During the current COVID-19 crisis all relevant letters and links for parents/carers will be posted to this page.
19th July 2021 – confirmed case – bubble closure – Year 6H
Please read letter for parents – CV19 case Y6H 19.7.21
Please note self-isolation for the members of the bubble lasts until the end of Sunday 25th July. Only bubble members need to self-isolate, not their family. Thank you.
12th July 2021 – confirmed case – bubble closure – Year 6C
Please read letter for parents – Parents of close contact Y6C 12.7.21
Please note return to school: Tuesday 20th July 2021
8th July 2021 – confirmed case – bubble closure – Nursery
Please read letter for parents – Parents of close contact Nursery 8.7.21
Please note return to school: Monday 19th July 2021
1st July 2021 – confirmed case – bubble closure – Y3B
Please read letter for parents – Parents of close contact Y3B 1.7.21
Please note return to school: Friday 9th July 2021
30th June 2021 – confirmed case – bubble closure – Y1MAC.
Please read letter for parents – Parents of close contact Y1MAC 30.6.21
Please note return to school date: Friday 9th July 2021.
29th June 2021 – confirmed case – bubble closure – Y4B.
Please read letter for parents – Parents of close contact Y4B 29.6.21
Please note return to school date: Monday 5th July 2021.
May 2021 – updated Risk Assessment COVID-19 Risk Assessment St Patrick’s RC Primary
16th April – please read the following update from Durham County Council: Parents Letter April 2021
26th March – Easter holidays
Positive Cases of Covid-19 during the Easter holidays – click here
The Government has asked schools to support the NHS Test and Trace system during the start of the holidays in order to help reduce the spread of Covid-19.
If your child develops symptoms during the holidays, you should arrange for them to be tested.
Please let us know if your child tests positive for Covid-19 AND their symptoms emerged within 48 hours off being in school (Saturday 27th or Sunday 28th) so that we can alert parents of children within that bubble and members of staff.
You should inform school by either of the following methods:
Text message: 07871 756337
25th March 2021 – confirmed case – bubble closure – Y3G.
Please read letter for parents – Parents close contact Y3G 25.03.21
Please note return to school date: after Easter holiday 12th April.
24th March 2021 – confirmed case – bubble closure – Y2M.
Please read letter for parents – Parents close contact Y2M 24.03.21
Please note return to school date: after Easter holiday 12th April.
18.03.2021 – Updated guidance for parents from the Department for Education – click here to access
05.03.2021 – update to Risk Assessment document March – update to RA
05.03.2021 Confirmed case – Year 1 bubble – please read letter for parents Y1 bubble closure 5.3.21
If your child was last in school Mon 1st March – last day of self isolation is Thur 11th March
If your child was last in school Tue 2nd March – last day of self isolation is Fri 12th March
Any children who did not attend on Monday or Tuesday this week, do not have to self-isolate and can return to school on Monday 8th March. Please note that they will not be taught by their regular teachers next week.
05.03.2021 Asymptomatic testing information for parents and adults in households with children at school or college
NHS Test and Trace announced earlier this week, that all adults in households with school and college age children without symptoms can now access regular rapid coronavirus (COVID-19) testing.
Test kits can either be collected or ordered online, as set out below. They are not available from school.
Undertaking regular, rapid coronavirus (COVID-19) testing helps reduce transmission of the virus. Parents and other adults in households with children at school or college, who do not have symptoms, can now access regular, rapid coronavirus (COVID-19) testing. This includes childcare and support bubbles.
Tests are fast, easy and completely free. There are different ways for a household, childcare or support bubble to collect their test to take at home
- twice-weekly through your employer, if they offer testing to employees
- by collecting a home test kit from a local test site – anyone aged 18 or over can collect 2 packs of 7 tests
- by ordering a home test kit online – please do not order online if you can access testing through other routes, this frees up home delivery for those who need it most
If you have any queries about the tests, and you live in England, please call 119 (free from mobiles and landlines). Lines are open every day from 7am to 11pm.
Children of primary school age (and below) without symptoms are not being asked to take a test.
Testing is voluntary, but strongly recommended to all who are eligible. Alongside the vaccine, washing hands, wearing face coverings, and maintaining social distancing, rapid testing plays a vital role in reducing transmission rates. Getting into the habit of regular testing as part of our everyday lives will help us all to play our part and do what we can to protect each other
To read the latest Government Advice and Guidance for schools – click here
26.02.21 – full re-opening on 8th March
We were delighted that the Prime Minister announced the full re-opening of schools from 8th March and are looking forward to welcoming all of our pupils back on that day.
Please read the whole school update letter for full details. Click here to open the letter in a new tab.
3.2.21 Reallocation of school places – clarification
Due to the incredibly high volume of requests for places at school, we have had no option but to prioritise places in order to reduce attendance and fulfil our obligation to comply with health and safety at work legislation and requirements to manage and control workplace risks.
The Governing Body discussed the withdrawal and reallocation of places and are fully supportive of the action taken.
Where requests have exceeded the number of places available in a year group, priority has been given to parents who are frontline healthcare, education or emergency services (e.g. fire, ambulance, prison services) along with vulnerable pupils – those with an Education, Health and Care Plan and those currently being supported by social services. A letter from an employer claiming key worker status does not guarantee a school place. We have also had to consider whether parents have, up until now, managed to support their child at home.
We fully appreciate the impact that this may have on families, already under considerable pressure, however, mitigating the risk of Covid-19 and protecting the health and safety of pupils and staff, and their families is the most important objective at this time and overrides all other considerations.
We apologise for the inconvenience but must reiterate that this situation is out of our control. We would like to thank parents for their ongoing support and cooperation during this difficult time.
We would like to remind parents who have been allocated a place, that they must not send their child to school on days that they are at home as this may lead to the place being withdrawn.
2.2.21 – Confirmed case – Year 3 bubble – please read letter for parents close contact Y3 2.2.2021
Please note return to school date: Monday 8th February 2021 (SI ends Sunday 7th Feb)
1.2.21 Confirmed case – Year 1 bubble – please read letter for parents close contact Y1 01.02.21
Please note return to school date: Tuesday 9th February 2021 (SI ends Tuesday 9th Feb)
REVIEW OF CRITICAL WORKER PLACES IN SCHOOL
Since the beginning of the current lockdown, and in particular in recent days, we have received daily demands for places in school. Sadly, as we are currently at full capacity, we are unable to offer further places as to do so would breach our CV-19 Risk Assessment and go against Government Guidance – ‘restricting attendance during the national lockdown’. We have been alerted to the fact that some children currently in school could be cared for at home and are taking a place from a child in genuine need. Parents who are at home MUST keep their child at home, whether working from home or not. We fully appreciate the difficulties faced by parents trying to support home learning, whilst also working, but the health and safety of children, staff and families is the most important factor to consider.
In order to ensure that school places are allocated to those who have a genuine need and have no other viable alternative, we have decided that all places will be withdrawn and parents will have to apply again. This decision has not been taken lightly.
Parents who have no other alternative options for childcare, should complete the form by following either the link below or scanning the QR code.
All parents need to complete the form, do not assume that if you have previously provided information that this will be considered. Requests via email cannot be considered as this has become unmanageable. Deadline: Friday 29th January at 3pm.
If your child is allocated a place, you will be contacted before Thursday 4th February 2021. These places will start on the following Monday – 8th February 2021.
United Voice – support for mental health and wellbeing
United Voice was set up in 2019 when a group of young people, parents-carers and professionals came together to
help make a difference in children and young people’s mental health. Over the last year the group have achieved
some great things (you will find out more about this at the meeting) but the group have an ambition to do more.
To achieve this the group would like to invite more children, young people, parents-carers and community members to get involved in the work. We would like to invite you to attend an initial meeting to find out more. Click the link below for details:
Newsletter – 8th January 2021
Click here to read.
School closure – 4th January 2021
Please see Letter to parents 3rd January 2021 for more details
Covid -19 Winter Grant Scheme – winter food vouchers
Durham County Council have received funding from the Government through the COVID-19 Winter Grant Scheme to support families through the winter. Every pupil who currently receives free school meals will be provided with a voucher to spend at Asda, Morrisons, Sainsburys or Tesco.
We will send out an email to the parent of each eligible pupil which will provide details of the process – please watch out for it.
Risk Assessment: CV19 Risk Assessment December 2020 updated
To reflect change to self isolation period from 14 to 10 days
6th November 2020
In light of the lock down in place across England, we ask that you adhere to the following requests to help protect all members of the school community:
- Only one adult to collect or drop off
- Wear a mask when you come to collect your child
- Stay socially distanced from others and do not stop to chat on the school site or in the street
- Masks MUST be worn if you are entering the building for any reason and this will only be allowed if you have arranged it in advance with the school office
- Do not send your child to school if they or anyone in the household has symptoms of Covid-19 – in that instance, please arrange a test and follow the self-isolation guidance
This week’s newsletter is available by clicking below.
4th November 2020
We have been advised that there has been a confirmed case of COVID-19 within the school.
We have carried out a full risk assessment to identify who has been in close contact with the affected case. Those children who have been identified as a close contact will have receive a letter and a text message to confirm this. If you have not been contacted directly, please read the letter below for parents of children who are NOT close contacts. We ask that you do not phone school to request any further information as we are unable to give any additional details.
In line with the national guidance we recommend that those affected stay at home and self-isolate and return to school on Tuesday 17th November. Your child must not go to school or any public areas: your child must remain at home. Further details of what your child needs to do are in NHS Guidance:
Free School Meals update – support from Durham County Council during holidays
From Monday 26th October, parents and carers whose children are eligible for means-tested free school meals will be able to apply for one £15 voucher per child on council’s website at www.durham.gov.uk/freeschoolmeals. After filling in a form, they will then be sent a QR code, which can be redeemed at any PayPoint or Post Office and used to buy food and drink supplies. Residents can find their nearest PayPoint at www.paypoint.com/en-gb/consumers/store-locator or Post Office branch at www.postoffice.co.uk/branch-finder.
Click Free school meals scheme launch to read full letter.
Positive cases during half term
If your child is diagnosed with COVID-19 during the school holidays it is very important that you provide information about who they have had contact with, both in school and out of school, to the NHS Test and Trace Service.
Your child should not return to school following the holidays if they develop symptoms or are in the self-isolation period.
Find out more at www.durham.gov.uk/article/23337/Staying-safe-at-school-coronavirus-
2nd October 2020
Click for Home learning questionnaire
Click for latest letter to parents 2 October 2020
Please click to read: 25th September – letter to parents
23rd September 2020
We have been advised that there has been a confirmed case of COVID-19 within the school.
We have carried out a full risk assessment to identify who has been in close contact with the affected case. Those children who have been identified as a close contact will receive a letter and parents will receive a text message to confirm this. If you have not been contacted directly, please read the letter below for parents of children who are NOT close contacts. We ask that you do not phone school to request any further information as we are unable to give any additional details.
In line with the national guidance we recommend that those affected stay at home and self-isolate until 2nd October 2020. Your child must not go to school or any public areas: your child must remain at home. Further details of what your child needs to do are in NHS Guidance:
18th September 2020
The start back to any school year always leads to a number of colds and runny noses and we are seeing a high number of these after the extended period away from school.
This year, Covid-19 has made the return to school a difficult and worrying time for parents and carers, especially when they become ill. We have had a number of calls from families unsure what to do if their child become unwell.Click COVID-19 absence guide for ‘what to do if…’ scenarios.
DfE guidance for possible Covid-19 infections
‘If anyone in your school becomes unwell with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature, or has a loss of, or change in, their normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia), they must be sent home and be advised to follow the guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection.
This sets out that they must:
• self-isolate for at least 10 days
• arrange to have a test to see if they have coronavirus (COVID-19)
We will call parents/legal guardian to collect pupil and take them home. This will also mean any other siblings in school.
We will advise that all household members will need to isolate and refer them to the guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection.
If the test result is negative, as soon as your child is well enough, they can come back into school. We would request that any information of positive test results be confidentially shared with the school as we need to monitor possible outbreaks and take appropriate steps to minimise the spread of infection.
Thank you in anticipation of your co-operation. Please do not hesitate to contact school for advice if you are still unsure what to do.