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COVID-19 - Contingency Support - These pages were last updated on Thursday 4th March 2021

Ogbourne School Closure

If / when 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
  • 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

Safeguarding   Updated January 2021

If, over the following weeks, you have any safeguarding concerns regarding the wellbeing or safety of any of our pupils we ask that you contact us immediately, either through emailing Admin@ogbourne.excalibur.org.uk Or by ringing the school on 01672 841318. Please leave a clear message including the nature of the concern, your name and your contact details. A member of our safeguarding team will get back to you as soon as possible.

Pupils: need some advice and tips on staying safe during lock down? Then watch this presentation, "Something's Not Right", by clicking here

Reflection of the Week – 1st March 2021    New This Week

Matthew 7:1-2

[Jesus said:] Don’t judge other people and you will not be judged.  You will be judged in the same way that you judge others.  And the forgiveness you give to others will be given to you.

For reflection: It’s hard not to judge other people.  Do you compare yourself to others and think that you are better or worse than them?  Competition is a good thing, and we are free to enjoy winning and doing well.  However, it is wrong to think you are more important to God than someone else.  Only God knows what is going on in someone’s life and only He can judge.

Prayer – The Lord’s Prayer.

Government Guidance     Updated January 2021

Following Government guidance, as of Tuesday 5th January 2021 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:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision

Key Workers
If you would like more guidance on how to determine if you are a key worker, follow this Government link: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision.  

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Support for Parents:

  • Safer Internet Day: 9th February is Safer Internet Day. 
    Due to lockdowns and other high-level restrictions, many children are spending more time online during the coronavirus pandemic. This new resource will help you keep children safe online at this difficult time. Follow this link to NSPCC resources.

  • Children's Mental Health Week:       Updated February 2021 
    packed with advice, ideas, support and guidance for children and their families - highly useful and appropriate during these tricky times. Follow this link

  • NSPCC: for advice from the NSPCC on undertaking remote education safely follow this link.   Updated January 2021

  • UK Safer Internet Centre: for advice from the UK Safer Internet Centre follow this link.   Updated January 2021

  • Keeping Children Safe Online: for advice and resouces to keep your child safe whilst learning on follow this link.  Updated January 2021

  • Staying Safe Online: for guidance on which includes information on security and privacy settings follow this linkUpdated January 2021

  • Internet Matters: this site provides age-specific online safety checklists, guides on how to set parental controls on a range of devices, and a host of practical tips to help children get the most out of their digital world. Follow this link
    Updated January 2021

For further advice and guidance on e-safety please visit our "E-safety" page:
Our Parent Information > E-Safety

  • Children’s Centres  
    Children’s centre services are offering online and telephone support to parents, they are in contact with their outreach clients. They have taken on new cases and have the capacity to take on more if required. If you feel your family needs additional support please contact: 01225 719753  rdraper@spurgeons.org

  • Health Centres  
    the health visitor service is still open and operating, if families have any concerns about a child please call the Single Point of Access on 0300 247 0090, Monday to Friday 9am-5pm excluding Bank Holidays. Health services are concerned that people are waiting too long to present with other issues that may need treatment or support. We are aware that it is a very anxious time and there may be concerns about where to access support in coming weeks this service is here to support families during this time.

  • Business Support   
    The Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership offer support and guidance for businesses affected by Covid-19. 01793 698005
    hello@SWGrowthHub.co.uk  or   https://growthhub.swlep.co.uk/

  • Support for Parents and Carers: Pearson.com  
  • COVID - Advice for Employers and Employees: Acas.org  
  • Working Safely During Coronavirus: Gov.UK  
  • COVID Advice for Vulnerable People: NiDirect  
  • COVID-19 & Managing Mental Health: Rethink.org   
  • Coping with COVID for Young People: Mind.Org  
  • Coping As A Key Worker: Mind.Org  
  • COVID-19 & Your Wellbeing: Mind.Org  
  • Reducing Anxiety: Top Tips for Children with ASD
  • Maths Support for Parents: NCETM 


If you have found any other useful sites or resources you would like us to add to this list, please just contact us.

Equipment to Access Learning     Updated January 2021

We aim to lend computer equipment to those families that need them. For example, if you do not have a computer in the family home we can supply one. If there are several children in the family home but only one computer we will endeavour to supply additional equipment to you. ICT should not be a barrier to children engaging with their work at home. If your child does not have access to a computer or the internet at home or your child has lost their login details:

Appropriate equipment to be loaned to students at home and will be assessed on a needs basis. In the first instance, we will prioritise those families with no facilities.

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