3.6.2020 CONFIRMATION OF DELAY TO SCHOOL RE OPENING We will continue to determine our pace of phased school re opening based upon evidence from scientists, medical professionals and statistical data including SAGE. To date, the reports and broadcasts of Professor Peter Hornby (Professor of Emerging Infectious Diseases and Global Health at the University of Oxford and Chair of the UK government's New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group), John Edmunds (LSHTM) and Jeremy Farrar (Biomedical research) conclude that relaxation is too soon due to test, trace, isolate not being fully operational, the R rate still being very high, 8000 current infections a day and there is little to confirm the role of children and schools in transmission, levels of cases in the UK are still high (324 deaths on 28.5.2020), contact tracing is not up and running tracking new cases and following them up within 48 hours which potentially, should a wider reopening take place too soon could lead to a further lock down. Therefore, we will continue to take a safe, measured approach to opening our doors wider based upon all of the above which we believe is our best chance in ensuring the safety, health and well- being of children, families, staff, families and community. School will therefore NOT open to wider year groups before the 15th June. Thank you as always for your support Nichola Russell Headteacher


It's a quarter of a century since the FAIRTRADE Mark launched in the U.K. That makes it the same age as The Lion King film, Eurotunnel and TV series Friends. This year, as a school we are proud to be celebrating with the Fairtrade Foundation, 25 years of Fairtrade products in the UK.

For 25 years, Fairtrade have been fighting against poverty and inequality, making a real difference to the lives of farmers and workers.

From working with businesses and governments, teaching about Fairtrade in schools, campaigning and lobbying, to choosing Fairtrade in the shops, we have all been part of this journey.

What will we do to continue to help?

Fairtrade 2019-20

Fairtrade Fortnight will take place wc 24th February and wc 2nd March.

We have our annual Fairtrade community events planned in addition to our core curriculum of Fairtrade learning to continue to raise awareness of Fairtrade issues. Miss Russell and Miss Stansfield are currently planning our Fairtrade Cafe's where all children and families will join us to enjoy Fairtrade products and learn more about Fairtrade.

The Cafe's will take place on the 3rd March for EYFS and KS1 and the 4th March for KS2.

A Sandal Castle Fairtrade Bake Off is also planned for Monday 2nd March to coincide with our Cafe's. More information to follow soon!

The Sandal Castle Fairtrade Bake Off - 2nd March 2020

Our judges had some very difficult decisions to make when judging our Fairtrade Bake Off. Hundreds of entries were received and judged. Winners received baking kits and cookery books.

The KS1 Hall is ready to welcome families and members of our community to our 2 Fairtrade events taking place on the 3rd and 4th March

Our EYFS and KS1 Fairtrade Cafe - 3rd March 2020

Our Lower Key Stage 2 Fairtrade Cafe - 4th March

Our Upper Key Stage 2 Fairtrade Cafe - 4th March 2020

Fairtrade within the Curriculum

Fairtrade 2018-19

Fairtrade Fortnight 2019 took place between Monday 25th Feb and Sunday 10th March. Plans to ensure this years events were as thought provoking and pertinent as last years and were a success! Our children got dressed up and completed Fairtrade activities in classes, as well as Key Stage events in the hall.

8th March - Fairtrade Community Event

We’ve had a fabulous Fairtrade Fortnight at Sandal. The children have participated in a wide-range of curriculum enriching activities and ended on a high with the Fairtrade Community Cafe. Families were invited into school for a ‘farmer’s break’ with the children, and plenty of cake, chocolate and other treats were enjoyed! A fantastic £1223.00 was raised.

Year 1

Here are a few photos of children applying their map skills using the inflatable globes to identify where popular fairtrade foods are grown. We learned about the impact this has on farmers that rely on the foods for their livelihoods.

Here are a few photos of the children enjoying their treats from the Fairtrade Café .

Please click on the link to view the Diocesan celebration of our school success'


We have worked extremely hard over the last academic year to achieve the Fairachiever Award. We have thoroughly enjoyed working towards this award and have prioritised our curriculum events to build our portfolio of evidence in order to achieve this. Here are some photos of the events and work completed in school in celebration of our Fairachiever Award.

As part of our commitment to Fairtrade across the curriculum, we purchased Fairtrade footballs, sports bibs and aprons with funds raised from our Fairtrade breakfast cafes.