that.

Having received some communication from parents regarding the ‘Southend School Gate’ campaign that all SECAT schools entered into, I would like to take this opportunity to address some concerns that have been raised.

I will add that this campaign is causing much consternation across the Borough. Interestingly, from what appears to be two opposing camps.

I hope it will be helpful if I explained to you - in case you did not know - that the Executive Team meet fortnightly and communicate regularly in between. All of the Headteachers are an integral part of that team which also consists of me, the Chief Operations Officer, Finance Director and managers of HR and ICT.

When the initiative came to us, we spent much time debating it. Our risk assessments were already amended (as they are almost daily when we receive the DfE announcements) but some schools were encountering additional concerns where there was bottle-necking at entrances, too many people for the available road/pavement, or other reasons.

We researched how many other schools in Southend were joining the initiative. Almost all. Whilst that did not directly impact on our decision, it would be wrong to say it was not part of our decision-making process.

It was decided that we would make a request in line with guidance about social distancing. We would not simply release the poster. We felt that this wasn’t right for our community and not appropriate for some schools, where parents have told us they prefer to read information in newsletters rather than as attachments.

We agreed the wording and that each Head Teacher would decide where in their newsletter they would put it.

We recognise that we cannot police it and will not attempt to do so. Our basis for the decision and recommendation was around the Government guidance of ‘if you cannot socially distance, wear a mask’.

The Trust Board fully supports the stance we have taken and are aware of the concerns parents on both sides have presented. Not to mention the concerns that the Local Authority are managing across the Borough about this initiative.

I am in constant contact with Brin Martin at the Local Authority and have had several communications with Public Health. We are all jointly satisfied not just with this action that we took at SECAT, but also with the superb way we at SECAT have collectively managed the COVID pandemic. 

Individual parents have had responses to letters or emails, from me or their headteachers depending on who they wrote to. I hope that this letter further explains the process and the involvement of Headteachers in that process as part of SECAT’s Executive Team.

I hope you have a good rest of the half term and that you remain safe and well.

Kind regards

Ruth Brock

Chief Executive Officer


SECAT Half Termly Newsletter (Oct 2020) 

Please click on the link at the bottom of the page to read the SECAT newsletter, with updates an information on all the schools across our MAT.

Friday 23rd October 2020 

Please click on the documents at the bottom of the page to read todays School Newsletter. 


Older news... 

Friday 4th September 2020 
Dear Parents/ Carers,

As the start of the school year draws close, we wanted to let you know that we are all looking forward to seeing all the children and welcoming everybody back to school next week.

Staff have been busy over the Summer Holidays preparing for children to return and the school may look and feel different. We are establishing new procedures and school rules to help everybody feel safe and be protected ready for all to return on Monday 7th September.

There are many changes in line with Government and DfE guidance, so please read through the whole of the attached guidance carefully which, along with the School Risk Assessment (available on our website) provide important information about returning to school.

We will share and guide children through the new expectations in as child friendly way as possible within their classes in an age appropriate way. We want children to enjoy their return to school, ensuring that they continue to feel safe, secure and cared for whilst with us each day.

We understand that returning to school will be an exciting prospect for many but also that some may be reluctant or anxious. Please spend some time explaining the information in the Parent Guide and from the messages sent out on the App and Facebook page throughout this week in the most appropriate way for your child. We will, where possible be following the 2m social distancing rule - some children are unlikely to understand what 2 metres looks like so it would be useful to show them this at home. You can also help by teaching them how to wash their hands thoroughly.

Parents are also encouraged to visit the Government website to help them plan for their children’s return to school. This includes the latest update to ‘what parents need to know’

©ELSA support have produced an excellent ‘Back to school after coronavirus story’ which

you can access here:

We also recommend watching the following video with your child, younger children.

We hope that these measures will prove temporary and we shall of course keep you informed of any change in guidance and practice. If you have any questions or queries, please email the school office email address

We would like to reassure you that we will continue to make the school as safe as it can be and look forward to seeing all of the children on Monday 7th September.

Thank you in advance as we work together to keep your children and the school staff as safe as possible so that we can all return to what we enjoy most, supporting your children in achieving and learning together.

Yours faithfully,

Miss Moneypenny

On Site Lead

For the full letter and Parent guide, please scroll to the attachment at the bottom of the page 

Other letters regarding COVID-19 are available on the Coronavirus update pages  

New School Year Information: 

To help prepare pupils for the new academic year, transition packs have been made available to all pupils. 

The packs included a letter regarding the new term - which can be read here

Teachers working in each year group can be found on the 'Our Staff' page of this site

The packs also contained a summary information sheet / FAQ's about the autumn return which can be read below:

Enterprise week 2020:

We raised over £400 for school playground equipment through the children's creativity! 
This year’s Enterprise week was a big success! It was great to see more and more adverts going up around the school as the week went on and then the Enterprise Market on Friday afternoon, full of fantastic healthy products and enthusiastic sales people! Thank you to all our parents and carers who came along or gave their children money to spend.

We had dream catchers, key rings with inspirational phrases, smoothies, healthy popcorn, skittles and hoopla games, book marks, bracelets and lots more. There was even a basketball competition during Friday lunchtime which proved very popular.

After deducting the £5 seed money from each group and also the £7 floats (provided by our wonderful PTA), here are the total profit for each year group.

Year 6: £83.15 

Year 5: £121.86

Year Four: £62.30

Year Three: £105.56

Year Two: £19.30  

Year One: £27.40

This means that this year we made a total profit of £422.57!


Thank you for all those that supported the dress bright day for Lily.

We have raised £370 for #onepoundwarriors 


If you, or any member of your household has a high temperature or a new cough, then all in the household should self isolate for 14 days. Please do not come to school. You only need to call school on hte first day of absence to notify of isolation.

If you have any concerns about  the Coronavirus in you or your child, please call 111.

The Government and NHS are well prepared to deal with this virus. You can help too.

Personal hygiene is the most important way we can tackle COVID-19, especially washing hands more; and the catch it, bin it, kill it strategy for those with coughs and sneezes.

Wash your hands more often for 20 seconds with soap and hot water.

In addition to handwashing before eating and after sneezing, you should also wash hands after using toilets and after travelling on public transport.

Germs can live on some surfaces for hours. To protect yourself and others:

  • Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze.
  • Bin the tissue, and to kill the germs, wash your hands with soap and water, or use a sanitiser gel.
  • If you have arrived back from China within 14 days follow the specific advice for returning travellers.

This is the best way to slow the spread of almost any germs, including Coronavirus.

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