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Dear Parents and Friends,

Well, here we are again another term nearly over. We have continued to be able to     provide a safe  environment for everyone and the children have enjoyed exploring Animals in the Environment which is our current topic.

As you are aware from my letter last week we are offering full time education after half term to everyone. We will continue working in tight class bubbles with no visitors or    supply staff, so we may have to close classes if we have staff illness, but as always we will only do this if there is no other option.   A reminder that hot school meals for children will be reinstated after half term.  It is a reduced menu which we will share with you via email on Friday when confirmed by Caterlink.

To confirm drop off and collection times will remain the same in order for additional cleaning routines to be carried out. If your child is transported please can you let them know any changes to arrangements for after half term (22nd February), thank you.

We will continue to test all staff twice a week and most staff will have been vaccinated for when we return.  As you are aware this will provide them with good protection after the second dose in 12 weeks’ time, however there is still a chance the virus can be caught and passed onto others even with the vaccine.  So we will continue to remain vigilant and keep in place our COVID measures.

I cannot believe we had to have a closure due to snow, fingers crossed that is it for a while now, but overall I am extremely proud of how we have managed to keep school open and everyone safe.

Have a nice half term and thank you for your continues support and understanding.


Best wishes,  Nikki




Please be aware we have just be notified of a new scam email concerning free school meals targeting vulnerable families. This scam email states the following:

‘If your child’s schools is closed and your child is entitled to free school meals; then to send your bank details to the schools and they will help with funding while the schools are closed.’

All the links in the email are fake. Please DO NOT click the links, respond or give any bank details or confidential information.


Emergency School Closures

In the hopefully unlikely event of the school having to close – perhaps due to snow, power failure or sickness – there is a website to keep parents informed of the situation. Please log on to

We will use the Text messaging service to contact you directly as soon as possible. Please make sure we have your most up-to-date details.
Updates will also be made on local radio stations, such as, Radio Gloucestershire and Severn Sound.


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We have received another fantastic donation from Grace Parrott’s family.  This money is going to be used to support the Gloucestershire Total Communication Project and will help so many people in the county to continue the excellent work.
Charity Number: 1022618


We are in short supply of parent volunteers for our committee, please please if you can spare us a couple of hours a term for ideas and support.
If you want to help please get in touch.

Do you know anyone who could help us or do you have any ideas? Please get in touch via the school on 01242 525472 or email

The Giving Machine

We have signed up to The Giving Machine, purchases will generate cash commission for us, please take a look and sign up for us.


The Textile Recycling Scheme helps to raise awareness of Textile Recycling. By participating you are helping the environment as well as raising funds for the school.
We collect all types of unwanted textiles  including adults & children’s clothes, paired shoes hats, bags, belts, curtains, towels and bed linen. Sorry we do not accept duvets, carpets, rugs soiled or wet clothing.

Battledown Centre for Children & Families. Harp Hill, Cheltenham GL52 6PZ Tel: 01242 525472 • Fax: 01242 257557

Battledown Centre for Children & Families. Harp Hill, Cheltenham GL52 6PZ Tel: 01242 525472 • Fax: 01242 257557