gusford primary school is currently closed

Monday 11th May 2020

On Sunday 10th May, the government set out the next steps in England’s COVID-19 response.

Ever since Gusford closed on Monday 23rd March we have been working on a plan to ensure that when we start to re-open it will be within a safe environment for pupils and staff.

The plan is for pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 to return first on Monday 1st June, after half term. The government is still to announce when it is planned for other year groups to return.

We look forward to seeing our students return to school and we will continue to do everything we can to ensure everything is ready and safe for their return.

For the remainder of this month pupils will stay at home for classes, unless their parents are classified as ‘key workers’.

For full and current information on COVID-19, please visit:

Monday 23rd March 2020

In line with the Government’s announcement, Gusford Primary School, along with all schools nationally, closed to most pupils at 3:30pm on Friday 20th March 2020.

Although our site has now closed, under guidance from the Government, the Local Authority, and our Trust, as a school we are open as a childcare facility for a very small number of children who have parents that have met the criteria as essential key workers or who are defined as vulnerable (as defined by the Government).

It is very important to remember your child’s mental health during this difficult time. Our children are just as scared as we are right now. Our children can not only hear everything that is going on around them, but they feel our constant tension and anxiety. They have never experienced anything like this before. Although the idea of being off school for weeks sounds great, they are probably picturing a fun time like summer holidays, not the reality of being trapped at home and not seeing their friends. What children need right now is to feel comforted and loved. To feel like it’s all going to be ok.

Thank you for supporting your child’s learning through these difficult times. We have made a wide range of activities available on the Home Learning page of this website We will also keep our Coronavirus Advice page updated with the latest government and NHS advice and resources (including mental health resources) to support you and your family We have also updated our Safeguarding page so that you can easily find out what to do if you have a concern about the welfare of your child, or someone elses, during this closure period.

I will ensure that we do not become strangers during this time and staff will make contact as much as possible through our Twitter page, website, telephone, email and text. Pebbles, our school dog, has a new email account in addition to her popular Instagram and Twitter accounts. We thought your child might like to send Pebbles an email with photos of the activities they are doing at home, to help them feel connected to the school during this time apart. Pebbles will do her best to respond to as many messages as possible.

Take care & stay safe

Claire Claydon - Headteacher

Coronavirus (COVID-19): what you need to do

Stay at home

  • Only go outside for food, health reasons or work (where this absolutely cannot be done from home)
  • Stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people
  • Wash your hands as soon as you get home

You can spread the virus even if you don’t have symptoms.

Full guidance on staying at home and away from others

Watch the Lockdown Love Hearts video we made for our families during the school closure.

Welcome to Gusford

It has been clear to me since I joined the school in September 2017 that Gusford is a school with a great many strengths. It is a caring school, with a committed staff, and a place where children are at the heart of all we do.

My priority is to ensure that the changes we make in this new chapter of the school’s history are supported by the whole school community, so that together we can continue to develop Gusford Primary as an exciting, happy and successful school.

Our new website gives you a small insight of what we do here at Gusford, please feel free to book an appointment to come and see for yourself.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate in getting in touch and we will do our best to help you. Your thoughts and views on how we can all work together in a meaningful way are always welcome.

Best Wishes,

Mrs Claire Claydon


Please note during the current closure the best way to contact is via email

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Gusford is committed to the safeguarding and welfare of children. It has thorough safeguarding policies and a safer recruitment policy. If you have any concerns regarding the welfare of a child at Gusford please contact one of our safeguarding leads:

Mrs Holmes, Assistant Headteacher (Lead DSL)

Mrs Mann or Mrs Wright, Family Engagement Team members

Mrs C Claydon, Headteacher

Mrs Cagney, Deputy Headteacher

Mrs Wake - Assistant Headteacher

They can be contacted by phoning the school on 01473 682148.

safeguarding arrangements during school closure

If you have an urgent concern about the safety or welfare of your child, or someone else's, during the current school closure, please contact Customer First immediately via If your concern is not urgent but you would like to speak to a member of school staff, please contact the school DSL team at and we will respond as soon as possible.

If you think you may need help feeding your family during the closure, please contact Suffolk FIND for advice regarding food parcels.

If you are concerned for your child's mental health and wellbeing during this period, please visit the Emotional Wellbeing Gateway via the link below.

Remember that it is vital that all of us, children and adults, are following social-distancing guidelines at this time. Please ensure that your child is at home with you or with a safe and trusted adult. We realise that many children will be staying in touch with their friends via online gaming, messaging and social media sites. Please be mindful of the potential dangers online and ensure that you are continually checking and monitoring your child's internet usage.