COVID-19 Updates

Keeping us all safe

At Southway Primary School, we have put in place measures to keep our school safe during these challenging times. A copy of our risk assessment can be found here

Staggered starts and separate entrances

To help us reopen the school safely, we have introduced staggered start and finish times together with specific entry and exit points for each year group:

Group A Group B Group C

Day Starts


Day Ends


Day Starts


Day Ends


Day Starts


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Year Group Entrance & Exit
Nursery Nursery Gate
Reception Via main gate - Sea to Nursery side gate, Sky and Aqua to their own gates
Year 1 Via main gate, enter exit at classroom doors
Year 2 Via main gate, enter exit at classroom doors
Year 3 Enter/exit via main hall fire exit and wait in hall
Year 4 Enter/exit via main entrance and wait in inner seating area
Year 5 Via service yard entrance and enter/exit via Y6 stairwell door
Year 6 Via service yard entrance and enter/exit via Y6 stairwell door


We know that for a few families, their children may have different start and finish times. We ask that, once the first child has been dropped off to the appropriate entrance, parents wait on our large playground spaces, socially distanced from others please, before moving to the second child’s entrance at the appropriate time.

Please do not let your children run around the playground areas – please keep them with you while on site.

As our main front entrance is being used by our Year 4 children, please can you avoid coming to the office wherever possible, and particularly at the beginning or end of the day. Similarly, due to our Covid-19 restrictions to keep all our children and staff safe, parents may not enter our building via any other entrance or be within the building without prior appointment.

Please note that general visitors cannot be admitted to the school at the moment. Anyone wishing to speak to us should please Contact Us by phone or email.

Good hygiene

In line with guidance about preventing the spread of infection, we continue to emphasise the importance of handwashing and hygiene with both staff and pupils. We also promote the 'Catch it, Bin it, Kill it' message with our children. We are taking opportunities to reinforce these messages regularly and encouraging staff and pupils to wash their hands at regular points throughout the school day. 

What happens if a child must isolate due to Covid-19 and cannot attend school?

We have developed a plan which aims to ensure continuity of learning for children who are off site, giving them the chance to maintain their learning and avoid gaps forming. We currently have pupils who are joining their peers virtually from home using Microsoft Teams, allowing them to engage with the learning as if they were in the classroom.

Find out more

Catch-up Grant

Every school has been allocated a funding grant to help counteract the impact of the national lockdown on children’s learning in Spring 2020. At Southway Primary School we plan to spend the grant on actions which aim to remove barriers to attainment and close any gaps in our children’s learning.

View our plan here

Helpful links for parents

Guidance on children's mental health and wellbeing during Covid

Stay at home guidance for households with a possible infection

How to get a Covid-19 test

On behalf of all the staff at Southway Primary School, we would like to thank you for all your co-operation and support throughout the pandemic. We will come through this together as a school community.

Please keep safe and follow all the guidance on hygiene and social distancing to minimise you and your family’s risk of infection.