St Andrew's (Barnsbury) CofE Primary School


We hope you had a good summer with your families. The school staff are very happy to see the children – and it is good to see them so eager to learn! As you know we are trying to keep things as normal as possible for the children but we still need to follow the guidance from Public Health England (PHE) and the Government in order to try to keep everyone safe from COVID-19. Here is a summary of information parents need to know: 

  • School attendance is mandatory for all pupils of compulsory school age and it is a priority to ensure that as many children as possible regularly attend school.
  • Schools will continue to direct children to wash their hands regularly and ensure classrooms and communal areas are well ventilated and that all areas in the school are cleaned as often as possible.
  • Children must not attend school however if they have any of the COVID-19 symptoms which are: a new/continuous cough or loss of taste/smell or a high temperature. If a child has any of these symptoms, they must isolate and parents must arrange for a PCR test to be taken as soon as possible, informing the school as soon as the result is known.
  • In most cases, parents and carers will agree that a pupil with symptoms should not attend the school, given the potential risk to others. However, if a parent or carer insists on a pupil attending school when he/she has symptoms of COVID-19, the school can take the decision to refuse the pupil if it is necessary to protect other pupils and staff from possible infection with COVID-19A symptomatic child will not be allowed in school until the school has received either a negative PCR test result or the 10 days of isolation have been completed (this isolation is needed if the test result is positive or parents refuse to test their child at all).
  • If a member of your child’s class tests positive, we will inform parents and advise you to book a PCR test for your child. If your child does not have symptoms, he/she can still be in school whilst waiting for test results. 
  • Children who live in a household where someone has tested positive can still attend school as long as they are not symptomatic.  These children need a PCR test as soon as possible.
  • We would encourage all individuals to take a PCR test if advised to do so-this will hopefully prevent us having to close whole classes…


If you are unsure about any of this guidance, please contact the school. Thank you for your continued support and co-operation during this time.