Welcome to James Watt Primary School: a 'reading school'




Dear Parents,

The school is now closed until further notice, for the majority of children. The only children that will be able to access on-site educational provision from Monday 23rd March are those who belong to certain key groups. Please see government updates for more information (see link below).


Parents whose work is critical to the COVID-19 response include those who work in health and social care and in other key sectors outlined below. Many parents working in these sectors may be able to ensure their child is kept at home.

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

Please, therefore, follow these key principles:

  • If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be.
  • If a child needs specialist support, is vulnerable or has a parent who is a critical worker, then educational provision will be available for them.
  • Parents should not rely for childcare upon those who are advised to be in the stringent social distancing category such as grandparents, friends, or family members with underlying conditions.
  • Parents should also do everything they can to ensure children are not mixing socially in a way which can continue to spread the virus. They should observe the same social distancing principles as adults.
  • If your work is critical to the COVID-19 response, or you work in one of the critical sectors listed above, and you cannot keep your child safe at home then your children will be prioritised for education provision.

If your job role falls into any of these categories (see link above), and you intend to access on-site provision during normal school hours, please notify us by phone or email. It is vitally important that we receive this information as soon as possible to allow us to make the necessary arrangements and plan the best provision. Please do not send children in on Monday without having made prior arrangements with the school. This is vitally important to maintain health and safety (staffing ratios and first aid provision), as well as safeguarding.

In the meantime, we have ensured that all children have been given a homework pack (any packs not collected will be posted in the following weeks). 

Please bear in mind that the safest place for children is at home, which is why the government have closed schools. Therefore, for the safety of everyone (staff and children) we strongly request that parents make arrangements to look after children at home where possible.


Thank you all for your support.

We continue to update the schools web site daily, and we will keep you informed.

Mrs Deacon-Dyer and Mrs Hammond