St James'CE VA Primary School

Creating a school family founded upon Christian values

  • love
  • hope
  • peace
  • joy
  • forgiveness
  • compassion
  • honesty
  • patience
  • perseverance
  • koinonia

Return to School September 2020


We are working hard to make all final arrangements for children to return to school in September - we can not wait to see everyone!

As we make decisions and confirm arrangements, we will upload information here to keep you as well informed as we can, so that you can also plan ahead.

The Government is confident that schools will be safe places to be, provided their advised measures are implemented, and we are confident that we can manage this guidance. You can read more about the Government's information for parents here. We will publish all relevant plans and risk assessments in due course.

Most important is that no-one with symptoms of or confirmed COVID comes to school. The symptoms are :

  • a high temperature
  • a new, continuous cough
  • a loss of, or change to, your sense of smell or taste

If you or any member of your household has symptoms, you must isolate and arrange to be tested.

Staggered start and finish times will be in place - we will confirm these shortly.

Packed lunches only - these can be provided by the kitchen if required (children entitled to FSM will receive a packed lunch from the kitchen). Please provide lunches in clearly named containers (not plastic bags). Lunches should be balanced and healthy - no sweets/chocolate bars/fizzy or sweet drinks. There should be at least one piece of fruit/vegetables. Grapes should be halved (to prevent choking). No nuts (we are a nut free school). No hot soups/hot thermoses etc. We do not have the capacity to heat food for children.

Dawn Until Dusk will re-commence Before & After School Club provision - please contact them directly to book (01234 930505) No other clubs will operate in the first instance.

We will close to all children except keyworkers on Friday afternoons. This is to allow for deeper cleaning at the end of the week, allow staff time to review on-going management of the school, and allow teachers time to plan ahead for the coming week. Please ensure you return requests for places by Thursday 3rd September. Parents whose children have been allocated places will be advised by Monday, 7th September at the latest.

To minimise the numbers of people on site, parents are asked to drop children at the main vehicle gate each morning and allow children to walk into school on their own. Collection at the end of the day will be from nominated spaces on the school site. On Monday 7th September, we are considering ways we can allow parents to drop children at the classrooms for their first day back at school, so we can allay any anxiety they may feel. Parents will not be able to enter any building, unless they have a prior appointment. Please communicate with us via email where possible. This is so we can limit any potential spread of COVID.

We will have procedures to support children who fall ill during the school day  - please make sure that we always have contact information for an adult who can collect your child from school quickly should they fall ill with Coronavirus symptoms.

Children will be able to bring essential school items with them, such as reading books (bookbags), PE kit, packed lunch. They must not bring any toys or similar items into school. They will not need their own pencil cases etc as we will provide individual stationery kits for each child.

School travel - please arrive to school on foot/bike/scooter where possible. Limit the use of public transport. Please do not drive to school if possible, and if you must drive, park well away from the school entrance and avoid using Nodders Way - there will be alot of pedestrians accessing the school entrance, particularly crossing Nodders Way, reducing the number of cars moving in this area will help keep people safe. Under no circumstances should any parent use the school drive/staff car park at any time (this includes when arriving/leaving from Before & After School Club).

Children will be expected to wear full school uniform.

You can help your child get ready for school by reminding them about handwashing routines, and the 'catch it, bin it' approach for when they have sniffles/sneezes etc. Please talk positively to them about coming back to school - hide your anxieties from them (tell us, not them!), remind them about how hard we all work to keep them safe at school, and that we will continue to do so, and that the numbers of children who become ill from COVID remains very low. The school day will change a little, but they will still have the same lessons, and will be able to play with friends in their class, and school will still feel like school - we will still laugh and have fun together!