HANDS -Wash Frequently
FACEUse face coverings where social distancing is not possible
SPACERule of 6 and social distance



Continued Home learning


We are currently in the process of completing training using the TEAMS platform.  Children will become familiar with this program over the next couple of weeks so they are able to access it from home and join in the 'live lessons' if we have to isolate a bubble of children.  Our policy when joining in with lessons remotely HERE


In addition, we are continuing to use SEESAW for parents and children to communicate with their class teacher(s) and to complete homework on.


For any information on how to connect to either of these platforms, please ask class teachers.


REMINDER - Parent consultations will take place this week and Teachers will be contacting parents by phone.



Government Information to Parents 24/09/20


Home School Agreement - 17/09/2020


Information 14/09/2020


Information 07/09/2020 - 


Information from gov - 4/9/20

Letter 2/9/20

Dear Parents/Carers,


It was wonderful to see you and your children today as we welcomed everyone back to Rift House Primary School. The last several months have been extremely challenging for us all and I would like to thank you for your ongoing support throughout this difficult period.

In order to ensure the safe return to school of our children we have had to make some key changes acting on advice from the Department for Education. Staff and governors have worked together to risk assess policy, practice and protocol using this advice. (The risk assessment is displayed on the school website).  Hartlepool Local Authority have supported schools in providing the framework for the RA and have consulted with relevant bodies including the DfE and Education Unions. Some of these changes include:

  • staggered start and finish times
  • staggered break and lunchtimes
  • redesign of the classroom environment
  • redesign of the school hall
  • enhanced cleaning procedures,
  • sanitising stations outside of every classroom,
  • redesign of school curriculum
  • reduced in the number of visitors in school


To ensure the safe return to school of all of our children




Please see the ‘DO and DON’T’ list on the back of this letter. These will be displayed around the school and children will be taught these throughout.


Tomorrow you will see that there is now a designated space for each year group to line up at (marked in blue tape). It is essential that you try to stick to designated start and finish times where possible and use the designated entrances and exits.


Please try to avoid face to face appointments – phone school where ever possible and remember that there is only one visitor allowed in the office reception at any one time and face masks must be worn.


Your understanding and support is crucial during this very different and challenging time and is much appreciated.



Mr D. A. Turner


Risk Assessment For September Opening


September opening - INFORMATION

We are all looking forward to everyone returning to school on WEDNESDAY 2nd SEPTEMBER.


Staff will be visible on the yard to guide families the correct way, please help by following the markings on the floor and gates.  Safety, as always, is our priority and have strict staggered starting and collection times.  We have been working hard to make school drop off and pick up as socially distanced as we can, please help us by being prompt with these timings.  

Year Group Start Time Entrance Finish Time Exit
Two Year Olds 9:00 am Main Gates 12:00 pm Main Gates - One way system

8:30 am

12:15 pm

Main Gates

11:30 pm

3:15 pm

Main Gates - One way system
Reception 8:45 am Main Gates 3:05 pm Main Gates - One way system
Year 1 8:50 am Main Gate 3:05 pm Main Gates - One way system
Year 2 8:45 am Main Gate 3:00 pm Main Gates - One way system
Year 3 8:40 am Huxley Walk 3:05 pm Main Gates - One way system
Year 4 8:45 am Huxley Walk 3:10 pm Main Gates - One way
Year 5 8:50 am Huxley Walk 3:15 pm Main Gates - One way
Class 7 8:55 am Huxley Walk 3:10 pm Main gates - One way
Year 6 8:45 am Office Entrance Gate 3:10 pm Office Entrance Gate

Everyone must stay at home to help stop coronavirus (COVID-19) spreading. Wash your hands with soap and water often to reduce the risk of infection.

School Updates From Headteacher


Dear parent/carer,

Rift House Primary School have partnered up with Changing Futures North East to gather parent/carer views of their relationship with the school. We understand that your child(ren)’s education is a very big part of your family life therefore we want to find out how you feel about your child(ren)’s school and if we can identify areas of success for current practices and those that might require improvement.

 The survey is divided into general questions about your feelings about the school over the duration of your child(ren)’s time at Rift House Primary but also more specifically around your recent experiences going through the challenges that Covid 19 has presented.

We want the parent/carers to provide honest feedback and therefore we want you to be assured that your answers will remain anonymous. The school will have access to the analysis of results but not individual responses. The individual responses will be held with an organisation external to the school, Changing Futures North East, whom are a local charity focused on improving relationships across Hartlepool. If you select the option that you are open to being contacted about your responses, your personal information will be held safely and will be password protected. Your name, or any other information that would identify you, will not be shared with the school. It is entirely optional to put your name and contact details on.

This survey should take no more than 10 minutes to complete. The deadline to complete the survey is Friday 24th July midnight. Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to help us.




Dear Parents/Carers


Change of PD day 

School is not closed for the previously scheduled date of Friday 3rd July, we will carry this forward to Friday 17th July.  Therefore school will close for the summer break on Thursday 16th July.


As guidance has stated school will reopen fully on Wednesday 2nd September.






Phased Reopening for Year 6 Pupils W/B 8th June

Parent Guidance for year 6 children

All parents must contact school if they are planning for their child to return to school, information will be given and a new up-to date medical form must be completed before their child returns.  This booklet has been devised to answer any questions you may have about what the school day will look like, safety measures and policies. 

Year 6 - Booklet of Information


SCHOOL UPDATE 12.5.20                                                  


Dear parents/carers,


Re: possible reopening of school to more pupils in June


We know you’ve seen in the news that schools may reopen on 1 June to reception, year 1 and year 6 pupils if the government thinks it is safe then.


We’re waiting for further guidance and clarification from the government right now, which will hopefully help us create an action plan for our phased reopening. We’ll share this with you as soon as possible so you know what the school’s reopening will look like in practice.


It’s a very unsettling time for us all, but rest assured that we’re going to be doing everything we can to make sure we’re ready to receive these year groups if it’s safe for our school to reopen in the coming weeks.


However, we’re also not going to be pressuring anyone to send their children to school, since you know your children and personal situation best. We’ll keep you updated with all our preparations for making sure the school is as safe as possible, so you can make an informed decision.


In the meantime, the school is still open only for vulnerable pupils and the children of critical workers. We know some employers will be encouraging you to return to work, but we’re not in a position right now to extend places to other children until we receive further government guidance.


We’d like to thank you for your continuous support in helping your child learn from home. We’ll need to keep going with this for a while yet, so please do continue to do what you can and stay in touch with us about how your child is doing.



Kindest Regards,

D. A. Turner

Head Teacher

Updated Guidence for Parents and Carers on the Closure of Educational Settings


The government are updating their information daily, here is a link to guidance for parents and carers on the closure of educational settings to include information about the Easter holidays, examinations, and educational resources and support.



Child and adolescent mental health services  (CAMHS) - CLICK

CAMHS has some fantastic resources on children's mental health and have also added this fantastic page with lots of information for parents discussing Coronavirus with their child. LINK

How to Maintain Good Mental Wellbeing During Isolation 

In times like these, we can often forget how important it is to try and maintain our own happiness and wellbeing. It’s not only important for ourselves, but also our family, friends, colleagues and many of those who depend on us. Staying positive and trying to implement little things like physical exercise, a healthy diet or getting a good night’s sleep, can have big results. That why we’ve created this guide to help everyone think about some of the positive steps they can take to establish and keep good mental wellbeing.

To view guide click here

Supporting Children's Mental Health: 10 Conversation Starters for Parents Online Safety Guide

Talking about mental health to children is sometimes hard. To the point that we can put off raising the subject, not wanting to unearth problems or raise overwhelming subjects that we perceive our child is too young or not ready for. But rather than keeping children in the dark, this guide is designed to help you confidently talk about mental health, so they feel comfortable talking about their own worries and end any stigma before it begins.

To view this guide click here.


Letter from the Minister for children and families with educational needs and disabilities LINK

Shielding and Clinically Vulnerable Appendix

Shielding and Clinically Vulnerable Appendix - LINK 


The NSPCC  has a lot of helpful advice and support for parents and carers .

We have found another great book to share with children called 'Everybody Worries' - Link

We understand that home learning can be difficult, however school has developed a timetable for teachers to follow to support children from home.  We are using SEESAW to communicate, set work and give feedback, this is a freely downloadable app or can be accessed online.  All children have been provided with a home learning code.


Government online education resources for home education

Gov.uk has released an updated resource list for all ages. LINK

Help children aged 2 to 4 to learn at home during Coronavirus LINK

Help Primary School Children Continue Learning at Home LINK