Critical Workers

Schools are expected to continue to open for children of Critical Workers. The advice is that IF AT ALL POSSIBLE YOU SHOULD KEEP YOUR CHILD AT HOME. It is now recognised that, whilst schools are safe, they can be 'vectors for transmission, causing the virus to spread between households' therefore the fewer children still attending school the better for the time being.

If you are a Critical Worker (details of which are below) and you would like your child to continue to attend school during this lockdown we will expect your child to attend every day, not on certain days during the week. This is because the teachers will be following a sequence of lessons and it will be highly disruptive if children are in some days and not others.

Children will be expected to attend from 8.45 a.m. until 3.15 p.m. and will need to bring a packed lunch. There will be no wrap around care available.

If one parent is a Critical Worker and therefore eligible for a place for your child at school but the other parent can work from home, keeping your child with you, then please do so.

Please let us know, using the form below, by midday each Thursday for your child to start in a Critical Worker bubble the following Monday as a new starter (there is no need to complete the form on a weekly basis once your child has already been allocated a place). Thank you. 


To start on Monday 22nd February apply by Thursday 11th February  CLOSED

To start on Monday 1st March apply by Thursday 25th February. CLOSED.


Parents whose work is critical to the coronavirus (COVID-19) and EU transition response include those who work in health and social care and in other key sectors outlined in the following sections.

Health and social care

This includes, but is not limited to, doctors, nurses, midwives, paramedics, social workers, care workers, and other frontline health and social care staff including volunteers; the support and specialist staff required to maintain the UK’s health and social care sector; those working as part of the health and social care supply chain, including producers and distributors of medicines and medical and personal protective equipment.

Education and childcare

This includes:

  • childcare
  • support and teaching staff
  • social workers
  • specialist education professionals who must remain active during the coronavirus (COVID-19) response to deliver this approach

Key public services

This includes:

  • those essential to the running of the justice system
  • religious staff
  • charities and workers delivering key frontline services
  • those responsible for the management of the deceased
  • journalists and broadcasters who are providing public service broadcasting

Local and national government

This only includes those administrative occupations essential to the effective delivery of:

  • the coronavirus (COVID-19) response, and the delivery of and response to EU transition
  • essential public services, such as the payment of benefits and the certification or checking of goods for import and export (including animal products, animals, plants and food), including in government agencies and arms length bodies

Food and other necessary goods

This includes those involved in food:

  • production
  • processing
  • distribution
  • sale and delivery
  • as well as those essential to the provision of other key goods (for example hygienic and veterinary medicines)

Public safety and national security

This includes:

  • police and support staff
  • Ministry of Defence civilians
  • contractor and armed forces personnel (those critical to the delivery of key defence and national security outputs and essential to the response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and EU transition)
  • fire and rescue service employees (including support staff)
  • National Crime Agency staff
  • those maintaining border security, prison and probation staff and other national security roles, including those overseas

Transport and border

This includes those who will keep the air, water, road and rail passenger and freight transport modes operating during the coronavirus (COVID-19) response and EU transition, including those working on transport systems through which supply chains pass and those constructing or supporting the operation of critical transport and border infrastructure through which supply chains pass.

Utilities, communication and financial services

This includes:

  • staff needed for essential financial services provision (including but not limited to workers in banks, building societies and financial market infrastructure)
  • the oil, gas, electricity and water sectors (including sewerage)
  • information technology and data infrastructure sector and primary industry supplies to continue during the coronavirus (COVID-19) response
  • key staff working in the civil nuclear, chemicals, telecommunications (including but not limited to network operations, field engineering, call centre staff, IT and data infrastructure, 999 and 111 critical services)
  • postal services and delivery
  • payments providers
  • waste disposal sectors


A message for Critical Workers from Mr. Prior

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