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COVID-19 Response

School Closure - January 2021

January 2021

Dear Parents & Carers,


I am sorry to inform you that school is now closed until later this term. Provision has been made to provide in school education for children of critical workers and children who are vulnerable (please see below). 


Nursery remains open as normal - all children enrolled at Nursery are welcome to continue attending.


Our teaching teams are preparing extensive and engaging home learning resources for you each week, which are available on your Google Classrooms. Please do engage with our remote education offer below, including a helpful guide to navigate Google Classroom and Google Meet. 


Please email us your questions and concerns and we will endeavour to respond and support you as quickly as we possibly can.


With my prayers and best wishes until we see each other again. God bless,

Tom Collins


Provision for children of critical workers and vulnerable pupils:

If you are a critical worker, your child(ren) will be entitled to a full time school space.

Please email Miss Green directly if your require a space for in school, full time education: 


Parents of vulnerable pupils have been invited to attend school via email. 


Please be aware of the following information:

  • The school day remains unchanged: 08:35 - 15:25 Monday to Friday (with registration at 09:00 and pick up from 15:05)
  • Nursery times remain unchanged: 08:40 - 14:40 (or 15:20 for the extended day)
  • Your child’s normal school timetable applies (normal PE day)
  • School uniform should be worn as normal
  • School dinners will be available as normal
  • Children will continue to be bubbled in year groups
  • Bubbles may be closed as positive cases are identified


The following classrooms will be open on your arrival at school:

Nursery - Ladybird Class

Year R - Miss Longman’s Class

Year 1 - Miss Rycroft’s Class

Year 2 - Miss Young’s Class

Year 3 - Miss Moore’s Class

Year 4 - Miss Cook’s Class

Year 5 - Miss Nicholls’ Class

Year 6 - Mrs Dollner’s Class

If you are unsure where to go, please just ask the senior staff on duty who will be more than happy to help you.


Definition of Critical Workers

Parents whose work is critical to the coronavirus (COVID-19) and EU transition response include those who work in health and social care and in other key sectors outlined in the following sections.


Health and social care

This includes, but is not limited to, doctors, nurses, midwives, paramedics, social workers, care workers, and other frontline health and social care staff including volunteers; the support and specialist staff required to maintain the UK’s health and social care sector; those working as part of the health and social care supply chain, including producers and distributors of medicines and medical and personal protective equipment.


Education and childcare

This includes:

  • childcare
  • support and teaching staff
  • social workers
  • specialist education professionals who must remain active during the coronavirus (COVID-19) response to deliver this approach


Key public services

This includes:

  • those essential to the running of the justice system
  • religious staff
  • charities and workers delivering key frontline services
  • those responsible for the management of the deceased
  • journalists and broadcasters who are providing public service broadcasting


Local and national government

This only includes those administrative occupations essential to the effective delivery of:

  • the coronavirus (COVID-19) response, and the delivery of and response to EU transition
  • essential public services, such as the payment of benefits and the certification or checking of goods for import and export (including animal products, animals, plants and food), including in government agencies and arms length bodies


Food and other necessary goods

This includes those involved in food:

  • production
  • processing
  • distribution
  • sale and delivery
  • as well as those essential to the provision of other key goods (for example hygienic and veterinary medicines)


Public safety and national security

This includes:

  • police and support staff
  • Ministry of Defence civilians
  • contractor and armed forces personnel (those critical to the delivery of key defence and national security outputs and essential to the response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and EU transition)
  • fire and rescue service employees (including support staff)
  • National Crime Agency staff
  • those maintaining border security, prison and probation staff and other national security roles, including those overseas


Transport and border

This includes those who will keep the air, water, road and rail passenger and freight transport modes operating during the coronavirus (COVID-19) response and EU transition, including those working on transport systems through which supply chains pass and those constructing or supporting the operation of critical transport and border infrastructure through which supply chains pass.


Utilities, communication and financial services

This includes:

  • staff needed for essential financial services provision (including but not limited to workers in banks, building societies and financial market infrastructure)
  • the oil, gas, electricity and water sectors (including sewerage)
  • information technology and data infrastructure sector and primary industry supplies to continue during the coronavirus (COVID-19) response
  • key staff working in the civil nuclear, chemicals, telecommunications (including but not limited to network operations, field engineering, call centre staff, IT and data infrastructure, 999 and 111 critical services)
  • postal services and delivery
  • payments providers
  • waste disposal sectors


Remote Education Offer