Posted on: November 3rd 2016

Important News for Parents at Allhallows

Dear Parent/carer

Re: Collaboration between St James’ Church of England Primary and Allhallows Primary Schools

As a result of the serious blaze that took place on Sunday 30th October 2016. I am sure you understand that we recognise we have a moral obligation to support a family member in time of need. As part of the school community we have been working tirelessly this week to ensure that St James’ children will continue to receive the world class education that every child deserves.

Therefore, we would like to respectfully inform you of the contingency arrangements which will be put in place for the education of the children following the recent tragic events at St James' Church of England Primary School.

Having given careful consideration to the safety, well-being and continuity of the children's learning, it has been agreed that from Thursday 10th November 2016 all St James’ pupils, in Year groups 1 to 6, will be taught by their class teachers on the Allhallows Primary Academy site in order that the children can return to school as quickly as possible.

Our central belief is that St James' children must not be disadvantaged by the fire and they have the right and ability to succeed, regardless of the deeply regrettable circumstances.

By providing classroom space at Allhallows Primary Academy we will be better placed to achieve this aim by:

  • Ensuring that teaching and learning is not significantly disrupted as classrooms including resources will be sourced and provided by The Williamson Trust
  • Providing greater opportunities for the children, by sharing the resources available between each school
  • Enhancing teaching and learning for the children by ensuring that the teaching staff of both schools can work collaboratively together whilst sharing the same site

Please feel reassured that each individual school will remain empowered to grow its own identity, ethos and leadership within the overall collaborative partnership that exists between the Diocese and The Williamson Trust and day to day operations will be very similar as they are already.

We would like to take the opportunity to thank parents and the wider community for the overwhelming level of support and well wishes to date. Each school is brimming with passion and gratitude for the kindness shown and I thank you in anticipation of your future support.

Our children are the future, and during this challenging time we firmly believe that collaboration will provide the very best possible learning experiences that we seek for every child.

We will be holding a parental information evening on Tuesday 8th November 2016 at 16:00 at Allhallows Primary Academy.

Yours sincerely


Mr G Vyse Mr A Tear
Chief Executive Officer Director of Education
The Williamson Trust Diocese of Rochester

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