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We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause you


Although we appreciate that this is a very worrying and unsettling time for everyone, it is of upmost importance that we try to continue the education of our children as best we can, maintaining a sense of routine and stability for them whilst they are not at school. In order for this to happen, teachers have been working hard to create online classrooms for the children using Google Classroom where they will be teaching live lessons to your child every day. However, due to the extreme short notice of the government’s announcement this evening, this will begin from Wednesday 6th January to allow teachers time to plan this effectively and ensure the online learning sessions run as smoothly as possible.


Home Learning on Google Classroom – from Wednesday 6th January:

Google Classroom will now provide the basis for your child’s learning and they will be required to login to their class every day, using the username and password. If you require any assistance with logging on, then please do let us know so we can reset any passwords. Once logged on, your child will receive further instructions from their teachers about how to access their lessons. More information will be shared tomorrow regarding live lessons and timetables for each day.

Parent and Guardian Guidance January 2021

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We are hoping that by using Google Classroom to teach the children each day, they will continue to receive a good standard of education whilst learning from home. However, should your child have any important questions about any of the work set which are stopping them from completing the task, and you are unable to assist them, then your child can message staff through Google Classroom. They will then do their best to respond to you in a timely manner, within the school working hours.

Key Worker and Vulnerable Children

As was the case during the last national lockdown, the school will remain open for any children of key workers or vulnerable children. Unfortunately, due to the lack of notice and certain planning that needs to be completed for this to happen safely, we are only able to offer this to the families who were on the Key Worker list during the previous lockdown. If you were on this list, you will receive an additional email shortly asking you to confirm if you need your child to be in school tomorrow. If your circumstances have changed and both parents are now Key Workers, you can request a place through the Google Forms that will be sent out shortly. Please remember this is a national lockdown and just like the last lock down you will only be offered a place in school if it is completely necessary. Confirmation from your employer may be requested.

Many thanks for your continued support and understanding. I know this situation is far from ideal for all of us, but the health and safety of our children and staff remains the priority for us all as we continue to deal with this pandemic as best we can.

As advised by the government, we will do all we can to stay open for the children of key workers and vulnerable learners working on a skeleton staff who remain well and have not needed to self-isolate in order to provide care for the children in the following groups:

Health and social care

Frontline health and social care staff such as doctors, nurses, midwives, paramedics, as well as support and specialist staff in the health and social care sector. In addition, it includes those working in supply chains including producers and distributors of medicines and personal protective equipment.

Education and childcare

Nursery, teaching staff and social workers.

Key public services

Those required to run the justice system, religious staff, as well as those responsible for managing the deceased, and journalists providing public service broadcasting.

Local and national government

Administrative occupations essential to the effective delivery of the Covid-19 response or delivering essential public services, including payment of benefits.

Food and other necessary goods

Those involved in the production, processing, distribution, sale and delivery of food.

Public safety and national security

Police, support staff, Ministry of Defence civilian staff and armed forces personnel, fire and rescue staff, and those responsible for border security, prisons and probation.


Those who will keep air, water, road and rail passenger and freight transport modes operating during the Covid-19 response.

Utilities, communication and financial services

Staff required to keep oil, gas, electricity, water and sewerage operations running. Staff in the civil nuclear, chemical and telecommunications sectors. Those in postal services and those working to provide essential financial services.

Thank you to those parents who have been in touch regarding their roles as Key Workers – we now have an official form for you to complete should you wish to apply for a space in school under these terms. Please see the attachment.


NB Please think carefully about requesting a place in school. The Government ask that IF AT ALL POSSIBLE CHILDREN SHOULD BE CARED FOR AT HOME in order to minimise the spread of the virus. If you work in one of these roles but have other family members at home who could care for your child while school is closed (i.e. another parent or family member), then you should keep your child away from school for the safety of your child, your family, our other children and staff. Please consider your social responsibility to reduce the spread of this disease.

It will remain the case that no child should attend school, regardless of falling into one of these groups, if they or any member of their household has developed either a new, continuous cough OR a high temperature (above 37.8).


Email: office.3851@ashbury.oxon.sch.uk

In case of an emergency please call the school on 01793 710259 and leave a message.

If school is closed and you need to contact the school in an emergency please send a text message to the school mobile number 07587097736 (or leave a voicemail if you cannot send a text) stating the reason for contact and genuine emergencies will receive a call back.