Weekly Update – 1st July 21

Dear Parents/Carers, 

Please find weekly updates and reminders below:

Covid Testing Clarification

If your child has symptoms of Covid 19 – high temperature, new or persistent cough, loss of smell or taste – they need to be kept off school to isolate (together with any siblings and other household members) until a PCR test has been booked and taken and a negative result obtained.

The 30 minute lateral flow tests are intended to indicate asymptomatic cases and cannot be used to confirm whether a person with symptoms is infected or not.

Holidays in term time

We appreciate that families are desperate for a break after staying at home for such a long period and will be looking forward to the gradual relaxation of restrictions.  We would however, respectfully remind parents that holidays should not be taken in term time except in the most exceptional circumstances.  In particular, holidays in September, when children are settling into new classes, are very disruptive to children’s education and to new friendships.  Please bear this in mind if you are tempted by the thought of a September break!  

From September, we are anticipating that our usual policies and procedures with regard to attendance will be re-established, including the ability to fine parents for unauthorised holidays in term time.

School Uniform

As we approach that time of year for buying and ordering new School uniform for September, please find a list of acceptable uniform attached for High Down Schools. 


Please remember that dogs should not be brought onto the school site, even if carried.  The only exceptions are for assistance dogs (either currently working or in training).  Thank you.

Year 4, 5 & 6 only – Summer SUP Club

See flyer for Summer Stand up Paddleboarding sessions in the holidays (for Years 4, 5 and 6).


We are currently advertising a vacancy for Deputy Manager of the After School Club – please see our website. We also have vacancies for lunchtime assistants. Please e mail office@highdownschools.org for further details

We hope you all have a great weekend. 

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High Down Schools
Down Road, Portishead
Bristol BS20 6DY