As the pandemic continues, we are regularly reviewing our risk assessments, routines and procedures in line with Government guidance. Changes can happen quickly quickly but we will notify families who may be impacted as quickly as possible, usually via email.

During the current lock down, our nursery remains open to all children and in the rest of the school children who have a parent whose work is critical to the coronavirus response or who are more vulnerable can attend school. This must be arranged in advance of children attending. Any child who can safely stay at home, should remain at home, even if a parent is a critical worker. Children attending school should continue to wear school uniform, bring only essentials into school (eg water bottle, packed lunch, coat) and be dropped off at 8:45 and collected at 3:05. We will continue to follow hygiene advice, particularly by ensuring regular hand washing/sanitising. If your child develops symptoms while at school, they will be isolated and you will need to collect them as soon as possible.

Learning should continue for all children; Mrs Cornish oversees the remote learning and our learning from home plans can be found on the website page Learning at Home. Information on how to get additional support is regularly included on our ‘News‘ website page.

Our plans for the use of the Covid Catch Up Premium are outlined in Covid Catch-Up Premium Plan – January 2021 Update.

Full Opening from 8th March 2021

From Monday 8th March, all children are expected to return to full time education in school. We are delighted that they will be back, but also mindful of the impact that the lock down has had on learning (both positive and negative), wellbeing, social interaction and physical activity.

Drop off and Collection

Children should be dropped off at 8:45 (gates will close at 8:50) and collected at 3:05 from their designated gates;

Explorers (Bubble 1) – from the EYFS gate

Pathfinders & Adventurers (Bubble 2) – from the playground gate

Navigators (Bubble 3) – from the field gate

Siblings can arrive at the gate of the youngest sibling and will be directed to their class.




School Uniform

When children return, we would like to see them in their uniform. We recognise, however, that they will have grown and popping to the shop to buy new uniform is not easy at the moment. Wherever possible, please wear a royal blue jumper, white polo or t-shirt and plain black or dark grey trousers/shorts/dress or skirt; this may be in a PE style. Girls may alternatively wear a blue checked summer dress. Trainers are encouraged (preferably dark in colour) to support our active time. 

All children will need to wear PE uniform on the following days;

Explorers – Fridays

Pathfinders and Adventurers – Mondays and Fridays

Navigators – Wednesdays and Fridays

Late Arrival

If you arrive after the gate has closed, please phone the school office to arrange for your child to be met at the main gate.

School Car Park

The school car park is open to staff and visitors only; no parents or carers should be using the car park.



Useful links;

NHS websiteincludes the latest information, advice and links for booking a test 

Government websiteincludes the latest advice as well as recent and upcoming changes

Public Health Dorset website includes local information and updates as well as advice

If your child,or anyone in your household or support bubble, has symptoms of coronavirus, the whole household or support bubble will need to isolate and a test will need to be arranged for the individual showing symptoms. Please inform the school if your child has attended in the last 48 hours.

‘The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

Most people with coronavirus have at least 1 of these symptoms.’ (from the NHS website)

A test can be arranged via this NHS link. Please inform the school of the result.

 16th September 2020

Guidance for schools around illness and school absence

We understand that schools are receiving a lot of calls and questions about the health of their pupils.

With children starting to mix together again, it is likely that they are going to get seasonal colds and coughs but not all illnesses mean they must stay off school or self-isolate.

We want to remind you that COVID-19 symptoms are a high temperature (hot to touch on the back or chest), a new continuous cough (continuous cough is coughing consistently for a while and not just every now and again), a loss of or change to your taste or smell.

More detail of the symptoms can be found:

Please see below of different types of illness and what action should be taken:


What to do if… Action needed… Return to school when…
…my child has COVID-19 symptoms* – Do not come to school

– Contact school to inform us

– Self-isolate the whole household

– Get a COVID-19 test

– Inform school immediately about the test result

…the test comes back negative
…my child tests positive for COVID-19 – Do not come to school

– Contact school to inform us

– Agree an earliest date for possible return. (Min 10 Days)

– Self-isolate the whole household

… they feel better. They can return after 10 days even if they have a cough or loss of taste/smell. These symptoms can last for several weeks


All children who test positive must complete the 10-day isolation.

…my child tests negative – Contact school to inform us

– Discuss when your child can come back (same/next day)

…the test comes back negative and your child feels well enough to return


*COVID-19 symptoms are: a high temperature, a new continuous cough (continuous cough is coughing consistently for a while and not just every now and again), a loss of or change to your taste or smell


Vomiting and diarrhoea

If a child has sickness and diarrhoea they should not come to school. Parents/carers should contact the school to inform them of a child’s absence and ring the school on each day of illness.

A child can return to school 48 hours after the last bout of sickness or diarrhoea. Check with the school for more information.


If a child is poorly with symptoms of a cold such as a runny nose or sore throat,

– Check temperature and for symptoms of COVID-19

– If no COVID-19 symptoms, come to school if well enough

– If not well enough, ring on each day of illness

The child can come back to school when they feel well enough and are not showing symptoms of COVID-19

For all other advice around schools relating to COVID-19 please visit:



Covid Information Autumn Term 2021

Click here to see our welcome back video!

Welcome Back Letter 04092020

September Arrangements Letter 15072020



Want to contact us?

Feel free to give us a call during school hours, or send us an email using the address provided.

Please contact Niamh Vercoe or Georgie Morton in the school office.

Charmouth Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of our children and requires all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Safer recruitment procedures are followed for staff and regular volunteers and visitors.

Charmouth Primary School