A partner academy in the John Taylor MAT
A partner academy in the John Taylor MAT

COVID-19 Info

In July 2020, the government announced their plans for the full return to school for all children and young people at the start of the autumn term. The prevalence of coronavirus (COVID-19) has decreased, the NHS Test and Trace system is up and running and the government are clear about the measures that need to be in place to create safer environments within schools.

Returning to school is vital for children’s education and for their wellbeing. Time out of school is detrimental for children’s cognitive and academic development, particularly for disadvantaged children. This impact can affect both current levels of learning and children’s future ability to learn therefore we need to ensure all pupils can return to school sooner rather than later.

The risk to children themselves of becoming severely ill from coronavirus (COVID-19) is very low and there are negative health impacts of being out of school. We know that school is a vital point of contact for public health and safeguarding services that are critical to the wellbeing of children and families.

Many thanks, as always, for your support, cooperation and patience during these unusual times. If you have any further questions or queries, please contact the school office via: shb-office@shb.jtmat.co.uk. Please see a ‘welcome back’ letter from our headteacher below…

Welcome Back Letter

In light of recent updates and our current context, we have received some useful information that might be useful for parents. Please click on the links below to access this advice…

COVID-19 Poster for Parents

Quick Guide for Parents and Carers – 23.09.20

NHS COVID-19 App Parents & Carers Over 16s Factsheet

Letter to Parents and Carers from Cllr Price and Dr Harling – 23.09.20

The Story So Far…

During these unprecedented times, the support from our community has been overwhelming! Since the Covid-19 pandemic took hold at the beginning of the year, a period of great change and challenge has taken place for everyone connected with our school. We are exceptionally proud of the way that all who are invested in Shobnall Primary School (children, staff, parents/carers, and governors) responded to the challenges and came together to keep our children and families safe and our pupils learning. 

As we begin a new chapter, we wanted to capture this unique spirit and have described some of the many ways that we have worked to support our community during these unusual times. This will be shared with you imminently, so please check back to reflect on all that we have achieved…

Recovery Curriculum

Due to the closure of schools for the majority of children during the global Covid-19 pandemic, it has been necessary to re-evaluate our approach to the provision on offer for our children when schools open fully in September 2020. This will ensure all children have the level of support that they will need to become ‘effective’ and ‘engaged’ learners who are able to access all that school has to offer. The approach we will take is formed from the theoretical perspective of the ‘recovery curriculum think-piece’, the principles of nurture that our school aims and values are based upon and the trauma recovery model of Louise Bomber. Please click on the link below for further information about our recovery curriculum.

Shobnall Primary School Recovery Curriculum Framework

Contingency Plans

For individuals or groups of self-isolating pupils, remote education plans should be in place that meet the same expectations as those for any pupils who cannot yet attend school at all due to coronavirus (COVID-19). In the event of a local outbreak, the PHE health protection team or local authority may advise a school or number of schools to close temporarily to help control transmission. Schools will also need a contingency plan for this eventuality. This may involve a return to remaining open only for vulnerable children and the children of critical workers and providing remote education for all other pupils.

Where a class, group or small number of pupils need to self-isolate, or there is a local lockdown requiring pupils to remain at home, the government expect schools to have the capacity to offer immediate remote education. Schools are expected to consider how to continue to improve the quality of their existing offer and have a strong contingency plan in place for remote education provision by the end of September. This planning will be particularly important to support a scenario in which the logistical challenges of remote provision are greatest, for example where large numbers of pupils are required to remain at home. 

Please see our Remote Learning Policy below, where you will find information of our contingency plans.

This section of our website will become ‘live’ should these plans need to be implemented, as will your child’s class teacher’s email.

Remote Learning Policy (Shobnall Primary School)


If contingency plans are implemented, Mrs Farrington can be contacted via: shb-nursery@shb.jtmat.co.uk


If contingency plans are implemented Miss Alexander can be contacted via: shb-reception@shb.jtmat.co.uk

Year 1

If contingency plans are implemented, Miss Martin-Mills can be contacted via: shb-year1@sshb.jtmat.co.uk

Year 2

If contingency plans are implemented, Mrs Sandhu can be contacted via:


Year 3

If contingency plans are implemented, Miss Toon can be contacted via:


Year 4

If contingency plans are implemented, Mrs Knight can be contacted via:


Year 5

If contingency plans are implemented, Miss Barker can be contacted via:


Year 6

If contingency plans are implemented, Miss Barnard can be contacted via: shb-year6@shb.jtmat.co.uk


We have put into place a number of procedures to help ensure the safety of pupils, parents and staff. We appreciate your support in this matter. Details of these procedures can be found in the documentation below. Please note that this information is subject to change, so keep checking back for the latest details.

Full Opening Procedures – September 2020

Frequently Asked Questions

(Hot) Primary Menu Week 1

(Hot) Primary Menu Week 2

COVID-19 Education Guidance Poster

Shobnall Stars – Breakfast & After School Club September 2020

Breakfast Club will resume from 7:30am on Wednesday 2 September and After School Club from 3.30pm – 6.00pm on the same day. Prices (to be paid via ParentPay) and further information can be found via the leaflet below. As we need to ensure that the children eat and undertake activities in an area with children from their class bubble, we must ask that sessions are booked a week in advance so that this can be catered for in line with our protective measures. We will not be able to offer ad hoc sessions until further notice. Bookings can now be taken for via email: shb-Wraparound@shb.jtmat.co.uk. Many thanks for your support with this.

All of our protective measures apply at Breakfast and After School Club as they do in school (e.g. handwashing, enhanced cleaning schedule). Parents are permitted to drop their child/ren off at the external hall door as has been the case previously but MUST maintain a 2m distance from staff and all other adults at all times. Parents will not be allowed to enter the premises but a member of staff will greet you from a safe distance and will wear a face mask when social distancing is not possible. Please see the school’s letter which outlines procedures for handwashing and cleaning.

Shobnall Stars Wrap Around Booklet


We have made amendments to some of our existing policies in light of updated government guidance. These can be accessed below. Please note that this information is subject to change, so please check back for the latest details.