Coronavirus Updates

Changes to self isolation - January 2022, click here for diagram

December 2021

School Risk Assessment - updated for December 2021

September 2021

DfE August 2021 - Contingency framework: education and childcare settings document in full

School contingency framework policy - September 2021

School Risk Assessment - updated for September 2021

Documents relating to the new coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination programme (DfE website)

Vaccine Knowledge Project - independent information about vaccines and infectious diseases - website

Coronavirus disease advice for the public: Mythbusters

Covid vaccination programmes NHS website

March 2021 - July 2021

We understand that some of you and your children will be anxious about being in school, after some months out of school. Please be reassured that we are taking exceptional measures to make our school as safe as can be. We will be providing additional emotional and wellbeing support for all pupils, and will also be providing additional opportunities to support learning where this is required. 

As we come to the end of the academic year there are alterations to the track and trace system.  Please click here for the letter informing you on how this now works.  A new risk assessment will be completed over the summer holidays and emailed to all parents prior to return.

Letter to parents from school - 28th August 2020

Letter to parents from Public Health Department SBC - August

Letter to parent from DfE on when to book a test - 23/09/20

Letter to parents - reminders - 18th November

Parents to wear face masks on the school playground - 18/11/20

Covid restrictions over Christmas - from SBC 0 15/12/20

Impact on Prevent duty

January 2021

Open letter from Education Secretary - Rt Hon Gavin Williamson - Feb21

Reopening fully letter to parents - 4th March 2021



Risk assessment for 8th March 2021 - updated (shared with SBC/Governors/Staff)

Remote Learning Provision at Bishopstone CE - DfE policy - January 2021

Updated RA for music lessons - violins KS2

School Risk Assessment - Updated December 2020

For September 2020 - approved by Swindon Borough Council

Direct link to the Government's parental advice page

Wiltshire - welcome back to school booklet

September return powerpoint and what to do if your child shows symptoms of Coronavirus

Piano lessons - risk assessment

Useful Links and Information

NHS Website:

NHS 111 Online:


Alternatively, the Department of Education are providing advice for parents:

Phone: 0800 046 8687


Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)



Remote Learning - our journey . . . what a journey it has been!

The school has a new remote learning policy.  Within this it sets out our provision.  Click here.

Parents completed a survey with their views on remote learning.  This fed into our remote learning policy - 2020  

Due to the incredibly poor internet provision that the village of Bishopstone has, the impact is directly on what we could supply as a school.  We currently could not live stream lessons to children at home as we do not have the internet capability, however we factored this in to our 2020 offering.

We were in contact with Swindon Borough Council, our local MP, SWGfL and other avenues looking and asking about the level of provision to the village, when and how this was going to be improved.

As a school we signed up for the Government grant of £1500 to install Microsoft 365 - Classroom and teachers have training booked for mid November and the installation is being completed by Centerprise International. Now complete.

By February 2021 I was deeply saddened by the poor provision that Bishopstone recieved.  I decided to write to the CEO of Openreach - Mr Clive Selley.  My letter outlined a day in the life of a rural Head Teacher. What an amazing man!  He had responded within five minutes.  I was allocated the most wonderful lady - Mrs Sharon Gibson, who in less than 12 hours arranged a team of engineers to spend the day at Bishopstone (the following day!) and by the end of the Friday we had fibre installed.  What can I say, the difference it has made to the school can only be appreciated by those who have dealt with years of intermittent and soul destroying internet!   We can't thank them enough!!

School has a number of sims, free as the parentmail explained.  If you require one please let the school office know.