01.04.21 Term 4 letter to parents


Family Art Adventure

 NEW for Spring 2021, we are running an exciting event in Thornbury alongside the Severn Vale Art Trail entitled the ‘Family Art Adventure’. It aims to be an enjoyable, healthy and free activity for us all to do!

The idea is that family/household members of all ages, but particularly children and young people, create their own works of art using any medium they wish during the Easter holidays. They are then encouraged to display it in their home windows for all to see from Friday 30th April to 31st May 2021. Thornbury residents then have plenty of time to walk, view and enjoy the window art by using a downloadable map as a guide.

The theme of the artwork is to create ‘what makes you happy’ and is aimed to be a celebration of the lockdown restrictions (hopefully!) coming to an end and life beginning to return to normal.

To be included in the Family Art Adventure downloadable map and be placed in a lucky draw, with a chance of winning a Special Edition ‘Little Box of Happiness’ from local artist Lorna Page, we invite you to register by submitting your home address and email address by 11.59pm 18th April 2021 on our website  https://www.severnvalearttrail.org/family-art-adventure that will be live on 1st April 2021.

 If you have any questions, please do contact familyartadventure@gmail.com and one of our Committee Volunteers will be happy to help you.


New Logo letter to parents 31.03.2021

CAMHS Website Letter for Parents and Carers 24.03.2021

Parent and carer events – pupils’ mental health needs

Appendix a – Two Bridges stakeholder letter

New School consultation letter to parents 08 03 21

Covid19 Risk Assessment for reopening 08.03.21

4.3.21 Letter to parents

Mental Health Survey

We would be very grateful if you could complete this short survey regarding your child/children’s emotional wellbeing throughout the Coronavirus pandemic. The information gathered will allow us to provide further support, where necessary, for both pupils and parents/carers during the upcoming months ahead. You can access the survey through the link below



South Glos Parents & Carers survey

ET Letter to Families 26th Feb 2021

Following the government announcement last night we are happy to confirm that New Siblands will be fully open again on March 8th.    The bubble system will be the same as in September.  More details will be provided later this week.

11.02.21 Letter re half term and school re-opening

Half term guide for parents reporting COVID cases

Link to Newsnight piece on the effect of the pandemic for pupils of special schools

29.01.21 Letter to Parents and Carers re LFT and staff vaccinations

General update on New Siblands in Lockdown 14.01.2021

Blended learning message to parents

ET Covid-19 Testing – Parents letter 12.01.21

Home learning message to parents 8.1.2020


7.1.2021 A quick update

Even though we have not been able to have pupils in school since the start of this week, the last 2 days have been very busy for staff, and hopefully your child/children have been kept busy with the work that their Teachers have sent home.

All families have been contacted to ascertain the number of pupils who would need to access the reduced provision as per the Government criteria, and we have tried to meet the requests of as many of these families as possible.

New staff and pupil bubbles have been created in different areas of the school, and classrooms prepared for those pupils returning. Risk assessments have had to be carried out to ensure that both pupils and staff can be kept safe whilst accessing the provision, with protocols in place to ensure this continues safely. 

For those pupils not attending the limited provision, the ‘Supported Home Learning’ staff groups are in the process of being set up, and staff will be making contact with you all soon.  For some parents this may not be your child’s usual Teacher, as they may be leading one of the groups for the limited provision in school, but this will be explained to you if it applies.

Thanks for your patience.


Letter to parents and carers January 2021 lockdown 5.01.2021


Letter to parents re January 2021

18.12.20 School re-opening

2390 Covid-19 Parents Guidev2 Christmas Holiday

15.12.20 Letter to Parents regarding Friday 18th December

Lightnight Craft Order form

10.12.20 Friday 18th December

Ofsted Report letter 4.12.20

New Siblands School Ofsted Final Report Nov 2020

2.12.20 Update on Face Coverings

1.12.20 COVID safety in Tier 3

Ofsted Interim Visit 22.11.20

17.11.20 Bubble 2 Reopening

16.11.20 Bubble 2 Closure Secondary Site

Change in physio 11.11.2020

5.11.20 Letter to parents (Updates to government advice)

Parent letter re lockdown 3.11.20

28.10.20 Bubble closure

What to do if my child tests positive for Covid-19 during half term


Bubble Closure confirmed case letter 7.10.20

Bubble Closure 3rd Oct 2020


Mid term letter to parents 29.9.20

Letter from LA to Parents & Carers 10.09.2020

Letter for parents – Welcome back September 2020


Hello from all the staff at New Siblands Primary School

Hello from all the staff at New Siblands Secondary School

Local Authority Emergency Assistance Grant

Local Authority Emergency Assistance Grant
Funding for people who are struggling to afford food and other essentials.

Letter for parents – full opening details

Full opening details

Letter for parents

parents confirmation letter September phase 3 opening

Letter for parents

Letter to parents phase 3 full re-opening

Letter from Andrew Buckton

Letter to parents
Inviting you to take a survey about the reduced provision and home learning offer. 
Please complete the short survey asap which will close at the weekend https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/5XKD8WD



Letter from Carrie Osmond regarding September

letter to parents re Sept opening phase 3



We are running two activities in between now and the end of term which we hope will bring the whole school community together and spread a bit of colour and happiness.

Click on each image below for more information








Many students will be spending more time on line during lockdown. We have produced some Online Safety Tips which we hope you will find helpful.

Home Learning E Safety Tips


Dear parents,

Please find an update from Carrie regarding PHASE 2 with more specific information regarding Home Learning.

Phase 2 home learning parent letter


Dear parents,

Please find a letter from Carrie about the next phase of opening our school.

Phase 2 reopening letter 25.5.20[3735]


Dear Parents,

We have now completed our staff and pupil risk assessments and we will be sending out letters next week with provisional offers for priority children for the slightly extended Phase two provision offer.

Next week is half term week and I have strongly advised all of our hard working staff to take a full break.  If you need to contact school, the primary site provision will be open and you can ring 01454 866754 between 8.30- 3.30.

Take care,  Carrie


Please find information for celebrating Eid safely during the pandemic.


  Celebrating Eid Al-Fitr in Lockdown Guidance – Muslim Council of Britain (MCB)

PRESS RELEASE 18 May 2020 Celebrating Eid al-Fitr during the Coronavirus: MCB releases guidance on how to celebrate safely Eid Al-Fitr, the celebration at the end of Ramadan, is due to be marked by Muslims across the world on the 24th of May, subject to the sighting of the new moon. With the UK having…



Please find attached information about annual reviews, and the parent views document.

Parent Views NEW

Website ARs message May 2020


Please find attached a letter from Andrew Buckton about the most recent government updates.

Letter from Andrew Buckton CEO on plans for reopening


Please find attached letter from Carrie regarding the address from Boris Johnson last night.

Update from New Siblands re Gov advice on school re-opening 11.05.20


Please find attached the latest newsletter from Carrie.

8.5.20 Newsetter 5


Boardmaker Online

Here is a letter about access to Boardmaker Online and its features. If you do not want your child to be set up please contact the school by Wednesday 13th May either by email to enquiries@newsiblands.org.uk, or let your child’s class teacher know:
Letter to parents re Boardmaker 07 05 2020



Information from Family Fund:

  Family Fund (@FamilyFund)
01/05/2020, 12:30

We’ve put together a web page dedicated to listing specific help and support from organisations that provide services, advice and other help to families raising disabled or seriously ill children.

Read more here: ow.ly/Ft5n50zsZxF

Fire safety information:



Please find information attached for those concerned about domestic violence during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Please find SENsational newsletter attached.

Keep safe!

SENsational Parent Newsletter 3 Rainbows[2935]



Please see below some useful information from the LDT

6.4.2020 LD Senate Coronavirus resources for use by families

6.4.2020 Supporting Children with LD ASD with COVID Isolation – Cardiff Resource

Useful information and resources

Please find some useful information and resources for you and your families on this page.

As ever, make sure you read any documents, watch videos and check any apps before sharing them with your child.

Social Stories

These have been written by our behaviour lead, Karen. They have been adapted for students on both primary and secondary site.

Secondary – What is Coronavirus social story

Primary What is Coronavirus social story

Emotional Well-being 

This is a very challenging time for us all. Krissie, our mental health lead, has put together some ideas and resources for you to use at home.

Emotional Wellbeing Info for Parents


Tuesday 24.3.2020

Please find below a letter from Vicky Ford MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Children and Families, which will be of interest to you.



Welcome to New Siblands School

New Siblands School occupies two sites in the market town of Thornbury on the outskirts of Bristol. The Primary School shares the building and facilities with our friends and partners Gillingstool primary school. We are two distinctive schools with some shared values – two schools, one community. Our Secondary School site is about half a mile away and offers our pupils a fantastic new learning space to move onto as they get older. We have an active programme of inclusive learning opportunities with local secondary schools Castle School and Marlwood School.

What they say

‘Thank you  again  for another  fabulous  year.’


‘Parents and carers overwhelmingly agree that their children are safe, happy and very well looked after.’


‘The sixth form provision is outstanding. Students are well prepared for their future life through experiences which are highly relevant.’


‘Pupils have excellent community involvement and use the local shops and facilities to support aspects of their learning. As a result, pupils are sociable and are equipped with good communication skills to help them lead as independent a life as is possible, given their needs.’


‘She is extremely happy at school.’


‘Well done to all the staff for providing such a happy, caring and stimulating atmosphere.’


‘It is fantastic and the best thing to happen in my child’s life’


‘We are really happy with the school’s hard work.’


‘Parents and carers overwhelmingly agree that their children are safe, happy and very well looked after.’


‘Since my child started school he has done so well in every way’