Tuesday 21st September 2021

Dear parents/guardians,

Following an increased number of confirmed COVID-19 infections in our school and in careful consideration with Public Health England and Cornwall Council, we have taken the decision to close the school for 10 days and moving to online learning.

This will mean that home learning will begin from tomorrow (Wednesday 22nd) via Teams. The school will then reopen on Monday 4th October to all students who are not displaying symptoms.

If you have trouble accessing Teams, please contact your child’s class teacher. If you need a laptop please collect one from school tomorrow morning.

Changes to the national Department for Education guidance on 19 July 2021 have removed the general requirement on education settings to identify all close contacts of students and staff with COVID-19. 

However, education settings are still required to take necessary actions to prevent further spread of COVID infection if an outbreak occurs in their setting.

We are continuing to monitor the situation and are working closely with Cornwall Council Public Health and Public Health England. This letter is to inform you of the current situation and provide advice on how to support your child. Please be reassured that for most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.

What to do if your child develops symptoms of COVID 19

If your child develops symptoms of COVID-19, you should organise for your child to be tested via the NHS online portal or by calling 119. They should isolate until you receive the test results giving the all clear.

Symptoms of COVID 19

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

·        new continuous cough and/or

·        high temperature

·        a loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)

·        Sore throat, headaches and fatigue are also symptoms in young people

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

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





Yours sincerely

Nick Illsley



Welcome to Stithians Community Primary School

A Message from our Headteacher Mr. Illsley


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It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to our school website. Hopefully this website will provide you with an insight into our school, and offer some practical information which will be of use to you as a member of our school community.

Stithians is a happy school where the pupils and staff enjoy learning. The school offers a broad and balanced curriculum, allowing children to shine in many areas. The school provides the children with a comprehensive range of extra-curricular activities to cater for both sports, arts and ICT.

As a school we celebrate successes using the weekly newsletter and assemblies. The children are encouraged to take responsibility for their learning and develop personal resilience.


In April 2017 the school was inspected and Ofsted judged us as continuing to be a good school. Stithians School prides itself on providing a happy, safe, secure and supportive learning environment. At Stithians School every child is special and unique. All our children are encouraged to care for and support one another.


·         “Children in the Early Years are well prepared for the demands of Year 1. They are taught well and make good progress across all aspects of their development. Across years 1 and 2 they are making particularly strong progress in learning phonics and this is evident in their reading and writing. As a result, more pupils are going beyond the expected level in reading for their age”.

·         “The skilful way in which teachers consistently plan lessons, meeting not only the needs of the mixed aged classes but also stretching and challenging the most able pupils, has successfully ensured that most groups are making better progress across Key Stage 2.”

·         “Pupil behaviour in and around the school is exemplary. During lessons, pupils across the school are focused, respectful and attentive. All the pupils I spoke to said that they enjoyed school and felt inspired by their learning.”

·         “The school’s curriculum has been reviewed and provides a wide range of interesting and stimulating activities. Tolerance and respect for others and an understanding of democracy are promoted well through the curriculum and, as a result, pupils are well prepared for life in modern Britain”.


At the centre of our ethos is the determination that all children can succeed and should enjoy their school experience while achieving their full potential.

I believe that success in Education comes from an effective Home School Partnership. This is achieved through a close and trusting relationship, both working together to promote the aims and ethos of the school.

I consider it to be a great privilege to be the Head teacher of such a busy, vibrant and successful school. If you would like to visit or have any questions don’t hesitate to contact me and arrange a meeting.

Nick Illsley