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Headteacher Updates


It’s Friday! Lots of lovely sunshine this week to make us smile almost (but not quite) as much as the news that school will re-open for all children on Monday, March 8th.

Early Bird breakfast club will also re-open for children who have previously been allocated a place.

Children will return in school uniform (please do contact us if you need support with this). However,  to promote our children's's physical and emotional health, we will continue to take part in the 25/50k challenge in school daily. Please ensure shoes are suitable for walking/running – trainers are fine.

If you have a loan device from school, please keep hold of this for now and we will contact you in the first week back to let you know how to return it.

Staff here take part in twice weekly testing as one of our safety measures. I have noticed that there is a new, walk-in, symptom free testing centre now in Parr on Newton Road for everyone to have the opportunity to take a rapid lateral flow test. You can find more information here:

It remains the same that if your child (or someone in your household) has any symptoms, they should not come in to school and should attend a full testing centre. If someone in the household is waiting for test results, children must not come to school until a negative result is received.

If you have any questions or concerns about the return to school, please do call or email us. We are here to help and will be happy to explain further how we are keeping everyone as safe as we can and we will work with you to make sure we meet your child’s individual needs.

Remember, we had full attendance throughout Autumn term from September to December with just one bubble closure – we have come this far, we can definitely do this next chapter together.

We are so excited to see all our children – we have missed them so much.

I will post another update next week.

Take care, stay safe, reach out if you need us.

Mrs Hignett


Happy Tuesday everybody! I have been waiting (not very patiently!) to write this update. 😊

I am very pleased to say that school will re-open for all children on 8th March. I will provide more information nearer to the time but here are some things to think about in the meantime:

  • Children will wear school uniform except on PE day when they will come in their PE kit – a plain white t-shirt and dark joggers please.
  • Our soft/opening closing times will continue as in Autumn Term – drop off between 8.30 and 9.15 and collection between 3 and 3.25. Please wear a face covering unless you are exempt. If you use Brunswick Street, please arrive after 8.45 to avoid congestion with Holy Spirit
  • We will still learn in class bubbles with social distancing. Staff will wear face coverings in shared areas. Please talk to your child about this and other social distancing guidelines
  • We will continue with our enhanced cleaning and sanitising to keep our school as safe as possible

I know that children may have outgrown their school uniform and PE kit. If you have any good quality, clean uniform or kit that no longer fits your child, we would be very grateful if you could pass it into school so we can quarantine it then distribute to other families that may need it – our community has been brilliant in supporting each other throughout this. If you are concerned about providing uniform for your child, please contact us in confidence for support.

I am very excited to see all our children and hear some noise in our school building again!

I will update you later in the week.

Mrs Hignett


It’s Friday and the sun is still shining! Hopefully this is a good sign for the week to come.

Thank you so much for your support this half term. It has not been the start to 2021 that any of us hoped for but together we have managed to have a successful half term. I am delighted with the home learning that has taken place. I know that it’s not easy helping your child at home especially whilst juggling all the other jobs you have to do but you have been brilliant.

A huge thank you too to our brilliant staff and governor team – everybody from our teachers to office staff to cleaners to mid-day assistants to our supportive governors have embraced new ways of working and done as much as possible for our Broad Oak family. I am so proud to work with them all.

And last, but certainly not least, thank you to our children for making us smile each day. Children at emergency school have been enthusiastic and keen to try new things, adapting quickly to new routines and our children at home have shown determination and resilience to move to remote learning.  Well done everybody!

I am still waiting for further information about when school can return but, rest assured, I will be happy and eager to welcome everyone back as soon as it is safe to do so. I can’t wait!

Next week is half term so there will be no remote learning tasks or emergency school provision. It’s really important that everyone takes time to relax, rest and do things together. Who knows what’s coming next but we will face it together.

Keeping active is a great way to spend the half term and to keep everyone physically and emotionally well. I am excited to launch our Broad Oak 25K/50K challenge today. All children attending emergency school will take part next half term but those at home are encouraged to sign up too. Just complete the required distance before 28th March, track your progress – it doesn’t have to be done in one go – and be rewarded with a healthier body, mind and, of course, a special medal!

School have funded the cost of the challenge so one of the best parts is that it is absolutely free. Sign up here:

So, thank you again for your encouragement and support- it’s meant a lot to us here. If you need to contact school over the half term, please email or send a text to the school number. Those in emergency school, please remember that if your child has symptoms or a positive result you must inform us straight away.

Happy half term!

Mrs Hignett


It’s Wednesday! The sun is shining and although it’s chilly, it’s a lovely day – perfect for enjoying our Wellbeing Wednesday afternoon. Remember, our teachers have set a task for this afternoon that doesn’t need a screen so take some time if you can to enjoy some fresh air or do something creative. Emails and Seesaw posts will be responded to until 12.30pm today and then again from tomorrow morning to make sure everyone gets a break from their device.

Next week is half term and school will be closed for everybody. Emergency school re-opens on the 22nd February. If your child is attending emergency school and has a positive Covid-19 test during the holiday, you must inform school immediately via email or text so that appropriate action can be taken.

We will be offering food parcels on Thursday so please do come and collect one – they are available to all. Once again, a huge thank you to Tesco, Teardrops, Derbyshire Hill Centre and Magic Breakfast for supporting us to be able to offer these regularly.

St Helens Council are providing vouchers for free school meals children over the half term. These have been ordered but not yet arrived. Watch out for a text if you are eligible.

I’ve had a great week looking at the children’s learning on Seesaw. Thank you to everybody who has logged on with their child and started to engage. Those that have just love it – it’s a really quick and easy work to get home learning done! You’ll hear teacher’s voices and be able to interact with them via video and voice note too. Please remember that from Monday 22nd, all learning will be on Seesaw with paper packs available to support if you wish.

As the half term approaches and we continue in national lockdown measures, I urge you all to continue to follow the guidelines and stay safe. Rates in St Helens continue to be very high and it is very important we all continue to look after ourselves and one another. There is more information from our Director of Public Health here:

Take care everyone, I will update you again before the end of the week.

Mrs Hignett


It’s Friday! I hope you’ve all had a productive week and are looking forward to the weekend. I can’t wait for Broad Oak live later and the chance to have a sing-a-long in my office. smiley

You should, hopefully, have received your code for Seesaw by text or email. You can find more information about Seesaw here:

Next week there will be some activities on there for you to practise using the platform – remember you can download the class app on Google Play, the App Store, Amazon Kindle and Chrome Web Store or get access straight from the web at, choosing ‘I’m a student’.

We do still have devices for loan so if you have children sharing a device or working from a phone, please do contact us. We also have data top ups, sim cards and wifi codes to help in that way too.

From Monday 22nd February, all learning activities will be on Seesaw and not on the school website. Paper packs that link to the activities on Seesaw will still be available though, we just ask that if you are using these you take pictures and upload them to Seesaw so we can give feedback and celebrate the brilliant learning that is taking place. Once again, I’ve seen some great work this week. I know it’s tough but it won't be forever, keep going, I am proud of you all.

It is half term during the week beginning Monday 15th February. School will be closed to everyone and no learning activities will be set during this week. Time to rest and recharge for everybody.

Have a lovely weekend, take care.

Mrs Hignett


Happy February everybody. I’m hoping Spring is on the way soon to bring some sunshine and less showers!

Lots to take part in this week whether you are at home or at school:

  • Have a go at our weekly Art challenge and see if your work can make it into our Art gallery
  • Film your talent and send us a short clip for Broad Oak’s Got Talent
  • Get active with our 5K PE challenge
  • Step away from the screen in our new ‘Wellbeing Wednesday’ initiative. To give our children, families and staff a well deserved rest from online learning on a device, we will now set a non-screen activity on Wednesdays afternoons. Don’t worry if you can’t complete it right then (we know lots of parents and carers are juggling home schooling with working from home), you can take part on another day or choose another non-screen activity of your own to do. Emails and texts will be answered through Wednesday mornings up to 12.30pm but not during the afternoons to encourage you to step away from technology just for a little while!
  • Join in our Friday live assembly (link to follow) which was lots of fun last week. Who knew Miss Mason was allergic to McDonalds and Mr McGowan has a fancy title? I really enjoyed the sing-a-long.
  • Be in with a chance of winning an Amazon voucher – send us at least 5 pieces of learning this week and be entered into our remote learning prize draw.

I feel tired already after just writing all that! I’m sure you will have a brilliant week ahead.

This week during our check in calls, we will be asking about how you are finding remote learning and explaining about our new platform Seesaw for Y1-Y6. We will be sending you a code to access this at the end of the week. In the meantime, you might like to download the app to be ready:  Be sure to choose the class app for students and teachers

If you have more than one child, we recognise that you might be getting a lot of calls. Some children really enjoy the opportunity of speaking to a teacher from their year group but others might prefer one call to cover all children at home. Please let staff know if you prefer a family call.

Unfortunately, we have had one confirmed case of Covid-19 in our school family last week. This was an isolated case and did not affect any of our class bubbles which are all still open. There is general information about Covid-19 here:

I will update you later in the week, please remember that we are here to help and support in any way we can - whether you need help with remote learning, support with food parcels, access to devices or just another adult to speak to – let us know.

Take care,

Mrs Hignett


It’s Wednesday already! I hope you are all well and staying safe. I know from our check in calls and emails that you’ve all been busy not only with remote learning but having lots of fun too. I’ve seen pictures of cakes, bike rides, pets and model making to name but a few. 😊

Remember, our classroom staff are here and ready to help throughout the school day so if your child is finding something tricky, please do call, text or email us for support. If you find it easier to upload your child’s work in chunks rather than daily then that’s fine too – the idea is that we can see what your child is doing so we can give feedback and plan their next steps of learning. If you’d prefer to send a text message or a written email with no photos just letting us know what’s going well and what is difficult then we’re happy with that too.

We will be moving to a learning platform called SeeSaw very soon for children in Y1-Y6. This will make it easier for you to access your child’s learning tasks and send their work back. Check your emails over the next week or so for more information.

We are hoping to have our first whole school virtual assembly very soon. If the technology works (fingers crossed), there will be a link sent to you in your year group email with a time to join us on Microsoft Teams live. Mr Moore will be leading the assembly and there will be a chance to celebrate some of the home learning we’ve seen and take part in a quiz.

For those children attending our emergency school, just a reminder that half term is the week beginning Monday 15th February. The government announced yesterday that schools will close completely for half term and not remain open for critical workers as in the last lockdown. If your child is attending, it is really important that you let school know if your child has a positive Covid-19 test – even if it is at the weekend, evening or during the school holiday. Our school text system on 07786201172 and email address are monitored throughout these times.

If you need any help or support at all, whether it’s with home learning, Covid-19 advice or something else, please do get in touch. We still have devices to loan as well as wi-fi codes for BT hotspots, food parcels and, most importantly, a listening ear. This isn’t easy but we will get through it together.

Take care everyone,

Mrs Hignett


Hello everyone!

It’s the end of another week and it’s finally stopped raining. We’ve had a lovely week here at emergency school and I’ve seen some brilliant examples of home learning on your emails too. I can see the special postbox for my letters from children at home is filling up nicely and I’m so excited to look at them next week.

We have now loaned more than 60 tablets to families to help children access remote learning at home but we still have some available so please do let us know if your child would benefit from borrowing one. We can also top up your mobile data (subject to provider) for free if you are using your phone as a hotspot.

Watch out for our texts about food parcels which are usually available at a minimum on Mondays and Thursdays and are available to all our families. Just come along and help yourself.

If you have received a free school meals voucher for Morrisons, we can also offer a free £10 voucher for the Company Shop but these need to be used by 31st January. Give us a call or text for more information.

If we can help in any way, please get in touch. These are challenging times for everybody but together we will get through. Remember, our staff are at the end of the phone or email during school hours each day. Got a question about home learning? Does your child need something explaining? Are they finding it difficult to get started? Is it just one of those days and you’d like to chat with another adult? Call, email or text us and we will get back to you.

From next week though, we will only be making our regular telephone calls to you on a Wednesday and Friday. We know from our Monday calls that not much has changed over the weekend since our Friday check in for most of you. However, again, if you do need us on a Monday or Tuesday, we will still be on hand here for you.

Also starting next week, like all primary schools, staff here will be taking part in regular testing for Covid-19 using lateral flow quick tests at home. This will help to make our community safer. If your child attends emergency school and there is a positive case identified through one of these tests, we will let you know straight away, their bubble will be closed and your child should start self-isolating. Positive cases identified through a lateral flow test need to be confirmed with a PCR test so we won’t be able to give you an end date for self-isolation immediately. We will confirm this as soon as we can. We will keep in touch by phone and text so please make sure we have an up to date number for you.

I’d like to finish by thanking you all once again for your support and also to say a massive thank you to our staff who are working incredibly hard to adjust to new ways of doing things, support our families, our children and one another. I am incredibly proud of our Broad Oak family.

Take care, stay safe

Mrs Hignett


Happy Monday everybody!

It’s the start of a new week and it is raining again! Hopefully it will dry up soon.

Don’t forget, new learning packs are available from the school office today. These support the learning that is on the website and can be used alongside it or alone. Please email us photographs of finished work so teachers can offer feedback and support. We expect to see learning from children daily so we can help you and your child as much as we can.

I have written a letter to children at home and put it in work packs today. A copy is attached at the top of this page too. I’d love to hear children’s experience of learning at home so I would welcome a letter or drawing back from them into school. These can be emailed into or a paper copy be sent in – this will be quarantined for 72 hours before I look at it.

If your child is eligible for free school meals then you will have received a text saying your Morrisons voucher is here to collect. These must be collected and signed for by a family member only. At the moment, St Helens Council are managing these vouchers for us through a local agreement which is why they are actual gift cards for one supermarket only. If there is to be a change back to the previous system, I will keep you updated. In order for us to be prepared if we need to be, please let us know if you have changed your email address since the last time the online voucher scheme was used.

Staff here have been working hard supporting children at emergency school and reaching out to families learning at home. We have made some new contacts with Tesco, Derbyshire Hill Centre and with the continued support from Teardrops, will be able to offer food parcels again this week.

Please do contact us if you need anything.

I look forward to reading letters from home soon.

Take care,

Mrs Hignett


Good morning everybody,

I can’t believe it is still raining. I hope it dries up for the weekend so you are able to get outside and enjoy some fresh air. I’m sure our children will appreciate an opportunity to run off some steam!

Thank you for sending in updates and photographs of your child’s home learning each day. I’ve been looking at the emails and am really pleased with how well our children are tackling their tasks. I appreciate that it is not an easy job for you as parents and carers to support remote learning (often with more than one child) whilst juggling work, chores and all the other daily jobs you have, so thank you – I think you are amazing.

I’d really like some feedback on how you are finding our online learning and school support offer this time. I’d love to hear about things that are going really well but I’d also like to hear how things can improve so please email me at, text on 07786201172  or give me a call, I’m in school everyday.

We still have some tablet devices to loan to families who require an additional device to access online learning. We are also able to apply for free additional data on your mobile phone so you can set it up as a hotspot for your child’s device– call into the office to ask about either of these options.

Remember, new paper packs will be available on Monday which support the tasks on the school website.  You don’t have to request these in advance. There are also plenty of exercise books and pencils available for you to collect too.

We are expecting our FSM vouchers to be delivered today so keep checking your text messages. We have fresh fruit and vegetable parcels available from the main office this morning.

I will update you further next week. Enjoy the weekend, take care, stay safe.

Mrs Hignett


Good morning everybody,

I hope you are all well and enjoyed some of the sunshine at the weekend despite the cold.

Everyone is settling into new routines here in emergency school and I know from our phone calls and emails that you are all trying your best with home learning.

I’d like to take the opportunity to briefly set out our plans and expectations for children at home during this time. I know that these arrangements won’t suit everybody and if you would like us to support you in a different way, please do let us know. Each day there are office staff, pastoral staff, teachers and senior leaders available at school to talk to.

Lessons are uploaded daily onto the school website. You have told us that live lessons would be difficult for lots of you so these lessons have video links and explanations along with activities that you can complete in any order during the day. There should be enough for 3-4 hours depending on the age of your child. Children in emergency school are being taught the same things. To support the online activities, there is a weekly printed pack that matches the online activities. This can be collected from the office on Mondays – you don’t need to ask for one, just pop along and pick one up.

We need to see your child’s learning so we can offer feedback. Unfortunately, we cannot take the paper work back in but for any concerns or questions or to celebrate your child’s work, email us pictures of the work that your child has done or tell us about it in a text message. Children should send some learning in for feedback at least once a day. Staff will be checking the new year group email accounts on a daily basis from 9.15am until 3pm and will get back to you with their comments.

We are hoping to move to a learning platform very shortly which will make this easier.

If you require support with extra data for your mobile phone, a router to provide a hotspot or the loan of a device so you can access the remote learning, please fill in the survey here to log your details:   Paper copies are available in the office.

We will also keep in regular contact through telephone calls throughout the working week in order to find out how children are doing with their remote learning activities and ensure we can support where needed.

This will mean that:

  • Staff will make weekly check-in calls to children in their year group every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Their call is likely to pop up as an unknown number. If you are not available staff will leave an answerphone message to let you know they called. They will also send you a text message, so you are aware of why they called.
  • If you call back you will be transferred to a member of staff on site, either from your child’s year group or a member of our pastoral team to complete the check-in.
  • Where possible staff will ask to speak with the children individually, as we all miss them greatly, and it will be lovely to hear how they are getting on.
  • If you would prefer a family call, please let staff know on your next call.

A year group email will be sent out every Thursday to keep you informed on how remote learning is going and to celebrate the children’s achievements both in school and remotely. We will also continue to communicate using the text message service which will allow you to text a reply that can be seen by our Office team and passed on and the Marvellous me platform for those of you who have access.

As you can see, even though we might not be seeing you all day to day for a little while, we will still be here with you every step of the way while we adapt to life in Lockdown 2021. Once again, if you require any help or support at all, please do let us know. We are here and ready to help.

Take care, stay safe,

Mrs Hignett


Good morning everybody,

I am going to start by saying a huge thank you to you all for your support and encouragement in this difficult week. With very little notice we have closed school and re-opened as an emergency provision, set up remote learning, made phone calls to all our families, given out food parcels and data sim cards and started setting up devices for loan to families next week. Your positive comments have kept us going.

It’s also really important to say that none of the above would have happened without the hard work, commitment and care shown by our brilliant staff. Our children here on emergency places have also been amazing. They are happy, settled and trying hard. Thank you everybody.

I will be sending more information about remote learning next week. We need to see the learning children complete at home so we can support them. I will be asking you to send a daily email with a picture or comment or a text about your child’s learning each day. Please use the year group emails or the text message system. These are checked throughout the day so you can message teachers within the school day with questions or pieces of work and get a response back.

Paper resource packs will be printed weekly and match the tasks provided on the website. These can be collected each Monday, you don’t need to request them.

If you would like support with a loan device or receiving additional free data for your phone to support online learning, please complete our survey here:

as soon as possible and by Monday 11th at midday at the latest. Paper copies of the survey are available to collect in the office.

We are awaiting delivery of the free school meal vouchers. In the meantime, we will continue to offer food parcels next week and if you need urgent support, you can contact St Helens Council on 01744 676767.

Thank you again for your co-operation and support. If you need anything at all, school is open – please phone, email, text or pop in (mindful of social distancing) to the office.

Have a great weekend,

Mrs Hignett


Good afternoon everybody,

I know you will be as disappointed as I am about the news of school closure until February half term. It is not what any of us wanted but we understand the importance of keeping everybody safe and well and we will do whatever we can to continue to support our families and children at this time.

We have been busy today organising places for our keyworkers and children and families that require additional support. We are looking forward to welcoming these children in tomorrow. Breakfast club will be also be available for these children.

Teachers will be in touch with all families before the end of the week to help you with access to online learning. If you would prefer a paper copy of activities, these can be provided. There will be a new pack each week.

I have a small number of data only sim cards available for families without wifi or with limited data available. Please let us know if you would benefit from one of these.

We will also be looking at supporting families by loaning devices next week. Again, we only have a limited number available and a set criteria for distribution. Further information about this will be provided next week.

We will be keeping in touch by phone, text and email. If you have changed your number or email address recently, please let us know.

I am awaiting information about provision for free school meals. I will update you as soon as I can. In the meantime, we do have food parcels available at school. Please call us if you need anything at all. School is open and staffed and we want to help.

I will update you again before the end of the week.

Stay safe, keep smiling. #family.

Mrs Hignett


Good evening everybody,

I'm sure you have seen lots in the news today about primary schools re-opening and I understand that many of you have concerns and questions about decisions that have been made.

To clarify, we will re-open tomorrow for all classes with the exception of Y6 and Y3 who will access their learning from the website. A member of staff will contact you tomorrow with more information about this. Please note these classes have been closed for staffing reasons. All other classes and early bird club remain open as usual. We will continue with our additional cleaning and social distancing measures as we did in the autumn term. It is important to remember that the number of cases in school in the whole term before Christmas was just 2.

If you require a place as a working parent in Y6 and Y3, please contact the school office tomorrow. As with school closures in March, we will also be supporting vulnerable children with school places in these year groups until we are able to offer face to face learning for all again. If you require support with technology, prefer paper packs for learning or need any other help, please do let us know.

I apologise for the disruption this may cause and will continue to review the situation and keep you updated with any changes as promptly as I can


Hello everybody,

We’ve been enjoying our festive celebrations this week. I’m sure you’ve heard all about woodland walks, toasting marshmallows, prize draws and, this morning, KS2 have enjoyed an outdoor carol concert.

Tomorrow is party day. Children can come in their own clothes. This might be a Christmas jumper or a party outfit or their most comfortable clothes – it’s up to you. Please don’t feel the need to buy anything new. School will close from 1.45pm tomorrow and reopen on Monday 4th January.

Please remember that if your child has a positive Covid-19 test result up to and including Christmas Eve, you MUST let school know so we can take action. Text us on 07786201172 or email  School will be closed but I will check messages through till Christmas Eve and again on Tuesday 29th December until midday so if you need help or support, please contact us. If your child is required to self-isolate, you will be informed by text message.

This term has certainly been full of challenges as we got used to new ways of working. I am delighted that we have managed to keep school open right through from September for 96% of our children with just one bubble closing to date.

I’d like to take this opportunity to say a HUGE thank you to our amazing staff who have worked incredibly hard to keep everybody happy, settled and safe. We are very lucky to have such talented, caring and committed adults teaching our children.

I’d also like to thank all parents and carers for their help, support and encouragement throughout. Your positive comments have made us smile.

Finally, I’d like to say thank you to our amazing children who have shown resilience and determination to come back to school and catch up on lost learning. Attendance in our school has been above the local and national average. They are just brilliant and a credit to you all.

I am incredibly proud of all of our Broad Oak family.

Wishing you a happy, peaceful and safe Christmas.

Mrs Hignett



Good morning everybody. It’s been a magical week here. I’m sure you’ve heard all about our reindeer visit. We’ve also been decorating our woodland area ready for some more festive activities next week including an outdoor carol concert (listen out for singing!) and other special surprises. Today we are looking forward to our festive barm and chips (what a fab Friday treat!) and watching Cinderella in our class bubbles later.

We have been very fortunate to have received lots of donations of gifts and Christmas treats from our partners at Teardrops, Mission Christmas, Smyths and Morrisons as well as personal donations from members of our school family. We have been overwhelmed and touched by their kindness.

We will be distributing these throughout our community in a variety of ways either through nomination by staff for effort and showing our family values, through a prize raffle or as prizes on party day. We hope that our lucky recipients will enjoy their gifts. All children will receive a special gift from Father Christmas during the week too.

School will close on Friday 18th December from 1.45pm with the usual 30 minute closing period. Children should come in non-uniform on this day ready to party!

All our classes remain open and still, to date, there has only been 1 positive case of Covid-19 linked to school.  Everyone has been working incredibly hard to keep bubbles safe, keep up with extra cleaning and to follow our social distancing rules.  Thank you so much for your support with this. We have been able to remain open all term so far for all our children which is fantastic.

It is very important that we know if your child has a positive test result on or before 24th December. You MUST inform us of this as soon as possible by text 07786201172 or email These will be checked regularly each day including Christmas Eve. This allows us to take action to keep everyone safe. If your child is required to isolate, you will be informed by text message. If your child has a positive test result after Christmas Eve, you can inform us as soon as school reopens on the 4th January.

If you require any support before the holidays, please do let us know – we are here to help.  There will be food parcels available today and Monday, Wednesday and Friday next week.

Although school is closed for the holiday period, I will ensure that text messages and emails are checked up to and including Christmas Eve and also on the morning of Tuesday 29th December so please contact us if you need to.

Happy weekend!

Mrs Hignett



We've had such a lovely day today. Santa's reindeers came to visit and we all had chance to say hello and give them some food. We've read Reindeer stories and made food to put out for Rudolph on Christmas Eve. #BroadOakMagic




Hello everybody!

Today is Santa day at Broad Oak and there are festive hats and sparkle everywhere! The children are enjoying taking part in a Santa dance or Santa dash in their class bubble and will come home with a special Santa surprise!

Next week we have a number of exciting outdoor learning events taking place so please make sure your child comes to school with a warm coat and appropriate shoes to access our field/wooded area. Wednesday 9th will be a very exciting day with some very special outdoor visitors so make sure children wrap up warm!

We are working hard on learning some Christmas songs so we can share a seasonal celebration video with you before the end of term. It is so lovely to hear our Broad Oak family singing again.

Remember, December 11th is Christmas Jumper day. Please don’t feel you need to buy a new jumper to take part. Children are welcome to wear their favourite outfit instead of a Christmas jumper. We will also enjoy a festive lunch of turkey barm, chips and seasonal sides and watch a festive movie together on this day.

The final date for your diary in this update is Tuesday 8th December. On this day, the nursing team will be in to give the flu nasal spray to those who have agreed and returned their consent form. If you have not returned your form, please do so as soon as possible. Children will not be given the nasal spray without consent. If your child has already been given the flu vaccination, please let the school office know.

Thank you for your continued support as we work hard to keep everybody safe and well. All our classes are still open and we are still social distancing, completing additional cleaning and taking other safety measures throughout school.

There are just 10 school days left before the Christmas holidays. We know this is an exciting time but it can be difficult too. If you require any support with food or supplies, please contact our pastoral team. This will be in complete confidence but we can help in lots of different ways. We are here to support everybody in our Broad Oak family and want to do so – please let us help.

I understand there will be provision for children eligible for free school meals over the holidays. I will keep you updated with this as soon as I can.

Have a great weekend,


Mrs Hignett

Thursday 26.11.20

Good morning everybody! We are all still settled and happy here at school. All classes remain open right now and everyone is well. Please continue to help us by staying away from school if your child or someone in the house has Covid-19 symptoms. Get a test and keep us updated. We check our texts and emails through the weekend too!

As you know, we will not be exchanging cards in school this year so please don’t send them in. However, you can send a Christmas message for display by our playground tree either by clicking here: or emailing your message to Please take time to read the lovely messages that are already there. They will make you smile.

We are looking forward to some very exciting activities over the coming weeks. The first is our Santa dash/dance on Friday 4th December. Children will either be taking part in a fun run or a Christmas dance. They will be rewarded with a festive prize! Your child may wish to wear a Santa hat, Christmas headband or sparkly bobbles on this day to make the activity that bit more Christmassy!

Other activities include Christmas jumper day, a Christmas movie afternoon, woodland Christmas activities in our forest area and perhaps some very special visitors. All activities have been paid for by school so are provided free of charge. Children can wear a Christmas jumper/own clothes on Friday 11th December and on party day on Friday 18th.

As part of our celebrations, children will have the opportunity to enjoy different foods including chocolate, sweets, popcorn, biscuits, hot chocolate etc. If your child has any allergies, please make the school office aware by Friday 4th December.

Children will also be involved in filming carols and parts of the nativity story. We will check our permission slips but if you do not wish your child to be filmed for the school website, please inform the school office, again by the 4th.

School will close for Christmas on the 18th December at 2.15pm (children can be collected from 1.45pm) and will reopen on Monday 4th January 2021.

And finally, tonight we will be holding a baked bean giveaway by the Christmas tree! Help us free space in our cupboard and stock up for your holiday lunches when the children are off by collecting a tin on your way home. All are welcome!

Mrs Hignett 😊

Thursday 19.11.20

Hello again everybody! Lots to tell you today.

Firstly, a Covid-19 update. As it stands today, all classes are still in school and there has been only one positive case linked to school, back in October. If your child is waiting for test results, please let us know as soon as you receive them, even if it is the weekend.  You can reach us by text at 07786201172 or email to This means we can take any action we need to straight away.

In other news, it’s certainly beginning to look a lot like Christmas around Parr and very soon you will be able to see our outdoor Christmas trees which mark the start of our celebrations. Unfortunately, we are unable to exchange Christmas cards this year because of our Covid secure procedures.  Please do not send cards in with your child. Instead, we’d like to include your special Christmas messages of love, hope or thanks alongside our sparkly playground tree. If you would like to send us a message for display, please send it by text or email as above.

Other Christmas events include a Santa Dash on 4th December, Christmas jumper day on December 11th, party day on the 18th (children can come in their party clothes), carol singing and hot chocolate and some other surprise visitors and activities in the fortnight before term ends.

Another important date for your diary is Tuesday 8th December. Nasal flu immunisations will take place on this day. Please send your immunisation form back if you haven’t already. If your child has already had their flu immunisation, please inform the school office before the 8th. Children will not be given the spray without parental consent.

This continues to be a challenging time for everyone. Please don’t forget that we are here to help and support in any way we can. If you are experiencing financial difficulty, we can offer support with food parcels and other essentials and also signpost to other sources of help. All information is treated in confidence. Please contact our pastoral team.

For tips on keeping emotionally well, St Helens Council are running a short online programme to support mental wellbeing. It is free to access and you can sign up here:

Thank you again for your continued support.

Mrs Hignett

Friday 13.11.20

It’s Friday again already. This week has raced by. The sun is shining (so far anyway) and the children look great dressed in their favourite outfits. There are bright colours, spots, Pudsey ears and, most importantly, smiles everywhere!

Our situation relating to Covid-19 remains the same. To date, all our classes are in school and there have been no further cases in staff or pupils. Attendance has been very good all week with around 95% of our children in every day. Well done everybody. Great effort at this time of year with all the usual colds and bugs around. 😊 Do please remember though that if your child or anyone in the house has a high temperature, new persistent cough or a loss of smell or taste, they should NOT attend school, instead take a test and isolate until told otherwise.

This week in staff news, we are sad to say goodbye to Ms Williams, learning support assistant in Y5 as she leaves us to take up a post in another school. We are also getting used to calling Miss Maclean (Y4) by her new name, Mrs Bancroft, following her marriage over half term. I know you will join us in sending best wishes to both members of staff. I’m also sure you will join me in thanking all our staff for their continued hard work and care for our children and one another in such difficult times. They come to school each day with huge smiles and make Broad Oak feel like a very special, happy, secure place to be despite the restrictions in place and the changes in rules.

On the drive to school each day, I’ve spotted lots of Christmas trees going up and it’s prompted me into talking about our celebrations in school with staff and children this year. I know things will have to be different but I promise we will continue to make it a special time for our Broad Oak family. Our initial plans include a virtual Christmas concert, a Christmas Movie afternoon on Christmas jumper day, party day as usual on the last day of term and I’m sure we will be lucky and receive a gift from Father Christmas himself even if he can’t make it in person this year.

Thank you for your continued support. It really does make a difference to us to hear your positive comments on the playground and through our communications with you. As ever, please do contact us if you have any concerns or need any help at all.

Have a great weekend!

Mrs Hignett

Friday 6.11.20

Hello again everybody. It’s Friday and it’s been a busy week! KS2 children have been working with Forces Fit on teambuilding activity sessions, Y2 are currently enjoying yoga and some classes have archery later. This is in addition to the great learning that’s been going on in classrooms. Well done everybody.

Today we say a temporary goodbye and good luck to Miss Brown as she begins her maternity leave. She has done an amazing job providing all our home learning on the website over the last few months and we will miss her a lot but can’t wait to meet the newest addition to our Broad Oak family.

As you know, we are now under new national restrictions in St Helens. This week to date, there have been no further positive cases identified in school following just one last term. We are continuing with all the safety measures we have put in place and have given additional visors and masks to staff for use around school.

If you are worried about safety in school during the pandemic or, indeed, anything at all we are here to help. We can signpost support and are happy to listen and help resolve issues where we can. Face to face meetings are limited but you can text, email or phone us. Alternatively find myself, Mr Affleck, Ms Gallagher or Mrs Kelly on the playground. We’re there each day.

Looking forward to next week, it is Children in Need Day on Friday 13th. Children are welcome to come dressed in something colourful, spotty, fancy dress or their favourite outfit and there will be activities taking place in classes. If you wish to send a donation in, we will pass it on to the charity but this is optional. We know that these are difficult times so please contribute if you can but don’t worry if you can’t, we will just have a lovely day together.

Take care, please follow the restrictions and stay at home over the weekend to look after our community.

Mrs Hignett

Monday 2.11.20

Welcome back! I hope you had a happy and healthy two weeks. It’s good to see the children back in school today.

I’m sure you aware that there will be new national restrictions in place from Thursday. School will remain open and we will continue to follow social distancing rules, undertake enhanced cleaning and keep children in their ‘bubbles’ throughout the day to keep everyone as safe as possible. We kindly ask that you continue to wear masks at drop off/collection and keep 2m away from other families and staff on the playground. You can drop off anytime up to 9.15 – your child will not be marked late - and collect up to 3.25pm. Please try to use quieter times and avoid 3pm pick ups where possible.

We are now in Autumn 2 and the weather is getting colder. We do keep windows open where we can to ensure good ventilation in classrooms. If you wish, your child can wear an additional red or black hoodie or jacket as well their school jumper if they are feeling a little chilly.

I want to reassure you that we have only had 1 positive case within school to date despite having 620 children and 100 staff.

It is really important that you keep us informed if your child or someone in your house has symptoms or is awaiting a test. Your child should not attend school in these circumstances. You should also tell us if your child is self-isolating because they have been in close contact with a positive case. There are lots of things we can do to support you including help with home learning, free school meals and signposting to other help.

I know this is a worrying time but we are committed to working with you to keep our children happy, healthy and learning. Together we can do this.

Mrs Hignett


Wednesday 21.10.20

Good afternoon everybody,

I hope you are enjoying the first part of the half term. I promised I would keep you updated if we heard any news about Covid-19 cases related to school. I have been informed of a single positive case linked to school in class 4K. If your child has been identified as a close contact in 4K, we have telephoned you and sent a text message with this information in. If you haven't heard from us, you do not need to do anything. School will reopen as planned on 2nd November and all children should return then. Please try not to worry. We are a large school community of 620 children and 100 adults and this is currently just a single case. We will continue to follow all our safety guidance and urge you to spend the holiday safely, following social distancing guidelines. There is more information in the letter below and remember you can contact school via email or by text on 07786201172. Both email and text messages will be monitored regularly throughout the half term.

Advice to All Parents - Single case

Dear Parents,

We have been made aware that a member of our school community has tested positive for COVID 19.

We know that you may find this concerning but we are continuing to monitor the situation and are working closely with Public Health England. This letter is to inform you of the current situation and provide advice on how to support your child. Please be reassured that for most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.

The small number of children who have been in close contact with the individual who has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) have received a direct phone call or text message informing them that their child must stay at home for 14 days. If you have not heard from us directly, then your child is NOT affected.

School will reopen as planned on 2nd November and your child should return as usual. Here is a reminder about what to do if you or your child devleops symptoms..

What to do if your child develops symptoms of COVID 19

If your child develops symptoms of COVID-19, they must not come to school and should remain at home for at least 10 days from the date when their symptoms appeared. Anyone with symptoms will be eligible for testing and this can be arranged via or by calling 119. 

All other household members who remain well, must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. This includes anyone in your ‘Support Bubble’.

Further information is available at:

The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill.

Household members should not go to work, school or public areas and exercise should be taken within the home.

If you require help with buying groceries, other shopping or picking up medication, or walking a dog, you should ask friends or family. Alternatively, you can order your shopping online and medication by phone or online.

Household members staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community

If you are able, move any vulnerable individuals (such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions) out of your home, to stay with friends or family for the duration of the home isolation period.


The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:


  • a new continuous cough
  • a high temperature
  • a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)

For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.

If your child does develop symptoms, you can seek advice from the website at If you are concerned about your child’s symptoms, or they are worsening you can seek advice from NHS 111 at or by phoning 111.

How to stop COVID-19 spreading

There are things you can do to help reduce the risk of you and anyone you live with getting ill with COVID-19


  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • wash your hands as soon as you get home
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards



Further Information

Further information is available at


Friday 16.10.20

Hello everybody,

It’s been a lovely day. I’ve enjoyed visiting each class (staying within the safe 2m zone of course) and giving out our Family Value Awards. A huge well done to all the winners, nominated by their teacher for being a really good friend in our Broad Oak family.

It’s also been a pleasure to award our first Y6 prefects badges today.  These children are excellent role models to others, showing the highest standards in effort, behaviour, attendance and uniform. I am very proud of them all. There will be another set of prefects announced early in Autumn 2 so all Y6 children have the opportunity to impress us between now and then!

In this last update of the half term, I want to say a big thank you to our staff and children for being so supportive and so willing to adapt to the new rules and routines in school. Everybody has come in each day with a smile and a positive attitude and school has been filled with warmth and enthusiasm. Our Broad Oak family is brilliant.

Thank you to all of you too, your encouragement on the playground as we welcomed everybody back and your support as we adopted new school times and rules has been much appreciated.

Next term, we will continue with all our measures to keep everybody safe. We have had no positive cases in children or staff at all to date. We are cleaning, sanitising, handwashing and distancing like never before!  Please continue to help us by following the guidelines carefully, not mixing households and self-isolating and getting a test if you need one.

Have a lovely break. If you require any support, our email and text sysytem will be checked regularly.  Remember, school reopens on Monday November 2nd.

See you then,

Mrs Hignett


Tuesday 13.10.20


Good morning everybody!

It’s the final week of half term. Don’t forget school closes for the October holiday this Friday and reopens on Monday November 2nd. Here’s hoping for lots of autumn sunshine over the break. Our brilliant children and amazing staff have worked so hard, they have definitely earned a relaxing fortnight. 

Thank you for your support for #helloyellow day. We raised an impressive £540 to be shared between Young Minds and the Broad Oak bus fund. We are dreaming of the day when we can go out of school on adventures again!

Thank you for your support with the measures we have taken to help keep our school Covid secure. We know it hasn’t been easy but please keep going with following the guidance, accessing a test and self-isolating if you need to.

We will be reviewing our risk assessments again over half term but as there have been no positive cases in staff or children to date, we don’t anticipate any changes.

As ever, we are here to help if you need support in any way. Please contact the school office or speak to pastoral or senior staff on the playground.

Take care,

Mrs Hignett


Wednesday 7.10.20

Good afternoon everybody,

Thank you for your continued support over this half term as we continue to get used to different ways of working. It’s been a whirlwind of one way systems, hand sanitising and extra cleaning but we are familiar with it now and all children continue to be happy and settled. 😊

Please remember to keep your child at home if they or someone they live with shows symptoms of coronavirus. If you are awaiting test results, they and everyone in the household (including their brother and sisters) must remain at home until a negative result is received. Please keep us informed – you can contact school via email, text or phone. You must tell us if your child has a positive result. Our email and text messages are monitored regularly. To date, we have had no reports of any children or staff testing positive for the virus and all our classes remain open, which is great news.

It’s hard to believe the end of the half term is approaching. We finish for half term on Friday October 16th at the usual time and school will be closed for 2 weeks, reopening on Monday 2nd November.

Before then, don’t forget we have #HelloYellow day on Friday October 9th. We are all looking forward to wearing yellow or our favourite outfits. A donation of £2 would be welcome to support the charity Young Minds and our Broad Oak bus fund but don’t worry if you can’t contribute this time. It’s more important that we have fun together and have a happy, emotionally healthy day!


Monday 28.9.20

Welcome to the new week. The children have got off to a great, settled start. 

I just want to remind parents/carers of the guidance I shared last week relating to self-isolation - you can find it by scrolling down this page. It is really important that everyone follows this and children do not attend school if someone in their household has symptoms or is awaiting the results of a test. To date, there are NO positive cases in staff or children at Broad Oak and, as such, all our class bubbles remain open. For those children who are at home, there is work uploaded daily onto the home learning section of this website. We do expect children who are not attending but are well in themselves to complete this.

Please also remember to wear a face covering and that only one adult per family should pick up/drop off to limit numbers on the playground.

In brighter news, on Friday October 9th we be celebrating #HelloYellow Day. This is a day organised by Young Minds to focus on the wellbeing of children and young people. Children can come to school wearing something yellow or their favourite outfit. The day will focus on wellbeing and children will take part in lots of different activities that will help look after their mind and body – something we feel is really important in these challenging times. Children are welcome to bring a donation (we suggest £2 but anything you can spare will be much appreciated, don’t worry if you can’t) and any money raised will be split between the Young Minds Charity and our Broad Oak bus fund.

Looking forward to it already!

Mrs Hignett

Thursday 24.09.20

Good morning everybody,

It’s been a busy week here at Broad Oak. Y6 enjoyed a military fitness session yesterday and we’ve been making the most of the school field for sports and games whilst the weather has been dry.

Just a reminder that on PE days, children should wear a PE kit of dark joggers or leggings, white t-shirt (their usual polo shirt is fine) and either their school jumper/cardigan or a plain red hoodie. PE days are not non-uniform days and football kits etc aren’t permitted.

There have been a lot of calls into the office asking for advice relating to Covid-19 and common colds/other illnesses. I’ve posted a chart below to help answer some of the most common questions we’ve had. Children can come to school if they are suffering from a common cold. It is only if they have one or more of the three following symptoms: high temperature, loss of taste or smell or a new, persistent cough that they should stay at home and you should book a test.

I am using these updates to share as much information as possible with you. I am happy to say there continue to be no positive cases linked to school and I would update you if that were to change.

Thank you for supporting us in wearing masks to pick up and drop off. I’d also like to remind you that we have a staggered drop off and pick up. Children can arrive right up until 9.15 and they will not be marked late. Equally they can be picked up right until 3.25 and we will keep them happy and settled until you arrive.

If you use Brunswick Street, I would urge you to arrive after 8.50 as it is much, much quieter at this time.

Thank you for your continued support. I know these are difficult times. If I can help or support in any way, please contact the school office.

Mrs Hignett

Monday 21st September

I hope you all had a lovely weekend. This week sees more changes locally with the introduction of new restrictions from tomorrow. I have uploaded a poster below with the key points on to remember. All staff on the playground and classroom doors will now be wearing face coverings at drop off and pick up, I would appreciate it if you do the same to keep everyone safe.

I know that some children will find themselves missing school at points during this term if they are or a family member need to self-isolate. I don’t want anybody to miss out on learning so there is a brand new section of the website here:

where you will find daily tasks that are in line with the learning taking place in the classroom each day. Photos or examples of your children’s learning should be emailed to the year group address on the home learning pages OR to and teachers will get back to you with their comments and next steps.


We do anticipate that most children will access learning through the website but if your individual circumstances require paper based activities, please let us know.

There is an expectation that children will complete this work whilst they are required to stay at home and it’s really important that activities are completed each day (if children are well enough of course). If you require any help or support, please text, email or phone us.

Mrs Hignett

Thursday 17th September

Lots of sunshine still!

Please see the letter above from St Helens Council regarding the wearing of face masks to drop off and collect children and other additional measures to reduce the spread of Covid-19. Thank you for supporting us and helping to look after our Broad Oak family. We do appreciate it.

Monday 14th September

Good morning everybody!

It’s lovely to see some sunshine again, I hope you had a lovely weekend.

I’m sure you have all seen the news that Covid-19 cases are rising in Merseyside. Please note that we do not have any confirmed cases in staff or pupils at Broad Oak. You would be informed as soon as practically possible if there was a positive case in your child’s bubble.

I will keep you updated with any new information here on the website so keep checking or call us if you have any questions or concerns. As always, I am happy to answer any questions as are senior and pastoral staff.

We continue to follow all the guidelines to keep everyone in our school as safe as possible including keeping in our class bubbles and regular handwashing and cleaning.

I just wanted to go over some important points to remember.

The three symptoms to look out for are:

  • High temperature (usually over 38 degrees)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if your child usually has a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • A loss of sense of taste or smell

It’s Autumn now and children will still get regular colds and coughs. They are able to attend school if they are well enough and they do NOT have one of the symptoms above. It is very important that if your child or someone they live with has one of these, you should contact 119 by phone or online to check their symptoms and see if they need a test. If you are advised to take a test, all people in the household should self-isolate until the symptoms have gone AND a negative test is received.

We will be creating a special area on our website this week for learning at home so children can keep up with their school work if they are unable to attend school. I will send more information soon.

Thank you for supporting us so well in these difficult times. It’s so lovely to have the children back with us and they are all very happy and settled. I do recognise that it is difficult for everyone at this moment though so thank you for your help and co-operation.

Take care,

Mrs Hignett

Wednesday 9.09.20

Good afternoon everybody!

We are now halfway through our first full week back at school. It’s been lovely to meet our new EYFS children this week. I’m so pleased with how well they’re settling in. I’ve been out on the playground each day this week and enjoyed meeting you again. It’s good to catch up. Thank you for your positive comments and feedback on our return to school. Here are just a few reminders that are important to follow to keep everyone safe:

  • Please use the staggered time to drop off/collect. Children can arrive anytime until 9am. They are not late at this time and lessons have not started. Equally, they can be picked up right up until 3.25pm. We are keeping them busy and settled – they are happy and occupied so don’t rush.
  • If you know there are parts of your journey where social distancing can’t be maintained (narrow roads/paths etc) please wear a face covering as you would do in other areas.
  • Only one adult should collect/drop off please.
  • Our staff are amazing. They are committed to working closely with you to benefit our children and are always willing to speak to you but please respect their safety and keep a 2m distance from them.
  • Children should come to school in their PE kit on PE days. No bags, pencil cases, personal items in school please. The usual PE uniform rules apply: plain dark or grey joggers, white t-shirt or polo shirt, normal red cardigan or jumper or a plain red hoodie. Trainers can be worn on PE days. See below for the PE day list:


All Y5 classes


All Y6 classes


All Y1 classes and 2S, 2G


All Y3 classes


All Y4 classes and 2B

Reception teachers will inform parents when children begin PE lessons – we allow them to settle in their setting for a few weeks first.

Once again, I thank you for your support as we find our way through new routines and different ways of working. There is a letter at the top of the page from St Helens Council which has some more information about the re-opening of local schools.

You’ll notice there are lots of additional staff on duty each day – Myself, Mr Affleck, Ms Gallagher and Mrs Kelly (our family support workers) are on the playground and Mrs Lombari, Pastoral Manager is at the front door. I do find it useful when you share your thoughts and ideas on how we can improve school further so please do get in touch or come and say hello on the playground or ask us for any help or support. Together we make things work for our children.

Take care,

Mrs Hignett