If there is anything you or your family may need some help or support with, especially at the moment, please let us see if we can help in any way!

St Mary's Farnham Royal Church of England Primary School

Founded in Faith focused on Family and fulfilling Future potential

September 2022 Information for Parents

The following information is  based on 'normal school procedures' as well as national 'From Step 4 - Sept 2021' guidance


It is subject to change should national guidance change


We continue to be hugely grateful of the overwhelming support we receive from parents. It is a credit to the SMFR team, their dedication and commitment to all they do. Parental support is essential in ensuring the best outcomes for children.


Last Updated: 31st August 2021

School reopens for Year 1 - 6 Thursday 2nd September



Drop off & Collection - From September 2021

Drop off

8:30am – 8:50am (normal times)

Children will  still go straight to class

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

We will continue to radio for children in the first weeks


Drop Off

All children via main gate (no entry to playground for parents in the mornings)

Children go straight to classroom 

Parents are asked to be courteous and kind, especially the road


Collection points

Parents are asked to be courteous and kind, especially on the road

Years N - 3

Parents collect from classroom/playground doors.

Staff member on main gate

Years 5 & 6

Parents collect from Year 6 gates,

Year 4

Parents collect from car park exit door


School Lunches

Hot lunches are available to all children 

  • All children will eat in the dinner hall
  • 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



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

PE Days  _


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


Reception & Nursey: Mondays

Year 1: Tuesday & Thursday

Year 2: Monday & Wednesday

Year 3: Tuesday swimming, Friday PE

Year 4: Tuesday swimming only

Year 5: Wednesday & Thursday

Year 6:  Wednesday & Friday

What should children bring?

  • Lunch (unless ordered)

  • A piece of fruit for a morning snack, if desired (apple, rasins, banana, strawberries, cucumber etc..)

  • Water bottle, named (water only during lessons)

  • Coat

  • Bag

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

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

  • NO PE Kits. Children will be informed of PE days and will wear PE kits to school on these days. It works well.

  • No other items needed

Tree Tops

Tree Tops (before and after school club) 

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

Meeting and/or Communication with Staff

As per pre-Covid, we encourage parents to contact the school office if they would like to arrange an time to speak with staff It can then be decided, based on the agenda and participants, whether the meeting should take place face to face or over the phone



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


School is obligated to call parents  on the first day of absence, if they are unaware why the child is absent . 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

Identifying Cases and Isolating Children 

"From Step 4 , close contacts will be identified via NHS Test and Trace and education settings will no longer be expected to undertake contact tracing.


From 16 August 2021, children under the age of 18 years old will no longer be required to self-isolate if they are contacted by NHS Test and Trace as a close contact of a positive COVID-19 case. Instead, children will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace, informed they have been in close contact with a positive case and advised to take a PCR test. We would encourage all individuals to take a PCR test if advised to do so." DfE July 2021


Should any child be instructed to isolate by Track and Trace. They will be able to access the learning taking place in school via the class pages on the school website


  • School does not COVID test children
  • School does and has always taken children's temperatures, when necessary, as part of its medical care. 
  • School can only provide test kits to staff


"Staff and pupils with a positive LFD test result should self-isolate in line with the stay at home guidance. They will also need to get a free PCR test to check if they have COVID19. Whilst awaiting the PCR result, the individual should continue to self-isolate. If the PCR test is taken within 2 days of the positive lateral flow test, and is negative, it overrides the self-test LFD test and the pupil can return to school, as long as the individual doesn’t have COVID-19 symptoms. " DfE July 2021

Admitting children into school

"In most cases, parents and carers will agree that a pupil with symptoms should not attend the school, given the potential risk to others. If a parent or carer insists on a pupil attending  school, the school can take the decision to refuse the pupil if, in the schools reasonable judgement, it is necessary to protect other pupils and staff from possible infection with COVID-19. The schools decision would need to be carefully considered in light of all the circumstances and current public health advice." DfE July 2021

COVID Control Measures

School will continue to :

  • Ensure good hygiene for everyone.
  • Maintain appropriate cleaning regimes.
  • Keep occupied spaces well ventilated.
  • Follow public health advice on testing, self-isolation and managing confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Maintaining Bubbles


"At Step 4 we will no longer recommend that it is necessary to keep children in consistent groups (‘bubbles’). As well as enabling flexibility in curriculum delivery, this means that assemblies can resume, and you no longer need to make alternative arrangements to avoid mixing at lunch." - DfE July 2021


SMFR always starts in September with a Learning to Learn week. During this week we focus on preparing children for the year ahead and recapping key skills. During this time its normal for children stay in their classes. After L2L we will mix children for some subjects such as Phonics/Maths/English. Assemblies will return to being face to face.

Face Coverings

"Face coverings will no longer be advised for pupils, staff and visitors either in classrooms or in communal areas" DfE July 2021