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Dear parents/carers


In Monday's newsletter (19th Oct 2020) we asked parents/carers to help us update school's records regarding vulnerable pupils or parents who are critical workers.  


In the event of a local lockdown or 'circuit break', only vulnerable pupils and pupils of critical workers would be eligible to attend school.  This includes critical workers in health and social care, education and childcare, key public services, local and national government, food, public safety, national security, transport, utilities and financial services.

The Department for Education guidance can be found at:

If your child would be eligible to attend, please complete and submit the following Google form:

Please complete for each child that would need to attend school.


Many thanks


Mrs S Meyer

Head of School



If the school office is closed and you need to contact school to report a confirmed, positive test result of COVID-19 for a child in school, please phone the emergency contact number: 07958 205052.

What to do if your child becomes unwell or develops symptoms of COVID-19

Letter from Public Health England 23 09 2020



We have received an update today (15/9/20) from Torbay Council regarding COVID-19 testing (see attached letter).

The main symptoms of coronavirus are:


  • A high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • A new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • A loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you have noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

Most people with coronavirus have at least 1 of these symptoms. If you have any of the above symptoms it is important that you get a test, this will help us stop the spread of the virus.


If you have symptoms:

  • You can book a test online ( or by ringing 119.
  • You must stay at home and do not have visitors until you get your test result – only leave home to have your test
  • Anyone you live with, and anyone in your support bubble, must also stay at home until you get your result


Please ring 111 if you are concerned about your symptoms – please do not contact 111 to book a test as that service needs to be protected for people who are ringing about other medical and health issues


If you have tried to book a test either online or via 119 please can you complete an online referral form that is appropriate to your demographic:


Children under the age of 5: Urgent Referral Form - Under 5's

School aged Children (5-18): School Aged Children

NHS/Health/Care workers: NHS/Health/Care Professionals

All other individuals: Urgent Referral Form - Adults


We understand the public frustration regarding the availability of testing through the national testing system, however, please be aware that this is the route we will ask you to pursue.


On receipt of your form we will try to assist you with booking a test.


Due to the nature of the test and the virus, tests need to be taken between days 1 to 5 of symptoms developing therefore if you have been experiencing symptoms for over 5 days you will not be offered a test. You should continue to self-isolate as per the government guidelines.


If you are not showing symptoms of Covid-19 you are not eligible for a test.


We aim to respond to any queries within 24 hours of receipt however please bear with us as the team is very busy due to the sudden increase in demand.


Thank you


Covid-19 testing team


Torbay Council COVID-19 Educational Settings Flowchart

23rd March 2020


Dear parents/carers of children entitled to Free School Meals,


From today, we will be distributing Tesco gift cards to the value of £25 per child for each school-age child in receipt of Free School Meals.  These vouchers are to be used to provide food for your child in lieu of school not being open during this period of school closure.  To clarify, Free School Meal entitlement is NOT the Universal Free School Meals (UFSM) for Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 pupils.  Free School Meal eligibility is means tested (more information is available on


Please email with your child's name and class number so we can confirm you have received the gift card.  These are being delivered by hand today to your home address.


We will clarify the arrangements for FSM vouchers after this week, once the government issues further guidelines.


Thank you in advance.


Finance Team

Riviera Education Trust

See below a copy of an urgent email that is being sent to parents/carers today



20th March 2020


Good morning


The government has finally provided clarification regarding those that are deemed 'key workers' (links below).


Despite school closure for the majority of pupils, Oldway will be open for children of key workers, to provide childcare so that these parents/carers can continue to work. The guidance also states that 'if it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be'.


So that we can make staffing arrangements for Monday and the foreseeable future, please respond as a matter of urgency if your employer deems your role as crucial.


Please delete as appropriate:

I am a key worker and I need childcare at Oldway for my child/ren.
I am a key worker but I do not need childcare at Oldway for my child/ren.
Child/ren's name(s):
Parent name:
Parent role and employer: 
Shift working pattern, i.e days needed:


19th March 2020


Dear parents/carers, staff and governors


Please see the attached letter from Stewart Biddles, CEO, following the government's announcement yesterday that all schools in England are to close at the end of the day tomorrow.  When we have received clarification from the Local Authority and Department of Education today regarding the pupils for which childcare provision remains, we will send further information about arrangements for these children for next week.


Thank you for your ongoing support.


With very best wishes


Mrs Meyer

Head of School

18th March 2020


Dear parents/carers


Please see today's coronavirus and school update from Mr Biddles, CEO.  There is a planned education announcement from the government at 5pm today so we will send further information as soon as we can.


Thank you for your ongoing support at these unsettling and challenging times.


Mrs Meyer

Head of School