Information for parents and carers

Easter Update 3rd April 2020


Again, we would like to thank all of our families, for continuing to help keep our community safe by staying at home during these difficult times, except for vital key work. This is helping to keep our pupils, staff and community as safe as possible. A huge thank you also goes to our staff for continuing to provide essential care for the few pupils who need it.

Home Learning

Well done to everyone for taking part in the home learning challenges which have been set. We know lots of pupils have been busy with their home learning packs, and many of you have enjoyed using our 'ESCHOOLS CLASS HOMEPAGES' too. Teachers will continue to update these class pages weekly over the Easter period, with links to websites and learning activities and challenges to have a go at. After Easter, we hope to set up the 'Homework' section on ESCHOOLS, where children will be able to receive and submit homework for teachers to see and give feedback. In the meantime, enjoy trying the activities and websites suggested by teachers on the class pages.


During the Easter Break, communication will be reduced and we will only respond to urgent requests by email, social media or via telephone.


Thank you once again for your continued support, we wish you all a safe and happy Easter.


Take care and stay safe,

Mrs Humphrey and the staff at Portobello Primary

Emergency Childcare Update - 24th March 2020


Dear Parents and carers

You will no doubt have heard the message from our government that the country is in lockdown and movement outside of your home is significantly restricted.

Parents and carers who work as ‘critical workers’ or those of vulnerable children will have already been in touch with school and requested reduced provision.

Those children can still access emergency childcare but I would ask those parents and carers to consider the following very seriously before sending their children into our emergency childcare today.

Reduced provision is only for vulnerable children and children of parents whose work is critical to the COVID-19 response.

Many parents whose work is critical to the COVID-19 response may be able to ensure their child is kept at home.

And every child who can be safely cared for at home should be.

I can not stress enough that these are extraordinary times and that requires extraordinary measures.

As the Head Teacher of this school I need to do all I can to ensure that I can provide emergency childcare for the small minority of parents and carers who are currently playing a significant role in fighting COVID-19. Please heed government advice and do not send children in unnecessarily.

Sending children into emergency childcare when it is not necessary will jeopardise our ability to support those parents who need it most.

The days, weeks and months ahead will be tricky and we need everyone to play their part.

Do not send your child in if they can be safely cared for at home.

  • Stay at home
  • Protect the NHS
  • Save Lives

Keep safe.  Keep talking.


Mrs Humphrey

Key Worker Update – 20th March 2020

I understand that the lack of information has been frustrating for parents/carers in relation to Key Workers and how they will access school for their children.

It is greatly appreciated that families from Portobello have been patient and understand that the government have not released information to schools on this matter until very late last night.

We will be organising this aspect today so that we are ready for Monday.

In preparation, we would like any parent/carer who believes that they would fall under the category of 'Key Worker' - and would like their child to access school as they have no other alternative - to contact the school office today and leave their details.

This can be done:

When you contact us, we would like you to tell us the following:

  • Name of child
  • Year group
  • Name of parent
  • Profession

Once we have that information and have confirmation from government, we will contact the relevant  parents/carers to explain how things will work on Monday.

This information will be preliminary but will provide us with an idea of how to organise Monday.  Next week, we will formalise the information with more appropriate records.

Please be Aware

If you are a parent whose work is critical to the COVID-19 response carefully consider whether you are able to keep your child at home. Remember every child who can be safely cared for at home should be.  I am stressing this because if school has to open for a large group of children whose parents want to access this reduced provision then it will put huge strain on school staff, all of whom remain susceptible to coronavirus.

Schools can only provide this provision if we have enough staff.  Parents who send their children to school unnecessarily may contribute to forcing the school to close, which we will have to do if we do not have enough staff.

A message of gratitude

Again, thank you for your understanding in this matter.  We have had many verbal and written comments of support during this time which has been difficult for all our community.  The strength we show as a community is what will support us all over the coming weeks.

Take care everyone,


Mrs Humphrey


School Reopening in September 2020 - please go to parents page and read specific year group letter/s for your child/children.
Any changes will be posted in the Parents page over the summer should guidance change. 
Thank you 

Guidance for getting all pupils back in the autumn term

This week the Department for Education published guidance for schools outlining plans for the autumn. The guidance includes details to help schools prepare for all children and young people to return to full-time education in the new academic year. It includes plans to:

  • lift current restrictions on group sizes to allow schools, colleges and nurseries to fully reopen to all children and young people as COVID-19 infection rates continue to fall 
  • keep children in class or year group sized ‘bubbles’ and encourage older children and staff to keep their distance from each other where possible
  • encourage testing if staff, pupils or their families develop COVID-19 symptoms and provide access to easy to use home testing kits for children and staff who would otherwise be unable to get a test
  • increase the frequency of cleaning and minimise contact in corridors
  • take action in circumstances where there is a positive case in a school or college

The DFe also published information for parents about what to expect please see the link to the DFe website for further information.