Mobile phones

It is my highest priority to ensure the safety of all the children and staff involved at St Oswald’s School. Our policy with regards to children and mobile phones seeks to minimise the number of such devices in the school. There are various reasons for this, including distraction from learning, but the key reason is a safeguarding one. Most mobiles available now have cameras and internet connectivity. This leaves open the possibility that images could be taken without a child’s consent and then uploaded to the internet. For this reason it is essential that the following policy is adhered to:

No child is allowed to have a mobile phone in their possession during the school day.

  • A child must only bring a mobile into school if they have written permission to walk home from school and might so need it to ensure their safety
  • In this instance the child must hand the phone in to the class teacher at the start of the day and collect it at the end of the day.

  • No child is allowed to take any image or video with a mobile phone at any time whilst on school property.

  • Any photo or video of a St Oswald’s pupil or staff member, wherever it was taken, uploaded onto any internet site without their permission will be dealt with as a very serious disciplinary matter.

I would emphasise that I am not mentioning this now because it is perceived to be a significant problem at school. I feel this proactive clarification of our position will help us prevent the issues that do occur in other educational establishments.  

On a broader note, though we do regularly cover the area of internet safety and sensible behaviour online, it is always useful when parents also promote these ideas with their children. It is very advisable for parents to be aware of and to monitor the online activity of their children to ensure that they are as safe as possible in their engagement with the virtual world.



As we begin our Thrive journey at St. Oswald's, an important part of embedding Thrive is having a space where every child can go to focus on their wellbeing if they need it.

Upon our return to school after half term, each class will be going into our fantastic Thrive Room. The Thrive Room is used regularly by many children across school, either on a 1-1 basis or in small groups, however Thrive is for everyone and these class visits to Thrive will further advertise its purpose to all children. The Thrive Room includes a music area, soft sofa area, sensory zone, creative space and is a place where many children love to be. Miss Longworth and Mrs Batty have both completed their Thrive Practitioner training and are already making fantastic use of the room. The rest of the staff in school have also completed Thrive training and we feel that it is important for all classes along with their teacher to use the space, and for all children to know that they can use if they need it. 

Whilst in the Thrive Room children will complete an activity that focuses on wellbeing. This may be an art project, creative writing, yoga, storytelling, guided meditation or suchlike. We are excited for the children to enjoy this time with their teachers and peers in this fantastic space. If you would like to find out more about Thrive, visit the website


Covid Update

You will be aware that the government issued new advice during the half term holidays about self-isolation and testing which affects you and your child. This information sets out what the new guidance is. It is no longer a legal requirement to self-isolate following a positive test. However, government advice is still that your child should stay at home and avoid contact with other people if they have tested positive for COVID-19.

If your child is symptomatic, they should get a PCR test as soon as possible. Your child can return to school after 10 full days isolation. They may be able to return earlier if they test negative for two days in a row from day 5 of self-isolation and do not have a temperature. If they continue to test positive during the 10-day isolation they can return after completing 10 full days isolation. Your child will still receive work to do at home if they need to self-isolate, as well as free school meal support if they are eligible for this.

In school, we will continue to take a number of measures to reduce the spread of the virus, including thorough cleaning, ensuring spaces are well ventilated and encouraging good hygiene. Thank you for your help and co-operation. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Celebration Assembly

Over the past year, we have been very pleased with how our new Celebration Assembly has worked. It is a really lovely part of the week where we come together as a school to recognise each other’s achievements. We made the decision as a staff team at the beginning of the year to not individually invite parents to Celebration Assembly. We have discussed and debated this many times as a team. It is something that we have had a lot of feedback from parents and carers about. Many of you, over the past year, have voiced your disappointment that you no longer receive a personal invitation to the Friday morning assembly if your child is due to be awarded ‘Star of the Week’. After continued consideration, we have decided that from next week we will begin notifying you when your child is due to receive the award. We will notify you on a Thursday afternoon via text message.
We still extend our invitation to all families each Friday morning to attend Celebration Assembly, and it is certainly more special to all of us when we have many families there. We still believe in the reasons why we chose to do things differently with the assembly this year. However, we also want to listen to the voice of our parents and over the course of the year so many of you have come to speak with us about how you preferred the previous system of school letting you know in advance.
We ask that when we do inform you about the award on a Thursday afternoon that you keep the news from your child. We think the way we announce it for the children is one of the reasons it is a special moment of the week and would like to keep the element of surprise; thank you for your support with this.
Obviously, there will still be many of you who can never attend the assembly due to work commitments, but it is our hope and understanding that more of you would be able to make Celebration Assembly when you know in advance that your child is the recipient of an award.