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Coronavirus Information

The purpose of this webpage is to store relevant information for parents about the Coronavirus COVID-19 and the impact it is having in school. It is intended to be a useful reference point for accurate information and guidance.

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The school is now going through a phased wider opening for more pupils. There are a few children whose parents' work has been deemed critical to the national efforts in battling coronavirus and these children have been given access to childcare offered by school, alongside children from Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 who the DfE asked schools to invite back. 


For all other children staying at home is the safest place they can be. We are all asked to stay at home and work from home to slow the spread of Covid-19. Some non-essential businesses are now beginning to reopen.


The Chancellor’s rescue economy package, announced on Friday 20 March, means that most businesses should be able to furlough staff and pay them 80% of their wages, claiming this money back from the government by the end of April. In this way businesses should not have to make staff redundant and parents can stay at home, looking after their children, allowing only critical workers and vulnerable families to access the emergency provision in schools. 


The school website already has a blogging platform in place and the Video Sharing Platform (both available from the Pupil menu on the website). Some teachers may use the blogging site to converse with pupils, although now that we have moved over to Google Classroom for virtual learning, many pupils are chatting on there instead. 



To support the delay of the spread of the virus, the Department for Health and Social Care has asked anyone who shows certain symptoms to stay at home ISOLATED for 14 days. This means people should stay at home and avoid all contact with others for 14 days from the point of displaying mild symptoms, to slow the spread of infection. This affects the entire household not just the people showing symptoms. So regardless of whether other people in the household are showing symptoms, whole households should now put themselves in quarantine for the full 14 days.

The symptoms are: 

  • A high temperature (37.8 degrees and above)
  • A new, continuous cough
  • Loss of sense of smell/taste


The Department for Education (DfE) has launched a helpline for parents and schools to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education.


Phone: 0800 046 8687


Opening hours: 8am - 6pm Monday to Friday


There are also some great resources to help with our children's mental health. These are listed below.

The coronavirus action plan was launched in early March by the government. This document sets out what they have done to tackle coronavirus (COVID-19), and what it plans to do next, depending upon the course the current coronavirus outbreak takes. Most up-to-date information from the government can be found here and from the NHS here 
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Questions about Coronavirus and our school response

If you want to ask any questions about coronavirus, trips and plans for school closures then you can contact the school office using the form below. We will respond as soon as possible.