This information is intended to provide clarity and transparency to pupils, parents and carers about what to expect from remote education where national or local restrictions require entire cohorts (or bubbles) to remain at home.
As part of our broad and balanced curriculum, we appreciate the importance of our children experiencing the joys of childhood and creating happy memories, whilst learning about the world around us and becoming active citizens.
Making an application. When you apply, you can list up to 4 schools in order of preference (we call this ``ranking`` your schools). Research schools to help you make the right school preferences for your child.. This includes looking at a school's admission rules (how they work out who will be offered a place).
Unfortunately, we continue to be in an ‘outbreak situation’ in school.
Please support the school to stay open by not sending in your child if they have any symptoms or test positive on a lateral flow test. If your child tests positive, you are NOT allowed to take them out of the house, even to bring their siblings to school. We will provide remote learning for any siblings of a positive case who are unable to get to school due to the parent or sibling testing positive.
If anyone in your household tests positive, you need to all carry out lateral flow tests daily. Adults who receive negative tests are allowed out if they are fully vaccinated.
If your child is unwell with Covid, there is no expectation that they will complete home learning. Their teacher will put a message on Seesaw or Tapestry. Once they have responded to say they are well enough to do their home learning, work will be uploaded for them to complete.
The latest guidance indicates you do not need to go for a PCR test, unless you have symptoms, but are getting a negative lateral flow test.
With this new variant, we have been advised by PHE that if you test positive after the 10-day period, regular lateral flow tests should begin again. This includes people identified as close contacts and staff working with children etc. The ninety days of not testing no longer applies.
Please see details received from the DfE regarding the changes to the isolation period from Monday 17th January 2022.
Changes to the self-isolation period for those who test positive for COVID-19
From Monday 17 January, people who are self-isolating with COVID-19 will have the option to reduce their isolation period after 5 full days if they test negative with a lateral flow device (LFD) test on both day 5 and day 6 and they do not have a temperature. For example, if they test negative on the morning of day 5 and the morning of day 6, they can return to their education or childcare setting immediately on day 6. The first test must be taken no earlier than day 5 of the self-isolation period, and the second must be taken the following day. All test results should be reported to NHS Test and Trace.
If the result of either of their tests is positive, they should continue to self-isolate until they get negative results from two LFD tests on consecutive days or until they have completed 10 full days of self-isolation, whichever is earliest.
Anyone who is unable to take LFD tests or anyone who continues to have a temperature will need to complete the full 10 day period of self-isolation.
Further information on self-isolation for those with COVID-19 is available by clicking here.
Department for Education Coronavirus helpline
We have launched a new helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:
For our Remote Learning Provision please click here
'Every child is a treasure - small in size, growing in God's love'.
Our value this half term is COMPASSION
Aston St Mary’s is a school at the heart of its community..
Aston St Mary’s Church of England Primary School is an outstanding church school situated in Aston, near the eastern edge of Stevenage. We are a village school, with just over 120 pupils on roll from Reception to Year 6. Our small size, combined with our embedded Christian ethos ensures that we know and care about each pupil. Every single child is valued and helped to achieve his or her full potential both academically and in terms of social and emotional development. Visitors frequently comment on the friendly welcome they receive and notice the atmosphere of respect and support between staff and pupils. ‘Pupils’ behaviour and attitudes to learning are exemplary!‘ (Ofsted 2014)
Pupils achieve well here and enjoy learning because we provide a‘curriculum that provides pupils with an exciting array of subjects that are planned, very effectively to promote spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.’(Ofsted 2014).
Our Christian Values Education underpins everything we do at Aston St Mary’s School.
At Aston St Mary’s Church of England School we are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all pupils.
Joyce (our cook) will prepare a healthy school meal for each child, ensuring every child gets their choice of meal.
We endeavour to offer a rich and varied curriculum. Throughout the year we plan activities to enhance learning in all areas as well as to extend the children’s spiritual, moral and cultural development.
We offer individual and group instrumental lessons at school. We have choir at lunchtimes and all children from Year 2 upwards will be taught to play the recorder.
The government provide schools with PE and sport funding to make additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of PE and sport they offer.
Find our more about our classes; Shackadell, Peartree, Orchard, Danes and Haffydown!
Take a look into our day to day life here at Aston St Mary's Primary School!
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