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A clean start for St Peter's pupils

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A clean start for St Peter's pupils

On Wednesday 3 June, pupils in Nursery, Reception, and Year 6 (J3) returned to school.

Social distancing is now the new normal in both the classroom and the playground, and new handwashing stations have been installed to ensure the safety of staff and pupils. 

There are three handwashing stations at Clifton and a double station in the Pascal Building for the J3s. The stations have been installed by the school's Estates team, who have been working hard behind the scenes to ensure that the school is ready for pupils to return.

The handwashing stations have been designed using old classroom benches which were held in storage at the school. Tom Swales, the school's plumber, installed the new sinks with contactless taps, to reduce the areas that need to be touched to operate them. 

Each tap has a temperature control valve, so the temperature can be set depending on the age group of the children who are using the sink.

Richard Blanchard, Acting Estates Manager, said: "I am incredibly proud of the Estates team for all their hard work over the last few weeks. The aim of the Estates team is to ensure that pupils at St Peter's can enjoy their education in a safe and secure environment, and the installation of the new handwashing stations will make a real difference to both pupils and staff. It has also been wonderful to reuse and repurpose the old classroom benches, giving them a new lease of life!"

Jeremy Walker, Head Master, said: "Tom’s hand washing stations are just fantastic and we are so lucky to have such talented and creative colleagues.  Our Support Staff have worked tirelessly to ensure that all is in place as we begin to re-open the school and I have enormous admiration and praise for all they do.  We really are ‘one staff’ at St Peter’s and all working together with pupils and parents."