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Covid 19 - Coronavirus 


Welcome to our page, which we hope will be a one-stop place to go for information regarding the possible impact of the Covid 19 pandemic on our school.

Please be assured that we are receiving regular updates from Public Health England and the DfE regarding this matter and we are following their guidelines.

Below you will find some useful links to some of the key government documents that are designed to inform parents. In addition there is a link to our Covid 19 Risk Assessment.

School arrangements in response to Covid 19

These are our current arrangements but they may well be subject to change dependent on the progress of the pandemic. 

  • School returned as  compulsory from September 2021
  • Start of day – staff will meet your children at the school gate or other entrance
    • Gates will be open longer to stagger entry between 08.40-08.55
    • Years 1,2 & 3 enter via Woodville Road
    • Years 4,5 & 6 enter via Ashburnham Road
    • Reception  enter via the  hall at 08.55
    • Nursery enter at 08.45 via Nursery entrance
    • If you have more than one child they can all enter via one of the entrances – ideally where your youngest child’s class enters
  • End of day
    • Pick up from playground at 15.15
    • Parents may enter and exit from either the Ashburnham or Woodville Road gates
  • We ask parents to wait for the children to come out of the building and not to enter the school
  • Children should return in full school uniform including school shoes
  • Children should bring a coat to school every day as we will be out in all weathers
  • Ventilation is key so windows will be open into the winter months so children will need to wear more clothes
  • Children should not bring any unnecessary items to school – no pencil case, toys etc.
  • P.E. lessons will take place as normal.  Children in years 3-6 should wear their PE kit to school on their PE days (see Newsletter 40 from July 2021). For Reception to Y2 P.E. kits should remain in school and will be sent home at the end of the half term
  • Swimming lessons will recommence for Years 1-6 in September and for Reception after half term.
  • Fit for Sport will continue to run afterschool care
  • After-school clubs will return to normal
  • Year 6 PGL and Year 5 TYM trips going ahead as normal
  • We will continue our daily heightened cleaning regime, including regular handwashing and enhanced cleaning of classrooms, toilets and communal areas
  • School meals service returns to normal with our new provider Caterlink
  • There is currently no requirement for social distancing in terms of distance between pupils in their individual classrooms or bubbles
  • Currently children and adults who have been double vaccinated will not be required to self-isolate, even if they have been in contact with a positive Covid 19 case
  • All payments must be via Scopay only. If this is a problem contact us immediately
  • We will continue to advise anyone showing any symptoms to be urgently tested and to self-isolate until the results and for at least 48 hours. And to share the results with us immediately
  • If your child presents with symptoms in school you will be called immediately and they will be isolated within school until parent/carer arrives
  • In the event of a confirmed case of covid-19 we will keep you informed via text/email/website and will be following the government guidelines


Our Covid 19 Risk Assessment is available below nd is regularly reviewed and updated.

If you have any further questions or concerns please do not hesitate to email Mrs Palmer ( and she will try to respond as soon as possible.


Current Parent Guide to COVID procedure

To see our contingency plan for a Covid19 outbreak

To see how we are making school as safe as possible see this document:

Please see the document below to find out all about our remote learning offer:

For information about how we plan to help children catch up what they missed during  Lockdown see the document below:

Symptoms of coronavirus


The symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • a new continuous cough

  • a high temperature

  • loss or change to your sense of taste or smell

but these symptoms do not necessarily mean you have the illness.

The symptoms are similar to other illnesses that are much more common, such as cold and flu. If you are showing any of these symptoms please immediately arrange for a covid test. You must self isolate for at least 48 hours and until you get a test confirming that you don't have the virus. If you get a positive test you must inform the school and self-isolate for at least 10 days or until symptoms have gone.


To book a Covid-19 test click here:

Department for Education Coronavirus helpline


On Monday 3rd March 2020 the DfE launched a new helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)

The following websites may be of help:



The government Website:


The DfE website where all guidance and information regarding Covi-19 can be found:


NHS England: