12th February 2021

Please follow the guidance below if your child begins to show symptoms or tests positive for COVID-19 during the half term break.
If your child develops symptoms of COVID-19 within 48 hours of their last day in school
• Get a test for your child
• Everyone in your household must isolate at home until the test result is back.
• If the test result is positive for COVID19, you must inform the school -school will identify any other people in the school community who are close contacts.
• If the test result is negative, you do not need to take any further action.
If your child has no symptoms of COVID-19 but tests positive within 48 hours of being in school
• Let the school know straight away- school will identify any other people in the school community who are close contacts.

(It is important to follow the guidance around only getting a test if they are showing signs of COVID-19.)

If your child develops symptoms of COVID-19 more than 48 hours after their last day in school- (15 Feb onwards) • Get a test for your child
• Everyone in your household must isolate at home until the test result is back.
• If the test result is positive for COVID-19, you must contact NHS Test and Trace and follow the advice given by them: www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing-and-tracing/
• You do not need to tell the school
The quickest way to get a test is to book a test at your local testing centre via https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test. Please do not use postal tests unless absolutely necessary as these take longer.

During the holidays, please contact the school by calling the Headteacher phone number: 07825111595 between the hours of 9.00am and 5.00 pm. If you receive a positive test result outside of these times, please sent a text message to this number and follow up with a phone-call
You must provide the following:
• Child’s name
• Class/year group
• Date last in school
• Date symptoms started/ child began to feel unwell
• Date of test
• Date positive result received

If you are contacted by the school because your child is identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, they must self-isolate for 10 days.
We ask that you stick to all COVID-19 social distancing social mixing guidance over the half term period to reduce the risk of transmission of the virus and keep us all safe and well over the break. It is also important to follow guidance. Please remember that rapid testing is available for anyone (without COVID symptoms) who needs to leave the home for work.
Book a test in advance here or check the website for walk-in slots that may be available.

Coming back to school after the half term
You should contact the school if your child will be absent on the first day of term for Covid related reasons and let us know if they are self-isolating by calling the Headteacher phone 075825111595.

It is really important that your child gets a test and does NOT return to school after half term if they have any of the three main COVID symptoms:
• Fever
• New continuous cough
• Loss or change to smell or taste

To be extra safe, if your child has any of the following symptoms, please keep them at home and contact the school on the first day of term:
• Loss of appetite
• Diarrhoea
• Nausea
• Vomiting
• Extreme tiredness
• Headaches Your child should NOT get a test if they have these
• Joint pain symptoms WITHOUT one of the three main COVID
• Muscle ache symptoms
• Runny nose
• Sore throat
• Sneezing

22th January 2021

Please click on link below to access the most recent Risk Assessment

Watergate Covid-19-Risk-Assessment V6


15th January 2021

Please click on the link below to access the Remote Learning Policy

Remote Learning Policy


2nd December 2020

Please click on the link below to access the Tier 2 High Alert poster 

Tier 2 High Alert poster – December 2020


8th October 2020

Please click on the link below to access the Policy for School Medicals during Covid-19 Restrictions

Medicals Policy During Corona Virus September 2020


16th June 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

Please follow the link below to find out about how the Educational Psychologists in Lewisham may be able to help you and your child at home. Offered through their ‘EP Connect’ service directly to families, the flier contains information about what they may be able to offer along with their contact details…

Educational Psychologists Connect flier June 2020


14th May 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

The government has announced plans for some children to start to return to school from Monday 1st June (at the earliest).  This date is not yet confirmed and the government will make further announcements. We know you will have questions about when your children will be able to return to school and we are really looking forward to welcoming children and families back. We are asking you to give us time to work on our plans for this, to make sure arrangements are in place so that all children and adults can be as safe as possible whilst they are here. I am sure you will appreciate what a complex task this is.

You will have heard on the news that the government’s initial plan for primary school children is for reception, year 1 and year 6 pupils to be the first groups to return to school. The guidance for special schools, which has been less widely publicised, recognises the different needs of our children:

“Special schools….should work towards a phased return of more children….without a focus on specific year groups.” 

It then goes on to say that special schools should:

work towards welcoming back as many children and young people as can be safely catered for in their setting.  They may want to prioritise attendance based on key transitions ….and to consider creating part-time attendance rotas so that as many children as possible can benefit from attending their setting.”

  The full guidance can be found here

In the meantime, only children of critical workers and those identified as vulnerable can come in to school, with the agreement of the headteacher. As you will be aware, we have completed a risk assessment for every child and this informs all decisions about attendance.  If you think your child can/should be in school, please contact the us to discuss with a member of the leadership team.

We will be contacting families individually to discuss when your child can return to school. This is unlikely to be at the same time for all children, even those in the same year group.  We recognise that you may not wish for your child to return to school at this point in time and respect this viewpoint. Children should only return to school when we have agreed a start date with you and not before.

We will tell you more as soon as we can.

In the meantime, please continue to visit the Student Zone on the school website here for lots of fantastic ideas for activities and learning opportunities.

If there are any other ways in which we can help you at this difficult time please do contact us.  We hope that you and your family are safe and well.

Yours sincerely,


Fiona Veitch


School Times

School Day

Mon-Fri 9.15am to 3:30pm,


Early years / Infants Lunchtime 11.45am -12.30pm

Juniors Lunchtime 12-12:45pm


School Office - Telephone: 020 8695 6555


Office Email - admin@watergate.lewisham.sch.uk



Fiona Veitch



Watergate School | Lushington Rd, London SE6 3WG