Coronavirus (COVID -19) Updates

Priory School is closed until further notice.

Key Worker and Vulnerable Children provision will commence on Thursday 7th January. This facility is FULL – but please contact the school if you are in urgent need of childcare and you are a critical worker. We will always try to help. Please also contact the school if you have reached a crisis point.

Remote learning provision will commence daily from Wednesday 6th January. For your child to gain the most from our learning programme, they need daily access to Google Suite (Google Classroom and Google Meet). Please contact the school if you having difficulty with this e.g. no laptop.

Keeping School Safe – The Guidelines

The school is required to follow the latest Government guidance, based on Public Health England advice: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/actions-for-schools-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak/guidance-for-full-opening-schools

The Government guidance outlines 7 main measures that schools must adopt in order to mitigate the spread of coronavirus: 

  • Systems to ensure children, staff and parents who are ill stay at home
  • Robust hand and respiratory hygiene
  • Enhanced cleaning arrangements
  • Face coverings. At the Priory School this means all adults wear face coverings in communal spaces, including those collecting and picking up pupils.
  • Engagement with NHS track and trace
  • Minimise contact between groups of children (known as ‘bubbles’).  At the Priory School this translates into class bubbles of 30 pupils.
  • Maintain a safe social distance (as far as is reasonably practicable) between individuals.  The guidance notes that younger children will not be able to distance effectively, so the priority is to keep our ‘bubbles’ (classes) separate to minimise contact and reduce risk.

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 on a weekly basis and changes are advised to staff and parents via the school newsletter. Our baseline document is provided below:

Autumn Opening Arrangements 2020 – 21

We have prepared the following Parent Handbook to try to answer some frequently asked questions.

The Latest Government Advice

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

Support For Families (Free School Meals Advice)

Do you need help during the coronavirus crisis?

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: