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COVID-19 Information



As a school we are asking for the support and understanding of our visitors in helping us minimise the risk of COVID-19.


We continue to take guidance from Public Health England and the Boarding Schools' Association. Taking this into account, we are now limiting access to the site to essential visitors only. If you are unsure as to whether your proposed visit is considered essential, please email the school reception,


If your visit to North Petherton is essential, we would nevertheless ask that you refrain from visiting if:

  • You have travelled from or transited through any of the countries or areas that are currently on 'lockdown' in the past 14 days.
  • You have developed a fever (about 37.8C) or a new, continuous cough within the last seven days.
  • Anyone in your household is required to self-isolate in accordance with Government guidelines. 


Along with all members of the North Petherton community, any visitors to the school should wash their hands with soap and water before leaving home and once they arrive. Gel hand sanitiser will also be available on arrival and throughout your visit.


For the avoidance of potential embarrassment, we would also like to advise you that the school is currently operating a 'no handshake' policy for all members of its community. 


We apologise for not being able to give you our usual warm welcome, but we must take the current situation very seriously and look after the welfare of our pupils and staff. 


If you have any questions, please contact the member of staff you were due to visit.







Somerset County Council
Children’s Services - Inclusion Somerset
B2 South, County Hall, Taunton, Somerset TA1 4DY
Tel: 01823 357000

Educational Psychology Service (EPS)

Telephone Helpline for Parents and Carers

During these unprecedented times, we all find ourselves facing new challenges. For many, this will bring about new anxieties, for others, it may worsen existing worries.
Where children and young people are affected, you may notice that they react to uncomfortable feelings and thoughts by changing their behaviours and demonstrating behaviours you have not seen from them before. In turn, these behaviours can add to an already stressful home situation.

It is important to remember that self-isolation, does not equate to social isolation.

If you are a parent/carer of a child in Somerset and would like to speak to a Psychologist with any concerns arising for you, or your family during this time, then The Educational Psychology Service is here for you. We are able to offer an initial 30 minute telephone consultation (discussion) and a potential follow up call, of another 30 minutes if appropriate.

Calls will be offered Monday-Friday, during usual working hours.

Unless the Psychologist feels that you, or someone else is in danger of harm, then full confidentiality will be respected. In order to offer the best possible service, a brief summary of the discussion will be recorded, which may be shared with colleagues from other services. If you do not wish for a record to be taken, then please make this clear to the psychologist during your call and they will only record the name of the school. For further details of our privacy notice, please follow this link
If you would like to access this service, then please email with the following information:

• Your name
• The name of your child’s school (or ‘EHE’ if Electively Home Educated)
• Times and dates that you are not available for consultation

If email is not possible, then call 01823 357000. Please understand that we are likely to be slower to respond to phone calls. Our aim is to offer a consultation within 5 working days of receipt of email.

Department for Education coronavirus (COVID-19) helpline

The Department for Education coronavirus (COVID-19) 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 by calling:

Phone: 0800 046 8687

Opening hours:

Monday to Friday from 8am to 6pm.

This film uses playmobile to explain why we are having to stay away from our friends and extended family at the moment. I hope it helps you to understand this tricky time!

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