Coronavirus (COVID -19) Updates

Living with COVID-19 from 1st April 2022

· Free testing ends on 01.04.2022

· Anyone (including children) with the symptoms of a respiratory infection (i.e. Coronavirus), and who have a high temperature or feel unwell, should stay at home and avoid contact with other people until they feel well enough to resume normal activities and they no longer have a high temperature. This means children with a high temperature should not be in school and will be sent home.

· Adults with a positive COVID-19 test result should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for 5 days, which is when they are most infectious.  For children and young people aged 18 and under, the advice will be 3 days.

· There is no longer any requirement for schools to provide remote learning for children who are absent from school.  This is a significant workload burden for staff .  From 01.04 Priory school will only offer remote learning in exceptional circumstances. 

The population now has much stronger protection against COVID-19 than at any other point in the pandemic. This means we can begin to manage the virus like other respiratory infections, thanks to the success of the vaccination programme and access to antivirals, alongside natural immunity and increased scientific and public understanding about how to manage risk.”

‘Living with Covid-19’ Government advice

“The pandemic is not over and how the virus will develop over time remains uncertain. COVID still poses a real risk to many of us, particularly with case rates and hospitalisations on the rise.”

Dame Jenny Harries, Chief Exec of UKHSA

I feel that over the last 2 years, we have all worked brilliantly as a community to keep one another safe.  If your child is unwell, please do not send them to school.   If your child is COVID-19 positive, please do not send them to school. Thank you.

2021-22 COVID letters sent

Spring term 2022

Autumn term 2021

The Priory School’s Contingency Plans – Outbreak Management Plan and COVID-19 Risk Assessment

The Government have prepared a ‘Contingency Framework’ for schools, detailing the measures that schools may need to introduce in the case of a local (or national) outbreak.

The Priory School’s Contingency Plans – Remote learning Plan

The school uses Google Education Support as its remote learning platform, in particular Google Classroom.

Should any child have difficulty accessing the internet, please contact the school. We have a number of donated laptops and chrome books available for families who need them.

The Priory School’s Recovery Premium Spending 2021-22

Details of the Priory School’s spending of the 2021-22 catch up funding ( a ‘recovery premium’ of £2,510 and a school-led tutoring grant of £2,025) are part of our Pupil Premium spending plans.

The Priory School’s Catch-up Premium Spending 2020-21

In 2020-21, the Government provided additional funding to schools of £80 per child to help them support pupils catch up on months of missed education.

The Priory School’s allocation of funding and spending for 2020-21 can be found below:

Support for families

Apply for Free School Meal Support

Remember also, you may be eligible for Free School Meal support if:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guaranteed element of Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit. You must also have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit – if you apply on or after 1 April 2018, your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get)

The easiest and quickest way to apply is online at

School Office staff can confidentially support your application if you need some help. Your child will benefit from this support, because additional money is given to school so we can:

  • Provide a free school lunch for your child (even during a lockdown)
  • Provide financial support for trips and extra-curricular clubs
  • Provide a £40 Stevenson’s Uniform voucher
  • Guarantee extra learning support, including a daily reading mentor if they are behind

Christchurch Food Bank

We are proud to be a partner of Christchurch Food Bank, which means we can provide food bank vouchers for families who are in need.

Please contact the School Office and speak to Mrs Fidge, the Deputy Headteacher for more information.