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Wednesday 9th June 2021:

Following on from the text messages sent yesterday, I can confirm we have a positive case in Y6 following receipt of a positive PCR.

Y6: You must isolate until 23:59 on 18th June 2021 and we look forward to welcoming you back to school on Monday 21st June. Please see letter for close contacts for more information. Current advice from PHE is that any close contact (i.e. someone asked to isolate) should book a PCR test for themselves. This is because the new DELTA variant can be present in children and young people without causing any symptoms.

Rest of school including Nursery: Children should continue to attend school as usual. See letter for further advice and guidance.

Thank you to all parents for your continued support and understanding. If you are engaging in the lateral flow device testing at home (twice a week) this is helping keep all members of our community safe. If you need to order LFD test kits you can do so here.

Bristol City Council have produced updated guidance which provides some useful information. 

Test and Trace Support Payments:

These are designed to help support those who have been asked to self-isolate & may lose income as a result. It includes parents who are looking after a child under 16 years of age who usually attend a school or childcare setting. If you think you may be eligible either now or in the future the link is: 

More information can be found here.


School full reopening 8 March 2021:


February 2021:

Bristol City Council have produced a very useful easy read booklet all about testing and isolating. You can access it here.

If you are an existing parent and have any questions or queries, please use the texting service to contact us; this will be checked daily during term time and at least three times a week during holiday periods.

 The Shirehampton approach to wearing face coverings:

  • No parent is required to wear face coverings on the school premises.
  • No parent is prohibited from wearing face coverings on the school premises.
  • Everyone is expected to respect the choices made by others, and no-one will be discriminated against for wearing or not wearing a face covering.
  • Everyone is to be made aware of the pros and cons of wearing face coverings in different situations, and how to manage the wearing of face coverings safely.


  • Parents are asked to consider whether to wear a face covering when attending the school site to drop off or pick up their children as our entrances are pinch points and keeping left and social distancing is not easy in the alleyway into school from St Mary’s Walk.
  • If visiting the office (by appointment only) parents need not wear a face covering as there is a screen between them and staff.
  • However if parents are invited to enter the school building for essential meetings with staff and/or professionals (by appointment only), they will be asked to wear a face covering, as they would if entering a shop or other public building until they are in the space identified for the meeting with staff.

Letter for parents about COVID-19 symptoms

Public Health England have produced a letter for parents which explains when a person requires a coronavirus test and what the symptoms of coronavirus are.

The intention of the letter is to help prevent children being taken out of school unnecessarily and answer some of the questions parents may have around testing.

You can view the letter here

If you have any of the main symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), you must stay at home (self-isolate) and get a test. The main Covid-19 symptoms 

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal                                                                      


What to do if a pupil is displaying symptoms of covid-19 (click)

Important advice for parents from local health and care leaders. Everyone is doing their bit to help beat coronavirus. If your child feels unwell, do your bit by going to the right place for medical care. Click here for more information. The School Nursing Team are also available to help and have a confidential chat. Call 0300 124 5816 or click here for more information

If you are struggling to afford food, you will probably be eligible for help from the foodbank. Though access to many services and organisations are currently restricted due to the coronavirus pandemic, there are still plenty of places you can access to request a referral to the foodbank. Most ask you to phone or email them, and they will then email us with your foodbank voucher.

Living in Lawrence Weston: Ambition Lawrence Weston 0117 9235112 or Long Cross Children's Centre 07342 033903                                                                        Living In Coombe Dingle or Sea Mills: Cafe on the Square or St Edyth's Church 0117 9681912                                                                                   Living in Brentry and Henbury:  Brentry and Henbury Children's Centre 0117 9593800                                                                                                                   If you can afford food, but are struggling to get it due to the coronavirus, you need to call the Bristol City Council’s We Are Bristol’s support phone number: 0800 694 0184                                                           The National Food Service Bristol, provide pre prepared meals and/or a fresh fruit and veg box as many times as people need, and are not means tested. They also provide a service of shopping if you are self isolating through Acorn. Please call 0117 325 0450, leave a message and they will call you back.

If you have any safeguarding concerns, please come and see Miss Munton, Mr Poole or Mr Maddaford. All conversations will be confidential. If a child is at immediate risk call the police using 999. You can also call First Response on 0117 9036444 if are have concerns about a child's well-being. The NSPCC can be contacted on 0808 800 5000 (Monday to Friday from 8am until 10pm or on Saturday or Sunday from 9am until 6pm). Their website is or you can email 

If you are in an emergency situation and need police help but can't speak, you can Make Yourself Heard by being transferred to the Silent Solution system. When you call 999 it is always best to speak if it is safe to do so. If making a noise will put you or in danger the operator will transfer you to the Silent Solution system. You will hear a police message that lasts for 20 seconds and starts with "you are through to the police." You will be asked to press 55; if you do you will be connected to the police, if you don't the call will be terminated. You will be asked simple question so police help can be arranged if needed. Click #SilentSolution for more information.

If you are a child and are worried about domestic abuse, you can access The Hide Out to understand it and how to take positive action if it's happening to you.

Supporting a friend, if you are a child, can be hard. You want to say and do the right thing to help, but you might not know the best way to do it. A friend's problem can sometimes make you unhappy too. You don't have to support them on your own. Especially if their problems are really serious. Often it is helpful to get advice from someone else. This doesn't mean you are letting your friend down. Childline have tips on how you can be there for them.  If there isn't an adult you can talk you, you can talk to Childline.

If you, as an adult, need someone to talk to please contact The Sanctuary who are running a telephone support line which is open every day from 4pm until 10pm. Click here for their contact details.