Covid-19 Information including Teams support

Thank you all for your support during this difficult time. We hope that you will find this information useful but if you have any further questions please contact the school office.

Update 7.1.21

Dear Parents and Carers for children who are off site.

First of all, thank you for your continued support and patience this week. Moving to remote learning will always come with a few teething problems but we are confident that our systems in place will deliver high-quality learning for children working from home. We appreciate that many of you are having to juggle your own work and also support your families.

We will do all we can as a school to support you and provide an engaging remote learning experience in the coming weeks. Thank you for the lovely comments you have made to our staff so far.  If you have experienced technical glitches, logging in issues etc then please do not worry. Hopefully, over the next few days, this will become smoother for you.

Exercise books

Before the announcement of the school closure, we were planning on sending each child home with a maths and writing exercise book this week. However, we were unable to do this as planned. Therefore, we will be placing a selection of exercise books in our staff car park tomorrow afternoon between 1.30-3pm. Please drive or walk into the car park and collect from the appropriate year group table. Please remember to socially distance and wear a face mask on collection. There is no obligation to collect these but we wanted to provide these materials if required.

Calls from school

As the remote learning team are mostly working from home, they may need to contact you using personal phone numbers, which they will withhold in line with school safeguarding policy.  Please be aware of this and answer calls from withheld numbers during school hours.

Thank you once again for your support during this time.

Kind regards

Mr Rhodri Hopkins

Letter to Parents 6.1.21

Dear Parent/Carers of children currently on site

It was lovely to see the children returning to school today. Thank you for your kind words this morning and for being patient with us as we sort out all our new arrangements. As you can imagine yesterday was very busy!


We have received over 200 applications for critical worker spaces. We are now at risk of not being able to offer high quality learning both on and offsite. Many schools within LSP are having the same issues and therefore the Trust will be sharing with schools a priority order for offering spaces. Unfortunately, this may mean that children that have started with us today might not be able to continue with this provision. Please do continue to attend this week whilst we wait for the information from the Trust and we will then contact you with further details.


From Monday can the children return to wearing school uniform as we want to make school seem as normal as possible.

Friday closing 

To enable the staff to have their statutory PPA time and ensure we are not mixing bubbles (which is particularly important now we are dealing with this virulent strain of Covid) we will be closing early on Friday – times noted below. Please ensure your child has lunch on Friday (school dinners or own sandwiches) as we will be completing lunch break with the children before they go home.

Year group

YR             1:00

Y1             12:55

Y2             12:50

Y3             12:55

Y4             12:45

Y5             12:50

Y6             12:40

Daily attendance 

We expect all our critical workers/vulnerable children to attend school daily. The reason for this is that we need to keep the learning as seamless as possible. We cannot manage children having a mix of on and offsite teaching so if a child does not attend school they will only be able to access Oak/White Rose resources and will not be able to access online group activities with the offsite team.

Unfortunately, we have not received enough bookings to make our Breakfast and After School Club viable to run during the period of school closure and we are therefore moving to furlough the staff. Apologies to those who had made a booking.

Lunches – from tomorrow 

If you want school dinners please order on Aspens website – currently this is sandwiches meat or vegetarian option.

Children can continue to bring in sandwiches from home.

Home Learning

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High Down Schools
Down Road, Portishead
Bristol BS20 6DY