Information about Coronavirus

Coronavirus Update
Latest government guidance can be found at:

Monday 23rd March

Check out our online learning page for some useful resources to supplement the packs that went home last week. We will be updating the page with new links and adding new online resources throughout the week. Also, to kick off the week, there is an online PE lesson every day at 9am. Click here for the webpage.

Friday 20th March

Dear Parents/Carers,

As you know, from today the school will be closed. First and foremost we would like to thank children, parents and staff for all of the support and kind words over this busy week. We will stay together as a community and get through this unprecedented time.

On Monday we are reopening to provide a reduced provision offer for certain children, only children who have been contacted and accepted an offer of a place should attend the school.

Communication and information

We will continue to contact you via ParentMail and on the website with any information.


Information about how you can report concerns to Southwark about a child’s safety during school closure can be found here

Free School Meals

For children who are registered to receive free school meals, we will be continuing a service while the school is shut. If you have requested a meal, please come and collect it daily to take away between 11.30 and 12.30 from the school office. Children will not be able to stay at school to eat it. This is only for children who are registered, and not all of the children who currently receive Universal Free School meals. Email the office if you have any questions. At this time, please make sure only one member of the family comes into the building and collects the meal and remember the safe distance guidance.

Resources for home learning

Children who were in school today have brought home a pack of home learning. For anyone who did not get a pack you are welcome to collect from the school office next week between 10 and 2pm. We will be contacting you shortly with more information on how we are developing our home learning. This is also a good time to discuss online safety with children, and remember that especially young children should always be supervised online. There is lots of advice on our online safety webpage.

We wish you and your loved ones the very best at this time, and we will see you all soon.

Best wishes,

Joseph Bell Alli Crank

Headteacher Deputy Headteacher

Thursday 19 March

As announced yesterday, St John’s and St Clement’s will be closed to all students, staff, and visitors from Monday, 23rd March 2020 although we will look to provide care for those children of key people who provide fundamental services. We are still waiting for clarification from the government over key workers. Thank you to everyone who has responded to our survey, please check your ParentMail account if you haven’t yet completed it. This will help us plan for the provision next week. We will clarify keyworker information tomorrow and communicate further then.

Wednesday 18 March

As announced this afternoon by Secretary of State for Education Gavin Williamson, schools across the UK are to close from Friday, 20th March 2020 “until further notice”. This means that St John’s and St Clement’s will be closed to all students, staff, and visitors from Monday, 23rd March 2020.

We continue to make difficult decisions in order to keep the school operating as normally as possible. After school activities will continue for the rest of this week, and school will close at normal time on Friday.

Your child(ren)’s wellbeing, safety and education remain our highest professional priority. We are currently putting resources in place to ensure children can continue to learn at home longer term. In the meantime, over the next couple of days, we shall be making some online learning resource links available on our website.

We will endeavour to keep you informed as and when information is updated. Please check your emails and our website regularly.

The St John’s and St Clement’s community thank you for your ongoing support, cooperation and patience during these unprecedented times.

Tuesday 17th March

New guidance for households with symptoms

Yesterday, the Government introduced new guidance on whole household isolation in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak:
• if you live alone and you have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home for 7 days from when your symptoms started
• if you live with others and you or another member of the household have symptoms of coronavirus, then all household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill. It is likely that people living within a household will infect each other or be infected already. Staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community
• for anyone in the household who starts displaying symptoms, they need to stay at home for 7 days from when the symptoms appeared, regardless of what day they are on in the original 14-day isolation period.

The symptoms are:
• A high temperature (37.8 degrees and above)
• A new, continuous cough

The full stay at home guidance for households with these symptoms can be found here:

Monday 16th March

We are working hard to make sure life carries on as normal as possible for our children. At SJSC we have a comprehensive action plan in place which addresses implications relating to the Coronavirus for the school and follows the government’s latest advice which has been issued today. As a precautionary measure, from today, trips (including swimming and sports competitions) will be cancelled until at least after Easter. Class assemblies and the end of term service for parents and carers are also postponed until further notice.
Thank you for your continued understanding and support

Friday 13th March

We are currently receiving regular updates from the Government and, in line with current advice from the Department for Education and Public Health England, our school is open as usual.

In line with current guidance, anyone with a new and persistent cough, and/or a high temperature should self-isolate and stay away from school for at least 7 days. Further information from the Government can be found at the link below.

Stay at home guidance.

Letters to Parents/Carers

We will keep our school community updated via the school website.

Please use the internet for advice about symptoms and call NHS 111 if your symptoms worsen.

Please do keep in contact with the school using our contact number 020-7525-9210 or email