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*NEW* SAB Bake Off Competition

posted Apr 18, 2020, 2:38 AM by Mrs Gurney   [ updated Apr 18, 2020, 2:43 AM ]

Today we are launching the SAB Bake Off Competition.  Please see attached document for the information on how to take part.

Warwickshire School Health and Wellbeing Service (17 April 2020)

posted Apr 17, 2020, 8:16 AM by Mrs Gurney

This week, our feature piece is on ‘connecting with others’, with top tips for ways to connect during lockdown and some ‘virtual card’ templates for children to colour in and send a picture to loved ones. We have also included the details for the new 24/7 support line from CW RISE.

Warwickshire School Health and Wellbeing

posted Apr 9, 2020, 11:39 AM by Mrs Gurney

Please see attached this week’s newsletter from the Warwickshire School Health and Wellbeing Service. This edition contains ideas and resources for keeping children and young people entertained at home, as well as a feature piece on Stress Awareness Month with some guidance on recognising and dealing with stress. 

Google Classroom

posted Mar 27, 2020, 7:34 AM by Mrs Gurney   [ updated Mar 30, 2020, 6:37 AM ]

Staff are working hard to try and get Google Classroom up and running as quickly as possible.  We also sent home a list of websites to find resources and work.  This can be found below along with a Parents Guide to Google Classroom.

Covid-19 Update - 20 March 2020

posted Mar 20, 2020, 3:30 AM by Mrs Gurney   [ updated Mar 20, 2020, 3:30 AM ]

Dear Parents,

The list of key workers has now been released. Please go to:

Whilst you may see your occupation on the list and feel that you are therefore entitled to continue to send your child still attending school, this will not necessarily be the case. You must consider the guidance that says:

"If your work is critical to the COVID-19 response, or you work in one of the critical sectors listed below, and you cannot keep your child safe at home then your children will be prioritised for education provision," the Department for Education said.

This means that

You work must be critical to the COVID-19 – for example though working in a café could be classed as food distribution it is not critical for the COVID-19 response

If there is any way at all that you do not need to send your child into school, then you must not. For example, if shift working would mean that there was no time that your children would be left alone or if your partner does not work then you do not send them to school. The guidance is very clear that every child who can be safely cared for at home should be’

The expectation from schools is also that you will only send your child to school for the absolutely minimal time – eg you would not send them to school on days that you were not working.

If you feel that you definitely fall into the categories and you have no alternative childcare, then please ring the school by 12:00pm. You will then ask you a series of questions.  You will then be contacted by 2:30pm to confirm whether or not you are eligible. For those that are, more details will be given about the timings and arrangements at school next week. You will only be allowed to attend school from Monday 23rd of March if you have received confirmation of this from the school- if you do not have this then you will be turned away. If your situation changes and you feel that you are now eligible you would need to email and someone will be in touch with you.  You still must not turn up at school without confirmation. This is so we can ensure we have the right staffing levels.

Although this may all sound harsh, we need to go back to the reason that schools shut in the first place that is to try to stop the spread of this virus. The whole point in shutting schools is to reduce social contact so if everyone just sends their children to school when they do not need to, this will not be achieved. The guidance is clear - If children can stay safely at home, they should, to limit the chance of the virus spreading. As a school, we are keen to help and play our part as so many others are, but we need to ensure that we are taking sensible steps throughout towards the ultimate aim of reducing the spread of the virus.  Can we also make it very clear that children will be using the school as a childcare facility – in no way at all will they receive an education as they normally would.

Thank you for your support and care in this matter at such a difficult time,

Kind regards,

Miss Huggins, Mrs Wells and all the staff and Governors of St Andrew’s Benn C of E Primary School





Coronavirus Covid-19 Update (17 March 2020)

posted Mar 17, 2020, 7:35 AM by Mrs Gurney

Dear Parents,

As I am sure that you are aware, the situation regarding The COVID-19 virus in the UK has now escalated significantly.

The number of people within the school community who are self isolating is increasing daily. This includes members of the school staffing team - some of them because they fall into the ‘vulnerable’ category, and some because they, or members of their family are displaying symptoms of the virus. For this reason, I want to forewarn you that in the instance of significant staff shortages, for operational and health and safety reasons, the school will:

Partially close in the first instance. Parents of affected classes will be contacted through the text and email system as soon as is possible. This may be at extreme short notice

Fully close – only when we do not have enough staff to operate.

It is our intention to remain open for as long as we are able, while maintaining a safe environment for children and staff alike.

The health and well-being of our staff and children is our highest priority. Please note that it is your responsibility as a parent and member of the community to follow the government directive and avoid all unnecessary social contact with others. If any member within a household develops any of the COVID-19 symptoms – high temperature and/or cough, there is now a requirement for whole household isolation for 14 days. Should your child become unwell whilst in school, please support us by being available to collect your child at short notice.

Please also support us by ensuring that the school office have up-to-date contact information. If your child will not be attending school, please notify the office as soon as possible and the absence will be recorded for the full 14 day period – you do not need to call every day.

In the event of partial or full closure, or in order to support families who are self-isolating, we will be emailing links to support home learning and posting these on our website. Please ensure the office have your email if we do not already have it.

We will continue to update you regularly as the situation progresses.

We understand that the current situation is making some parents very concerned for their child’s welfare and as a result of this, they are finding it increasingly difficult to send them into school. If you are feeling anxious about sending your child into school, we will support your decision to keep them at home, even if they are not showing any flu-like symptoms. If you choose to keep your child at home because you feel this is the best option for them, it will not be recorded against their attendance. All that we ask is that you notify the school of your plans to keep them off. This is so that we can account for all of our pupils.

Thank you for your continued support during this challenging time.

Yours Sincerely


Mrs A Huggins and Mrs J Wells

Head Teacher          Deputy Head teacher


Update from Warwickshire School Health & Wellbeing Service

posted Mar 17, 2020, 7:31 AM by Mrs Gurney

Parents/carers can call the service on 03300 245 204 or text Parentline on 07520 619 376.
Young people aged 11-19 can text ChatHealth on 07507 331 525 (see attached for ChatHealth poster).

These services are available Monday-Thursday 9am-5pm and Friday 9am-4.30pm.

Our service webpage contains useful information for children, young people and their families and will be updated with the latest information and advice from our service:

Support and information is also available from the Family Information Service (FIS) -

Covid-19 Update

posted Mar 16, 2020, 7:56 AM by Mrs Gurney

16th March 2020

Dear Parent/Carer,

As the situation around COVID-19 escalates nationally, we are preparing for the local situation to change and for more confirmed cases to be diagnosed. We are being guided by the experts at Public Health England who have established stringent criteria for if and when a school should close and for how long.

Head Teachers from schools across Rugby have met and have agreed, that until we are advised otherwise, we will maintain business as usual and keep disruption to our children's learning to a minimum.  However, the health and safety of the children, staff and wider community has to be our priority and we have to play our part in preventing the spread of the virus.

In light of last Thursday’s government announcement that the UK is moving from the ‘Containment’ to the ‘Delay’ stage of its pandemic contingency plan, St Andrew’s Benn C  of E Primary School will remain open as normal and will continue to provide morning and after school clubs and our usual extra-curricular activities.

However, following government guidance to minimise social interactions as far as possible and to restrict the possibility of the spread of the virus, schools in Rugby will be limiting interactions with the wider community by cancelling:

  • Whole School Assemblies (including the Easter Eggtravaganza and Bonnet parade)
  • Parent Consultation Meetings
  • Parent class visits (17th March – Parents into Year 5/6)
  • Parent Assemblies (Yr 2 class assembly 26th March) 
  • School Performances
  • Educational Trips
  • Swimming
  • PTA/Social Events
  • Staff Training offsite
  • Inter-school sports events/competitions
  • Parent Coffee mornings

To support the school in this ‘social-distancing’ policy we would ask parents to limit physical communications with school, and where possible, use email or the telephone to contact us.

These measures will take effect from Monday 16th March. All events will be rearranged as soon as the situation improves.

We will continue to update you regularly as the situation progresses. We would also recommend you continue to look at the following sources of information to keep yourself informed of all the latest information and advice:

·      The Department for Education has established a helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows: Phone: 0800 046 8687 Email:  Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)

·       Detailed information and advice for the public and returning travellers can be found on the website (and will be regularly updated):

·      Further information for the public about the situation can be found here (and will be regularly updated):

If you are worried about symptoms or need specific advice please visit or call NHS 111. Do not go directly to your GP or other healthcare environment.

Thank you for your continued support at this very difficult time.

Yours sincerely

Miss Abi Huggins

Head Teacher






posted Mar 13, 2020, 5:12 AM by Mrs Gurney   [ updated Mar 13, 2020, 6:36 AM ]

Open Event at Rugby Free Secondary School

posted Mar 6, 2020, 1:10 AM by Mrs Gurney

Open Event at Rugby Free Secondary School


I would therefore like to invite you to our RFSS Open Event to celebrate the new build and to give you some feedback on our last Ofsted monitoring report which is attached to this email.


The event is taking place on Monday 9th (daytime), Tuesday 10th (daytime) and Wednesday 11th March (evening). There will be a short talk and tours of the building.


Please use the link below to book your slot;

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