Market Deeping Community Primary School

Willoughby Avenue, Market Deeping, Lincolnshire PE6 8JE

01778 343654


Here at Market Deeping Community School 'we work together so that everyone can achieve their unique potential.'

The school has experienced an exciting wave of development and improvement in recent years.  In January 2019 work was completed on a new school hall, new classroom and new learning spaces (CLICK HERE to find out more).  Have a look at OUR SCHOOL newsletters, Twitter and Headteacher's Reports to Parents to keep up to date on everything that is going on in our exciting school!

We have excellent Year 6 National Test Results as well sporting successes, musical triumphs and drama performances. Our most recent OFSTED inspection report is available here (click)...

Termly Headteacher Reports to parents are available here...

Termly Governor Impact Reports are available here...


Our VALUES – what we stand for…

We RESPECT each other’s opinions and beliefs which we demonstrate in our everyday behaviour.

We celebrate our links with the local COMMUNITY and experience the diversity and wonders of the world.

We are passionate about lifelong LEARNING.

We NURTURE all by developing resilient learners who explore, communicate and achieve with confidence.

We are all LEADERS and have the opportunity to contribute and take responsibility for the development of our school.


Our VISION – what we aspire to be…

Growing together to be the best.


Our MISSION – what we do at MDCPS…

We work together so that everyone can achieve their unique potential.


If you are considering enrolling your child at our school , please contact the school  so we can show you around, answer any questions and introduce you to some of the staff. Click here for information about admissions.

COVID - 19


Information to share with children returning to school after half- term

COVID Risk Assessment

Headteacher's Update 19/05/2020

Dear Parents

The government will hopefully confirm during half term whether or not Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 children will be able to return to school on Monday 1st June.  To all of those parents who responded to our forms saying that they would like a place for their child, we are pleased to confirm that your child has been allocated a place.  Please do not send your child into school if you did not respond to the form as they will be sent home.

There will be a separate Parentmail tomorrow with information that parents of returning children will need to follow and share with their children prior to their return to school.  We have had a great deal of information from the government which has changed a number of times since the Prime Minister’s announcement last Monday.  We are doing our best in challenging times and hopefully the following information will provide you an outline of some of the challenges we face so that you can understand our logic behind the decisions we are making as a school.

How many children are coming in to school after half term?

There will be 101 children coming in to school and we have had to put some very strict measures in place to ensure we meet government guidance so as to minimise the risk of spreading Covid-19.  Unfortunately it will impossible to guarantee that children across the school will not be 2m social distancing at all times – our corridors are only 1.5m wide, we have two boys’ toilets cubicles available for 43 boys in Key Stage 2.  We will, however, be putting in routines and systems to minimise the risk of contact between our children. 

How many children can we take?

The school is very close to its capacity to be able to follow the guidelines of social distancing in classrooms -for example with 38 Year 6 pupils in three groups of 12 we potentially have 2 children working with a mixed Y3,Y4 and Y5 group.  It is, therefore, essential to know whether all the children will be returning to school each day so we can manage numbers going forward.  If you decide at a later date that you would like to send your child in to school then you need to contact us in advance and give us as much notice as possible. 

It is important to understand the framework schools have been given - The government have prioritised groups coming in to school as follows: Vulnerable pupils and Key Workers, then Reception pupils, then Year 1 and finally Year 6 pupils.  We have a limited number of staff available in school as a number are shielding due to health vulnerabilities.  We are at our maximum number of groups.  Therefore should there be an increase in demand for Reception places during the term then places for Year 6 children may have to be reduced.

What are BUBBLE groups?

Children will be in groups of up to 12 in a class with two members of staff (at least one is a qualified teacher overseeing provision).  These will be our BUBBLE groups; there are 8 BUBBLES.  It is our priority to minimise contact from one BUBBLE to another because if a child shows symptoms of Covid-19 and subsequently tests positive all children and staff in that BUBBLE will have to self-isolate at home for 14 days.

What are we doing to minimise risk of spreading Covid-19?

These are some key elements of the provision but we aim to publish our full list on to the school website that highlights what we are doing in respect to all government guidance before the return to school.

  • Staggered entry and pick up times to school so that different BUBBLES arrive at different times and enter through different gates and doors in to school.
  • Children to keep bags and lunches with them at all times – stored by desks, not in lockers. Items such as books should not go back and forth between home and school.
  • No hot meals being served, children having picnic lunches on the field and in classrooms if it is wet.
  • Classrooms of no more than 12 with 2 designated adults to enable breaks, planning and preparation. No specialist teaching – music, sport etc.  Desks set 2m apart and movement around classroom to be limited and directed (this is not possible for Reception pupils). 
  • Shared equipment in Reception to be minimised, personal hygiene to be a priority. Shared equipment to be regularly cleaned or left for over 72 hours to allow potential COVID-19 contamination to clear.
  • Children to be regularly reminded and directed to wash their hands and follow hygiene rules.
  • Children to have necessary equipment and books with them on their desks
  • Teachers to teach from the front of the room.
  • Books cannot be collected in for marking so marking to be done by the pupil as teacher goes through work from the front of the room.
  • There will be no assemblies and minimal use of the hall with the children spending as much time outside as possible.
  • Clearing classrooms of soft items, shared resources etc.
  • BUBBLE Play zones – areas of the playground and field to be marked for specific use by the BUBBLE group. There should be no interaction between BUBBLES.  Children within BUBBLES should aim to be 2m apart at all times (this is going to be very difficult for younger children).
  • BUBBLE staff to supervise the group at playtimes.
  • PPE to be worn by staff dealing with children with COVID-19 symptoms and adherence to government guidance in dealing with these pupils and informing all parents should there be a confirmed diagnosis and the subsequent actions to take.
  • Thorough daily cleaning of the school and at times during the day. The school will have a ‘deep clean’ during the half term break.


Sadly school is going to be a very different place for the foreseeable future but we will be prioritising work on children’s wellbeing and coping during this difficult time.  Children in school will be following the same work as is provided on the school website for Home Learning. 


It is a difficult time for our community and communities across the world.  It is very sad that our Year 6 pupils have missed out on key memories – the challenge and accomplishment of SATS, their Year 6 production, trip to Tallington Lakes and a Leavers’ party.  It will be nice to welcome some of them back before they move on to secondary school albeit in a very different environment.


There is an interesting BBC News report on how schooling is working in Denmark which will be helpful to watch with your children to give them an idea of what school will be like.

For those returning to school next month please look out for the guidance coming your way and share this with your children so they know what to expect when they come in to school. 

Take care of yourselves and your families.


Yours sincerely

Mark Ratchford

Dear Parents

Home Learning

All children should now have their Home Learning books. These contain various login details for online learning platforms to support their learning. They can use these books to record any work they do over the next few weeks whilst the school is closed.  There is work available for your children to do at home on the Class Pages section of the school’s website:

It is really important that if they are well enough your children should do some work every day.  Particularly reading, writing and mathematics.  There are also lots of ideas for them to start thinking about their topics for next term.  There should be more than enough work for them to do in the run up to the Easter holidays.  We will review the situation during the Easter break and hopefully have a clearer picture of how long the school closures will be in place.  At which time we will ensure further activities are placed on the website.

Missing at least the next two weeks of school will have a significant impact on their learning and will be a great disadvantage to the educational progress they will make in primary school.

Communication with School

All communication from school to parents will be via ParentMail and the Class Pages of  If you wish to communicate with the school or a member of staff over a safeguarding concern or other emergency concern please email  This email will be monitored daily throughout closures but there may be delay in responding to concerns particularly if staff are unwell.  We will aim for the school office to be manned whilst the school is in operation. 

Sadly it will not be possible to use Seesaw during this period as it is likely staff will be affected by illness and we do not want a situation where one class is receiving a lot of interaction with a teacher and then another is not able to work – this would lead to inconsistencies. 


It is likely that the older children in school will be communicating via social media more than usual.  Please closely monitor, check what they are doing.  We have had a number of issues in recent weeks where children are using this inappropriately.  Similarly they will be tempted to spend a lot of time gaming!  Please ensure they do spend time on some school work.  Children with symptoms should be isolated – not in the park, not shopping in Tesco.  Please follow advice to socially distance from others and avoid playdates. 

NHS 111 Website

If you are isolated at home due to exhibiting symptoms information can be found here:

If you have a safeguarding concern about a child’s welfare please contact Lincolnshire Children’s Welfare Services 01522 782111 or The Police on 101 or in an emergency 999.  Please email the school to let us know if you have made a referral.


Thank you for your support during this difficult time.  Please keep yourselves, your loved ones and members of our community safe.

Yours sincerely

Mark Ratchford

From the Department for Education:

From Friday 20 March schools, childcare and other educational settings are closed for everyone except:

·         children of critical workers

·         vulnerable children

We have published guidance for parents and carers:


Critical workers

If parents’ work is critical to the coronavirus response, their children will be prioritised for early years and education provision.

The Government has published a list of critical workers:



Handwashing advice

The most important thing individuals can do to protect themselves is to wash their hands more often, for at least 20 seconds, with soap and water. Public Health England recommends that in addition to handwashing before eating, and after coughing and sneezing, everyone should also wash hands after using toilets and travelling on public transport.

The latest guidance and video on hand washing can be found here:


Department for Education coronavirus helpline

The Department for Education coronavirus helpline is available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday), 10am to 4pm (Saturday to Sunday)

Please note, we are currently experiencing high volumes of calls. We appreciate your patience at this time and apologise for any wait that you may experience. To ensure that we answer your calls as quickly as possible, we have now extended our opening hours to cover weekends and are increasing the number of call handlers available to answer your calls.

If you work in a school, please have your unique reference number (URN or UK PRN) available when calling the hotline.

Where to find the latest information

Updates on COVID-19:


Guidance for educational settings:


Guidance for social or community care and residential settings:


Travel advice for those travelling and living overseas:


Educational resources:



Latest Department for Education information:



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