It has been wonderful to see you all back. Thank you for continuing to follow the guidance 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

Reopening 8th March Information for Parents

Reopening 8th March - Information for Parents

School will reopen for all children on Monday 8th March

Monday - Friday all day (no Friday afternoon closure)


All children are expected to attend and normal absence procedures apply


In accordance with the Government guidelines issue for reopening Monday 8th March 2021 it is our intent to implement the following.

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


This information has  been updated ahead of reopening 8th March.


Changes for SUMMER TERN are highlighted for your convenience


Drop off & Collection

Staggered start and end times to enable social distancing - Amended for reopening 8th March 2021




Children WITH siblings (attending SMFR) -

8:30- 8:45am

3:00 – 3:15pm

Children WITHOUT siblings (attending SMFR) -

8:45- 9:00am

3:15pm – 3:30pm


We appreciate this may not be ideal for some parents. Indeed, it is not ideal for the school and staff, however it is necessary. We cannot offer a choice of time or flexibility however we remain keen to return to previous timings as soon as guidance allows and it is safe to do so.


Drop Off


All children via main gate, all parents to wear face coverings on site unless exempt

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

All parents to wear face coverings on site unless exempt

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

Parents will not be allowed into classrooms and therefore will not be able to see teachers, who will be supervising children. We appreciate the challenges of this, however communication with teachers needs to be via email to the office Teachers are happy to telephone parents if requested.

School Lunches

School lunches are available to all children. However to maintain ‘class bubbles’ we  are unable to move all children through the hall


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


Parents who pay for school lunches can do this via SIMS pay


  • Hot school lunches will be available for Years Reception, Year 1 & Year 2
  • Cold school lunches will be avaible for Year 3, 4 , 5 & 6


We will continually review lunches with a view to returning to offer all children a hot lunch as soon as is possible



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. The School recognises that in class children will be closer than 2m. However, guidance states adults should maintain 2 metre distance from each other, and from children.

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. Classes will have allocated outdoor slots for break and lunch, to prevent the whole school being together at once. Assemblies will take place in class


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?

We must minimise the opportunities of transfer between school and home.

  • 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


Work completed at homePlease email work to the office 

Tree Tops

We intend to open Tree Tops (before and after school club) from week beginning 8th March

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

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 as parents will not be allowed in to classrooms.

Communication with Staff

  • Parents will NOT be able to enter school to see 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.
  • Staff on duty will be supervising children, they will be unable to manage messages

Trips & Visits

Will not take place until further notice


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


Staff PPE

In primary schools, we recommend that face coverings should be worn by staff and adult visitors in situations where social distancing between adults is not possible (for example, when moving around in corridors and communal areas). Children in primary school do not need to wear a face covering

Behaviour expectations:

  • Pupils are expected to following 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

Why We Can't Hug


A lovely video to use as a starting point for a discussion around social distancing. Particularly suitable for younger children

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.)


Be Kind

As we reopen under these extraordinary circumstances it is important to remember that everyone, children, staff and parents have faced challenging and distressing times. Everyone is doing their best.