St James' Church of England Primary School

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COVID-19 Updates

Parents and carers, we will post updates and current guidance on this page for your information throughout the Autumn term.  Please check back frequently as things are updated all the time.  Our Virtual Office also has lots of information for parents.  

St James' COVID-19 Risk Assessment 29.3.21

St James' Lateral Flow Testing Risk Assessment 29.3.21

7th April 2021

This is an incredible opportunity for our school community. If you are eligible, please drop in.  


This letter is from Dr Jeanelle de Gruchy, Director of Population Health, to all parents and carers in Tameside.

3rd March 2021

For parents and carers

From 1 March 2021, if you’re a member of a household, childcare bubble or support bubble of staff or a pupil you can get a twice-weekly test:

  • through your employer if they offer testing to employees
  • at a local test site
  • by collecting a home test kit from a test site 
  • by ordering a home test kit

Our local test site - Darnton Road, Ashton Under Lyne 

More information and how to order home test kits: 

21st February 2021

Tameside Parent/Carer Courses

Storytelling Skills

Bring storybook characters to life and help children get the most out of story time with our free Storytelling course! It gives you the skills and tools you need to read with expression, use props and explore ideas and activities to make story time a fun and engaging experience for children.

To find out more visit: TACE LHSS2PON03 Storytelling Skills (

Coping Kit – Building Resilience

If you’re struggling with lockdown anxiety and stress this course will inspire you to create your own unique coping kit for you and any children in your family or that you support! Discover ways to reduce anxiety, stress and worry; it’s the perfect antidote to lockdown blues. To find out more visit: TACE ETBR3AON03 Coping Kit - Building Resilience (

Online ESOL courses

Introduction to Family Maths

That’s not how we did it when I was at school! On this course you will find out how to support your child’s learning by exploring some of the tools that primary schools use to teach mathematics. You will use everyday maths activities to promote understanding and enjoyment of maths. This course will help you to develop the confidence to support your children with maths at home.

19th February 2021

For info: Smallshaw Hurst Community Action Group have a Free Pop Up Food Pantry every Thursday, 11 am – 2 pm at Ashton Football Stadium.

31st January 2021

FSM food vouchers have been issued directly to parent email addresses.  If you are eligible, please check your emails (including your junk/spam folder) for an email from Edenred and follow the instructions carefully to redeem your voucher.

27th January 2021

There is lots of support available for families at the moment.  Families in Mind and The Hive are just two local examples.  If you feel you're struggling, why not give them a call.


25th January 2021

FSM food parcels can be collected from school today.

Eligible families have received an email regarding food vouchers from next week. Please check and respond. Thank you.

18th January 2021

Please remember to collect your fsm food parcels from school today. 

15th January 20021

 Details of the Tameside Parenting Helpline below.

10th January 2021

Monday 11th January - collection window 1:30pm to 2:00pm

FSM food parcels - parents have received an email with an invitation to collect on Monday.  Please let us know if you cannot attend at that time and we will try to make other arrangements. 

6th January 2021

Our fantastic staff are working hard to make sure that all our children, whether in the school building or at home, continue to receive the best education possible during this period of National lockdown.

Each class has a timetable with the expectations for the day, which is appropriate for the age of the children.  Just as it would in school, it will look different for children in nursery and reception to those in Year 6, for example.  Learning across the week will be a mixture of virtual and recorded sessions, assignments and activities on the school website and through Evidence Me or Teams as well as use of our subscription sites like Espresso and TT Rockstars.  Class teachers and teaching assistants are available via email between 9am and 3pm and you can also phone the main school number if you need anything.  

It is really important that we give our children the message that we are still 'at school'.  As parents and carers, we're relying on you to reinforce that message and encourage your children to engage with all the learning provided.  If you are struggling with access to devices at home, please let us know as we do have some laptops that we can loan out to families. 

Thank you for your continued support.  We can do this!

4th January 2021

Following the Prime Minister's announcement this evening, school will be closed from tomorrow to all children, except those of key workers and those who are vulnerable.

Parents and carers, please check your emails carefully.

Here is a link to the announcement: 

and more information about critical worker and vulnerable children can be found here: 

3rd January 2021

Happy New Year!

School is open to all pupils in reception, Class 1, Class 2, Class 3, Class 4, Class 5 and Class 6 tomorrow, Monday 4th January.  

Children in main nursery are learning from home for the time being.

All parents have been contacted. Please check your emails to see what your child should do.  Thank you.


From 31st December, Tameside is in Tier 4.  This has now been superseded by National Lockdown 5.1.2021.

School will open to all pupils on Monday 4th January 2021.

Please follow the guidance for the safety of our whole school community.  Thank you.

The very useful 'COVID-19 Quick guide for parents  and carers' are available in a range of languages. 

English     Bengali     French     Gujarati     Polish     Portuguese     Urdu  


Contact tracing during Christmas holidays 

Parents and carers must inform school via the admin email if their child displays COVID symptoms during the weekend 19th and 20th December and subsequently has a positive COVID test result.  This is so that school can complete their contact tracing obligations.


FSM vouchers

Tameside Council have provided ASDA vouchers for the 2 week holiday period. We have distributed these vouchers to all those eligible for free school meals.

29.11.20 This has now been superseded by Tier 4   31.12.20

From 2nd December, Tameside will be in Tier 3.

Let's keep working together to follow the rules and keep each other safe.


Reception and nursery parents, please check your emails carefully. 

We have been alerted to a positive COVID-19 case within the Foundation Stage Unit.  Following advice from Public Health England, we are closing the FSU during the isolation period.  All staff and children will return to school on Wednesday 25th November.

Children in years 1 to 6 should come to school as normal.  This includes siblings of reception and nursery children.

Thank you for your support in making sure we all do the right thing to keep our school community safe.


Swimming update!  Education swimming is back on!  Get those swimming kits back out; they'll be needed.  Lessons continue from Thursday 12th November.


Active Tameside have confirmed that school swimming lessons will not take place during the upcoming lockdown.  So, your child won't need their swimming kit on Thursdays for the time being.


Parents and carers - if you are eligible for benefits-related free school meals, please go to to apply for your £15 supermarket voucher. You can phone 0161 342 4260 (Early Help Access Team) if you need any help with this.  


For links to local businesses, services and organisations offering free meals for children in the holidays, click here  



Tameside is now a Tier 3 Very High area.  Please make sure that you and your family follow the guidance properly.   Your actions impact on the whole school community.   We all have to look after each other and play our part.  


Reception class parents, please check your emails carefully.  Most of, but not all, reception class have been asked to isolate at home following guidance from Public Health England.  Your email will tell you clearly if your child is expected to stay at home or come to school tomorrow.

Thank you.

14.10.20  This has now been superseded by Tier 3  23.10.20

From midnight 13.10.20, Tameside is a Tier 2 High Alert area.


This extract from the Friday Note summarises the expectations  for each class this week.

Current position for each class

Nursery – in school

Reception – in school

Year 1 – self-isolation at home – return to school Tuesday 13th October

Year 2 – self-isolation at home – return to school Tuesday 13th October

Year 3 – in school

Year 4 – in school

Year 5 – self-isolation at home – return to school Monday 12th October

Year 6 – self-isolation at home – return to school Monday 12th October


Please remember that (unless there is another legitimate reason) all children in Nursery, Reception, Year 3 and Year 4 should be in school, even if their sibling is at home.


Thank you to all our parents and carers for your speedy response to this morning's messages.  We really appreciate it.


Children in Year 5 and Year 6 should stay at home today.  Parents/carers, please check your messages carefully.

Thank you.


Parents and carers, please check your emails from school carefully.  You have all been sent an email today.  We have been alerted to a positive COVID-19 case within school.  Your email will tell you what action you need to take:

  • if your child has been identified as a close contact, they should isolate at home until Tuesday 6th October.  5.10.20 This information has since  been superseded by newer dates. 
  • if your child has not been identified as a close contact, they should attend school as normal.

Thank you for your support in making sure we all do the right thing to keep our school community safe.


The Department for Education have asked all schools to share this letter for parents from Public Health England.  The letter, together with the images below, are to help parents understand the symptoms of Coronavirus and when a test would be required.  (We will send it out to parents/carers in this week's Friday Note email.)



Parents and carers - please would you wear a face covering in our school playgrounds to help protect and keep safe: your child, your family and all our school community.  Thank you.


COVID-19 (Coronavirus) symptoms (from

The main symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are:
  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature).
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual).
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal.

Quick guide for parents/carers 


Sports Information

Years 1-6. PE lesson with Miss Terri on Wednesdays.  Please send your child to school in their PE kit with school jumper on top. 

Year 3 and 4 swimming starts on Thursday 10th September - see below for the letter sent home today.


Hurray! We did it! Day 1 has been a real success. Thank you for your part in that.

Here's a copy of the letter sent home with all the children in Year 1-6 today.


We are really looking forward to seeing all our lovely children back in school tomorrow, Wednesday 2nd September.  

Thank you to those who have sent their dinner menu choices already.

Please remember:

  • School uniform
  • School book bag  (not rucksack/large bag)
  • No pencil cases/stationery (or anything else from home)
  • Arrive between 8:35am - 8:55am main school and 8:40am - 8:55am FSU
  • Check your family hometime - please be prompt.

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