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COVID-19 Information for Parents

Contained within this page:

  • The most recent school information.
  • How to apply for Free School Meals
  • Food Bank assistance,  Helping Dawlish and Scams
  • Key information on Coronavirus
  • Covid 19 Stress and Anxiety link
  • Other useful support links

Free Easter holiday activities and meals for children aged 0 to 18 years

Free activities with healthy meals will be available to children from low income families during the Easter holidays. Devon County Council is arranging the activity programme, working with providers in locations across Devon. It's part of a national, Government-funded initiative to provide free activities and healthy meals during the Easter, Summer and Christmas holidays 2021, and children of all abilities, aged between the ages 0 to 18, can attend.

Places are open now for children from low income families, including those eligible for free school meals, during the Easter holidays. Other children that are not eligible may be able to purchase places if the provider has the capacity to accommodate them.

Parents can book places directly with the activity provider, there will not be a centralised booking system. A website will shortly be live with full details and we will circulate the link to you as soon as this is available. Contact the school office for a list of providers in the meantime.

There will be activities to suit a range of ages and abilities, including a selection of sports (including rugby, football, netball), Forest school/outdoor activities such as den building, cooking on an open fire , Arts and crafts , Music, drama and dance, Scooting and skateboarding , Orienteering and outward bound activities, Cooking classes and activities , Food boxes and activity boxes.

If you have any queries, please email :

Free School Meal vouchers - If you haven't received your voucher for this week, please let the office know today, as we will be unable to reissue vouchers after today (Wednesday 3rd March).
Please redeem your vouchers as soon as possible, before they expire. 
Many thanks
School Office

BBC Headroom - Parents' tips for mental health

Gatehouse staff have a little treat for you... The Masked Singer! Watch the video and guess which staff member is behind the mask!

Dear parents/ carers


We are very much looking forward to Monday when we will once again have a full school, the school staff that were on the gates greeting the children in the Autumn term will be the same from Monday to provide familiarity and consistency. 


We know your anxieties may still be high, but please be assured that Covid rates in Teignbridge are very low currently, in fact we are in the bottom 10 across all England council areas also, if we have any concerns regarding your child/ children we will contact you immediately. 


Once again, a huge well done to you all for coping with the vast amount of change over the last few months, hopefully we will gradually return to a greater sense of normality over the spring/ summer. 


Have a fantastic weekend with your amazing children and we'll see you on Monday. 


Best wishes


Leila Naldrett

Head of School

Dear parents and carers, 

You may have seen in the news recently that parents and other adults in households with children at school and college can now access regular, rapid coronavirus tests. Please see below information from the DfE regarding who can access these tests, and how to book them. 

Undertaking regular, rapid coronavirus (COVID-19) testing helps reduce transmission of the virus. Parents and other adults in households with children at school or college, who do not have symptoms, can now access regular, rapid coronavirus (COVID-19) testing. This includes childcare and support bubbles.

Tests are fast, easy and completely free. There are different ways for a household, childcare or support bubble to collect their test to take at home, twice-weekly:

  • through your employer, if they offer testing to employees
  • by collecting a home test kit from a local test site – anyone aged 18 or over can collect 2 packs of 7 tests
  • by ordering a home test kit online – please do not order online if you can access testing through other routes, this frees up home delivery for those who need it most

If you have any queries about the tests, and you live in England, please call 119 (free from mobiles and landlines). Lines are open every day from 7am to 11pm.

Children of primary school age (and below) without symptoms are not being asked to take a test.

Testing is voluntary, but strongly recommended to all who are eligible. Alongside the vaccine, washing hands, wearing face coverings, and maintaining social distancing, rapid testing plays a vital role in reducing transmission rates. Getting into the habit of regular testing as part of our everyday lives will help us all to play our part and do what we can to protect each other.

Kind regards,

Mrs Leila Naldrett
Head of School

If your income has been affected as a direct result of COVID-19, or you are facing extreme hardship, you may be eligible to apply for the COVID-19 Hardship Fund with Teignbridge District Council. More information can be found on the below leaflet and factsheet.



Please join us in a ‘Wave of Support’ from home.

Draw around your hand, colour in and display in your window for Friends and Family to spot whilst out enjoying some physical activity.

Let’s show our support for each other during these unprecedented times!



Have your circumstances changed due to Coronavirus? You might now been entitled to Free School Meals. 


Apply at the portal below


Children whose parents are getting any of the following are entitled to free school meals:

  • Universal Credit (provided you have an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400, as assessed by earnings from up to three of your most recent assessment periods).
  • Income Support (IS).
  • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance (IBJSA).
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (IRESA).
  • The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit.
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999.
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income as assessed by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs, that does not exceed £16,190).
  • Working Tax Credit run-on  (the payment you get for a further 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit).

School children living on their own (16-19 year olds) who receive a qualifying benefit in their own right can also get free school meals.


Helping Dawlish


Lockdown January 2021 and Helping Dawlish is still in place to help our local community -13 organisations working collaboratively. If you need community support please get in touch and we will try to help.

Helping Dawlish is aware that some people are self-isolating or are being impacted by the effects of the lockdowns on their finances, families, businesses, mental and physical health and may require support. The Dawlish Community Larder is available which can support people in immediate need of food whether due to a medical need or social isolation or need immediate food assistance prior to other help being available.

In response to the pandemic emergency HITS - Homeless in Teignbridge Support is changing the way it operates.

People no longer need a referral to receive a foodpack, they or other organisations can phone us directly for help. HITS aim to deliver foodpacks the same day on all requests made before 4pm.

If subsequent foodpacks and/or energy top ups are required a referral from Citizens Advice or similar agency will be required. HITS is happy to make the introductions to Citizens Advice.

HITS believes, passionately, that our foodbank must be about much more than applying a 'sticking plaster' with foodpacks to a problem.

Lack of food often indicates more fundamental problems and HITS want to help people address these issues. That is why HITS ask for referrals and work closely with Citizens Advice and other charities. For example £billions in benefits goes unclaimed, because people don't know they are entitled to it.

HITS seeks to help to raise people out of poverty, restore their dignity and provide a way out of their situation. Fighting poverty, not sustaining it...

Lockdown 3

If Wi-Fi issues are stopping you from completing home learning, we have a limited amount of SIM cards pre-loaded with 30GB worth of data. This will enable you to set up a mobile hot spot, allowing 2 Zoom calls to connect simultaneously. If this is something you need help with, please contact the School Office.

Homeless in Teignbridge Support foodbank are opening our doors to any child that needs help over the coming half term.

No referral is needed for this support. Just turn up at Abbrook. Strap Lane, Kingsteignton, or contact us and we will support your children.

Our door is open to all.




Department for Education Coronavirus (COVID-19) Helpline Opening Hours

The Department for Education coronavirus (COVID-19) helpline remains available to answer questions about coronavirus (COVID-19) relating to education and children’s social care. Please listen carefully to the available options and select the most appropriate to your nursery, school, or college’s current situation.

Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline by calling:

Phone: 0800 046 8687

Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 8am to 6pm
Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 4pm

NHS Test And Trace Covid-19 APP

NHS Test and Trace has launched the NHS COVID-19 app. The app has been launched to help control the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). It will do this by alerting people who may have been exposed to infection so that they can take action.

The app is available to download on smartphones for anyone aged 16 or over.

Dawlish Food Bank Help


Please call 0772 999 834 - food will be delivered without personal contact

Coronavirus Helping Dawlish



Please be aware of Scams, Devon County Council have advised that these have increased by 400% since the beginning of the Coronavirus outbreak.


For more information, please click on the link below.



Covid-19 Symptoms

Five simple steps of handwashing:

  • Wet: Put both your hands under clean, running water.

  • Lather: Apply a generous amount of soap to the inside and back of your hands as well as your fingertips. Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds (sing happy birthday) and don’t forget to wash under jewellery and fingernails. Your fingertips are especially important as people often put their fingers on their face, nose, and eyes. This is how the virus spreads.

  • Scrub: Rub both hands together and move your fingertips around both hands.

  • Rinse: Return both hands to the running water and gently wash away the soap.

  • Dry: Completely dry the water from your hands. Using a disposable towel (paper towel) is best to avoid leaving germs on towels. Air dryers, commonly found in public bathrooms, are also effective.

Parent Top Tips for Online Safety during Coronavirus

For some children, the lack of routine can be an unsettling time. This document can be printed in order to create a daily visual timetable so that children know the structure of their day ahead. 

Other Support Groups


Devon Domestic Abuse Support

Call 0345 1551074


National Domestic Abuse Support

Call 0808 2000 247


Citizens Advice

Call 03444 111 444



Roots Community Enhancement (Dawlish based) can access toys for loan and other baby/children's needs - clothes etc through their networks. Please contact Roots directly on


If you've been affected by Covid-19 and are struggling to cover basic necessities, our Hardship Fund may be able to help cover the short term cost of basic essentials. Apply at