Yardley Road, Birmingham, West Midlands B27 6LG

0121 7062742


Cottesbrooke Infant & Nursery School

An Academy

"Caring... Inspiring... Nurturing... Successful"

Covid 19

From March 8th 2021 schools reopen to all children.  Please read the Government's Guidance to Parents and Carers HERE


Please keep scrolling for Frequently Asked Questions:

This information was last updated 8th March 2021      This information was last updated 8th March 2021     This information was last updated 8th March 2021 

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Frequently Asked Questions:

What time does school start?

  • There will be staggered start and finish times for each class.  This will mean that the children can wash their hands as they come in to school and there are fewer people around the school at any one time
  • Nursery and Year 2 children will enter through the school drive gate on Yardley Road – Gate 1. Year 2 will enter school through the Hall door.  This will be signposted.
  • Year 1 will enter through the first playground gate as you walk down Cottesbrook Road – Gate 2
  • Reception children will enter through the middle gate on Cottesbrook Road (near the climbing frame) - Gate 3


Drop off


Nursery morning/ fulltime

8.30 – 8.45

11.15 – 11.30

Nursery afternoon

12.30 – 12.45

3.15 - 3.30




Reception Caterpillars

8.45 – 8.50

3.00 – 3.05

Reception Dragonflies

8.50 – 8.55

3.05 - 3.10

Reception Ladybirds

8.55 - 9.00

3.10 - 3.15




Year 1 Dolphins

8.45 – 8.50

3.00 – 3.05

Year 1 Penguins

8.50 – 8.55

3.05 - 3.10

Year 1 Sharks

8.55 - 9.00

3.10 - 3.15




Year 2 Lions

8.45 – 8.50

3.00 – 3.05

Year 2 Panthers

8.50 – 8.55

3.05 - 3.10

Year 2 Tigers

8.55 - 9.00

3.10 - 3.15


  • We would prefer you to keep to your 5 minute slot if possible to help with social distancing around the school but times can be flexible.
    The gates/door will be open from 8.45 – 9.00 in the morning and 3.00 – 3.15 in the afternoon and children may be dropped off / collected at any point during this 15 minutes to accommodate brothers or sisters in different classes/ attending Cedars Academy.
    Unfortunately, your child will be late if they arrive after 9am and there may be a late collection fee if they are collected after 3.15.

  • For the safety of our families and to aid social distancing please DO NOT park on Cottesbrook Road. Please walk to school or park on a surrounding road (being mindful of residents) and walk.

  • Please wait patiently for your child do not jump the queue or call to your child to come to you. We will dismiss children as quickly and safely as possible. Please obey social distancing while waiting.

What are the children be learning?

  • Children are learning the whole curriculum including art and PE but there is a big focus on reading, writing and maths and personal and social education and wellbeing (including staying healthy). 

Are parents allowed on to the premises?

  • With the exception of the school drive and main foyer, parents are not allowed on to the school site unless prior arrangements have been made.  If you need to contact the school office, please call 0121 706 2742.  If you need to contact your child’s teacher, please telephone school or use the messenger function on ClassDojo.

How big are the groups?

  • The children are mostly taught in their classes but they will see children in their year group outside at playtime and lunchtime .  They do not mix with children in other year groups

Where are they taught?

  • The children are taught in their classrooms mostly but we have reserved extra rooms for small group teaching which will only be used by the year group.  The children use the hall for PE but it is cleaned after each year group uses it.  Children in Nursery and Reception use the outdoor classroom but not at the same time.

I have children in different classes.  Do I have to queue twice to drop them off and collect them?

  • You will have to queue twice to drop off and collect children from different year groups although we reserve the right to offer some flexibility on a case by case basis.  Where siblings are in the same year group but not in the same class, we do allow parents to send their children in at the same time and collect at the same time.

Are the children doing PE? Do they need a PE kit?

  • The children are taking part in physical activity.  We ask that you send the children in to school in PE clothes on their PE day.

Who is teaching the children?

  • Each class has a teacher and at least one teaching assistant.  There is one lunchtime supervisor per class.  Mrs Moss delivers creative activities such as Art and Design and Technology and Jack, our sports coach, supports physical activity throughout the school but they obey social distancing guidelines.

What do children need to wear?

  • We would prefer the children to wear school uniform.

Do the children need to bring anything with them?

  • No.  Everything (stationery, food, water bottles, snack, etc.) is provided by school.

What about lunchtime?

  • The children are asked to order their lunch during morning registration.  The menu is available on the school website.  The meals are prepared on site by our caterers, Aspens, and are plated up.  Children are taken to the dining room by their lunchtime supervisor a class at a time.  The dining room can accommodate a whole year group with each class sitting at their own long table.  The children sit at the dining tables at allocated spaces and the lunchtime supervisor brings the plated meal to the children.  The children eat then leave together and the seats, tables and any touch points are wiped down.  The next year group is then brought down.  The children play in their year group on the playground or in their classroom if it is wet.

I was getting supermarket vouchers before, will they continue?

  • Some families who are entitled to certain benefits are able to claim for Free School Meals (FSM) and were issued with £15 per week per child supermarket vouchers in order to help feed their children during the first lockdown. These vouchers were provided by the Government and administered by the school.   All children who attend school will have a free school dinner.  Vouchers will no longer be available during term time.

What hygiene practices are you following?

  • We ask staff and children to sanitise/wash their hands when they get in to school.  There is a supply of tissues available and periodically through the day the adults and children will wash/sanitise their hands – particularly before eating and coming in from outside.  In line with Government guidance, windows are kept open to allow the circulation of air and we encourage everyone not to touch their face.

Will the children be safe?

  • The children are looked after and cared for as well as they always have been at Cottesbrooke.  However we cannot ever guarantee that your child will not contract any illness if they attend school.  We have put all the Government advice on lowering the risk of contracting the virus in place, such as regular handwashing, catch it, kill it, bin it, cleaning more frequently, etc. as much as is practically possible.

Will you make sure that children wash their hands?

  • Yes.  The children and staff will wash their hands regularly and use hand sanitiser if hand washing is not available.  The school has had outdoor sinks installed in both playgrounds to aid us in this.

Will the children and staff be social distancing?

  • Staff will be instructed to social distance and children will be encouraged to social distance but the Government’s guidance on social distancing for primary schools is that young children cannot be expected to social distance from adults or each other.  In Nursery and Reception children have activities spread more widely apart but part of the importance of early years education is socialising and speaking to others and this cannot be done at a distance of two metres and staff will not demand that they do so.  In Year 1 and 2, children are taught at tables which are spread out. The children have their own resources and do not share.  They are reminded about social distancing at playtime but they may end up playing with each other more closely than 2 metres.  The fact that these children are in bubbles who will only come into contact with each other and their assigned staff member(s) is a way of social distancing.

Can my child wear a mask in school? What about PPE?

  • No.  The guidance states that children should not wear masks or face coverings at school.  The school does have a supply of PPE; masks, visors, aprons, gloves, sleeves but these are specifically for staff dealing with children who have suspected COVID 19 and for cleaning down the room later.  Some staff may wear some PPE following an individual risk assessment and when in close proximity to other staff.  Staff do not wear face masks when working with the children.

My child/ someone in my household has an underlying health condition and is shielding.  Should I send my child to school?

  • Yes.  The Government states that all children should be in school.  We would also ask that parents keep us informed of any health issues in their household or with their child.

Will there still be assemblies?

  • Unfortunately there are no weekly or special assemblies that parents can attend at the moment.  We hold our weekly Celebration Assemblies virtually in classrooms and post the event on the school's ClassDojo.

What if someone at school gets Coronavirus?

  • If anyone becomes unwell with the symptoms of coronavirus at school, they are sent home and advised to follow Public Health England’s ‘COVID-19: guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection’.  Staff or children sent home will be told to book a COVID-19 test by calling 119 or booking online https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test and will not be able to return until the outcome has been verified as negative or until at least 10 days after they began showing symptoms if the outcome is positive.  If the outcome of the test is positive, Public Health England will advise the school.  It may mean that the class or ‘bubble’ that the child or staff member has been working in will be sent home and told to isolate for 10 days from when the infected person began to show symptoms.  Remote education will be provided for children who are isolating.

Are you still providing home learning?

  • Remote education on ClassDojo will stop being uploaded daily after Friday 5th March. Children must come to school unless they are ill or isolating. Children who are isolating will be contacted by the school and provided with remote education.

Do I have to send my child to school?

  • Yes.  The law states that children must attend school the term following their fifth birthday.  The Government have stated that parents may be fined if they decide not to send their children to school.

What if my child is ill?

  • If your child is ill or absent for any reason, please contact the school via the main school number 0121 7062742 DO NOT message the teacher.

Parents are standing and chatting at the school gate, can you do something?

  • Parents are discouraged from meeting and blocking thoroughfares around the school.  We would ask that parents do meet away from the school to alleviate some stresses and anxieties that this behaviour can cause.

Is Kids' Club running?

  • The response to our Kids’ Club questionnaire was incredibly low. We assume that this is due to many parents continuing to work from home or being on furlough and therefore they don’t require childcare. This means that it is not currently cost effective for the school to reopen Kids’ Club as we could not cover the staff's salaries with the fees paid by parents. We will keep this under review. If demand is there, it will reopen.