Coronavirus (COVID -19) Updates

Priory School is OPEN.

COVID-19 Risk Assessment

The guidance requires that the school completes a Risk Assessment to consider the various protective measures that must be in place. This Risk Assessment needs to be approved by the Governing Body and the Local Authority.

Our Risk Assessment is formally reviewed when there are significant changes in Government guidance or local infection rates. The latest Government guidance can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus/education-and-childcare

Reopening Arrangements (from March 8th) – Summer 1 2021

We have prepared a Parent Handbook to answer some frequently asked questions about what school will be like during the Spring term (and during Summer 1).

COVID-19 Catch-up Premium Spending and Information

The Government provided additional funding to schools of £80 per child to help them support pupils catch up on months of missed education.

While schools can use their funding in a way that suits their cohort and circumstances, they are expected to use this funding for specific activities which will help pupils catch up.

The Priory School’s allocation of funding and agreed spending plan for this year can be found below:

Contingency Planning (in case of a further national lockdown)

Priory School Contingency Plans: Key Worker and Vulnerable Children provision

Priory School Contingency Plans: Remote learning Offer (Full Lockdown)

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 been able to loan out numerous laptops and chrome books during this difficult time.

The Latest Government Advice

Latest government advice and information for parents can be found at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/

Support For Families (Free School Meals Advice)

BCP council services continue to be available through the websitehttps://www.bcpcouncil.gov.uk/News/News-Features/COVID19/Find-help-or-help-your-community/How-to-get-help/I-need-help-support-or-advice.aspx.

If you have a specific need due to being unwell, self-isolating or are experiencing food poverty as a result of the covid19 situation, we may be able to offer additional support.

If you have an urgent need, call BCP on 0300 123 7052.

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 https://www.bournemouth.gov.uk/childreneducation/Schools/FreeSchoolMeals.aspx

The Coronavirus Archives (Communication with Parents 2019-20)

Priory School Choir and Musicians pay tribute to all key workers. Thank you!

Our letters to parents explaining the previous control measures to prevent the spread of the infection can be found here: