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I just want to say what an absolute privilege it is to work with such amazing staff, children and parents!


As a parent, I know how hard it is to make the best decisions for your children during these uncertain times. You have all done everything you can to protect your children by keeping them home where possible. I know many of you have made sacrifices to do this, so thank-you! #stayhomes #savelives.


For our 'key Workers', who are on the front line, please do not struggle.  Any Key Worker’s requiring our 'critical childcare' needs to book this in advance via e-mailing Mrs Mason (  School will only be open to support families on request via this booking system. It will otherwise be closed. There are now some Hub schools emerging to support the 1/2 children in each school requiring support.


All the teachers have been busy putting some support materials/web links and messages on your child’s class page. Click on your child’s class number at the bottom of the home page to access this. Teachers have also put their direct email addresses on there, just incase you have any questions and so you can email what you have been doing. The teachers will share your home learning/activities on here too, so classmates can keep in touch and see each other virtually.


Please do not hesitate to get in touch for anything - I will do all I can to help.

Keep safe and look after your family. I am missing you all lots!


Love and best wishes,


Mrs Mason



Whitefield Staff delivering food to our NHS workers at Burnley, Blackburn and Airedale Hospitals. A credit to our community!

Whitefield Staff delivering food to our NHS workers at Burnley, Blackburn and Airedale Hospitals. A credit to our community! 1
Whitefield Staff delivering food to our NHS workers at Burnley, Blackburn and Airedale Hospitals. A credit to our community! 2
Whitefield Staff delivering food to our NHS workers at Burnley, Blackburn and Airedale Hospitals. A credit to our community! 3
Whitefield Staff delivering food to our NHS workers at Burnley, Blackburn and Airedale Hospitals. A credit to our community! 4
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As the situation changes daily, please only send your child to school if you HAVE to because you have no other alternatives at all. The best place for children is at home to keep them away from contracting the virus. Due to the nature of children and social distancing not being guaranteed, children are ‘super spreaders’, showing no symptoms but spreading the virus to other children and then to family members when they come home. Please only send your child if your role is critical to our COVID-19 response #StayHomeSaveLives.
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A poem for us all...




The world it got so busy,

There were people all around.

They left their germs behind them;

In the air and on the ground.


These germs grew bigger and stronger.

They wanted to come and stay.

They didn’t want to hurt anyone -

They just really wanted to play.


Sometimes they tried to hold your hand,

Or tickled your throat or your nose.

They could make you cough and sneeze

And make your face as red as a rose.


And so these germs took over.

They started to make people ill,

And with every cough we coughed

More and more germs would spill.


All the queens and kings had a meeting.

“It’s time to clean the world up!” they said.

And so they had to close lots of fun stuff,

Just so these germs couldn’t spread.


We couldn’t go to cinemas

Or restaurants for our tea.

There was no football or parties,

The world got as quiet as can be.


The kids stopped going to school,

The mums and dads went to work less.

Then a great, big, giant scrubbing brush

Cleaned the sky and the sea and the mess!


Dads started teaching the sums,

Big brothers played with us more,

Mums were in charge of homework

And we read and played jigsaws galore!


The whole world was washing their hands

And building super toilet roll forts!

Outside was quiet and peaceful,

Now home was the place for all sports.


So we played in the world that was home

And our days filled up with fun and love,

And the germs they grew smaller and smaller

And the sun watched from up above.


Then one morning the sun woke up early,

She smiled and stretched her beams wide.

The world had been fully spring cleaned,

It was time to go back outside!


We opened our doors oh so slowly

And breathed in the clean and fresh air.

We promised that forever and always

Of this beautiful world we’d take care! ๐ŸŒŽ๐Ÿ’—


Louise Gribbons

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Dear parents,

As you are aware, as a response to the COVID-19 outbreak and in attempt to slow the spread, the Government have closed all schools.  We are unsure when schools will re-open at this stage. The closure will affect the vast majority of children in our school and I am saddened that this unavoidable measure has been taken.

May I thank you for all your support and patience over the last few days! It has been a very hard and emotional time for both staff, parents and children and there has been a vast amount to arrange.

We have spoken to all parents eligible for ‘key worker’ support from Monday 23rd March.  May I thank the parents who have managed to find alternative child-care, as this has helped keep the numbers down in school and limit the potential spread of the virus.  We have plans in place, but they maybe subject to change if the Government make any new announcements.


‘Key Work Provision’:

  • Whitefield Infant School will be opened 9am-3pm. 
  • We are offering a breakfast club from 8am for any parents who need to get to work before 9am. 
  • All children need to enter the school by the Nursery Gate on Portland Street, as the children will be using the Nursery and Studio as their facilities.  No other doors and entrances will be open during this time. 
  • Children are to be collected promptly from the same location at 3pm. 
  • Children will be provided with a lunch in school. 
  • Children may wear their home clothes (please ensure these are sensible clothes and appropriate footwear for outdoor play).


With regards to our pupil premium families, a food pack for the week is now being delivered to school (this is instead of vouches or ‘daily grab bags’ as initially suggested). I will contact the families eligible on Monday when the packs arrive with details of how to collect.

I wish you all the best of health.  Keep safe and look after each other.

I can’t wait to see you all again VERY soon!  If you need to contact me, please do so on


Love and best wishes,

Mrs Mason


Please see the letters that have been sent home to parents;

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