Winkfield St Mary's C of E School

Winkfield Row, Bracknell, Berkshire, RG42 6NH

01344 882422

Returning to school on 8 March - Key Information

This information is correct under the Dfe guidance of 22/2/21:  

When is my child expected back at school?

All children are expected back on 8 March when school attendance becomes mandatory again.


What time should my child be dropped off?

In order to promote distancing between families and children, we are continuing to stagger drop off and pick up in 4 time slots.  This will reduce the number of parents and children arriving / leaving the site at any one time.  Siblings have been given the same slot so that parents drop and go rather than waiting around.  Parents must wear face coverings when on the school site (unless they are exempt) and model social distancing on entering and leaving the site, particularly in the park.

Parents have been informed of the colour group and time slot they have been allocated:

Where do I drop off and pick up my child / children?

Routes in and out of school have been carefully planned to maximise distancing and create a smooth flow in and out of school.  Parents must stick to the routes and times allocated.   

Drop off

Reception only Parents enter via the RAINBOW gate and children may be walked around to their classroom door. Leave via the side gate in the top playground.  Older siblings should walk with their family and then peel off to their own classrooms.

 Y1 – Y6Children MUST be dropped at the FRONT GATE OR PARK GATE (unless  with their R siblings).


Pick up

Parents MUST enter the site via either the gate behind the pool or the side gate on the top playground – whichever is nearest your child’s classroom.  Children will be dismissed from the classroom door as usual.

  • Parents must observe social distancing whilst waiting and collect your youngest child first before older siblings.
  • All parents leave via the rainbow gate
  • Please do not gather in groups either on the school site or outside in the park.  Be particularly aware of the pinch points where routes are narrow eg outside Y4/Y3 and avoid blocking the path for other parents who are leaving.  
  • Y4 parents should wait at the bottom of the Y4 ramp near the goal post.  
  • Y2 parents should wait to the side near the water fountains.

What should my child wear and bring?

Children will be returning to wearing uniform as normal washing is deemed adequate in the latest guidance.

We understand that uniform / shoes may no longer fit and there may be in delay in replacing them until the shops are open.  Please choose sensible alternatives.  

Early adoption of summer uniform is acceptable if this relieves some pressure for parents.


They should bring a named water bottle. If your child needs to bring in a bag, we politely ask that it is of minimal size (such as a book bag). Children in Years Reception to Year 5 do not need to bring a pencil case, as we have organised resources for your child. Children in Year 6 may bring in a pencil case that must fit inside their desk. 


PE – In Y1-6 we are asking children to wear their school PE kit to school on their PE days.  This will reduce the number of soft furnishings in corridors and remove the difficulty of the older children changing discreetly.


Can my child still have a school dinner?

Children will be eating in their classrooms to keep the bubble separate and minimise risks.  They may bring a packed lunch or order a school dinner.  This will be a limited menu which can be transported safely to classrooms for the children.  Please click here to see the menu


How can I communicate with my child's teacher or the office if I can't come on site?

If you need to communicate, please do so by email or after school by phone if at all possible.  Staff emails can be found on the Contact Us page.

Please note teachers may not have time to read and respond to emails during the school day, so if urgent, please email Mrs. Edwards, or call school 01344 882422. 


What should I do if my child is sick?

No one displaying any Covid-19 symptoms should enter the school site. Any child or adult who becomes symptomatic during the school day will be isolated and sent home.  Both staff and parents are expected to cooperate with the NHS Test and Trace process, booking a test, providing details of contacts and self isolating as requested by them.

In non-Covid related sickness, the usual arrangements apply and parents should inform the school office.


Will After school club or Computer club be running?

The guidance indicates that these clubs may run.

After school Club is now being run by Complete Coaching and will start at the beginning of term.  Interest in the club can be shown by emailing

Computer Club - tbc