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A thank you message from Staff for the children:

School Reopening 

15th May 2020 

Dear Parents/Carers, 

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on Sunday evening designed to move the country forward from ‘Lockdown’, you will be aware that primary schools and nurseries have been asked to re-open for children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 6.Our school is now considering how to respond to this request as well as continuing to offer places for children of key workers and other children who may need additional support.

The priority for our school is that we put the health and safety of our children, families and staff first. This means that we have to look carefully at what will work in practice, how many of our staff are available to work and when it is safe for each group of children to return. It is likely that children will be invited to return to school in phases to take account of all health and safety measures required.

We must also consider the needs of all our other children who have been asked to remain at home. We want to ensure that these children receive sufficient support and guidance in the coming weeks. Please be assured that, as soon as we have received the relevant guidance and developed our own plans, we will be making contact to share the relevant information with you.

In the meantime, our status is as it has been since the 23rd March – our school is only open for those children of key workers who need to be cared for while their parent(s) are at work and for those children deemed to require additional support.

Thank you for your patience and support during this time.


Yours sincerely

Sarah Wilson


Temporary Free School Meals for famillies with no recourse to public funds (NRPF)

If you have recently applied for Universal Credit, made redundant or furloughed you may be entitled to free school meals. Please take a look through this guidance to see if you are eligible:

FSM Guidance for NRPF Groups

If you are eligible you can complete the application form and submit along with supporting documents to: pupilsupport@ealing.gov.uk


As of 12:00am on Tuesday 23rd March, everyone must stay at home to help stop the spread of Covid-19. This includes people of all ages – even if you do not have any symptoms or other health conditions.

You can only leave your home:

- To shop for basic essentials – only when you really need to
- To do one form of exercise a day – such as a run, walk or cycle, alone or with other people you live with
- For any medical need – for example, to visit a pharmacy or deliver essential supplies to a vulnerable person
- To travel to and from work – but only where this is absolutely necessary


As of Wednesday 13th May, the most important thing we can all do in fighting Coronavirus is to stay alert. We must control the spread of the virus, in order to protect the NHS and save lives.

We can all help control the virus if we all stay alert. This means you must:

  • stay at home as much as possible
  • work from home if you can
  • limit contact with other people
  • keep your distance if you go out (2 metres apart where possible)
  • wash your hands regularly

Self-isolate if you or anyone in your household has symptoms.

For the latest advice and guidance on how to protect yourself, please visit: 


School Closure 


As advised by the government, if it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be. We will do all we can to stay open for vulnerable children and children of key workers.

GOV.UK - Closure of educational settings: information for parents and carers

Ealing Council - Useful resources for parents, carers, children and young people

Department for Education Coronavirus Helpline

The Department for Education coronavirus helpline is now 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)

For further information and activities for the children - Please visit our Covid-19 Page & Year Group Pages.

Nursery Admissions - September 2020

We currently have spaces for Nursery in September 2020.  If your child will be 3 years old by the 31st August 2020, then please complete an application form and email a completed copy to admin@gifford.ealing.sch.uk