School will be CLOSED to all pupils on Monday 30th November to allow a deep clean of the site to take place. Please read the statement below from Mr Speck.


    28th November 2020

    Dear Parents/Carers


    First and foremost, thank you for your patience the last 24 hours as we react to and manage the cluster of positive Covid-19 cases informed to us since Friday morning.

    This is undoubtedly the most challenging situation we have faced since we returned to school in September, but I want to reassure all our parents and the broader school community that I have the utmost confidence that school remains a safe environment for our children.

    That said, it is only right that I bring you up to speed with the current situation. We have three confirmed cases of Covid-19 amongst our pupils, two in Year 4 and one in Year 3. We have four members of staff who have tested positive, all working within the Lower Phase and as a result of classroom support, a further small number of staff are self-isolating as a precautionary measure due to their contact with the positive cases. One additional member of staff is isolating due to a Contact Trace notification.

    Since 7.00am this morning, myself and my immediate Senior Management staff have been working flat out to identify any other potential risks to the wellbeing of all and react to the changing situation as it has unfolded across the day.

    We now know exactly which year groups have to isolate : Year 3 and 4 in their entirety and this has been fully informed to parents. I want to reassure you that this outbreak appears to be contained, but I know you will be concerned as to the safety of the environment to which your children are returning after the weekend.

    Although I am satisfied our cleaning and hygiene regimes remain robust, we have sought to organise a professional Deep clean using specialist disinfecting devices and this will transmit a ‘fog’ that kills bacterial spread and protects zones for a considerable period afterwards.

    To enable this to happen though, we have to inform you school will be CLOSED TO EVERYONE this coming Monday 30th November so Year 5 and 6 children and all remaining staff will NOT be attending school. This is so the Deep clean can be concluded, ensuring school is a sterile environment once more from Tuesday onwards.

    This closure has afforded us the opportunity to revisit the information we shared on Friday regarding our intention to close school early on a Friday for the next three weeks. By enforcing a closure on Monday, all staff will receive their statutory planning time as an accumulated block, and therefore we will NOT have to shorten the school day on a Friday. We hope this now removes the headache some parents would have faced around the earlier pick up.

    I am fully aware of our duty to provide home working resources but I must advise there will be NO work set at all on Monday, and all homeworking for Year 3 and 4 will commence from Tuesday morning, so please ensure you have sent Mrs Anderson your e-mail addresses to facilitate the sharing of work.

    Year 5 and 6 will NOT be set any work on Monday due to the tight timescales we are working under and the fact the school is closed on Monday, which will limit teacher access to central learning resources etc.

    I trust this information is useful, clear and reassures you of our ongoing endeavours to keep school open to as many children as possible.

    Finally, I would remind you all that this is a shared society issue. It is unfortunate that we have been impacted by such a sudden and condensed cluster of cases, but it is stark reminder that we cannot become complacent to the prevalence of Covid-19 in our own communities and we will continue to try our very best to limit exposure to risk as best we can.

    Thank you for your ongoing support.

    Best regards.

    Peter Speck

    Head Teacher



  • Older News:
    Guidance Note for Parents : What to do if you need to organise a COVID-19 Test: If you feel that you or someone in the household is symptomatic, or if you have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid-19 within 48 hours of your last physical contact with them, you may be considering arranging a test. Can we remind parents that once you place that test request, you MUST let us know immediately as there will be implications regarding your child accessing school, irrespective of whether they are fit and well themselves. Once you arrange to have a test, your child MUST remain in isolation with you at home until you receive the test results. We will ask you to provide proof of those outcomes, whether positive or negative, as they will determine when your child can return to school. 

    What constitutes close contact? If you have been in close proximity to an individual for more than 15 minutes, usually in face to face conversation, and cannot gurantee you have remained at an adequate social distance throughout this period, you are at greater risk of picking up Coronavirus. Sunderland remains in Tier 2 of the National restriction banding, which does mean we are all meant to be avoiding mixing in households other than our own or households of those within our legitimate social bubble (Grandparents for instance for childcare purposes). It is therefore important that we continue to be vigilant to the social distancing rules and the 'Hands, Face, Space' directives of the Government    

  • Check out the website page : CHILDREN - Homework & Home Learning Support for more specific information around Remote Learning during the pandemic

    Remote Learning Packs : We have provided all children with a Maths and English resource pack; this is NOT for you to work on at home yet, but should be kept safe until we direct you as it will be referred to for remote learning in the event of a partial or full lockdown. 


    1. If a child is poorly and cannot attend school  OR they are on unauthorised family holidayNo homework tasks will be set – the absence will be viewed as a standard absence and children will just catch up when they return to school.
    2. If a child is self-isolating but NOT poorly : The class teacher will contact parents within 48 hours via Marvellous Me to advise what home working tasks should be completed during the absence period.
    3. If a child is self-isolating/quarantined as they have returned from a holiday abroad and the Government guidance dictates a quarantine period: As point 2 above – the class teacher will be in touch to set work.
  • There will be children currently absent from school through no fault of their own as a sibling, parent or other household member has had to self-isolate due to Covid-19 circumstances. This is usually where the child or individual is waiting for the results of a Covid-19 test.

    Parents are, rightly so, requesting what to do about the school work missed throughout this period. We have therefore confirmed a clear homework delivery plan:

  • Together for Children Guide : How to Decide when to Self-isolate:

  • We know many parents are very anxious about the spread and containment of COVID-19 and the symptoms to look out for. Together for Children have provided schools with a helpful checklist so you may assess whether your child needs to be at school or not. Click the link here to open the document.

  • We have done our best to pick the most important points out of the Department for Education guidance, as supported by directives from Public Health England and the NHS Track & Trace facility, and this supplementary information is listed below:


  • What symptoms should I be looking out for? 

The definitive list of symptoms currently provided by Public Health England are as follows:

- A high temperature : This means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to emasure teleprature)
- A new, continuous cough : This means couching 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 wors 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

Most people with coronavirus have at least 1 of these symptoms.

  • Department for Education Guidance : 8th September: The DfE have provided a 2-page guidance document to assist parents in the actions to take if they feel their child is displaying COVID-19 symptoms. This document can be accessed by clicking this link

  • Check if you or your child has coronavirus symptoms:
    Click the link to the NHS Covid support webiste :  https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/symptoms/

  • If you have any of the main symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), get a test as soon as possible. Stay at home until you get the result.

    What to do if you have symptoms:

    If you have any of the main symptoms of coronavirus:

    1. Get a test to check if you have coronavirus as soon as possible.
    2. Stay at home and do not have visitors until you get your test result – only leave your home to have a test.

    Anyone you live with, and anyone in your support bubble, must also stay at home until you get your result.

    Additional Supporting Information:

    Contact NHS 111 for further support and advice regarding home testing and whether your child will need a test.


    How do I decide whether to send my child to school or not?

    • If your child shows ANY of the above symptoms you should NOT be sending them to school and you should seek further advice from the NHS 111 service.

    • Organise a home test or make an appointment at a local testing centre as soon as possible.

    • Do NOT send your child back to school until the results of the test have been received.

    • Keep the school updated of progress at each step, particualrly if other members of the household become infected.

    My child is displaying other symptoms that I would normally associate with a common cold. What should I do?

    This is the area where parents and school staff are going to have the biggest issue as some common cold ailments or non-Covid flu symptoms could be interpreted as Covid-19. As a general rule, the following symptoms are NOT listed as a sign of Covid-19 in children:

    • A runny nose
    • A chesty cough (different to a dry, persistent cough)
    • A sore throat where there is no associated high temperature
    • A headache

    However, we know that the list of symptoms is currently under review as additional links have been made to an upset stomach and/or diahorrea in children (yet to be confirmed by PHE)

    We therefore suggest parents use their discretion to determine the following:

    • Is my child well enough to attend school, despite showing one or two of the above symptoms?
    • Should I get them tested as a precuation as I am unsure what to do?

    if you believe your child, other than perhaps feeling a little under the weather as they have what would ordinarily be determined as a common cold, is well enough to be at school, then they should attend as normal.

    If you DON'T feel they are well enough, keep them at home and monitor their symptoms for 24-48 hours to see whether they improve or feel worse over time. Keep us informed of their wellbeing.

    In ALL instances, if you are unsure what to do or your child's symptoms are ambiguous, you MUST contact the NHS 111 Covid advice line for further advice. It is a strong possibility they will advise a test as a precuationary measure and if that is the case, you must let the school know and self isolate for the required period of time.

    When will you send a child home?

    Staff have to be vigilent to what children are telling us. There is still some ambiguity about how children can spread the virus, what the implications of being asymptomatic are etc.

    If your child complains of feeling unwell at school, we WILL send them home; this in most cases will be precautionary and does not necessarily mean that we think your child has Covid symptoms. But with community concerns around the virus being as they are, and with the wellbeing of other children and staff to take into consideration, children who present as unwell or complain of being unwell will be removed from the classroom and you will be asked to collect them.

    If we feel a child is presenting Covid type symptoms, you WILL be instructed to get a test; the school have a small number of home testing kits that we can offer to parents if you are struggling to secure one. in such instances we would request chidlren do NOT return to school until a test has been secured and assessed as a negative result.

    Will school staff be regularly tested?

    At the moment there is no directive from the Department for Education or Public Health England to have school staff routinely tested for Covid-19 as a matter of course. What we WILL be doing, however, is continuing to follow our own health and safety hygiene measures to ensure staff are working in a clean environment. Our local Operational Risk Assessment draws attention to staff being responsible for their social activities, their secure bubbles beyond school and the importance of keeping the school management informed of any Track & Trace protocols they are contacted over. The DfE guidance provides more information in this area.


    What happens if my child tests positive for Covid-19 (or other member of the household):

    If we have advised your child has a test, they must remain at home until you receive the results. If they test POSITIVE you must inform the school as soon as possible as there will be implications regarding other children/staff they may have come in to contact with and the isolation of social bubbles. In all instances, the next steps will be dictated to us by the local Public Health support team - whether to isolate a class, a year group or temporarily close the school.


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OLDER NEWS......................................

  • School Remission Guidance: Some children are exempt from paying for certain school services dependent on their social circumstances. We class these children as the Pupil Premium cohort and in the main it relates to those on Free School Meals, Adopted from Care, Looked After Chidren and Forces Chidlren. The table below shows how much reduction a child would get dependent on their circumstances and we would ask parents to take this into consideration when making payment for school visits, music fees etc.


  • Pupil Premium Category Remission Rates

    Free School Meals (FSM)

    Protected FSM

    (See note*)


    100% remission of school trip contributions

    100% remission of school provided music lessons (but NOT those with Mr Morris)

    100% remission of any After School Club fees as applicable

    75% remission of the total cost of residential visit to Derwent Hill

    Looked After Child/Adopted from Care As above - same remission rates apply as those for FSM
    Forces Child 25% remission of all categories
    Ever 6 Child 25% remission in all categories
  • *NOTE: Protected FSM: Under the Government's revised Universal Credit roll out, any child listed as being eligible for free meals as of 1st April 2018 will have this eligibility 'protected' until 2022, irrespective of whether the parents financial/employment status changes. The school will therefore continue to categorise these children as FSM rather than re-assessing them as Ever 6. This means they will continue to benefit from the full FSM remission rates. Any child who came off the FSM register prior to April will now be categorsied as Ever 6. It is the responsibility of parents to take these remissions into consideration when paying for any school service. If you choose to pay the full amount for a school trip, for example, we will assume you are wanting to support the school irrespective of your Pupil Premium status and we would not automatically reduce a payment on your behalf so please take this into account when making any voluntary contributions. 

  • Ear-ring policy: First and foremost, children should NOT be wearing ear-rings in school under any circumstance. We have to take a hard line on this for the purposes of safety. If a child has accidentally forgotten to take them out and can remove the ear-rings themselves, that's fine. If they cannot, we will NOT do it for them nor will we provide tape to cover them. Even if you tape them up yourself before sending your child to school, they are still in reality wearing them and there still remains a risk for PE etc. So.....the best way to avoid further action is to take them out before school! PE is a statutory requirement of the curriculum and we cannot persistently have children missing lessons for this reason. Where staff notice a child has their ear-rings in, and they cannot take them out themselves, you will be advised accordingly thus ensuring they are not worn the following day. Thank you for your support in this area.
  • Nut Free School: Can we politely remind parents that Fulwell Junior School is a 'nut free zone' insofar as we do not allow children to have nuts of any variety in school, either as a healthy snack or as part of their packed lunch. This is due to the number of children we have with very high risk nut intollerances. Even traces of nut oil on hands etc. could cause a severe reaction in another child, so please support us in avoiding nuts as part of your childs daily diet.

  • Medication in School: Children who need to continue to take or have recently been prescribed medication to have in school must have a Medical Statement completed by parents so that we can administer it on your behalf. Remember, unless specifically advised by your GP, and medication only required to be taken 3 times per day does NOT need to be taken at school as parents can spread that dose between breakfast, teatime and bedtime.

  • Reporting Absences: If you know your child is going to be absent from school, could we kindly request you ring the school office or send a text message BEFORE 8.45am. Similarly, if they have to attend a medical appointment, please let us know in advance - wherever possible, we must have sight of the appropriate appointment card/letter.