Portishead Primary School

Portishead Primary School

Learning & achieving together

Covid 19 -Corona Virus Response 

Dear parents, carers and visitors to the site,


Update 6th April 2.00pm 

A newsletter is being sent out today to announce that from tomorrow we will be relocating to a building at St Peter's school for the foreseeable future.

This will ease some of the staff pressures around remaining open on a permanent basis at both sites.

We will be operating as a school within a school and will maintain our own leadership, communication and admin. Our school at the St Peter's site will be staffed by our own teachers and support staff, who will plan our own provision. Booking for the use of this provision will be done through the usual links.

We are continuing to add daily videos to help stay in touch on our school Facebook Page and Friends of School Facebook page. These are just to make your children smile and help them stay connected with us.

No home learning over the next 2 weeks. We wish you all a happy and enjoyable Easter break and look forward to the bank holiday weekend.

Stay Home, Stay Sage and Protect the NHS

Mr R and the staff at PPS


The government has produced some mental health guidance for parents and carers during this challenging time. Health and wellbeing are the most important things to prioritise during this national crisis. Please see the link below.

Click here for guidance-for-parents-and-carers-on-supporting-child the mental health of children and young people during the Covid 19 crisis

Please follow the strict guidance from the Government to lock down and save lives!

Children attending school key worker school provision should be dropped off and picked up at the blue doors to the side entrance of the school hall/breakfast/after school club. You will be asked to sign in and sign out and complete some registration forms.

School Actions

What we are doing in school.

  • Reducing to the smallest staff rota possible to reduce the risks of infection to children and staff.
  • Continuing with thorough hygiene.
  • Asking parents to be mindful of social distancing at pick up and drop off.
  • Supporting the children with this distancing being mindful of their age and the activities they carry out.
  • Limiting all school contractors to the bare minimum needed to run the site and keep in clean.
  • No-one should and is allowed on the school site or to use the childcare if they have any symptoms of covid 19.


If you are a key worker and using this please can you book using the online link and cancel if you aren't attending. This allows us to plan staffing for each day based on accurate numbers. We appreciate shifts may change and will not turn children away.

These will continue to be updated as time goes on.Home learning pages now live. Start with the first page which contains ideas, resources and websites for all, then have a look at the year groups pages. W have had some parents phone and ask about how much should we complete. The honest answer is as much as you feel is manageable. Reading and phonics is very very important. Please see the General Advice tab on the home learning page for advice, resources  and homework that can be adapted for all children.

Our admin team sent out the booking form for key workers yesterday to all parents. Please complete only if you are a key worker and for only what you need. See bold text below.


Mr R

We continue to receive daily updates from Public Health England and are working with the leadership team of the LSP to respond appropriately as the nature of the situation continues to develop.

As things change we will continue to update you by email and will update the home page of the website. 


While the school is open for key workers they should continue to follow the NHS guidelines below if a child is ill.

Stay at home if you or a someone in your household  has coronavirus symptoms - 14 days

Stay at home for 14 days if you have either:

  • a high temperature – you feel hot to touch on your chest or back
  • a new, continuous cough – this means you've started coughing repeatedly

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you're staying at home.

Testing for coronavirus is not needed if you're staying at home.

National Education Testing

The Secretary of State for Education announced yesterday, Wednesday 18 March, that the 2019/20 national curriculum assessments will not take place due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

 Important Safeguarding Information

What do I do with any concerns I have regarding the protection of children, or concerns about inappropriate adult behaviour towards children while the school is open?

Phone the school office and ask to speak to Mr Riordan.  Explain that it is a safeguarding matter.  (You will be put straight through)

Outside of school hours or if the school closes any concerns can be made to: The Social Care Duty Team -01454 615165 or Police -101

Please consider your own online safety arrangements at home during this period of school closure where children may have more access to social media and the online world.

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