Coronavirus (COVID -19) Updates

Priory School is fully open to all pupils from Monday 7th September.

The coronavirus pandemic is not over and infection rates continue to rise. The school is required to follow the latest Government guidance, based on Public Health England advice:

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, where recommended
  • Engagement with NHS track and trace – please note this is expected of the entire school community
  • Minimise contact between groups of children (known as ‘bubbles’).  At the Priory School this translates into class bubbles of 30 / 31 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 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

Support For Families (Free School Meals Advice)

Do you need help during the coronavirus crisis?

BCP council services continue to be available through the website 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

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: