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Week Beginning 29.6.20

It has been lovely to welcome some of our children back to school, the staff were so excited to see them. I want to say a huge thank you to the parents for being amazing at drop off and collection times. The children tell me that they have enjoyed being back in school even though they are being taught in small groups.

I want to say a huge hello to all of our children that are still working from home, we miss you and hope that the Prime Minister is right when he says all children will be back in September. As soon as I know the arrangements for this I will let you all know. Each child will receive an end of year report which will be ready for collection during week beginning 6th July. A day for each year group collection will be given next week via a text home.

The leadership team are currently planning the curriculum and catch up programme for September. I will let you know staffing arrangements for September via a letter accompanying your child’s report.

If you haven’t already collected a home learning pack for your child please call at the school office to get one. Staff will continue to update their class pages weekly regarding tasks your child can complete at home.

On behalf of all the staff we hope you have a lovely week. Take care and stay safe!

Mrs Kelly

Week Beginning 15.6.20

The staff and I are looking forward to the wider re-opening of Burnside Academy on Wednesday 18th June 2020. We will be welcoming back a number of children into Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6. Parents and carers have been contacted regarding what to expect if they have chosen for their child to return to school but these are the main differences. Their classrooms will look slightly different and they will be taught in small groups by a member of staff familiar to them. Children will spend all of their time either in their designated classroom or in their designated outdoor space. There is one way into our school site via the front gate and one way out to keep adults and children safe during drop off and collection times. These times are all staggered to ensure the site doesn’t get too busy and so social distancing can take place.

Thank you for collecting home learning packs from the school office last week. It was lovely to talk to so many of you. Your child’s class teacher will contact your child in the next few weeks to ensure they are completing the work set and to see how they are if they are not back with us in school.

Parents and carers in receipt of Free School Meals will continue to receive vouchers if your child is still at home If you have any queries regarding these please contact our school office.

I would like to thank you for your continued support during this difficult time.

Take care and stay safe!

Mrs Kelly

Week Beginning 18.5.20

The leadership team contacted numerous parents and carers last week regarding the potential reopening of Burnside Academy on June 1st for certain year groups.  First of all I would like to say a huge thank you for the support that the parents and carers we spoke to have continued to give us whilst we work through the Government guidance to ensure that we are able to minimise the risks for a possible return in June. Your kind words really do make a difference at this time. This week I am liaising with the LA health and safety team and Trustees to carefully risk assess for reopening. I will keep you updated throughout the week when I have more information to share.

Staff have continued to enjoy receiving messages from children via Purple Mash so please continue to do this.  Class pages have been updated to give ideas for learning which can take place at home.  As always please just do what you can when you can considering the circumstances.

Take care and continue to stay safe!

Mrs Kelly

Week Beginning 11.5.20

Good morning everyone.  We hope you are all safe and well and enjoyed the lovely sunshine we had last week. 

I’m sure you will all have watched the Prime Minister’s address to the nation last night.  He indicated that the government believes it may be in a position to implement a phased re-opening of primary schools from June 1st starting with children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 6.  This plan however will be regularly reviewed based on the scientific evidence provided.  I know lots of parents and carers will have questions regarding this but we heard the announcement at the same time you did and we are unable to answer your questions at this stage.  We are waiting to receive more information from the government about what this means for Burnside Academy and we will provide further information in the coming days and weeks once we are able to do so.

In the short term nothing will change and children of key workers will continue to access childcare provision at Fatfield Academy.  Teachers have updated their class pages to give you some ideas of home learning that you can do this week.  Remember to do what you can considering the circumstances.  Staff have thoroughly enjoyed communicating with your children via class blogs on Purple Mash so please continue to do this.

We have managed to answer all queries regarding Free School Meal vouchers but if you do have any questions regarding these please email the school email address.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support at this unprecedented time and I will be in touch on here as soon as I have a clear plan regarding what is going to happen at our school.

Take care and continue to stay safe!

Mrs Kelly

Week Beginning 4.5.20

Hello everyone!  We hope you are all safe and well and have been good for the grown ups taking good care of you.  Well done to the children who have accessed your class blog on Purple Mash to show your teacher what you have been up to.  It was lovely to hear that a few of you got involved with Pyjamarama day.  We had a lovely day making a reading den and snuggling in it to share some of our favourite stories.

Class teachers have updated their class pages to give you some ideas of home learning that you can do this week.  You can also access a website which offers a range of lessons and online resources for all year groups.  This online classroom offers free access to video lessons, quizzes and worksheets:


Any parents or carers who are having difficulty accessing Free School Meal vouchers online need to email school and we will do our best to sort them out for you.

Please remember to comment on your class blog on Purple Mash where you can upload photographs of what you have been doing at home and send messages to class teachers.  They are hoping to hear from all of the children in their class.

We still have no idea when we will return to school but as soon as I know I will inform everyone about our plans.

Take care and stay safe!

Mrs Kelly

Week Beginning 27.4.20

Hello everyone!  We hope you are all safe and well and have been enjoying the gorgeous sunshine outdoors.

All teachers have updated their class pages with ideas to keep your children busy this week.  Remember do what you can and little and often is best.  Each teacher has set up a class blog on Purple Mash where you can upload photographs of what you have been doing at home and send messages to class teachers.  Instructions regarding how to do this are on your child’s class page.

Something exciting is happening on Friday 1st May that we would like you to take part in! The Book Trust is the largest reading charity in the UK and they are holding a special ‘Pyjamarama’ day this Friday. As we can’t be together in school to celebrate and raise money, they are holding a special at home version.  At Burnside we love to read and what could be more fun than taking part in exciting reading activities in our pyjamas! We would love the children to take part and to see what they get up to on the day – please can you post messages and pictures on your child’s Purple Mash blog.

Please follow the link below to find out more on how you can get involved:


Children will be spending more time than normal online during this time and with this in mind to keep them safe the following link gives them some important information about being safe online:


Take care and stay safe!

Mrs Kelly

Week Beginning 20.4.20

I hope you’ve all had a lovely Easter and enjoyed reading the message staff made for all of our children!

All teachers have updated their class pages with ideas for home learning activities this week.  Please don’t stress about completing all of these activities they are there to dip into whenever you can to support your child’s learning.

We know you are keeping busy doing lots of other things at home and we are going to set up a blog on Purple Mash this week so you can share all of the lovely things that you and your children have been up to and any work that they complete.

I know we are in lockdown for a further three weeks and our Year 6 children might be worried about not seeing their friends before they go to secondary school but please be assured we will not let them leave us without a party even if that has to happen during the summer holidays!

I hope families eligible for Free School Meals have been able to access their vouchers.  Any queries please contact www.burnsideacademy.co.uk

Take care of each other by staying home to stay safe!

Mrs Kelly


I want to thank you for all of your hard work over the last two weeks with supporting your child’s learning at home. I know this has been a challenging time for parents. Most of us are working from home and trying to be teachers at the same time!  We really appreciate all that you are doing. Remember to be kind to yourself; we are all trying to do our best in challenging and unsettled times.  We would like all children to have a truly deserved break over the next two weeks. Parents and staff also need to have a break too. Therefore, no work will be set over the Easter holiday period and we don’t expect children to be working.

We will continue to offer childcare provision at Fatfield Academy for those children of key workers who have been accessing our provision already.

Please email Burnside Academy at burnside.academy@inspiremultiacademytrust.co.uk if you have any safeguarding concerns. If your concern is urgent and it’s out of hours, please contact Together for Children on 0191 5205560.

We are currently in the process of organising Government vouchers for our FSM children who are not attending school. These will be available instead of the option for you to come and pick up a packed lunch at school.  These vouchers will be emailed to you if you have provided an email address before the end of the Easter break.

I hope that you all enjoy the break with your families (even in the circumstances that we find ourselves).  Enjoy some Easter eggs, the sunshine, your garden and some lovely local walks.

Take care and stay safe!

Mrs Kelly

Week Beginning 30.3.20

Burnside parents/carers and children

We hope you are all staying safe at this difficult time and we would like you to know you are doing an amazing job being both parent/carer and teacher every day during this unprecedented emergency.  We understand that this is a stressful time but it is also an opportunity for you to spend some quality time together as a family. 

Class teachers have been busy adding to their class pages messages for the children to read and ideas regarding activities you can carry out with them at home.   We hope you are managing to do the tasks your child brought home with them but if not remember you can have lots of fun by reading a story, baking, painting a picture, talking about a TV programme or playing in the garden.

All teachers and myself will post weekly updates regarding the temporary school closure on this website so please check it regularly.

Remember parents/carers eligible for Free School Meals can collect these from school each day from 11.00 to 11.30am.

Remember stay home and stay safe. 

We all miss you very much!

Mrs Kelly