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"I can do all things through Him who strengthens me." Philippians 4:13

Kirsty Williams information regarding September

Archbishop Rowan Williams Church in Wales VA Primary School

‘I can do all things through Him who strengthens me’

Philippians 4:13


Crick Road, Portskewett, Caldicot, Monmouthshire.  NP26 5UL

Tel:  01291 420526

Dear Parents,


At last! We have the news that so many have wanted to hear! All children to return to school in September!


This, as you can imagine, will mean that the school now needs to reorganise and modify our plans, as, it still remains the case that whilst wanting to get back to learning, safety remains a priority.


I shall now be working on new systems and engaging with staff and the governing body to ensure that we are thorough in our approach. We also value any feedback around what is working well for you, and what you feel could improve our systems further. As usual, please send your ideas to the school website at  


Kirsty Williams has given schools the opportunity to use the first two weeks of September to ensure that planning is finalised and school is ready for the new arrangements, and also offers an opportunity for transition work. All children must be in school from the 14th September onwards. Specific return dates for your child will be shared as soon as it has been decided, and I am waiting to see what decisions are made after discussions with Monmouthshire and our cluster of schools, to ensure consistency for our pupils.


Below are some of the key points from today’s announcement by Kirsty Williams:

  • The first fortnight will allow schools to prepare for the full return on September 14th (focus on specific groups of learners) or to allow time for extra planning and reorganisation.
  • In the interests of all of our children and young people, all schools will be open to all pupils by Monday, September 14th at the very latest.
  • £29m is available to ‘recruit, recover and raise standards’ in Welsh schools in response to the impact still felt from the pandemic. Support will be targeted at Years 11, 12 and 13, as well as disadvantaged and vulnerable learners of all ages. 
  • We will also continue to fund free school meals for all eligible children over the summer holidays.
  •  Estyn has also halted its inspection arrangements until further notice.
  •  There needs to be a broad and balanced curriculum focusing on well being. 


So! There is much to do, and we are delighted to be getting on with it, and will keep you as informed as we can.


I will be sharing more information, hopefully tomorrow, regarding classes for next year.


Kind regards as always,


Caroline Swann