Coronavirus (COVID -19) Updates

COVID-19 Current School Status

All classes are open.

Outbreak Management Plan no longer active (13.09.2021 – 28.09.21).

Update on Positives Cases

21st Oct 2021 single confirmed positive case in school

18th Oct 2021 single confirmed positive case in school

10 / 13 / 14 / 15 / 17 / 20 / 21 Sept 2021 multiple confirmed positive cases in school.

2021-22 Letters sent

9 Sept 2021 Confirmed positive cases in school. Whole school ‘Warn and Inform’ letter issued (below).

7 Sept 2021 Confirmed positive case in school.

COVID-19 Risk Assessment & Contingency Planning

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus.

The vast majority of people (especially children) infected with the COVID-19 virus will experience mild to moderate respiratory illness and recover without requiring special treatment.

To protect everyone in our community, all schools are required to complete a risk assessment to consider the various control measures that must be in place.

At the Priory School, our risk assessment is formally reviewed by the Governing Body when there are significant changes in Government guidance. The control measures detailed in our risk assessment may be ‘stepped up or stepped down’ in the event of a national or local outbreak, following advice from the Public Health Management Team.

The Government’s advice portal can be found here:

The Priory School’s COVID-19 Risk Assessment

Whole School COVID-19 Risk Assessment

Priory School’s Lateral Flow Testing Risk Assessment (for staff)

The Priory School’s Contingency Plans – Outbreak Management Plan

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 Outbreak Management Plan can be found below. We have clarified the advice on when pupils may need to self-isolate.

The Priory School’s Contingency Plans – Remote learning Plan

Schools are required to maintain their capacity to deliver high quality remote education in 2021-22 for pupils who are well but unable to attend school due to Government guidance around COVID-19. This may be because the child themselves has tested positive or because the class may have temporarily reverted to remote learning as part of the ‘Outbreak Management Plan’.

The school received positive feedback from parents regarding its remote learning provision in 2020-21 (97% of those who responded felt the provision was good).

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.

COVID-19 Catch-up Premium Spending and Information

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:

The Priory School’s Recovery Premium Spending Plans 2021-22

The school intends to use any future additional funding (called the Recovery Premium) to invest in the National Tutoring Programme, teacher conferencing with SEND pupils and bespoke diagnostic assessments and learning plans for SEND pupils.

COVID-19 Support For Families

The impact of this pandemic on families continues to be real and significant. Please request help if you need it.

BCP Council Support

Please visit the BCP council website for advice about local services and support

If you have a specific need due to being unwell, self-isolating or are experiencing food poverty as a result of the Covid-19 situation, BCP Council may be able to offer additional support.

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

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.

COVID-19 The Coronavirus Archives (Communication with Parents during the start of the Pandemic)

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: