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COVID-19 - Contingency Support - These pages were last updated on Thursday 3rd March 2022

Ogbourne School Closure

If / when Ogbourne School has to close, the decision will be one that we have been directed to take. Under such circumstances, we would like to share the following information:

  • this new page has been created especially on our school website setting work for parents and children to access contingency work
  • staff will check emails regularly during their working hours
  • in addition to the work detailed below, staff will be adding to and updating this page every 2-3 days
  • there is no expectation for parents to email their child’s completed work to staff, nor for staff to be returning completed work during this period
  • we will monitor and review these procedures on a regular basis


If, over the following weeks, you have any safeguarding concerns regarding the wellbeing or safety of any of our pupils we ask that you contact us immediately, either through emailing Admin@ogbourne.excalibur.org.uk Or by ringing the school on 01672 841318. Please leave a clear message including the nature of the concern, your name and your contact details. A member of our safeguarding team will get back to you as soon as possible.

Pupils: need some advice and tips on staying safe during lock down? Then watch this presentation, "Something's Not Right", by clicking here

Reflection of the Week – 1st March 2021    

Matthew 7:1-2

[Jesus said:] Don’t judge other people and you will not be judged.  You will be judged in the same way that you judge others.  And the forgiveness you give to others will be given to you.

For reflection: It’s hard not to judge other people.  Do you compare yourself to others and think that you are better or worse than them?  Competition is a good thing, and we are free to enjoy winning and doing well.  However, it is wrong to think you are more important to God than someone else.  Only God knows what is going on in someone’s life and only He can judge.

Prayer – The Lord’s Prayer.

Government Guidance     

Following Government guidance, as of Tuesday 5th January 2021 Ogbourne CofE Primary School asks parents to keep their children at home, wherever possible. We have been asked to remain open only for those children who absolutely have to attend.

As a country, we all need to do what we can to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus. That is why the government has given clear guidance on self-isolation, household isolation and social distancing. And the most recent scientific advice on how to further limit the spread of COVID-19 is clear. If children can stay safely at home, they should, to limit the chance of the virus spreading.

It is important to underline that schools, all childcare settings (including early years settings, childminders and providers of childcare for school-age children), colleges and other educational establishments, remain safe places for children. But the fewer children making the journey to school, and the fewer children in educational settings, the lower the risk that the virus can spread and infect vulnerable individuals in wider society.

For further Government infomation "Guidance for schools, childcare providers, colleges and local authorities in England on maintaining educational provision" please go to:


Key Workers
If you would like more guidance on how to determine if you are a key worker, follow this Government link: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision.  

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Support for Parents:

  • Safer Internet Day: 9th February is Safer Internet Day. 
    Due to lockdowns and other high-level restrictions, many children are spending more time online during the coronavirus pandemic. This new resource will help you keep children safe online at this difficult time. Follow this link to NSPCC resources.

  • Children's Mental Health Week:       
    packed with advice, ideas, support and guidance for children and their families - highly useful and appropriate during these tricky times. Follow this link

  • NSPCC: for advice from the NSPCC on undertaking remote education safely follow this link.   

  • UK Safer Internet Centre: for advice from the UK Safer Internet Centre follow this link.   

  • Keeping Children Safe Online: for advice and resouces to keep your child safe whilst learning on follow this link.  

  • Staying Safe Online: for guidance on which includes information on security and privacy settings follow this link

  • Internet Matters: this site provides age-specific online safety checklists, guides on how to set parental controls on a range of devices, and a host of practical tips to help children get the most out of their digital world. Follow this link
    Our Parent Information > E-Safety

  • Children’s Centres  
    Children’s centre services are offering online and telephone support to parents, they are in contact with their outreach clients. They have taken on new cases and have the capacity to take on more if required. If you feel your family needs additional support please contact: 01225 719753  rdraper@spurgeons.org

  • Health Centres  
    the health visitor service is still open and operating, if families have any concerns about a child please call the Single Point of Access on 0300 247 0090, Monday to Friday 9am-5pm excluding Bank Holidays. Health services are concerned that people are waiting too long to present with other issues that may need treatment or support. We are aware that it is a very anxious time and there may be concerns about where to access support in coming weeks this service is here to support families during this time.

  • Business Support   
    The Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership offer support and guidance for businesses affected by Covid-19. 01793 698005
    hello@SWGrowthHub.co.uk  or   https://growthhub.swlep.co.uk/

  • Support for Parents and Carers: Pearson.com  
  • COVID - Advice for Employers and Employees: Acas.org  
  • Working Safely During Coronavirus: Gov.UK  
  • COVID Advice for Vulnerable People: NiDirect  
  • COVID-19 & Managing Mental Health: Rethink.org   
  • Coping with COVID for Young People: Mind.Org  
  • Coping As A Key Worker: Mind.Org  
  • COVID-19 & Your Wellbeing: Mind.Org  
  • Reducing Anxiety: Top Tips for Children with ASD
  • Maths Support for Parents: NCETM 

If you have found any other useful sites or resources you would like us to add to this list, please just contact us.

Equipment to Access Learning     

We aim to lend computer equipment to those families that need them. For example, if you do not have a computer in the family home we can supply one. If there are several children in the family home but only one computer we will endeavour to supply additional equipment to you. ICT should not be a barrier to children engaging with their work at home. If your child does not have access to a computer or the internet at home or your child has lost their login details:

Appropriate equipment to be loaned to students at home and will be assessed on a needs basis. In the first instance, we will prioritise those families with no facilities.

  • Living With COVID

    On April 1st 2022, the government set out its new plan to remove remaining restrictions on society while protecting the most vulnerable from COVID-19. This means that we have updated our School Risk Assessment to reflect the new guidance. The full risk assessment can be found at the bottom of the page; however, we have highlighted the main areas interest for parents below. 

  • What COVID Measures Will the School Still Have In Place?

    We will continue ventilating all classrooms and have CO2 Monitors fitted in teaching rooms. We also have hand sanitisers fitted throughout the school and additional hand washing stations. We will continue to promote good hand hygiene with all our children. In addition, we will continue with more regular cleaning of communal areas. 

  • Are you doing anything for children who were previously considered Clinically Extremely Vulnerable (CEV)?

    We can complete individual risk assessments for children who were previously considered CEV. If you think your child is in this category and you would like a risk assessment, please contact the main office at admin@ogbourne.excalibur.org.uk or 01672 841318

  • Do I Need To Wear A Face Covering?

    The legal requirement to wear a face covering no longer applies. However, the government suggests that you continue to wear a face covering in crowded and enclosed spaces where you may come into contact with people you do not normally meet. We encourage and welcome all parents, carers, and visitors to wear a mask as they see fit. 

  • What Do I Do If My Child Has Symptoms of COVID 19?

    For children and young people (aged 18 years and under), the government states that "Respiratory infections are common in children and young people, particularly during the winter months and symptoms can be caused by several respiratory infections including the common cold, COVID-19 and RSV.". It goes on to explain that  "For most children and young people, these illnesses will not be serious, and they will soon recover following rest and plenty of fluids. Very few children and young people with respiratory infections become seriously unwell.

  • With That In Mind The Guidance Is That:
    • Children with mild symptoms such as a runny nose, sore throat, or slight cough, who are otherwise well, can continue to attend their education setting.
    • Children with the key symptoms of COVID-19, should not attend the school, given the potential risk to others. The advice is 3 days of self-isolation. 
    • Children who are unwell and have a high temperature should stay at home and avoid contact with other people. They can come back to school, college or childcare when they no longer have a high temperature, and they are well enough to attend. The advice is 3 days of self-isolation. 
  • Where Can I Get A COVID-19 Test?

    Schools are no longer permitted to give free Lateral Flow Test test kits to staff, pupils, or parents unless advised by our local health protection team, local authority or director of public health. However, tests can purchase a COVID-19 test from some pharmacies and retailers, in person or online. Some families may be able to access free test kits, to see if your eligible please visit https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing/get-tested-for-coronavirus/

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