Food vouchers are available during the October school holiday if your child is eligible for free school meals. You can receive one £15 voucher per child. Apply for holiday food vouchers.

If your child is not currently eligible for free school meals or you are waiting for a benefit application to be approved and need food and supplies urgently, please contact Kent Together.

COVID Guidance for Parents

The following plan is written to provide the school communities of ACE Learning with an outline of how we are going to approach the full opening of schools in September 2020. We will continue to follow Government guidance, and update and amend this plan on receipt of ongoing advice from central Government.

Our staff are experts in education and dealing with the changes we have had to implement over the last few months has been extremely challenging. However, with this in mind, we have formulated a plan which considers the extra changes and protective measures the government is asking schools to put in place to manage the risk and help ensure our schools are as safe as possible for everyone. A detailed health and safety risk assessment has been completed to reduce the risk as much as we can.

The Government has made it clear all children should return to school full-time in September. You can view the guidance for parents by clicking here.

Welcoming children back to school

Returning to school is vital for children’s education and for their wellbeing. Time out of school is detrimental for children’s cognitive and academic development. The risk to children themselves of becoming severely ill from coronavirus (COVID-19) is very low and there are negative health impacts of being out of school. In welcoming all children back this autumn, schools are asked to minimise the number of contacts that a pupil has during the school day as part of implementing the system of controls outlined below to reduce the risk of transmission.

In line with health and safety laws, we have assessed risks and put in place proportionate control measures. Essential prevention measures include:

Minimising contact with individuals who are unwell by ensuring that those who have coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms, or who have someone in their household who does, do not attend school

Pupils, staff and other adults should not come into the school if they have coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms, or have tested positive in the last 7 days, and anyone developing those symptoms during the school day will be sent home. If anyone in the school becomes unwell with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature, or has a loss of, or change in, their normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia), they will be sent home and advised to follow ‘stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection’, which sets out that they must self-isolate for at least 7 days and should arrange to have a test to see if they have coronavirus (COVID-19). Other members of their household (including any siblings) should self-isolate for 14 days from when the symptomatic person first had symptoms.

If a child is awaiting collection, they will be moved to a room where they can be isolated behind a closed door, depending on the age and needs of the child, with appropriate adult supervision if required. Ideally, a window will be opened for ventilation.

PPE will be worn by staff caring for the child while they await collection if a distance of 2 metres cannot be maintained (such as for a very young child or a child with complex needs).

Engagement with the NHS Test and Trace process

Staff and parents/carers should understand that they will need to be ready and willing to:

  • book a test if they are displaying symptoms. Staff and pupils must not come into the school if they have symptoms, and must be sent home to self-isolate if they develop them in school. All children can be tested, including children under 5, but children aged 11 and under will need to be helped by their parents/carers if using a home testing kit
  • provide details of anyone they have been in close contact with if they were to test positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) or if asked by NHS Test & Trace
  • self-isolate if they have been in close contact with someone who develops coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms or someone who tests positive for coronavirus (COVID-19)

Anyone who displays symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) can and should get a test. Tests can be booked online through the NHS testing and tracing for coronavirus website, or ordered by telephone via NHS 119 for those without access to the internet. Parents and staff must inform us immediately of the results of a test:

  • if someone tests negative, if they feel well and no longer have symptoms similar to coronavirus (COVID-19), they can stop self-isolating. If they still have symptoms they should continue to self-isolate.
  • if someone tests positive, they should follow the ‘stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection’ and must continue to self-isolate for at least 7 days from the onset of their symptoms and then return to school only if they do not have symptoms other than cough or loss of sense of smell/taste. The 7-day period starts from the day when they first became ill. If they still have a high temperature, they should keep self-isolating until their temperature returns to normal. Other members of their household should continue self-isolating for the full 14 days.
  • If there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 amongst the school community, the school will work with the local health protection team and carry out a rapid risk assessment and decide on the actions to be taken.
  • If there are two or more confirmed cases within 14 days in school or an overall rise in sickness absence where coronavirus (COVID-19) is suspected, we may have an outbreak, and so would work with their local health protection team who would advise if additional action is required. In some cases, health protection teams may recommend that a larger number of children and staff self-isolate at home as a precautionary measure – perhaps the whole site or year group.

Washing hands thoroughly & more often than usual

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is an easy virus to kill when it is on the skin. This can be done with soap and running water or hand sanitiser. Pupils will clean their hands regularly, including when they arrive at school, when they return from breaks and before and after eating. Regular and thorough hand cleaning is going to be needed for the foreseeable future.

‘Catch it, Bin it, Kill it’ approach

The ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach continues to be very important, so we will ensure that there are enough tissues and bins available in each class for children and staff to follow this routine.

Face coverings

Public Health England does not (based on current evidence) recommend the use of face coverings in schools. This evidence will be kept under review. They are not required in schools as pupils and staff are mixing in consistent groups, and because misuse may inadvertently increase the risk of transmission. There may also be negative effects on communication and thus education.

Enhanced cleaning, including cleaning frequently touched surfaces

A cleaning schedule has been put in place that ensures cleaning is enhanced and includes:

  • more frequent cleaning of rooms / shared areas that are used by different groups
  • frequently touched surfaces being cleaned more often than normal

Minimising contact between individuals and maintain social distancing wherever possible

Minimising contacts and mixing between people reduces transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Contacts will be reduced by:

  • grouping children together in bubbles the size of a full class, year group or phase
  • avoiding contact between groups
  • arranging classrooms with forward facing desks where possible
  • staff maintaining distance from pupils and other staff as much as possible
  • avoiding large gatherings e.g. assemblies
  • staggered start and finish times
  • staggered break times and lunchtimes
  • All parents or adults collecting or bringing children into school must observe the 1-2 metre distancing rule. Any children that have that have to be brought onto the premises at these times must stay with their parent at all times. Anyone refusing to follow either of these requests this will be asked to leave and may be refused entry to the premises in the future.

What children can bring to school

Equipment and resources – staff and children will have their own items that will not shared e.g. pens, rulers, etc. Classroom based resources, such as books and games can be used and shared within the bubble; these should be cleaned regularly.


It is recommended that pupils limit the amount of equipment they bring into school each day to essential items. Pupils may only bring:

  • A book bag
  • Water bottle (this must be taken home every night to be cleaned, sanitised and filled with water)
  • Fruit snack only for breaktime
  • Key Stage Two only – packed lunch in disposable wrappings/containers which can be thrown away once the children have eaten the food (Lunchboxes are not allowed)

Pupils can take books and other shared resources home, although unnecessary sharing will be avoided.


School day timings including drop off and pick up times


  Drop Off Pick Up
Years 5&6 8.30 am 3.20 pm
Years 3&4 8.40 am 3.10 pm
Years 1&2 8.50 am 3.00 pm
Reception 9.00 am 2.50 pm


  • We will be using a one way system for drop off and pick up times – all routes will be clearly marked with signs to show where you need to go
  • Entrance- gate onto the playground
  • Exit- double gate from playground into the car park (a pedestrian area will be cordoned off for your safety)
  • Parents ​MUST adhere to these times to ensure we can follow social distancing guidelines. Parents and their children must follow safe social distancing whilst waiting. 
  • If a child is distressed at these times, we will not be able to offer any increased support
  • At drop off times, children will come straight into school and wash their hands on arrival at the classroom.
  • At collection times children will be brought onto the playground adhering to social distancing. Parents will wait in marked areas and their child will come to them; then exit though the double gates from the playground into the car park. If you have to bring other children at drop off and pick up times they must stay with you at all times.
  • These times will be reviewed as we go to assess whether the slots can be shortened as the routines become well-practiced by children and parents.

Wearing of personal protective equipment (PPE)

PPE is only needed in a very small number of cases, including:

  • where an individual child or young person becomes ill with coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms while at school, and only then if a distance of 2 metres cannot be maintained
  • where a child or young person already has routine intimate care needs that involves the use of PPE.

We have updated our risk assessments (building on the learning to date and the practices we have already developed), and considered any additional risks and control measures.


In March when the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak was increasing, we made clear no parent would be penalised for their child’s non-attendance at school. Now the circumstances have changed and it is vital for all children to return to school to minimise as far as possible the longer-term impact of the pandemic on children’s education, wellbeing and wider development. School attendance will therefore be mandatory again from the beginning of the autumn term. This means from that point, the usual rules on school attendance will apply, including:

  • parents’ duty to ensure that their child attends regularly at school
  • schools’ responsibilities to record attendance and follow up absence
  • the availability to issue sanctions, including fixed penalty notices in line with local authorities’ codes of conduct


As we have done throughout this time we will follow the guidelines in our safeguarding policy. 

Designated Safeguarding Leads will be alert to new safeguarding and welfare concerns. If you have a safeguarding concern whilst your children are not in school, please contact the school and one of the Safeguarding Leads will contact you back.



Our kitchens will be fully open from the start of the autumn term and normal legal requirements will apply about provision of food to all pupils who want it. All Reception and Key Stage One will have a free school lunch. For Key Stage Two pupils wishing to have lunch the price is £2.30 unless they are entitled to benefits-related free school meals. There will be a two week menu (details to be published soon) for Term 1.


School Uniform

We will return to our usual uniform policy from September. If you wish to purchase any new uniform, this can be ordered via Schoolmoney and it will be available for collection on Thursday 27 & Friday 28 August between 11-2.


For the time being the children will not change for PE so PE kits should not be brought in. The children will be allowed to wear trainers to school until further notice to enable them to be comfortable when doing physical activity.



It has been recognised that there will need to be some modifications made to the curriculum at the start of the year to create time to cover the most important missed content. In Term 1 we will be reviewing the learning objectives from the previous year and move onto the new year objectives from November. The aim is to return to our normal curriculum by summer term 2021. We will continue to do as much outdoor learning as possible and outdoor PE will be prioritised too.



We will continue to follow our school’s behaviour policy but have written additional rules which reflect the strict measures to be taken to adhere to the restricted movement within school, the hygiene rules and social distancing; this is to ensure the safety and well-being of all. Any pupil that breaks these rules deliberately will be deemed a ‘risk to themselves and others’ and may be excluded; in this case we will ask parents to collect their child immediately.


Parent communication

If parents wish to communicate with the school this needs to be via telephone or email. Please do not visit the school office.  . 


Wrap Around Care


  • It is intended to reintroduce Breakfast and Afterschool Club from mid-September with amended timings and offer. Further information about this will be sent out to parents asap.
  • There will be no after school clubs or outside agency clubs until further notice.


These measures will be kept under review in line with any Government guidance and we will update you as necessary.                                                                                                                                                           


Remote Learning 2020/2021

Please follow the links below to find your child’s class home learning folder:

-> Whole School Resources <-











Sing-a-long with Kelly!

Kelly will be publishing many song and dance routines that the children will know and love. Follow her page to get updated when new songs are released and join in!

Click here to visit Kelly’s YouTube channel and sing along!

About Hamstreet Primary Academy…

Hamstreet Primary Academy serves children from local surrounding villages. It is situated in a pleasant rural location with easy access to the town of Ashford, the motorway network and Europe beyond. There are 315 children on roll aged from four to eleven. They are split into 11 classes with a maximum of 30 in each class. Some classes have two year groups within them. We have a staff of 11 full time and 4 part time teachers and a further 40 staff who support the smooth daily running of the academy.

Since November 2013, Hamstreet Primary, alongside Furley Park Primary converted to academies to create ACE Learning. We are now directly accountable to the Department for Education but have much more control in our practice and procedures.

The academy has excellent facilities providing a stimulating environment for all to work in…

We have:

  • a breakfast and after school club,
  • a well-stocked library, a large hall for dance, drama, music, PE and assembly,
  • an ICT Suite,
  • good physical education facilities including the hall, sports field, swimming pool, artificial grass areas and hard surface courts,
  • a community learning room,
  • an outdoor environment incorporating a wildlife garden with pond, an outdoor classroom and a sensory garden for study and reflection with access to woodland,
  • a large playground and field providing differentiated areas for active and quiet play,
  • a full range of technical equipment including computers in classrooms and laptops for whole-class use, iPads, access to the Internet, interactive whiteboards in all classrooms, TV, videos, sound system, stage lighting and interactive CD player,
  • a Care Suite which offers a range of provision for pupils with medical needs or physically disabled pupils.

Any visitor may request a paper copy of the information on our website if required. Please contact the academy office.