We understand that some of you and your children will be anxious about being in school, after some months out of school. Please be reassured that we are taking exceptional measures to make our school as safe as can be. We will be providing additional emotional and wellbeing support for all pupils, and will also be providing additional opportunities to support learning where this is required.
Parents to wear face masks on the school playground - 18/11/20
School Risk Assessment - Updated December 2020
For September 2020 - approved by Swindon Borough Council
Useful Links and Information
NHS Website: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19
NHS 111 Online: https://111.nhs.uk
Alternatively, the Department of Education are providing advice for parents:
Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)
Remote Learning - our journey . . . what a journey it has been!
The school has a new remote learning policy. Within this it sets out our provision. Click here.
Parents completed a survey with their views on remote learning. This fed into our remote learning policy - 2020
Due to the incredibly poor internet provision that the village of Bishopstone has, the impact is directly on what we could supply as a school. We currently could not live stream lessons to children at home as we do not have the internet capability, however we factored this in to our 2020 offering.
We were in contact with Swindon Borough Council, our local MP, SWGfL and other avenues looking and asking about the level of provision to the village, when and how this was going to be improved.
As a school we signed up for the Government grant of £1500 to install Microsoft 365 - Classroom and teachers have training booked for mid November and the installation is being completed by Centerprise International. Now complete.
By February 2021 I was deeply saddened by the poor provision that Bishopstone recieved. I decided to write to the CEO of Openreach - Mr Clive Selley. My letter outlined a day in the life of a rural Head Teacher. What an amazing man! He had responded within five minutes. I was allocated the most wonderful lady - Mrs Sharon Gibson, who in less than 12 hours arranged a team of engineers to spend the day at Bishopstone (the following day!) and by the end of the Friday we had fibre installed. What can I say, the difference it has made to the school can only be appreciated by those who have dealt with years of intermittent and soul destroying internet! We can't thank them enough!!