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DLT Primary Academies Return Statement


Media statement




[31.5.20. Statement – to be issued in response to any media enquiries]


Issue date: To be added if this statement is issued. The top bracket would be removed and the tense of paragraph two would be altered, if issued after 1.6.20.


Liz Anderson, Chief Executive Officer, Djanogly Learning Trust:


Our top priority is the safety of our children and their parents and carers, as well as our staff.  All of our schools have stayed open during the lockdown to support key worker and vulnerable children.


Following government guidance, we have plans in place that are now enabling some of our other children, specifically those in reception, Year 1 and Year 6, to return to our primary schools today, Monday, June 1st 2020, as part of a cautious, phased approach.


“In order to operate safely, we have introduced rigorous protective measures that incorporate the latest health and safety and social distancing advice, and we have re-organised our school routines, organisation and classroom layouts.


“Parents and carers have been informed of our plans and reassured that they have the final decision on whether they wish to send their children to school. We appreciate that circumstances will vary for each family. Our teachers will ensure that activities are available for all year groups including those who need to continue with remote learning.


“Djanogly Learning Trust’s board of trustees, and local governing bodies, are supportive of these plans as they understand the need for our schools to begin to welcome more children back, embracing our wider community role. We know how important it is for children to be able to socialise with their peers, and that school is the best place for children to learn.”


For more information, please see the Djanogly Learning Trust’s FAQs here:


Notes to editors:


  • This gradual, phased approach affects all DLT primary schools: Djanogly Northgate Academy, Djanogly Sherwood Academy and Djanogly Strelley Academy and Springfield Academy, in Nottingham, as well as Langley Mill Academy, Kensington Junior Academy and Laceyfields Academy in Derbyshire.


  • Children will be taught in small social bubble groups of up to a maximum of 15 to limit contact with others, and will be taught by familiar members of staff, as much as possible.


  • Children will be given an individual workspace and their own materials to work with (where appropriate), with desks spaced further apart to support social distancing. Space or non-essential furniture has been moved or removed.


  • DLT schools will operate one-way systems around the corridors. Start times, lunchtimes and break times will be staggered. Reception and other high traffic areas will be supervised and managed with social distancing taken into account.


  • Play times will be staggered and children kept within their social bubble groups in separate play areas to limit contact with others. At lunchtimes, food will be pre-served on trays, with children already sat down, to support social distancing.


  • Regular, supervised hand washing will take place during the day. Our schools will be cleaned thoroughly at the start and the end of the day. Areas such as toilets, door handles and light switches will be regularly cleaned throughout the day.


  • In terms of parents and carers, we are limiting the school drop off and pick up to one person, and doing so outside of the school buildings whilst observing social distancing.


  • Government guidelines will be followed in the event of a pupil or member of staff showing symptoms of Covid-19.


About Djanogly Learning Trust


  • Djanogly Learning Trust is a successful, growing multi academy trust that sponsors eight schools in the East Midlands. They are Djanogly City Academy on Gregory Boulevard and Sherwood Rise, Djanogly Northgate Academy on Suez Street, and Djanogly Strelley Academy on Helston Drive - which are all Ofsted graded ‘good’ - as well as Djanogly Sherwood Academy on Sherwood Rise, Laceyfields Academy on Laceyfields Road in Heanor, Langley Mill Academy on Bailey Brook Crescent in Langley Mill, Springfield Academy on Lawton Drive and Kensington Junior Academy on St John’s Road in Ilkeston. Visit Follow us @DjanoglyT


Media contact


Mary Hampshire, Public Relations Consultant


Telephone: 07985 779078