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
Thank you for working with us to ensure another safe and happy week back in school. Please refer to the Newsletter 2020/21 page and Covid Communication page for up to date school information

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

25.9.2020 Balcony update

We are pleased to let you know that the KS1 balcony can be used as of Monday 28th September. We are just waiting for 4 rubber strips to be delivered and fitted to ensure a smooth transfer from decking to new flooring and back to decking. Please be very careful when walking from one surface to another.

Drop Off/Collection point

EYFS Outdoors

Year 1 Balcony

Year 2 Balcony

Year 3 Garden

Year 4 Breakfast Club

Year 5

Old entrance

Year 6

Old entrance

8.15 drop off 2.15 collection















8.30 drop off 2.30 collection







Mrs Shadlock

Mrs Egley







8.45 drop off 2.45 collection















24.9.2020 Social Distancing

Government Guidance: Coronavirus (COVID-19): Meeting with others safely (social distancing) (Published 22.9.2020)

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).

SOCIAL DISTANCING To reduce the risk of catching or spreading coronavirus, try to keep at least 2 metres away from people you do not live with. Social distancing is essential to stop the spread of the virus, as it is more likely to spread when people are close together. An infected person can pass on the virus even if they do not have any symptoms, through talking, breathing, coughing or sneezing. When with people you do not live with, you should also avoid: physical contact; being close and face-toface; and shouting or singing close to them. You should also avoid crowded areas with lots of people; and touching things that other people have touched. Where you cannot stay 2 metres apart you should stay more than 1 metre apart, as well as taking extra steps to stay safe. For example:

  • wear a face covering:
  • on public transport and in many indoor spaces, you must wear a face covering by law, unless you are exempt
  • move outdoors, where it is safer and there is more space
  • if indoors, make sure rooms are well ventilated by keeping windows and doors open

You do not need to socially distance from anyone in your household, meaning the people you live with. You also do not need to socially distance from someone you’re in an established relationship with, or anyone in your legally-permitted support bubble if you are in one. It may not always be possible or practicable to maintain social distancing when providing care to a young child, or person with a disability or health condition. You should still limit close contact as much as possible when providing these types of care, and take other precautions such as washing hands and opening windows for ventilation.

We ask that you respect and adhere to the government guidance. We have a robust risk assessment in place from when children enter the building to leaving at the end of the school day, ensuring that bubbles do not mix and that everyone is taking action to ensure the safety and well -being of all. However, we cannot be responsible for behaviours in relation to social distancing prior to or after leaving the school building eg drop and collection times, and ask that everyone takes responsibility whilst on site, by not congregating by the paths, or allowing children to play/run freely risking the contamination of bubbles that within the school day, we have worked so hard to keep apart, in line with government guidance.

Thank you as always for your continued support

23.9.2020 Public Health England Test and Trace

Test and Trace 23.9.2020

Drop Off and Collection Reminder

Only one parent or carer should accompany their child to school to minimise risk.  

Parents unfortunately cannot be invited to enter the building. Please drop your child off and collect at the designated areas. 

Parents have asked if they can wear face coverings whilst on the premises. Please wear face coverings if you wish to do so.

Please follow social distancing measures as advised by government. If social distancing measures are not adhered to on the journey to school and whilst on the school premises, it makes all of the school's effort to keep children safe all the more difficult. 

Thank you as always for your support and cooperation


- 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

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.