School Closure – Distance Learning

As of the government announcement 4th January 2021:
Dear Parents/Carers,
Following the announcement tonight by Boris Johnson, school will be closed from tomorrow Tuesday 5th January to all children until further notice. The only children that can come to school are:
– Children in the nursery
– Children who attended school regularly during the last lockdown in March 2020 whose parents were registered with us as key workers.
– Children who attended school regularly during the last lockdown in March 2020 who were classed as vulnerable pupils.
– Children who since 4th January 2021 are registered with us as having a key worker parent and would like a place in school.
Please note there will be no breakfast club or after school provision from tomorrow until further notice.

All other childrenMUSTremain at home from tomorrow please under government instruction.

If your child did not attend school in the last lockdown under key worker status but you now feel a parent is now a key worker please contact school tomorrow by email providing evidence of this status for the parent and we will get back in touch with as soon as possible
For more information on key worker status please visit:

We know this will cause a lot of disruption for many of you and appreciate how well you have worked with us during this difficult time. We now have to follow government instruction in closing the school to the majority of pupils. The announcement from the government has been a last minute to schools as well as parents and if there are any changes to the above plans we will notify you as soon as possible. Information will be sent to you tomorrow about distance learning for your child.

Thank you as always for your ongoing support.

Letter from CEO – January School Closures


“The government has asked parents to keep their children at home, wherever possible, and asked schools to remain open only for those children who absolutely need to attend.”

If you need to contact school please email use to contact staff. Additionally, between 9am-3pm we are trying to answer calls to the school office on 0115 915 2961 whilst we have staffing levels to maintain this. Seesaw should be used to communicate about learning only, if you have other questions, please use the admin email address or call.

For our distance learning we will be using Seesaw and Teams. Your child should already have their seesaw login details as we’ve been using it for homework but if you need to access your login codes please call the school office.

This video should help you to log on to Seesaw and begin using activities.

This Video should help with logging in and accessing Teams for live lessons.

Please see our parent and pupil guides for accessing remote learning for more information.

Remote learning parent and pupil guides

We have a weekly timetable available for every class from EYFS to year 6 to view here.

Remote Learning Timetables

EYFS children will have a range of activities across the EYFS curriculum. KS1 will be provided with a range of the KS1 curriculum giving 3 hours of learning per day and KS2 will receive 4 hours of learning a day.


Please see our school Remote Learning Policy for further information about what to expect during National or local lockdowns or in the event of a bubble closure.

Remote Learning Policy

Safeguarding is always a high priority for us as a school and will continue to be so during this school closure. 

Our School’s Designated Safeguarding Leads are:

Mrs Lane

Mrs Slight

Mr Slight

Miss Lane

If you have any concerns please contact us via all of the above email addresses and admin address to ensure that in the event of staff illness some one will pick this email up or school telephone between 9-3pm.

If you have any safeguarding concerns during school closure you can also contact a designated safeguarding lead teacher on the following number 0115 8550557. This will be passed onto the DSLs at Saint Patrick’s. Please ONLY use this number to report a safeguarding concern.

If you need help outside of these hours, Children and Families Direct are available to help.

For further information about safeguarding or for access to more support please see our safeguarding page by clicking here

During this time of distance learning e-safety is also key. Please access our e-safety page for further support and guidance by clicking here.

We are being supported through this school closure by the Our Lady of Lourdes Trust.

If you have safeguarding concerns and staff at Saint Patrick’s were unable to support due to illness then the Trust have provided the following contacts as alternatives.

Moira Dales (Trust Safeguarding Lead): Tel: 0115 8515454

J McGeachie (Trust CEO) Tel: 0115 8515454

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