We have introduced a new way for parents and carers to report any positive COVID test results to the school out of normal school hours. This includes over the weekends, in the evenings (after 4pm) and during the holidays. This will enable us to respond more quickly and advise parents of decisions regarding class, year group or bubble closures. During office hours (Monday – Friday 8am – 4pm), please phone the school office 020 8654 2260 to report a positive case.  All positive case notifications outside of these hours should be passed onto the school asap using the email address below which will be covered by a member of the Senior Leadership Team.

Please find below the latest St. John's Covid risk assessment which is based on the current DfE Guidance and is reviewed on a regular basis and when the guidance changes. The risk assessment is designed so that we assess the risk before any control measure are put in place and then again when the measures are in place and we colour code the risks for ease. The control measures are designed to reduce the level of risk and in the majority of cases you will see the risks are reduced by at least one level unless the risk is already low.

September 2021 Risk Assessment


(Mon - Fri, 8am - 4pm)

020 8654 2260


(Weekends, holidays and evenings)


Differentiating between Covid-19 and other seasonal illnesses

With winter approaching, the UK is entering the traditional seasons for colds and flu, with the additional complication this year that symptoms of those two illnesses can be broadly similar to those experienced by people who have caught the coronavirus and may be at risk of spreading it.

To help protect your children and the wider community, please be as honest as possible with school around symptoms, testing and results. You shouldn’t be embarrassed or concerned about reporting a suspected or confirmed case.

We want to provide as much information as possible on our approach to coronavirus symptoms, testing and isolation periods. Please see the answers to key questions below.

Child-Friendly Stories

Click below to view 'While we can't hug' or the 'Coronavirus: a book for children'. These are age-appropriate stories to help initiate conversations with your child regarding the COVID-19 coronavirus.

One Way Systems and Staggered Entry/Exit Times

RECEPTION, YEAR 5 & YEAR 6 - 8:45am start - 2:55pm finish.

Route: Main pedestrian gate from Spring Park Road only, exit through vehicle gate.


YEAR 1 & YEAR 2 - 9:05am start - 3:15pm finish.

Route: Main pedestrian gate from Spring Park Road only, exit through vehicle gate.


YEAR 3 & YEAR 4 - 8:55am start - 3:05pm finish.

Route: Enter through the Top Gate on Shirley Church Road, exit through the same gate whilst being considerate people of people coming in.

It is highly recommended for parents/carers to wear face coverings when on school grounds. Many thanks for your co-operation.


Safeguarding Information

The safeguarding of children and young people, and the promotion of their well-being is everybody's responsibility. During the current outbreak of COVID-19 and the subsequent impact on the daily lives of all children and families, we want to ensure that all children, families and professionals have access to information to help keep children and their families supported and safe.

The Importance of Hygiene

Personal hygiene is the most important way we can tackle COVID-19, especially washing hands more; and the catch it, bin it, kill it strategy for those with coughs and sneezes.

Hand Washing Advice

It is essential that everyone washes their hands more often, using soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Hand washing with soap employs mechanical action that loosens bacteria and viruses from the skin, rinsing them into the drain. Drying hands afterwards makes the skin less hospitable to the virus. Hand sanitiser can be effective if soap is not available or the situation makes using soap less feasible (i.e. when outside) but using hand sanitiser provides none of the virus-destroying friction that rubbing your hands together and rinsing with water provides.

The latest guidance and video on hand washing can be found here


Educational resources

The e-Bug project is led by Public Health England and has a dedicated webpage for learning resources on hand washing and respiratory hygiene.

Resources are currently available for KS1, KS2 and KS3 and can be used in various settings including schools:

Department for Education Coronavirus helpline

The Department for Education coronavirus helpline is available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687
Email: DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)

If you work in a school, please have your unique reference number (URN or UKPRN) available when calling the helpline.