Sandal Castle VA Community Primary School

A Church of England school serving the Community since 1686

Headteacher: Mrs Nichola Russell
Telephone: 01924 303525
Address: Barnsley Road, Sandal, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF2 6AS

Diocese of Leeds
It is critical that everybody observes the following key behaviours: HANDS - Wash your hands regularly and for 20 seconds. FACE - Wear a face covering in indoor settings where social distancing may be difficult, and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet. SPACE - Stay 2 metres apart from people you do not live with where possible, or 1 metre with extra precautions in place (such as wearing face coverings or increasing ventilation indoors).

Sandal Castle VA Community Primary School

"Education is the most powerful weapon for changing the world"Nelson Mandela

Welcome to Sandal Castle VA Community Primary School

Local restriction tier posters

From Wednesday 2 December, England will move into local restriction tiers where different tiers of restrictions apply in different parts of the country.

The Cabinet Office has published a series of posters that provide information about the local restriction tiers.

These rules will apply from 00:01 on Wednesday 2 December. Current national restrictions must be followed until this time.

Tier 3

Tier 3 Very High Alert

Christmas Dinner Reminder

Children in Foundation Stage, Year 1 and Year 2 currently receive universal free school meals and will receive Christmas Dinner free of charge.

Children in years 3 to 6 eligible for free school meals will also receive a Christmas Dinner free of charge.

For children not eligible for free school meals in years 3 to 6, the cost is £2.20.

Monday 7th - Foundation Stage and Year 1

Tuesday 8th - Year 2 and Year 3

Wednesday 9th - Year 4 and Year 5

Thursday 10th - Year 6

IMPORTANT - Self Isolation

Unfortunately, our school community has been put at risk due to children being sent to school whilst parents are showing symptoms or awaiting test results.

When to self-isolate…

Self-isolate immediately if:

We must work together to keep everyone as safe as possible.

Thank you for your cooperation

Nichola Russell



Unfortunately, I am receiving complaints from parents, about parents and

their lack of care and disregard for social distancing whilst on the

school site and at immediate access points from Barnsley Road .

Some of our parents are nurses and care workers and are observing

first-hand the trauma and grief caused by COVID-19. This is made all the

more distressing by seeing parents choosing to not take responsibility for

their own actions and ultimately putting our children and other parents

at increased risk.

As a school we are working hard and have a rigorous plan in place to

support the health, safety and well-being of children whilst in school.

It is absolutely vital that whilst on the school site, parents maintain

social distancing, keep balcony areas and paths clear to ensure safe

entry and exit of the site and do not abuse anyone who requests that

social distancing is recognised.

Thank you for your cooperation

23rd November 2020 - SINGLE CONFIRMED CASE

Parents of children in 4KH only.

Direct Proximity Contacts

Please find the newsletter advice received after our phone call with the DfE this afternoon.

This letter refers to children in 4KH only.

Many thanks for your continued support

Nichola Russell

General Letter

Please find the general newsletter advice received after our phone call with the DfE this afternoon.

Many thanks for your continued support

Nichola Russell


Bookings for:

Breakfast Club

Please contact to book breakfast club places for next half term.

After School Care

We are pleased to be able to offer our after school care provision until 5.45pm as of Monday 2nd November. Please contact to book places for next half term. The cost of the session will be £6.50. A slightly reduced cost as we are unable to offer a snack. Please feel free to send your child with a snack if you like.

Because of the limited number of places we have available, we need all parents to confirm their bookings, even if you have asked for a place until further notice, so we know you are aware of the new arrangements.

KS2 After School Care - Please collect children from the KS2 Hall fire door.

Foundation Stage and KS1 After School Care - Please walk around the KS1 balcony and collect children from the KS1 hall.

BBC Breakfast - The Importance of Putting PE at the Heart of School Life


- A Church of England school serving the Community since 1686

On behalf of the children, staff, governors and myself it gives me great pleasure to welcome you to our School. As a Church of England school, we value the spiritual as well the educational development of all our children,

whichever faith tradition they come from. We seek to be inclusive of everyone and to help our children to build their lives on firm moral foundations of love and service of one another.

If your child is joining us for the first time, we look forward to establishing a happy and successful partnership with you over the coming years. If you already have a child here, we hope to strengthen our existing links with you to

enable us to provide the best education possible. Parents are welcomed and valued as partners in their child’s education, as we believe that our children learn best when staff and parents work together.

Together we can ensure our school remains the popular and very special place that it is today.

We are all extremely proud of our school and committed to providing the very best possible education for all of our children. Sandal Castle Primary is a school where children are happy and feel a sense of belonging.

They are supported, encouraged, nurtured and loved. They enjoy learning in a stimulating and attractive environment in which each child is encouraged to have fun whilst achieving their potential in the widest sense.

It is within this positive nurturing ethos that children understand the skills they need in order to learn. We want our children to develop lively and enquiring minds, to discuss and debate, to be creative and imaginative and to

apply themselves well as they strive to reach their full potential in all aspects of school life. Our whole school vision underpins every decision we make within the school environment considering what is in the best interest

of our children. In this way, our children will always lie at the heart of everything we do

If you would like any more information, or to arrange a visit, please contact the school. We look forward to meeting you.

Nichola Russell


Sandal Castle VA Community Primary School Vision Statement

Ofsted Report - Sandal Castle VA Community Primary School, October 2019

If you would like a paper copy of the information on our school website, please ask at the main reception and we will organise this for you.

Contact Details:

Headteacher: Nichola Russell,

School Business Manager: Karen Tierney,

If you have any questions or queries please contact either the Headteacher or School Business Manager. Thank you.