School Closure Information

It is with great sadness that I write to you to announce that we will be closed to all pupils apart from key workers and vulnerable children for the remainder of the half term. I can’t explain how frustrated I feel after all the hard work we did today to prepare to fully open the school.

To prepare and collate information, I am going to have to shut the school tomorrow to all pupils including key workers and vulnerable children. Please could you contact the school office tomorrow if you feel your child meets the criteria for a space. I know this is not ideal but I can see no other way round this, given the short notice we have been given.

More information will follow tomorrow about our virtual learning offer.
I wish you all the best and hopefully we can get back to normal as soon as possible.
Stay safe.
Kind regards,
Simon Smith

Weekly Update for Parents

Important information for parents:

The school will be OPEN on FRIDAY 18th DECEMBER and all pupils are expected to attend.

The weather is turning decidedly colder please make sure all children bring coats, hats and gloves into school and especially warm clothing when they have their PE days.

Tuesday 15th December
Corfe having Christmas Party

Wednesday 16th December
Local Food Links Christmas lunch
NO PE for Corfe Class

Thursday 17th December
Durdle Door Christmas Party – your child may have received a letter about items to bring in this week.
Kimmeridge Christmas Party

Friday 18th December
Normal School Day – school closes for the Christmas Holidays at normal home time.
Chesil Christmas Party

1.30pm Carol Service will be on the website.

Monday 4th January
INSET Day – no children in school

Tuesday 5th January
Children back in school

Please remember to order hot meals for January/February up until half term during the Christmas holidays, if not before.

Important COVID-19 Information during the holidays:

The government have asked schools to clarify the procedures should there be a positive COVID-19 case (staff or student) in the holidays:

  • If symptoms develop within 48 hours of being in school we are being asked to assist in identifying close contacts and advising self-isolation, as the individual may have been infectious whilst in school. Therefore, if your child develops symptoms over the first weekend or tests positive at the start of the holidays, please use the account to let us know as soon as possible, putting COVID in the header.
  • If symptoms develop more than 48 hours after being in school, the school should not be contacted, parents and carers should follow contact tracing instructions provided by NHS Test and Trace.

Can I ask to always email or telephone the office to inform us of any absences – not to just leave a message with staff at the school gate.

Sponsored Walk update

It was wonderful to see all the children in the school completing their sponsored walk in extremely muddy conditions, the perseverance and determination of our children to continue for the whole hour was great to see.  I have tallied up the amount of miles all the children walked during this sponsored event and the children walked a total of 404 miles between them, an excellent effort.  Thank you to all those who collected sponsorship money or have donated to the iPad fund.  We can still accept sponsorship money into school or use the link on our school web page to access the PTFA’s Just Giving Page.

Mr Smith

Well done to everyone who took part in the sponsored walk, you all did an amazing job! So far we have raised a fantastic £1948.50 to go towards the iPads. 


Photographs of the children taking part in the sponsored walk are on each class page.

Class Christmas Cards

A number of parents have asked what the arrangements for Christmas cards will be this year. I know that the last few months have been difficult for the children in our school, Christmas will already be different for them in so many ways. To help them have a little bit of normality I have decided to allow children to send Christmas cards to children in their class but not to children in other classes so we can adhere to our risk assessments. Could I ask that all cards are brought in on Thursday 10th December. Each class will have their own post box and the class teacher will decide when the class will open the cards. I hope this compromise on our normal routine will help.

S Smith

Funding for iPads

As with all rural schools, our budget at Parrett and Axe is tight and as a result investment in IT equipment is challenging and currently 5 classes, 140 children, share 16 ipads.

With the current restrictions for COVID and class bubbles the sharing of such equipment is limited between classes.

They are used to support all areas of childrens learning but are particularly needed to help with their reading and literacy at a time when volunteers are not allowed into school that have previously helped with reading.

We are therefore desperately in need of funding to purchase additional iPad for each class and appreciate any support that can be given.

Please click on this link to go to our PTFA fundraising page