Netherseal St Peter's CE Primary School


 As you may be aware, we now have confirmed cases of the Indian variant of Covid-19 in Derbyshire. This means that we cannot let our guard down, and because our re-opening in September 2020 was so successful, and approved by the Health and Safety Executive inspector, we will continue to follow the same safety measures and protocols (unless government or Local Authority advice changes).


Please Note: Attendance is mandatory and will be recorded as usual – please refer to the Attendance Policy on the school website.


All staff recognise that children have had  different experiences during lockdown and the effects are not always equal. We have worked hard to assess pupils’ individual needs, both academically and socially, to identify areas which may need more targeted support. We will continue to follow our curriculum plans which offer a broad and balanced curriculum whilst prioritising reading, writing, phonics and maths, whilst minimising any risks from COVID-19.                                                                                                                    

Thank you for supporting the protocols we have put in place to keep your children safe. We will continue to follow Government and DCC guidance and will keep you updated of any necessary changes via the Jotter App and website. Please be aware that face-to-face meetings and tours for prospective parents/carers wishing to visit us have been suspended.

  (Please find our additional policies and resources below.)

Letter to schools from the Derbyshire Director of Public Health - 26 March 2021

Covid19 Advice -Quick guide for parents and carers March 2021

Letter from PHE Nov 2020

To reduce the risk of transmission of coronavirus and the exchange of items between school and home, we have made the following changes:

On Tuesdays and Thursdays, children should come dressed ready for PE. This means there will be no PE bags kept in school, which will help avoid congestion in cloakrooms, and minimises the risk of clothes going missing or going home with another child!

PE Uniform:

Plain, pale blue school T-shirt

Plain navy shorts


Children are welcome to come to school (on PE days only) in unbranded trainers so that they are ready for PE. Please send plimsolls for use in the Village hall and on the tennis courts in book bags 

(The children must not come to school in football / sports kits.)

As they will be wearing their PE uniform during morning lessons and for outdoor PE, we suggest wearing plain jogging bottoms and  tracksuit top or their school sweatshirt over the top of their shorts and t-shirt. Long hair should be tied back and earrings removed before coming to school. (We do not permit the use of tape or plasters to cover earrings.)

On Fridays, children should come dressed ready for Forest School. 


In Classroom Dining: Derbyshire Catering Service has created a menu, which can be eaten inside each classroom bubble. Please see our school meal page: Virtual Office/School Meals

Click on the resources below:

My Back to School Bubble Book

My Lockdown Experience pdf

Preparing Your Child for the Return to School

Additional school rules to keep our children safe

Behaviour Policy Addendum

Child Protection Policy Annexe June 2020


Child Protection Policy December Addendum


The latest information for parents and carers from the DfE and Local Authority can be found below:

Click here for Government stay-at-home-guidance

PHE testing letter to parents and guardians - Sept 23rd 2020

Click here for Government guidance-getting-tested

What parents need to know about returning to school Primary Leaflet

Click here for Government Publication 'Back to School': What-parents-and-carers-need-to-know-about-early-years-providers-schools-and-colleges-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak 

Click here for government advice on keeping your child safe online

Test and Trace Information for Parents and Carers pdf

Click here for essential workers advice

Click here for

Click here for local authority advice:

Click here for COVID-19 Information for Younger Children

Click here for Coronavirus advice for educational settings poster

Letter from the Director of Public Health - April 2020

Click here for World Health Organisation advice on coping with children's stress


Click here for NHS -the best way to wash your hands

The Department for Education helpline has been set up to answer questions about the virus related to education:

Telephone: 0800 046 8687


Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)

Public Health England - East Midlands Telephone: 0344 2254524 followed by 0





The coronavirus outbreak has caused major disruptions to daily life and children are feeling these changes too. While the return to school may be welcome and exciting for many pupils, others will be feeling anxious or frightened. Here are tips to help your children navigate some of the complicated emotions they may be facing with going back to school:

Starting school or starting a new school year can be stressful at the best of times, let alone during a global pandemic. You can make children feel more at ease by having an open conversation about what is worrying them and letting him know that it’s natural to feel anxious.

Children may feel nervous or reluctant to return to school, especially if they have been learning at home for months. You could go through some of the changes they may expect at school, such as staying within their class 'Bubbles', regular hand washing, staggered starts and drop-offs.

Reassure children about safety measures in place to keep them, their friends and teachers healthy and remind children that they can also help prevent germs spreading by washing their hands with soap and coughing or sneezing into their elbow.

Remind children about the positives – that they will be able to see their friends and teachers and continue learning new things.

Encourage regular handwashing. It doesn't need to be a scary conversation - sing along with their favourite song or do a dance together to make learning fun. Make sure to teach them about how even though germs are invisible, they could still be there. When children understand why they need to wash their hands, they’re likely to continue doing so.

Keep an eye out for signs of stress and anxiety. COVID-19 may be impacting your child’s mental health, and it’s important to demonstrate that it’s normal and OK to feel overwhelmed at times. When in doubt, empathy and support are the way to go.

Links to wellbeing advice:

Click here for 'Keeping it Positive' 

Click here for 'How Children's Anxiety Shows' poster

Click here for 'Wellbeing Booklet' from Action For Children



Click on the links below for advice from Early Help:

Tip sheet 1

Tip sheet 2

Tip sheet 3

Tip sheet 4

Tip sheet 5

Tip sheet 6


 For the foreseeable future, school nurses will not be carrying out any face-to-face contact.

Click here for school nurse contact details poster


Click here for keeping children safe online