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COVID updates

Please see the latest guidance on Coronavirus here:

January 2022


Please see the latest government guidance for COVID-19:


Please see government guidance for parents - what parents need to know about schools


Reducing the transmission of COVID-19 within your household

December 2020 - Travel information

From 5 November to 2 December 2020, travelling away from home, including internationally, is restricted from England except in limited circumstances such as for work or for education. 

January 2020

From Wednesday 6th January, we will be setting online learning for all children. The government has directed all primary schools to provide approximately 3 hours of online learning a day for primary aged children.

For children in Ducklings, remote learning will be set via Tapestry. Miss Fox will be writing to Ducklings parents later today with more details.


For children in Years 1 - 6, teachers will be using the online platform, Google Classroom, to set online learning each day. Since the first lockdown, there is a greater expectation on the amount of work set online and also for pupils to do this work while school is partially closed, to avoid further gaps in their education. We understand that families may not have access to lots of electronic devices and that in households where parents are working or there are multiple siblings, there are many challenges. With this in mind we will not be providing live lessons, but pre-recorded inputs or signposts to other online learning sites such as Oak Academy and BBC Bitesize, so that children and parents can access lessons at a time to suit them. Children can post their work on Google Classroom and teachers will provide feedback.


Teachers will try to meet 'live' with children across the week for prayer times, stories or learning games and will send details of when these 'live' sessions will take place, via Google Classroom. Our intention for these sessions is to help children with their wellbeing and provide them with contact with their teacher and class.


We are all learning on this journey. Google Classroom is a new platform for our teachers, so please be patient and we will work alongside you and support you in the weeks ahead. Lessons and tasks will be set each morning and details of your child's log-ins will follow as well as instructions on how to download and access Google Classroom.


Work that will be set:

One daily English lesson

One daily Maths lesson

One Key Skills lesson e.g. phonics, times tables, reading or spelling.

One lesson each day from another curriculum area such as RE, Science, Topic, PE, DT, RSHE or Art.


If you need any further support, please contact the school office. We are able to organise reading books and paper copies of learning if required.

Mental Health and Wellbeing

Pupils may be experiencing a variety of emotions in response to the coronavirus (COVID19) outbreak, such as anxiety, stress or low mood. Public Health England’s Every Mind Matters campaign includes resources which aim to support everyone to feel more confident in taking action to look after their mental health and wellbeing.


Public Health England have also produced guidance for parents and carers on supporting children and young people's mental health and wellbeing.

Support for Families


BCP Council now has a dedicated helpline to support residents through the coronavirus outbreak. The helpline number is 0300 123 7052 and will be open 8am – 8pm seven days a week.


Christchurch Foodbank 

St Josephs Church  07587 371088
Christchurch Food Bank website


NHS 111 Online 


Get medical help near you. Answers questions about your main symptoms. Find out when and where to get help. Be contacted by a nurse, if needed.


Christchurch Family Partnership Zone

Brings people together to help and support children, young people and their families with any aspect of family life, telephone 01202 225724.

Website: BCP website



You First Domestic Abuse Service 

You First is the county integrated domestic violence and abuse service providing free and discreet support, advice and refuge to victims and survivors of domestic abuse and violence.

0800 032 5204



Coronavirus: Helpful information to answer questions from children

Place2Be provides some useful information, tips and resources to help support your child through this difficult and confusing time.

Website: Place2Be



Shout 85258 is a free, confidential, 24/7 text messaging support service for anyone who is struggling to cope. As a digital service, Shout 85258 has become increasingly critical since Covid-19, being one of the few mental health support services able to operate as normal at this time.


Safeguarding and Child Protection

If you have any safeguarding concerns about either your child or another child please talk to our Designated Safeguarding Lead, Mrs Rippon or our Deputy Safeguarding Leads Mr Curran and Ms Lithgow. Alternatively you can contact: BCP MASH 01202 735046 or


Pupil Premium

To find out more about qualifying for pupil premium please click here to go to the BCP website. You can download the Free School Meals Application form from our Policies and Forms page. 


Wraparound Care - Breakfast and After School Club

Funtastic Club are continuing to offer a breakfast and after school club to children at St Joseph's. The club takes place on-site and is following Covid safety measures set out by the government. Please contact them on 07591 705862 or email: if you require before school or after school childcare. Please follow the link for more information and any booking forms.

COVID-19 Catch-Up Premium

Read further information on the government website: Catch-up premium: coronavirus (COVID-19) - GOV.UK (