Archived Messages

15th September 2020 - Parent/Carer Update - please click here


11th September 2020- Parent/Carer Update

Dear Parents and Carers,


Thank you everyone !


Our first full week in school has been wonderful, the children are becoming familiar with their new routines, new classmates and teachers. It has been lovely to see lots of smiles and to hear children’s laughter in school once again. Our initial focus on pastoral care and buildings relationships is ensuring that the children have really good starting points for the school year ahead.


We knew the new arrangements put in place for COVID, to safeguard pupils, parents and staff would be a challenge for drop off and collection, and asked that you bear with us. This week these procedures are now working well, and we will continue to monitor both Heath Farm Road and Broadway entrances as we add Reception and Nursery drop offs next week.


We will continue to monitor and adjust our routines next week, and we look forward to:

·         Reception children joining us for their first full week

·         Nursery children joining us for transition from Monday onwards 


Thank you for your support as we work through this together. Myself and the staff would be grateful for your further help and consideration with:


1.   Keeping to the edges of the paths, especially in the narrowest sections.  This will particularly be the case on   
     Monday at Broadway entrance.

      8.30am usual drop and go for Years 2 and 3

      8.40am usual drop off for Year 1

      8.45am onwards new drop off for Reception (children with siblings will be let in first)

2.   Thank you for keeping school exits clear, as we need to have as much space as possible for later drop 
       offs and collections.

3.    Year One collection times and procedures will remain as they have for this week going forward.

       Due to congestion on Broadway after school today (Friday 11th), Reception pick up time on Monday will be from
       2.45pm - 2.55pm until further notice.

Please be aware that there are new national guidelines from Monday 14th September regarding social distancing and congregating in groups of more than 6 (unless from the same household or support bubble).


Thank you very much indeed for your ongoing co-operation.


Kind regards,

Mrs Hannaway and Gig Mill team

5th September 2020- Parent/Carer Update

Dear Parents and Carers,


As we have now completed 2 days in school, I wanted to say thank-you and share with you how wonderful it is to have all of the children back and see them settle so brilliantly into school. They are really enjoying getting to know their new teachers and are responding well to the new requirements of extra hand-washing, sanitising and the staggered playtimes and lunchtimes that we have put in place to maximise safety.


Both at Heath Farm Road and Broadway entrances we are monitoring the start and end times of the day, and as part of daily debriefing we are considering what is working well and what needs to be improved further. Thank-you for your feedback which has been considered as part of this process. We made a number of changes from Thursday to Friday, and this really seemed to help.


We will continue to monitor and adjust our routines next week, and we look forward to:

  • Reception children joining us for transition next week

  • For Years 1 and 2, hot lunches will be served as part of Universal Free School meals

  • Fruit for schools scheme resumes midweek



In the meantime, can I please ask for your further help and consideration with 3 actions:

  1. Parents are so keen to drop off and collect their children on time that they are arriving up to 15 minutes before their allocated time. Therefore please do not arrive before your allocated time.

  2. In parts the footpaths are narrow, so please keep to the edges of the paths and ‘drop and go’.

  3. A number of parents are still concerned about social distancing. Please can we ask that you do not stay at school exits socialising, as we need to have as much space as possible for later drop offs and collections.

Thanks everyone, we will get there. Monday will only be Day 3.


Thank you very much indeed for your ongoing co-operation.


Kind regards,

Mrs Hannaway and Gig Mill team

28th August 2020 - School Site Map, showing assembly points and classroom locations

24th August 2020 - Important September Return to school letter for Parents/Carers and
Gig Mill Risk Assessment

17th July 2020 - End of year newsletter

10th July 2020 - Parents update - Please click here

3rd July 2020 - Parents update - Please click here

2nd July 2020 - Jump back July - July's action for happiness calendar

23rd June 2020 - Good news to share!!

18th June 2020
For all Parents - Update letter - Please click here

15th June 2020
Letter - Reception Parents Only - Please click here

12th June 2020
Letter - Year One Parents Only -
Please click here 

8th June 2020
huge thank you to all the children for their super work at home.  Our new e-mail address ( has been a great success. So please email in photographs of your creations for world ocean day to add to our school gallery this week!

It was wonderful today to welcome back our year six children who were able to return in a safe and planned way to Gig Mill.  Whilst there were a few nerves at the start of the day, by the end of the day there were smiles, so a huge thank you to all staff who have been working for several weeks to make this happen.

The key worker children here for the past ten weeks continue to be with us, and the number of allocated places are prioritised (as per government guidance).

We will continue to keep you updated via text messages, this website and email.  Should you need to contact school, where possible please use Pupils in year one and reception will hopefully re-join school over the following weeks and at each step, the process will need to be carefully managed to ensure the safety and well-being of all the pupils, parents and staff.

We are all trying our very best to support children both in school and at home in these challenging times. Many thanks for your continuing support.  Take care and stay safe.

Mrs Hannaway and the staff at Gig Mill

8th June 2020

World Oceans Day Newsletter - Please click here to find out more about World Oceans Day
and some fun activities

5th June 2020

Year Six Parents and Carers

It has been lovely to speak to many of you during the past two weeks. Thank you to all of you who have taken the time to respond to the survey about a possible return to school and careful consideration about the right decision for your child and your family.

Following a positive or 'maybe' response many of you had questions regarding the detailed risk assessment, which we have endeavoured to answer.

Whether your child remains at home and will be accessing home learning, or may have been in school accessing childcare for critical key workers for the past ten weeks, or has been allocated a year 6 place to return on Monday, we will continue to do our best to support you and your children.

IMPORTANT: all year six places have been allocated, if you haven't had an e-mail within the last two days confirming your child's place, please do not come to school on Monday - thank you.

1st June 2020 -  Joyful June Calendar from Action for Happiness (30 ways to look after yourself)

29th May 2020

Hoping you have all had a good half term break. Thanks for all the lovely moments and work you have shared with us.

We have continued planning for a wider opening of school and additional key workers children will be joining us from next week.

Please read the information on the above tabs (Local Authority letter and Gig Mill re-opening letter 22.05.20).  No further replies will be added to lists after 1st June 2020, as we will be finalising our risk assessment.

Mrs Hannaway

Covid-19 Update letter 18.05.2020

22.05.2020 - Dudley Local Authority Update

22.05.2020 - Gig Mill Update regarding re-opening

Key Worker Update letter 18.05.2020

Meaningful May Calendar

Newsletter 11th May 2020

10th May 2020
As I am sure you will have heard, the Government are putting plans in place for a possible phased return to school for some pupils in June. We do not know anymore than that at this moment in time. Please allow us time to be sent further guidance and we will communicate with you as soon as we know more details.

Thank you for your understanding, Mrs Hannaway.

Week Commencing 4th May 2020
Thank you to all of those children and families who have been trying out our new hello@ address.  It is wonderful to see your super work, and thanks for sharing pictures too. Have a look at how fantastic you are on the Gig Mill Gallery!

Thank you everyone for your messages and ideas for the future. This week's messages from your teachers will be on the year group pages with this week's ideas for home learning.  Each Friday with will now appear for the following week going forwards.

Next week in school we would have been dressing up in red, white and blue as part of our celebrations for 75th anniversary of VE day, so we are sending you some ideas and we can still join in together - send us your photos!

Each week we will be sharing or trying something new, so keep in touch.

Thank you for all your continued support at this challenging time, take care and stay safe.

Mrs Hannaway and all staff at Gig Mill

Week Commencing 27th April 2020

Thank you to all of those children and families who have been trying out our new email address, it’s been a new way for us to stay in touch during these challenging times.

Thanks for the fantastic work for Earth Day 2020 and keep up your great work ! 

(For any future submissions: Parents if you are happy for us to share your child’s work or

photographs via the website, this will not include their name - please include this permission on the message.

It has been lovely to see your new ways of working, and new ‘classrooms’ at home. As well as the links already on our website, from today you will now see a new page for each year group with a message from teachers too. Each Friday, this will now appear for the following week going forwards.

We are sending you a message from staff in school, you might like to join in with the song too.

A national helpline for parents has been launched. Parents can speak to qualified teachers about home learning. It will be open six days per week. The StarLine: 0330 313 9162.

Contact us

Gig Mill Primary School,  The Broadway, Norton,  Stourbridge, DY8 3HL (For SAT NAV, please use DY8 3HP)

Contact for Parents / Members of the public - Mrs A Payne/Mrs M James

01384 818600 

If you would like a paper copy of the information contained within this website, please contact Mrs M. James - Senior Administrator on 01384 818600

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