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Covid 19/Coronavirus information

This page will act as a hub for key information to support families during the current Covid19/Coronavirus emergency

Document referenced in Headteacher update 5th June

Wider school opening information film

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A film for families about returning to school on June 1 2020

Wider school opening update


Plans are being put in place to widen the opening of our school from the week beginning 1st June, following the Government’s recent announcement to this effect.  This involves a detailed risk assessment being undertaken and specific plans put in place to ensure maximum pupil and staff safety on return.  School staff are currently working on this and aim to publish details of how the school will widen its opening by Friday 22nd May.  We will write to all parents with these details on that date as well. 


Parents should note meanwhile that only year R, year 1 and year 6 pupils will be involved in this wider opening.  This will be in addition to those who are classed as vulnerable and children of critical workers, who continue to be eligible to attend.


The plans we will communicate on 22nd May will come into effect after the half term week providing the Government’s scientific advice to be published on Thursday 28th May gives us the go-ahead to put the plans into action.

Department of Education update 19-4-2020


The Department of Education tweeted the following information - 



Department for Education (@educationgovuk)

18/04/2020, 23:07

No decision has been made on a timetable for re-opening schools. Schools remain closed until further notice, except for children of critical workers and the most vulnerable children.

Schools will only re-open when the scientific advice indicates it is the right time to do so.

British Dyslexia Association webinars for parents supporting children

Websites to support families with mental health and wellbeing and online safety

You should now only send your child to school if you have to, because your work is critical to our COVID-19 response. If you are able to keep your child at home, you should.


Sending your child to school in the current emergency, unless there is absolutely no safe alternative and because your job is critical front-line work, may cost lives and undermine the life-saving work of the NHS.  


Please think first.



Latest Government Advice for Schools and Families about Covid 19/Coronavirus


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:

This information is summarised for our families in the document below.

Guidance for families about critical worker school opening