COVID-19 Updates

As we continue to navigate through the Covid 19 pandemic we continue to take the necessary precautionary measures for our staff, pupils and visitors.

Our priority is to deliver face-to-face, high-quality education to all pupils. The evidence is clear that being out of education causes significant harm to educational attainment, life chances, mental and physical health.

At English Martyrs’ Primary School we will continue to have some measures in place in order to protect everyone and ask that you continue to support us in ensuring we all remain safe and well.


School gates open at 8.40 am every day and all children are expected to be in class by 8.55 am ready for the start of the school day. 


The table below shows home times for each year group as well as pick up places:

General Expectations:

  • Upon entering the school grounds, children wash hands and proceed to their classrooms.
  • Once parents pick up children at the end of the day, they are to ensure they remain with them at all times and avoid staying in front of school gates.
  • Parents to ensure they arrive promptly to collect children at the end of each day and observe protocols.
  • Correct school uniform should be worn at all times apart from on PE days when children continue to come to school in their full PE Kit.

The following measures will remain in place in school:

  • Frequent hand cleaning.
  • Good respiratory hygiene practices and ventilation as well as frequent cleaning of surfaces. CO2 monitors are used to check PPM in each classroom

Parent Communication:

  • Parents are encouraged to contact the school office using letters, email or telephone.
  • Only two parents at a time to come in to the school office foyer at any one time. We encourage parents to come to the office between 8.40 am and 9.30 am or between 2.45 and 3.30 pm. and to avoid other times in the middle of the day.
  • All payments are to be made on PARENT PAY. This applies to purchasing school bags and paying for school clubs
  • Parents to ensure they read our weekly school newsletter every Friday to note any changes that we may have to make from time to time.

Face Coverings:

Face coverings help protect the wearer and others against the spread of infection because they cover the nose and mouth, which are the main confirmed sources of transmission of COVID-19.

At English Martyrs’ Primary school coverings are encouraged to be worn by staff and adults (including visitors).  Health advice continues to be that children in primary schools should not be asked to wear face coverings.

Face coverings do not need to be worn when outdoors.

Online Learning:

  • We will continue to use Microsoft Teams for weekly homework and for any children who are self-isolating due to Covid-19 related reasons.

  • We will also continue to use MS Teams for other meetings with children and parents.  Parents to make sure children have the necessary login details to be able to complete homework regularly and take part in meetings they are invited to.
  • Our laptop lending scheme will continue. Parents who would like to make use of this scheme should contact the school office for more information. 
  • In the event that groups of children are unable to attend school and we have to resort to online learning we will be using Microsoft Teams for live teaching led by teachers at different times of the day. See details at the bottom of this page about how to access MS Teams for virtual lessons.




The link below offers a very clear video presentation created by the Department of Health & Social Care outlining the symptoms to look out for in your child when you feel that your child may be infected.

Please click on the link below to view:


You may also want to check out this link below offering information regarding COVID-19 symptoms created by the NHS.


Please note the following Government guidance contains advice for parents and carers  which has been updated with extra links to support to help keep children safe.  Please click the links to access the guidance’s.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Keeping children safe from abuse and harm: Advice for parents and carers about the main risks children may be particularly vulnerable to at this time and information about available help and support.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): keeping children safe online: Advice and guidance to help parents and carers to keep children safe online during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Microsoft Teams

Accessing MS Teams for parents

Please see below link for a guide to parents on how to access Teams 

MS Teams Crib Sheet for parents