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COVID-19 - Contingency Work

These pages were last updated by Mr R Smith on Wednesday 1st April 2020

Principal's Hello - Friday 27th March 2020

Dear Ogbourne Pupils, the loveliest children in the world,

Here we are at the end of a very unusual week, and what a journey it’s been for us all. A week where many, many of you have had to stay and learn at home. A week where your mums, dads, grandmas, older brothers, etc.  have had to step into our shoes and become your teachers. And a week where a few of you have had to come into school because your mums, dads, grandads, carers, etc. are out there being superheroes every day – keeping us safe, keeping us well and saving lives.

It would be too easy for me to say to you all that “things will soon be back to normal, that we will all soon be back in school”. But the very least you need at the moment from me is the truth. And the truth is that neither I, nor anyone, knows when we can all see each other again. Who knows? This “adventure” may last another few weeks, or it may stretch out to become a few months.

However, what I can tell you is that we – your teachers and I - are all thinking about you everyday, missing you everyday, and praying that you and your families stay safe and well. When, not if, but when life returns to normal, we shall welcome you all back into our school with open arms and we will dance, play and laugh from sunrise to sunset.

In the meantime, please remember our last Worship together: we talked about and promised to do some things a little differently at home over these weeks. Things that will help to make life at home a little easier for everyone. Whether that’s making your bed, trying not to argue with your sister, or just listening to mum and dad, then smiling at them and telling them you love them.

Finally, please remember that if we continue to show Love, Friendship and Respect, to make an Effort and to behave with Integrity, then we will have Hope. Carry on being heroes and enjoy the adventure.

Love to you all, Mr R. Smith

(PS. I’m sorry to say that I have finally broken my promise for Lent. I did try but have found that, under the circumstances, a packet of Cheese & Onion crisps and a glass of wine are ESSENTIAL! Forgive me)

Government Guidance

Following Government guidance, as of Monday 23rd March Ogbourne CofE Primary School asks parents to keep their children at home, wherever possible. We have been asked to remain open only for those children who absolutely have to attend.

As a country, we all need to do what we can to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus. That is why the government has given clear guidance on self-isolation, household isolation and social distancing. And the most recent scientific advice on how to further limit the spread of COVID-19 is clear. If children can stay safely at home, they should, to limit the chance of the virus spreading.

It is important to underline that schools, all childcare settings (including early years settings, childminders and providers of childcare for school-age children), colleges and other educational establishments, remain safe places for children. But the fewer children making the journey to school, and the fewer children in educational settings, the lower the risk that the virus can spread and infect vulnerable individuals in wider society.

For further Government infomation "Guidance for schools, childcare providers, colleges and local authorities in England on maintaining educational provision" please go to:


Ogbourne School Closure

If Ogbourne School has to close, the decision will be one that we have been directed to take. Under such circumstances, we would like to share the following information:

  • this new page has been created especially on our school website setting work for parents and children to access contingency work
  • staff will check emails regularly during their working hours
  • in addition to the work detailed below, staff will be adding to and updating this page every 2-3 days
  • staff have created temporary email addresses on which they can be contacted directly during their working hours:
  • there is no expectation for parents to email their child’s completed work to staff, nor for staff to be returning completed work during this period
  • we will monitor and review these procedures on a regular basis

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