Guidelines and advice

Dear Parents/Carers

As you are all aware the Government have set out guidelines to welcome children back to school in June. In line with this Dee has sent out letters to all parents through email. If you haven’t already read the information provided please take the time to do so. We will be awaiting your reply by 11am on Wednesday 27th, May to inform us of your decision on whether your child will be returning in June; this is for parents of Nursery children who will be attending school in September, Foundation, Year 1 and Year 6 parents.  Thank you to those parents who have already informed us.  We are still waiting for guidance for those in Years 2, 3, 4 and 5.


It is half term next week, therefore the teachers won’t be sending out home learning tasks today. As we are preparing for opening the school in June, it is our intention to set home learning tasks from Monday, 8th, June. These will be updated each Monday until the 29th June, when this will be reviewed.  There are links to home learning resources at


Children should be reading on a daily basis. Please access Spelling Shed. Those in Year 1 and above can access TT Rockstars, these should both be completed at least three times a week.  This will help with continuity. Teachers are able to access information regarding progress and then add new and appropriate activities. The learning activities produced for the children by teachers are age appropriate and should be accessible to all children, with adult support for the younger children.  Again this week we have been amazed by the standard of work that has been sent to us through


A huge thank you to Kara, Daisy and Elowen for the delicious chocolate cookies, they didn’t last long! Also to Olivia H for the beautiful card and the very thoughtful message inside. These were very gratefully received.


I hope you have an enjoyable week and you are able to enjoy the beautiful weather. We have had an encounter with a hedgehog this week, it wasn’t well and had to be taken to Paws and Prickles for antibiotics. We wish it a full recovery.


Take care


Sam Bowden


Safer Cornwall - Domestic Abuse Campaign

Safer Cornwall has launched a campaign to raise awareness to mitigate the increased risks of domestic abuse in this period, and the challenges of providing adequate support.

The campaign aims to reassure communities that vital services are still available to support adults and children during this time and reiterates where and how to access help.

The campaign also includes information on staying safe in the house, on school places for children and how communities can support those affected.


Cornwall’s integrated domestic abuse and sexual violence service, Safer Futures, is still providing support, safety planning and information via their helpline, text service and online. Safer Futures will also direct you to any additional services that you may need and can liaise on your behalf if appropriate to do so, for example if you feel you want to access a refuge at this time. Further information about the campaign is available here:

Alternatively, you can also access refuge and support via:

If you feel unsafe and that you are in immediate danger, then you should still contact the emergency services via 999; Devon and Cornwall police work very closely with our local domestic abuse and sexual violence services and will ensure you get the follow-on support that you need.

Bright Sky is a free to download mobile app on Android and IOS, providing support and information for anyone impacted by an abusive relationship or for those concerned about someone they know. It can also be used by practitioners and other employers to learn more and provide support.

If you are self-isolating or physically distancing and living with an abusive partner or family member there are a variety of tools you can use to cope emotionally and ensure you are staying safe, There is lots of useful advice to be found online about ways to help reduce your anxiety and ground yourself, and things to help entertain the children.  In addition, Safer Cornwall will be posting regular videos and information to help you and your family through this difficult time.


Dear All, 


I hope you are all well.


This is an unprecedented time for us all.


At present we are open to keyworker and vulnerable children. You may be aware the Government have proposed that primary schools will welcome back children in Nursery, Foundation, Year 1 and Year 6, alongside priority groups from the week commencing 1 June. As a school, we are still awaiting clarification on this information. In the meantime, we are working on plans of the feasibility of opening at the beginning of June. It’s a very unsettling time for us all, but rest assured that we’re going to be doing our utmost to ensure that conditions and guidelines set out by the Government are followed.  


We are not going to be pressuring anyone to send their children to school, since you know your children and personal situation best. We will keep you updated with our preparations for making sure that we follow the guidance set out by the Government, so you can make an informed decision.  


We know some employers will be encouraging you to return to work, but we are not in a position right now to extend places to other children until we receive further Government guidance.


Many children continue to work on the activities set by teachers, we are really pleased with the result. In this difficult time we urge you to continue to work with your children on different curriculum areas. Reading is paramount at this time on a daily basis, continue with math strategies and writing. Physical Education and mental health are just as important so please make sure that we don’t lose sight of the importance of these areas too. Please share their work with us, it really makes us proud of their achievements.   


Thank you once again for your support. 


 Take care and keep safe,

Sam Bowden

Message from Mrs Bowden  8.5.20


Dear Parents and Carers


I hope you are all well and keeping safe.  At this present time we have been given no indication of when St Neot School will re-open, as soon as we know we will contact you.


Well done to all the children who have sent in their fabulous work, all the teachers are so pleased with the learning that you have been doing at home. Thank you to all the parents and carers who are doing their very best to support their children, you are doing a magnificent job. Please keep it up, remember to read with your child as frequently as possible.


Congratulations to Morgan, Lillian and Harry who completed Mrs Martin’s Quiz, don’t forget to have a look at May’s quiz which is now on the website. Many of you have accessed Spelling Shed and TT RockStars, this is being monitored regularly and updates are made on a Friday, please keep up the good work. These learning resources provide opportunities to develop skills and extend vocabulary.


A big thank you to Ms Gilbert who has donated a bike and a ‘Little Tikes’ car to school. The bike is already being used by keyworker children and the car is ready for the Nursery children to use on their return. 

Year 6 children attending Liskeard School will have had an email which includes information from Wendy Birkbeck, please email Dee if you haven’t received this.


Free e-book – Everybody Worries. In this bright and friendly picture book, children learn that it’s okay to worry about coronavirus. Fun rhyming couplets keep the tone gentle and supportive, and you will find plenty of ideas for dealing with coronavirus in a positive way.


Again, I am sure you will join me is saying a huge thank you to all the NHS staff and keyworkers for the fabulous work they are carrying out.




Sam Bowden

Message from Mrs Bowden 01.05.2020


Dear All, 


I hope you are all well. 


Many of you have been very creative with the learning activities, which is a joy to see. Thank you all for your hard work, especially parents/carers who continue to support, educate and care for their children. It is with your love, generosity, patience and kindness that we will all get through this pandemic.  


At this time many children are using computers and are on line. The guide lines for online safety NSPCC state:  It can be a difficult to know how to start talking to your child about what they’re doing online or who they might be speaking to. But talking regularly, like you would about their day at school, will help your child feel relaxed and mean that when they do have any worries, they’re more likely to come to speak to you. Please visit the website for extra advice:  


I am very proud of the staff of St Neot and how everyone has pulled together to do their best for the school and community.  Each member of the staff have their own proud moment they would like to share with you, please click on ‘Home Learning’ ‘Proud moments’ to see us all.  I am sure you all have a proud moment that you would like to share with us. Please send these to:


If you wish to communicate with any of the teaching staff regarding home learning you can contact them on  Please continue to read on a regular basis, to write using your imagination, be active, enjoy the stunning environment we live in and stay safe.


 Take care and keep safe,


 Best wishes,

 Sam Bowden 

Message from Mrs Bowden 24.04.2020


Dear All, 


I am sure we are all thankful for the beautiful weather we have been experiencing.  It is wonderful to see so many children using their time to create such stunning collages from items that have been collected from their gardens or on walks.

Mrs Martin’s monthly quiz is available on the ‘Home Learning’ page, certificates will be emailed to those who complete the quiz and a prize for those who complete the quiz and send in photo evidence of at least three of the recommendations at the bottom.

Physical exercise is so important, especially at this time. Many of you have been out walking, riding bikes and participating in PE sessions with Joe Wicks.  At school we do this every morning, some of the exercises are really tough!

‘Emotional wellbeing of children is just as important as physical health. Good mental health allows children and young people to develop the resilience with whatever life throws at them’ (, therefore we must keep talking and take time to look after one another.

Spelling Shed is updated regularly and teachers are monitoring your amazing efforts. TT rockstars is available for Year 1-6, we already have many Rock Stars, well done to all of you.  Posted today on the ‘Home Learning’ page are new learning activities. Please keep reading, the importance of reading for children cannot be underestimated. Reading for pleasure can benefit a child’s education, social and cognitive development, their wellbeing, and their mental health. Therefore, continue to read on a daily basis, Oxford Owl is free at present and has many ebooks available.

Working together, the staff at St Neot School and Nursery continue to strive to make sure that learning activities are regularly provided, pupils are cared for and in addition to this they are ensuring that the school is being prepared for our return, I can’t thank them enough for their hard work.  I would also like to say a huge thank you to parents/carers for their continued support and words of kindness during this unprecedented time.  


 Take care and keep safe,


 Best wishes,

 Sam Bowden 

Message from Mrs Bowden 17.04.20


Firstly, I would like to say a heartfelt thank you to all our keyworkers amongst our school community and our extended families, especially those on the frontline.  It is a time to show our appreciation for all those working for the NHS, care workers, keyworkers and those who support us in this time of need. They are kind, considerate and courageous in their selflessness.  I am sure you were all out last night applauding the NHS and the magnificent work that they are doing at this time of uncertainty.  Well done to Ray and Edward Clarke for playing the trumpet and drums respectively, an amazing effort. I am sure you could be heard for miles!  

We have received some excellent learning that has been accomplished at home, please see the ‘Home Learning’ tab ‘Children’s Work’. Well done to all those that have been able to complete the challenges being set by the teachers and those that are extending opportunities when they arise.  I believe that we have many talented chefs among our pupils, Donna you will need to beware!

Spelling Shed is updated regularly and teachers are monitoring your amazing efforts. TT rockstars is available for Year 1-6, we already have many Rock Stars, well done to all of you.  Posted today on the ‘Home Learning’ page are new learning activities. Please continue to read on a daily basis Oxford Owl is free and has many ebooks available. I am looking into other websites that provide ebooks, we will trial these next week at school.

My exciting news, on Wednesday morning whilst walking to school at 07:42, I heard a cuckoo for the first time this year.  The cuckoo was on Goonzion Moors, it was clear as daylight ‘cuckooing’ continuously for several minutes, it did make me smile, as it wasn’t going to give up!  This is like our children, determined in what they do, successful and full of hope, admirable.  

I wish you all the best at this unpredictable time.


Take care.


Mrs Bowden

Message from Mrs Bowden 10.4.2020

Dear All

I hope you are all well and keeping safe.  Posted on this page is up to date information that has been sent to the school by the Department of Education and Cornwall Council. Links to helplines can also be found here. All information previously displayed can be found under the Covid 19 tab. 


Please find new activities for the next coming week on the ‘Home Learning’ page under your child’s class, there are also activities for nursery available. These will be posted every Friday by 4pm. You will find different activities for each subject area.  Mrs Martin's April quiz is also on the Home Learning page, please email your answers to If any help is required please contact the school on


To share the work that your child is proud of please send to this can then be added to the ‘Home Learning’ page. If your child is included in the photo sent, please send consent to post this on the website.


The weather has been kind to us this week again. Many flowers are now in full bloom. My magnolia tree is looking amazing. The lambs either side of us are full of beans, skipping and chasing each other around the field, occasionally bleating for their mothers.  What I really miss is the sound of the children playing together and negotiating what game they should play. Also the words ‘Mrs Bowden …’ followed by numerous questions the children want answering.  

I wish you all a happy and safe Easter.


Best wishes

Sam Bowden

Message from Mrs Bowden 03.04.2020

Dear All, 

I hope you are all well and keeping safe. I am sure I speak for all of us by saying a heartfelt thank you to all our keyworkers in this peculiar and unsettled time.

Well done to all the parents/carers who are educating from home as I know already that many of you are finding this challenging, please see our letter of intent on the website. We are all doing our very best at this time, so well done. Congratulations to all the children who are working hard and keeping physically fit. We all need to be aware of our mental health at this current time, keep talking. There are links on the website if you need help.

This week I have seen deer, wagtails, sparrows and finches on my walk to school. The flowers and trees are beginning to bloom. The roads seem to be quiet. The weather has been good to us over the last couple of weeks, which has enabled us to go outside, enjoying the sunshine.

I also applaud those shop assistants that I have seen on their way to work, especially Malcolm and his staff for opening the local shop. With everyone’s support and understanding we will get through this.

 Best wishes to you and your families,

 Sam Bowden 

Week ending 27.03.2020

Good Morning to you all,

I would like to say a huge thank you to you all for your support and understanding through this very difficult time. As you are aware the school is now closed, except for looking after the children of keyworkers and vulnerable children.

The government advice changes on a daily basis, we will endeavour to keep you updated through the website.  On a Friday the information previously posted on the home page will be moved to the tab headed ‘Covid19’. The up-to-date information will then be displayed on the front page. From Friday 10th April 2020, activities will be posted weekly for each class under the heading ‘Home Learning’. I hope you are enjoying this week’s activities. Please let us know how you are getting on with a short note that you don’t mind us posting on the website, to secretary@st-neot.cornwall.sch.  For any queries with activities enquire at

Walking to school this morning I could hear the birds singing, saw a squirrel scurrying across the moors and the cows happily chewing the grass. Then to my delight I saw a rainbow picture in the Saunders window, a note and picture from Harry and also one from Seb on the notice board outside school wishing everyone well, this really did make me smile, thank you. 

Keep safe and take care,

Sam Bowden


There is now a link on the Home Learning tab to online resources. 

Parents please ensure you check these websites under the guidance from the NSPCC.

These are for parents use.

None of these websites are endorsed by St Neot School.



Message from St Neot Church

Dear all,

 We pray that you are well and safe with support around you at these times.

 A moment of calm

 A little before 6.00pm each day, consider accessing our church website and using the video on our front page to take a moment to be still.

 On the website you find a short video which includes the Church clock striking 6.00pm followed by familiar images and a prayer for you to share.

Week ending 27.03.2020

DfE position

The most recent scientific advice on how to further limit the spread of COVID-19 is clear. If children can stay safely at home, they should, to limit the chance of the virus spreading.

That is why the Government has asked parents to keep their children at home, whenever possible, and asked schools to remain open only for those children who absolutely need to attend.

It is important to underline that schools, colleges and other educational establishments remain safe places for children. The fewer children making the journey to school, and attending educational settings, the lower the risk that the virus can spread and infect vulnerable individuals in wider society.

Schools are, therefore, being asked to continue to provide care for a limited number of children - those who are vulnerable and / or whose parents are critical to the Covid-19 response and cannot be safely cared for at home.

Please, therefore, follow these key principles:

  1. If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be
  2. If a child needs specialist support, is vulnerable or has a parent who is a key Covid19 worker, then educational provision will be available for them
  3. Parents should not rely for childcare upon those who are advised to be in the stringent social distancing category such as grandparents, friends, or family members with underlying conditions
  4. Parents should also do everything they can to ensure children are not mixing socially in a way which can continue to spread the virus. They should observe the same social distancing principles as adults


Department for Education coronavirus helpline

The Department for Education coronavirus helpline is available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday), 10am to 4pm (Saturday to Sunday)

Please note, we are currently experiencing high volumes of calls. We appreciate your patience at this time and apologise for any wait that you may experience. To ensure that we answer your calls as quickly as possible, we have now extended our opening hours to cover weekends and are increasing the number of call handlers available to answer your calls.