Portishead Primary School

Portishead Primary School

Learning & achieving together

Covid 19 -Corona Virus Response May 29th  - School will not reopen next week for Year R, 1 and 6.

The information below is still relevant but unfortunately Trustees have decided that the earliest schools will reopen is Monday the 8th of June.

Statement from the LSP on wider reopening in June.

This means that we will be open for Key Worker children from Tuesday to Friday - Booking using the usual links.

A letter has been sent to all parents and carers today with a link to the LSP statement above confirming the decision and arrangements.

Home learning for all year groups is now live on the school website for Term 6 Week 1.

  • School leaders are working very hard to prepare for a safe return to school once the Government have decided the date it is safe to do so.
  • The first day of this reopening will be an INSET day to work with staff so that everyone is clear and well prepared for the arrival of the children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 6.
  • We will share full details with stakeholders once the return to school date is confirmed and the Trustees of the LSP have signed off the school risk assessment and confirm it is safe to open.
  • The school will offer key worker provision for Years 2, 3, 4 and 5.
  • Home learning will be provided for all year groups through the class pages.
  • Letters have been sent to all parents with a summary of our plans.
  • A final letter will be sent out once it has been confirmed that schools will reopen and on what date.
  • The school will be closed during half term.
  • There will be no wrap around care after the end of term 5 until further notice.
  • We thank all parents and staff for their patience and understanding during this period of uncertainty. 


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 continue to follow the  guidance from the government to continue to stay safe during this crisis.

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 during Lockdown

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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