Royston Road, Cudworth, Barnsley, S72 8AA

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Cherry Dale Primary School

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Please click the link below for our latest update on Covid-19

Covid Update Letter 22 05 20.pdf

14 May 2020

Dear Parents/Carers

As part of our preparation for the possible return to school next month, I would appreciate if you would respond to a text message that Mrs Whyke will be sending out later today.

At the moment this message is being sent only to the parents of Nursery, Reception, and Year 1 and Year 6 pupils. However we will be also contacting, in due course, all parents of children with EHCPs and those parents who are key workers.

Please can you let us know whether or not you will be sending the children to school by tomorrow at 12 noon by text? This will help us work out the safest plans for social distancing throughout school. We are aiming to keep the children in small teaching groups, as per the guidelines (less than 15 children) but also to ensure they are accessing the curriculum.

I must inform you that the government are recommending that children who are able to attend school should do so. However the guidance states that parents who do not wish to send their children will not be fined. Please refer to the online guidance shared with you on Tuesday.

More information will be provided in the coming days, but for now we need to focus on numbers so that we can ensure we have the safest plans in place, so that we can welcome your children back.

Thank you for your understanding.

Kindest regards,


Mrs Brown



Tuesday 12th May 2020


Dear Parents/Carers,

I do hope this letter finds you and your families well. I am writing to you today following the Prime Minister’s speeches from Sunday and yesterday evening too. I think it is important to share with you the guidance released for parents and carers, and most importantly reassure you that we are looking very carefully at how we might possibly open school safely for your children.

I would like to stress to you that this guidance has been published with the aim of primary schools re-opening at the beginning of June but this is not yet guaranteed. However we are looking very carefully at our options at Cherry Dale and working hard to put together a robust and clear plan to fit the timescale set out by the government.

As it currently stands, children of key workers, those with EHCP or other vulnerable children are entitled to be in school and this will continue from June 1st. In addition children who usually attend Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 will also be able to return to school.

I do appreciate you will have many questions and worries about school opening and your children returning. I assure you that we will be honest with you and share our plans in the coming days. At all times our priority is the safety and welfare of the Cherry Dale children and staff.

In the first instance please do look at the guidance for parents and carers. It is detailed below and might answer some of your questions or concerns. Please let us develop our plans and communicate them to you before you contact school with any other questions or concerns.

Finally, thank you to everyone for their support during these challenging and unprecedented times. I would like to say well done to you all for supporting your children in helping them not only complete school work but by making the best of the lockdown experience. Thank you for sharing photographs and work that your super star children have completed. Twitter is looking awesome and we’ve already been tweeted by Carol Voderman no less and also some authors. Please do keep the emails and messages coming!

We miss your children and cannot wait for everyone to be back. We must try and be patient a little longer though, to ensure it is a safe transition back to school.

With very best wishes,

Mrs Karen Brown



Friday 17 April 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,

I would like to introduce myself as Cherry Dale’s new Headteacher. I am delighted to finally be here even under such challenging circumstances. Genuinely I loved Cherry Dale the first time I visited back in November! I know that I am going to love working with the team and of course your wonderful children.

I would like to thank Mr Smith for his excellent leadership in supporting school throughout the spring term. Throughout the past term I have been working closely with the leadership team and also the governors. This has already provided me with great insight into how school operates. I have been made to feel very welcome. I will of course look forward to meeting you all once school is fully open, hopefully it won’t be too long!

In the meantime, I would like you to be aware of some changes we have made to the website. Specifically about home learning. There is a tab on the front page. Here you will be able to access your child’s year group with learning opportunities and also suggested activities that might help them keep busy. This planning will be updated at the end of each week, in readiness for the following Monday’s new learning.

A school email address has been set up for you to raise any queries or concerns. A member of the office team or leadership team will pick this up and respond to you as soon as possible. This is:

In addition all parents will be receiving their child’s class teacher email address. Please use this to ask for any clarification about the home learning or more importantly to share the successes of the home learning. We would love some photographs and examples of work so we can celebrate hard work! Please do only email the teachers during the hours of 8.30am -4.00pm, Monday to Friday. Teachers will of course reply to your email at their earliest possible convenience.

I will be looking to further update the website and provide communication around how we can best support the local community during this lockdown. Please continue to stay safe and do let us know if we can support you. 

With very best wishes,

Mrs Karen Brown

Shafton Outwood have created a website for year 6 students and parents about transition. It has a child friendly page and a parent page. They have shared the link on our Facebook page for parents to see.

Thank you also to everyone that has already returned the documentation that was sent out in the last email. It is really helpful to have this information.

Welcome To Cherry Dale Primary School

I have great pleasure in presenting the school and some of its aspirations to you on our website.

Cherry Dale is a new purpose built primary school which opened in 2007. It offers an exciting range of indoor and outdoor facilities designed to meet the needs of the children. At Cherry Dale we believe that every child has the entitlement to the very best education we can offer.

Our curriculum is made up of the National Curriculum and the Barnsley Agreed Syllabus for RE. Through carefully planned lessons we aim to bring the curriculum to life and give it true meaning through a range of activities and first hand experiences matched to the needs of each child.

Underpinning all we do are the principles of Every Child Matters. In an atmosphere which celebrates excellence and enjoyment we endeavour to ensure our children are safe and healthy and have the confidence to become enterprising individuals who are able to make a positive contribution to the world in which they live.

Cherry Dale Primary School is a community school. The children are at the heart of everything we do. The dedicated and hard working staff create a climate where learning is challenging and fun. We welcome parents into this partnership to share with us in promoting sound and enjoyable experiences.

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