Alpington & Bergh Apton C of E VA Primary School

COVID 19 information and risk assessment


Updated risk assessment

Whole school risk assessment 5.3.21

Useful documents and links for returning to school on Monday.

Quick guide for absence from school (1)

Symptom Checker flowchart

Information on Asymptomatic testing for parents and carers.

Lateral flow testing is now available to the families of primary age children.  The letter below outlines how you can get involved and where to get your test kits from.  The school is fully supportive of this approach – the more testing we do the more we reduce the risk of transmitting COVID 19 within our school community.  However it remains vitally important to continue to observe the system of controls already in place.  Please note that families will need to access tests through the channels outlined in the letter.  We are not able to provide test kits for families via the school.

Letter to parents from Norfolk County Council

School opening from 8.3.21

Following the Prime Ministers publication of the “Road Map” out of lockdown, we are delighted that school will reopen to all children from the 8.3.21.  Please see our most recent newsletter for more details.  Below is a poster with up to date information about how the school is complying with the guidance on minimising the risks to staff and children from COVID 19.  The Risk assessment will be updated in due course.

If you have any concerns about your child returning to school, please contact us. We will talk though any worries and hopefully put your mind at rest.

A letter to the children and further information about learning during the remainder of this term will follow this week.  Please keep an eye on your email for further information.

Back to school poster

Updated Safeguarding policy 18.1.21

Safeguarding during the COVID 19 pandemic

Home learning and staying in touch 5th Jan 2021

Please see letter sent by email 5.1.21

Home Learning and Staying in Touch

School closure from 5th Jan 2021

Following the announcement by the Prime Minister this evening, we are sad to announce that school will be closed to most pupils tomorrow. We are working hard to get home learning up and running and more details about this will follow tomorrow.

If you have registered as a Critical worker using the form sent out on Friday (with a reminder sent today) by 7pm this evening, an e-mail follows with details about school tomorrow. If you have not yet registered, please contact Mrs Welch tomorrow and we will do our best to find a place for your child from Wednesday. The point of the current restrictions is to reduce contacts and bring down the rate of infection. We have had lots more parents register as critical workers this time than we did back in March. In order to protect the safety of staff and other families, please only ask for a critical worker place if there is no other option. If anyone who has already registered is able to keep their child at home for more of the time, please do so. I don’t ask this lightly, but I feel I have a duty of care to school staff and their families as well as wanting to provide the best possible support for Critical Workers working under difficult circumstances.

We have been here before and I know many of you will be concerned about the impact of home learning on family life and on the children’s learning and wellbeing. We will do everything we can to keep us all in touch and to keep the children learning. I appreciate that this is not easy for anyone!

We will do our best to keep the phones manned during normal school hours, but there may be times when this isn’t possible. Please keep in touch by e-mail with any concerns or queries. Use the class e-mail address for any learning queries and the address for anything else. You can contact Mrs Welch directly on Please stay in touch. We will be looking forward to hearing from you.

Best wishes

Back to school information

Please read the following letter which contains important information about returning to school on the 4th January.

Back to school 4.1.21

Contact information


Rosie Welch – Headteacher

Lizzie Willmot  – Chair of governors

Andy Baker – Governor / Chair of Resources Committee

Michala Warner – Governor / Chair of Effectiveness Committee

Latest risk assessment documentation – updated 5.1.21

All the following documents have been reviewed on the 5th January in light of the increased risk level and the school being open to the children of Critical Workers and Vulnerable children only. Where no new guidance has been issued, documents remain the same as the last update on the 13th November 2020.

Management of cases risk assessment and checklist 12.11.20

Management Planning Checklist

TPR 015 Catering SOP Covid – 19 Rev 4

Whole school risk assessment 5.1.21

Cleaning and disinfection Supplementary information for Educational Settings 13.11.20

Alpington COVID 19 Visitors Protocol


Risk assessments for after school clubs

Please note that due to national restrictions which came into force on the 5th November all after school clubs are cancelled until further notice.  Breakfast club continues as normal.  The risk assessment for breakfast club in included in our whole school risk assessment, updated 12.11.20.

school photographs risk assessment

The document below gives more detail for the teaching of sport in school this term.  It has been completed with Paul Colbeck from ProCoach who teaches PE on Tuesdays and Fridays.


Gymfinity – Covid – Cleaning protocol

Gymfinity – Covid _ Risk assesment


Letter from the Dfe regarding COVID 19 symptoms and testing

Update from Local Education Authority – seasonal colds and testing. 16.9.20

Update 16.9.20

Letter for parents 4.9.20

Welcome back Sept 2020

Update 29.8.20

There has been lots in the media over the last couple of weeks about children returning to school in September.  The government have made it clear that all children attending school is a national priority and we are really looking forward to welcoming everyone back from the 7th September.

Key things to remember;

School starts on the 7th September for all children in years 1 – 6.  Start days and times have been sent to Reception children’s parents separately.

Arrival times and collection times have changed slightly since July – check out the “Full opening poster” below for details.

Please say goodbye on the playground if you can.

Each class has it’s own entrance and exit – if you are Eagles or Swallows – remember your classroom has changed!

Come to school in PE kit on PE days – Tuesdays for R and KS1, Fridays for KS2.

Hot lunches will be available as normal. KS1 children need to bring a snack for the first few days until fruit delivery resumes.

All children need their own pencil case and a pair of outdoor shoes or wellies to be kept in school.

Enjoy the end of the holiday and see you on the 7th!

Updates from Government – 29.8.20

At the moment there is no suggestion that primary aged children should wear face coverings in school.   We continue to monitor the guidelines on this, including whether there are circumstances when staff should wear face coverings.  We also continue to work to ensure that our decision making is in line with other local schools.  At the moment, our policy remains in line with the government guidelines – that it is not necessary for staff to wear face coverings.  This may change as the situation unfolds.  If this happens we will let you know.

The government clarified on the 27th September what will happen in school in the event that there is a confirmed case in school amongst children and staff, or in the event of a local lock-down due to a rise in cases.  This information can be found below.

Back to school plan and risk assessment  – uploaded 22.7.20

Back to school plan September 2020

September Full Opening Information Poster 17.7.20

COVID19 Educational Settings Risk Assessment recovery plan Autumn term-DESKTOP-0OJMBHQ

Back to school information June and July 2020

Please find below documents and links to government guidance used by the school in planning a phased return for children across the school.

Letters to parents

Letter to all parents re return for all 17.6.20

Letter to parents of children in 2,3,4 and 5

Letter to all parents re back to school 21.5.20

Letter to key workers 21.5.20

Letter to Year 6 parents re back to school 21.5.20

Letter to Alfie Y1 3.6.20

Letter to Year R and Year 1 parents re back to school 3.6.20

School Packed Lunch Menu – Commencing 01.06.2020

Links to back to school videos

Year’s 2, 3, 4 and 5

Reception and year 1

Year 6

Report to governors

Alpington Back to School Plan

Risk assessment.

Please note that this is a working document.  The most up to date version will be uploaded every few days.

LA risk assessment 19.6.20

Joint walk round, governors and senior leadership team.  Please note this is completed every Friday by the Senior Leadership Team.

Workplace inspection – Joint SLT and governors 29.5.20

Statement from Norfolk Education Authority 20.5.20

Links to Government guidance to schools and parents.