Castle Primary School

'Adventure Together; Learn Forever'

"Pupils enjoy coming to school. They feel well cared for and they want to achieve well." OFSTED report, 2017


Changes to the self-isolation period for those who test positive for COVID-19


This change came into effect in England on Monday 17 January and applies to all positive cases, regardless of vaccination status.


People who are self-isolating with COVID-19 have the option to reduce their isolation period after 5 full days if they test negative with an LFD test on both day 5 and day 6 and they do not have a temperature. For example, if they test negative on the morning of day 5 and the morning of day 6, they can return to their education or childcare setting immediately on day 6.


The first test must be taken no earlier than day 5 of the self-isolation period, and the second must be taken the following day. All test results should be reported to NHS Test and Trace.


If the result of either test is positive, they should continue to self-isolate until they get negative results from two LFD tests on consecutive days or until they have completed 10 full days of self-isolation, whichever is earliest.


The new rules also apply to people who are already isolating – so if someone was already isolating before Monday 17 January, they can take LFD tests on day 5 and 6 and if they are both negative and they have no temperature they can end their isolation.

Anyone who is unable to take LFD tests or anyone who continues to have a temperature will need to complete the full 10-day period of self-isolation.


Further information on self-isolation for those with COVID-19 is available.

Covid Testing - LFT or PCR?


Worried about how to test for Covid? Help is at hand!

Our school office is receiving a large number of calls from parents and carers regarding the changes to Covid testing regulations. We understand this is a difficult time for everyone and Government documents are not easy reading. Please see the Devon County Council document in the link below which will hopefully answer any questions you may have.


Parent Information 4th January 2022 - Latest letter

Return to School 7th September 2021 - Coronavirus Update

URGENT UPDATE 03 July 2021

The email below has been sent to parents of year 4 today.  If you have been working with Year 4 please stay at home. We will be in touch on Monday morning.  

Dear Parents/Carers,

We are sorry to inform you that a child in Year 4 has tested positive to Coronavirus. We understand how difficult this is for you all, both in terms of child care/work and the concerns around health. We will, unfortunately have to close our Year 4 bubble and your child will need to isolate for 10 days, ending at 12 midnight on Saturday 10th July

We will be in touch again on Monday morning with a plan of action to provide work for your children and meals for those who are entitled to Free School Meals.

Please note at this moment in time only your child needs to isolate at home, unless they are showing symptoms in which case you will need to get them tested and everyone in the household will need to isolate until a negative test is received.  Please check the Covid Government website for further advice.

Kind regards,

Mrs Noble and the Castle Team.


For information on financial support, during a period of isolation- copy and paste this link ...


Letter from the Headteacher - Single Case Coronavirus

Letter from the Headteacher - Single Case Coronavirus

Letter from the Headteacher


Remote Education Provision

Would you have kept your child off school before Covid?

Symptom Checker and what to do - for Parents and School

End of Term Arrangements - Letter to Parents

Open Letter to Parents / Carers from Head of Education

Free School Meal Voucher scheme extended

Requesting a place in school - Letter to parents

Information for Year 6 Parents

Information for EYFS Parents

Information for Year 1 Parents

June Re-opening - Letter to parents

Advice and Support Newsletter to parents

Learning at Home

Arrangements for 14th April onwards

Advice for parents and pupils to help during Lockdown.

Government Codeword Partner for Domestic Abuse

Mid Devon Covid-19 Support Fund

Uplift Tiverton

Relationship Support During Lockdown

Further useful links below