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Covid-19 Updates

On this page we'll update you with the latest news relating to Covid-19 and the school, so you have the latest updates in one place. See also our Letters from the Principal.

Update: 15th January 2021

Free School Meals

Have your circumstances changed? Is your child now eligible for free school meals/pupil premium?

Pupil Premium funding goes directly to the school and pays for things like school trips, breakfast clubs, or additional teachers and assistants to provide extra support and 1 to 1 tutoring.

You can apply for free school meals and Pupil Premium if you get any of these benefits:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (as long as you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on (paid for four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)
  • Universal Credit: if you apply on or after 1 April 2018 your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get. This is also called the 'minimum income floor'.)

If your child is eligible for free school meals they will eligible until they finish the phase of schooling (primary or secondary) they are in on 31 March 2023.

Please click HERE to complete the application or call reception and we can complete the application on your behalf.

Update: 5th January 2021

Dear #TeamBRIGHTstowe parents and carers,

I hope this letter finds you and your families safe and well. You will be aware that England is now in lockdown and that this includes schools moving to online learning at home for all students.

The only exceptions to this will be children of critical workers and those who are unable to engage with online learning at home. They will be able to complete their online learning in school.

All students should follow their normal timetable of lessons (including tutor time) on Microsoft Teams from tomorrow. Tutor time begins at 0840 for Year 10 and 11 students, 0850 for Years 7, 8 and 9.

During lockdown, you can continue to make contact with us between 0800 and 1600, Monday to Friday, via the main switchboard on 0117 316 7330 or by emailing hello@oasisbrightstowe.org. Please do not visit the academy unless you have an appointment.

Information for specific groups

Free school meals families should collect a 10 day hamper from the academy between 1000 and 1200 tomorrow. I will let you know the longer term plan for free school meals once the government provides that information.

Year 9 families will be invited to collect their child’s Oasis Horizons iPad later this week. Please wait for your individual invitation for this. Thank you for your patience.

Year 11 families should be aware that, although we are waiting for details of how students will be awarded grades this summer, the government has made clear already that work students are doing at the moment will count towards that final grade. Year 11 students must therefore attend their online lessons as normal from tomorrow.

Year 11 Travel & Tourism students will sit this Friday’s exam in school as planned. We will be in touch with you with more information about this.

I know that this letter will not answer all the questions you have as schools do not currently have all the information we would like to have.

Thank you for your patience and please be reassured that I will let you know anything you need to know as soon as I know it :-) In the meantime, stay safe and #ShineBRIGHT

Alan Dane, Principal

What to do if your child develops symptoms of COVID 19  

If your child develops symptoms of COVID-19, they must not come to school and should remain at home for at least 10 days from the date when their symptoms appeared. Anyone with symptoms will be eligible for testing and this can be arranged via https://www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test or by calling 119.   

All other household members who remain well, must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. This includes anyone in your ‘Support Bubble’. 

Further information is available at:   https://www.bristol.gov.uk/coronavirus/what-you-need-to-know

The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill. 

Household members should not go to work, school or public areas and exercise should be taken within the home. 

If you require help with buying groceries, other shopping or picking up medication, or walking a dog, you should ask friends or family. Alternatively, you can order your shopping online and medication by phone or online. 

Household members staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community. 

If you are able, move any vulnerable individuals (such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions) out of your home, to stay with friends or family for the duration of the home isolation period. 


The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of: 

  • a new continuous cough
  • a high temperature
  • a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia) 

For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness. 

If your child or anyone in the household does develop symptoms, you can seek advice from NHS 111 at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/check-if-you-have-coronavirus-symptoms/ or by phoning 111. 

How to stop COVID-19 spreading 

There are things you can do to help reduce the risk of you and anyone you live with getting ill with COVID-19 


  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds 
  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • wash your hands as soon as you get home
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards  

Further Information

Further information is available at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/