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Garden Suburb Junior School

COVID-19 information

Key workers and Year 6 Pupils Attending School

All children attending school will need to follow strict rules on social distancing and hygiene.

Teaching and learning with social distancing means sitting in rows, apart from class mates as much as possible. The teachers are planning engaging lessons but it will not be like school normally is. A limited amount of resources will be used and there will be no sharing of equipment. Some children will find this difficult and less engaging. We have revised our behaviour policy to take into account the new expectations required for managing children safely in this new situation. We are expecting the children to respond well but you will need to read through revisions that we have made to the behaviour policy with them. 

The revised behaviour policy can been accessed here:

Behaviour policy June 2020


We will need to work in partnership with you in order to keep our community safe:

We will expect parents to:

  • be vigilant about ensuring that they do not send their child to school if they or any member of their family has been exposed to and/or is not well and/or displaying symptoms of Covid-19, to inform the school and follow all guidance on self-isolation
  • to engage with testing. Testing is now available to anyone with symptoms of coronavirus. The government has announced that anyone with symptoms of coronavirus is now eligible to book a test, including children under the age of 5 years. Anyone experiencing a new, continuous cough; high temperature; or a loss of, or change, in their normal sense of smell or taste (anosmia) can book a test. The school should be informed of any test outcome. A coronavirus test can be booked here:

  • be available to collect their children immediately, if asked to do so for any reason
  • ensure that children wear school uniform which is washed daily – we do not expect Y6 pupils to purchase new uniform if they have outgrown items. Please keep to school colours where possible
  • respect social distancing at drop off and pick up with restrictions on entering the school site and wherever possible avoid bringing siblings at drop off/pick up 
  • avoid using public transport and walk to school if possible. This will reduce the risk of infection of Covid-19, minimise traffic congestion and increase safety around the school


We will expect the children to:

  • display a positive attitude, try their best with their work and follow the expectations of behaviour. In particular, in respect to social distancing with each other and the staff 
  • to wash their hands regularly and follow increased hygiene guidance    


We will expect the staff to: 

  • be welcoming, positive and deliver engaging lessons
  • be vigilant about ensuring that they do not attend school if they or any member of their family has been exposed to and/or is not well and/or displaying symptoms of Covid-19
  • engage with testing for Covid-19
  • avoid using public transport wherever possible
  • follow all guidelines in respect to health and safety and increased cleaning/hygiene
  • use PPE in certain circumstances eg when social distancing is not possible and in the medical room


We will do everything we can to minimise the risks, but I cannot promise that the risk will be zero. The government guidance to schools recognises that “unlike older children and adults, early years and primary age children cannot be expected to remain 2m apart from each other and staff”. However, we will do what we can to social distance as far as possible, as well as the measures listed above.

Our risk assessment can be accessed here:

Garden Suburb risk assessment for return to school

Home Learning 

Home learning will continue for all year groups and can be accessed in the Pupil Zone on the Home Learning Page. 

Click here to access home learning.