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Northgate Primary School

Northgate Primary School



Tuesday 24th March

The Clevedon Learning Trust fully endorse the most recent scientific advice on how to further limit the spread of COVID-19. If children can stay safely at home, they should, in order to limit the chance of the virus spreading.

The fewer children making the journey to school, and the fewer children in educational settings, the lower the risk that the virus can spread and infect vulnerable individuals in wider society.

That is why the government has asked parents to keep their children at home, wherever possible. At this current time, all the schools in the CLT will remain open only for those children who absolutely need to attend. This will need to be reviewed regularly in relation to staffing and safety requirements.

We are therefore being asked to continue to provide care for a limited number of children - those who are vulnerable and whose parents are critical to the Covid-19 response and cannot be safely cared for at home by another member of the family.

The government have provided guidance (19 March) relating to Critical Workers. Many parents working in these sectors may be able to ensure that their child is kept at home. Every child who can be safely cared for at home should be.

In order to allow your Critical Worker partner to go to work we would encourage non-Critical Workers to go back to your employer and ask for time off to care for your child. If you are self-employed or an employee, the Chancellor is due to announce how you will be able to claim for loss of earnings.

We will only be able to provide this service whilst we have sufficient staff to operate safely. Should we find that we do not have enough staff, due to illness and self-isolation, then we will be forced to close until such a time that we have staff available to safely provide educational provision. Should we need to close, we will work with the Clevedon Learning Trust to signpost parents to alternative provision.


Monday 23rd March

Friday 20th March

Parents whose work is critical to the COVID-19 response include those who work in health and social care and in other key sectors outlined below. Many parents working in these sectors may be able to ensure their child is kept at home. And every child who can be safely cared for at home should be.

Please, therefore, follow these key principles:

  1. If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be.
  2. If a child needs specialist support, is vulnerable or has a parent who is a critical worker, then educational provision will be available for them.
  3. Parents should not rely for childcare upon those who are advised to be in the stringent social distancing category such as grandparents, friends, or family members with underlying conditions.
  4. Parents should also do everything they can to ensure children are not mixing socially in a way which can continue to spread the virus. They should observe the same social distancing principles as adults.
  5. Residential special schools, boarding schools and special settings continue to care for children wherever possible.

If your work is critical to the COVID-19 response, or you work in one of the critical sectors listed below, and you cannot keep your child safe at home then your children will be prioritised for education provision:

Health and social care

This includes but is not limited to doctors, nurses, midwives, paramedics, social workers, care workers, and other frontline health and social care staff including volunteers; the support and specialist staff required to maintain the UK’s health and social care sector; those working as part of the health and social care supply chain, including producers and distributers of medicines and medical and personal protective equipment.

Education and childcare

This includes nursery and teaching staff, social workers and those specialist education professionals who must remain active during the COVID-19 response to deliver this approach.

Key public services

This includes those essential to the running of the justice system, religious staff, charities and workers delivering key frontline services, those responsible for the management of the deceased, and journalists and broadcasters who are providing public service broadcasting.

Local and national government

This only includes those administrative occupations essential to the effective delivery of the COVID-19 response or delivering essential public services such as the payment of benefits, including in government agencies and arms length bodies.

Food and other necessary goods

This includes those involved in food production, processing, distribution, sale and delivery as well as those essential to the provision of other key goods (for example hygienic and veterinary medicines).

Public safety and national security

This includes police and support staff, Ministry of Defence civilians, contractor and armed forces personnel (those critical to the delivery of key defence and national security outputs and essential to the response to the COVID-19 pandemic), fire and rescue service employees (including support staff), National Crime Agency staff, those maintaining border security, prison and probation staff and other national security roles, including those overseas.


This includes those who will keep the air, water, road and rail passenger and freight transport modes operating during the COVID-19 response, including those working on transport systems through which supply chains pass.

Utilities, communication and financial services

This includes staff needed for essential financial services provision (including but not limited to workers in banks, building societies and financial market infrastructure), the oil, gas, electricity and water sectors (including sewerage), information technology and data infrastructure sector and primary industry supplies to continue during the COVID-19 response, as well as key staff working in the civil nuclear, chemicals, telecommunications (including but not limited to network operations, field engineering, call centre staff, IT and data infrastructure, 999 and 111 critical services), postal services and delivery, payments providers and waste disposal sectors.

If workers think they fall within the critical categories above they should confirm with their employer that, based on their business continuity arrangements, their specific role is necessary for the continuation of this essential public service.

If your school is closed then please contact your local authority, who will seek to redirect you to a local school in your area that your child, or children, can attend.

We are grateful for the work of teachers and workers in educational settings for continuing to provide for the children of the other critical workers of our country. It is an essential part of our national effort to combat this disease.


Thursday 19th March

Dear Parents and Carers,

Following the announcement yesterday, we are trying to formulate a plan as quickly as possible for anyone who needs it.

In order for us to fully support families who are key workers, please email or call the school office by Midday on Thursday 19th March 2020, if you believe that you fall into this category, as announced by the Prime Minister earlier.

We believe the current list of keyworkers to include the children of (please be aware this may be subject to change):

Please can you let us know the name(s) of your child (ren), what class they are in and your job role in the email, as we do not know all of your jobs!

The email address is:office@northgateprimaryschool.org.uk  and the telephone number for the school is 01278 226070.

As soon as we are able to we will let you know our plans.  When we have further information around free school meals we will let you know.

We only know information when the Prime Minister announces it at 5pm each evening.  Thank you for continuing to work positively with us under very difficult circumstances. 

To confirm, as instructed by the Prime Minister, Northgate Primary School will close at 4.30pm on Friday 20th March, until further notice. Provisions will be made if you are a keyworker or the parent of a vulnerable child.


17th March 2020 


COVID-19 – Update

Dear Parents/Carers

I understand that this is a particularly worrying time for us all but want to reassure you that we are taking all necessary precautions in school. We will continue to work with you to keep your children safe and ask you to familiarise yourself with the information in this letter.

The following information is from the most recent advice and guidance, which you can also find by following this link: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-athome-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection

Whilst I know this is a worrying and unprecedented time, we must ensure we all follow the guidance currently available below:

With the current guidance in mind, it is important that we work to minimise the potential risk to students, staff and our community.

We are also taking additional steps to minimise the impact of the virus on the school.


From today (17.03.20), we are introducing further measures to consider everybody’s safety:


 Advice from the Prime Minister’s update on 16/03/20:


Schools will not be closed for the moment

It continues to be an uncertain time, please do keep yourself safe and minimise risk by following the Government advice. We will continue to follow the advice from Public Health England and the Government and will keep you updated as and when advice changes or is updated.

I would like to thank you all for your continued support and understanding during this challenging time.


Yours sincerely,

Mrs K Penny - Head of School



Advice for parents:

BBC advice for parents: 


How to keep safe: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-51711227

Coronavirus (COVID-19) health advice for people with asthma:



You can find further information on the Public Health England Blog and the NHS UK website. The Department for Education also has a coronavirus helpline – ring 08000468687.

We will keep you updated on any developments and advice via the school website.

Sources of information: NHS UK website: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

Public Health England: https://publichealthmatters.blog.gov.uk/2020/01/23/wuhan-novel-coronaviruswhat-you-need-to-know/

DfE: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid19/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19


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