As things slowly begin to return to normal, thank you for continuing to follow the guidance that is still in place and help keep us all as safe as possible.

St Mary's Farnham Royal Church of England Primary School

Founded in Faith focused on Family and fulfilling Future potential

COVID Information for Parents

COVID Information for Parents


All children are expected to attend and normal absence procedures apply


These arrangements are subject to change in line with Government guidelines and we will update parents accordingly


This information has  been updated 14th May 2021.


We have now received and reviewed the latest Department of Education guidance and are implementing the following changes:


Year group bubbles will be introduced from Monday 17th May. This means children will be able to mix within their year group, not just their class. As outlined below this has significant benefits for the children and school. However, it is important that families adhere to rules outside of school: whilst the infection rate is low, in the unlikely scenario of a confirmed case, the whole year group bubble may have to isolate.

Drop off & Collection - From 17th May 2021

Drop off

8:30am – 8:50am (normal times)

Children will go straight to class

Parents should maintain social distancing

In a return to ‘normal’ times, children arriving after 8:50am will be marked as late

3:15pm 3:25pm

Parents collecting after 3:25pm will be considered late. Please be on time and respectful of staff time

Parents should maintain social distancing


Drop Off


All children via main gate

Children go straight to classroom (no playground time before school)

No entry for parents to classroom

No kiss and drop car service

Parents are asked to be courteous and kind as we do not have the staff capacity to police the road



2 m distancing at all times, patience required

No entry for parents to classroom

Parents are asked to be courteous and kind as we do not have the staff capacity to police the road


Collection points

Years N - 3

Parents collect from classroom/playground doors.

Staff member on main gate

Years 5 & 6

Parents collect from Year 6 gates,

Staff member radios to call children from class

Year 4

Parents collect from car park exit door

Staff member radios to call children from class

Communication with teachers should  be via email to the office Teachers are happy to telephone parents if requested.

School Lunches

Hot lunches will be available to all children from Monday, 24th May 2021

  • All children will eat in the dinner hall, whilst maintaining their year group bubbles
  • Menus are available on the school website
  • Ordering is via Sims Pay


Children can order lunches the normal way, by telling their teacher whether they are having a school lunch or packed lunch during morning register each day





Normal attendance procedures will apply. Children are expected to attend full time. If children are absent, parents are expected to inform the office


The school will resume first day calls as normal, please assist staff by informing the school of your child's absence, it saves us a huge amount of time, which we can be using to 'catch the children up'


If you are anxious about you child returning please contact us


CEV Children and Families with CEV Members

We encourage you to contact school so we can discuss the best way to support you


Isolating Children

Children isolating will be able to access the leaning taking place in school via the class pages on the school website


Uniform is expected. If you have any difficulties then we will be happy to support, please email the office.


To clarify the schools stance on trainers - completely black trainers are acceptable (other coloured trainers are not) otherwise flat black shoes



Children to wear PE Kits to school all day on the following days


Reception & Nursey: Tuesday & Thursday

Year 1: Monday & Wednesday

Year 2: Tuesday & Thursday

Year 3: Monday & Wednesday

Year 4: Monday & Thursday

Year 5: Wednesday & Friday

Year 6:  Monday & Tuesday

Seating Arrangements & Classroom Set Up

Tables and chairs have been set up in rows so that no pupils are facing each other

Resources are limited and/or removed from rooms

Where resources need to be shared, regular cleaning in place

Social Distancing

The school will continue to encourage social distancing in line with Government guidance. 

Parents should adhere to this at drop off and collection.

Large Gatherings

Whole school assemblies, church services etc will not take place until further notice. Year groups will have allocated outdoor slots for break and lunch, to prevent the whole school being together at once. Assemblies will take place in years


Initially staff will be focusing on wellbeing and settling children back in to a  school routine. Staff will quickly complete spring baseline assessments with children and use this to inform lessons,  and a 'catch up plan' which will focus on key skills and knowledge.


SATs will not take place



What should children bring?

  • Lunch (unless ordered)

  • Water bottle, named

  • Coat

  • Bag

  • Medication, ie Inhalers etc.. these will remain in school.

  • Pencil cases (Yr 3-6), will remain in school

  • NO PE Kits. Children will be informed of PE days and will wear PE kits to school on these days to avoiding changing in school.

  • NO other items 


We still cannot allow:


Bikes & scooters. We do not currently have the storage space available as we have had to remove resources from classrooms, but we are working on it!



Tree Tops

Tree Tops (before and after school club) is open

  • If you your child has not previously attend but you would like a place, please email for an application pack

Face coverings

  • Parents: Though some may choose to continue to do so, you no longer need to wear a face covering onsite during drop off and collection. Please maintain social distancing and have a face covering handy if you wish to speak with staff
  • Staff: Face coverings will also no longer be recommended for staff in classrooms. You may see some staff still wearing them when they cannot socially distance (ie: talking to a parent) or because they have been advised to do so by a medical professional.
  • Children: Most children do not wear face coverings. It is now advised that the those who do, do not need to wear them. As with staff, we will support face coverings for children who have been advised by a medical professional to continue to wear one (please email the office with evidence if this is the case)
  • Visitors: visitors including parents entering the school will be asked to wear a face covering where social distancing cannot be maintained.

Access to School Site

We will not be encouraging visitors to the school. All parents & visitors will need a prior appointment. Email will remain the best way to communicate with staff/school 

Communication with Staff

  • Please email the office any messages for staff
  • Parents should refrain from emailing Teachers directly as Teachers will be in class teaching everyday
  • If parents wish to speak with a Teacher they can email the office to request a telephone call
  • We cannot accept paper copies of messages,  or home school communication books, or work completed at home at this time.

Trips & Visits

Are now able to take place within guidelines


School are being encouraged to spend as much time outside as possible. Please make sure your child has appropiate clothing



    Behaviour expectations:

    • Pupils are expected to follow instructions relating to distancing.
    • In the classroom: expectations, seating plans and walking routes.
    • Corridors- walking is to be kept to the left, following visual arrows or following one-way systems
    • At break and lunchtimes – following seating and play instructions
    • Pupils are expected to following government guidelines
    • Pupils will be supported to understand the routines and parents notified of concerns
    • Purposely spitting, biting, coughing, invading space etc is not acceptable and parents will be called advising them of next steps following principles as laid out in the main policy

    Children Showing Symptoms

    If anyone in the school becomes unwell with a new and persistent cough or a high temperature, or has a loss of or change in, their normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia), they must be sent home and advised to follow guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection, which sets out that they should self-isolate for at least 10 days and should arrange to have a test to see if they have coronavirus (COVID-19).


    If they have tested positive whilst not experiencing symptoms but develop symptoms during the isolation period, they should restart the 10-day isolation period from the day they develop symptoms. Other members of their household (including any siblings) should self-isolate for 14 days from when the symptomatic person first had symptom


    What will happen if someone becomes ill?


    We must all still follow Government guidelines, if anyone develops a new continuous cough or a high temperature or if someone in your household becomes ill, it is still very important that you self-isolate for 7 days and everyone else in the household self isolates for 14 days.


    If a child becomes ill in school, the following will be put in place:


    1. Child will be kept in a safe place with a member of staff wearing PPE.
    2. You will be called and asked to collect your child immediately.
    3. You will need to book an appointment to have your child tested.
    4. You will need to share those results as soon as possible with school, even if this is at a weekend.
    5. If the test comes back negative, the child may return to school when they feel well enough.
    6. If the test comes back positive, all children and adults who have been in the same classroom as that child will be asked to self-isolate for 14 days. (This is why keeping children in their own cohort groups throughout the week is extremely important.)