• Eskdale Academy

End of Year Letter to Parents

Dear Parents/Carers,

As we now approach the end of what has been a rather strange year, I would like to thank you on behalf of the staff and governors for your continued support during the COVID 19 pandemic.

We have all worked tirelessly to keep your children safe whilst still offering them a first class education. The children have been a true credit to all parents, carers and the community. I am so proud of The Eskdale Community and how we continue to work together to get through the ups and downs of this global pandemic.

I am particularly appreciative for everything that you have been doing to support learning from home. Many of our staff have young children themselves, so we all know how difficult it has been to juggle working from home with supporting your own children with their schooling, and this is of course in addition to dealing with all of the normal challenges of family life. The school has also received a number of messages of thanks and support from so many of you over these past few weeks, and these are all received very gratefully indeed. Thank you.

I would like to thank once again all of the teachers and staff who have continued to work exceptionally hard to ensure that the children are able to continue with their studies. I hope that your son/daughter has continued to find accessing the work via see saw to be straightforward and helpful. As said previously, although nothing can replace the impact of children being in school to receive the direct instruction and immediate feedback from their teachers, the use of Seesaw has enabled us to provide the children with the next best thing.

Staffing news

We welcome Mrs Henry, Inclusion Lead for the Trust, who has been seconded for a year to work alongside our Inclusion team. She has over 20 years’ experience in the SEN field of education. She will bring invaluable skills and knowledge to Eskdale Academy.

We welcome Miss L Dalkin also from Stranton who will be teaching in Year 3 for the academic year.

We say goodbye to Miss S Harper and we wish her every success in the future.

Classes from September will be as follows:

2 Year-old Provision

Mrs Tucker

Miss Mason

Mrs Bamford


Miss Edwards


Mrs Lilley

Speech & Language

Mrs McNeilly

Year 1

Miss Phillips (covering maternity leave until Oct half term for Miss Thomas)

Year 2

Mr Hole

Year 3

Miss Dalkin

Year 4

Miss Harrison

Year 5

Mr Goodwin

Year 6

Miss Smith

Miss Rennie

Mrs Sutton

I am hoping that September will see a fresh beginning at Eskdale Academy following this unprecedented year of lockdown and quarantine. We will be returning to full time in school education for all year groups and we will of course keep you updated about any new government guidance that comes through over the summer. Further updates, if any, will be shared by the start of the new term in September.

I hope that you and your families continue to keep safe and have a lovely summer holiday.

Yours sincerely,

Ms E Killeen