Swalwell Primary School

Working together, learning together


An update from Mrs Hocking

Dear Parents/Carers,  


I hope this letter finds you all safe and well. As this half term draws to a close, I want to thank you for all you are doing in helping your children continue with their schoolwork at home. I appreciate how challenging this is but rest-assured you are all doing an excellent job! And for those parents whose children are accessing school, thank you for helping your children to adapt to our school routines during this lockdown. 


We will not be setting remote learning during the holidays; it is very important you enjoy the time together as a family. I certainly will be.  


These past few weeks we have juggled school closing, national lockdown and snow! We certainly deserve some family time.  


At the time of writing this, I have no more information to share as to what will happen when school re-opens. As soon as this information comes into school, I will write out to parents once again. We do know the way we have worked this term will continue until at least 8th March.  


Next term, we are exploring ways for the children at home and school to meet on screen. I will write out to you the first Monday back with information around this.  


Please see below a Message from Alice Wiseman – Director of Public Health Gateshead Council 


Thank you. It’s not easy fighting Covid and I’m very conscious of the sacrifices you and your family have been making for almost 12 months.  In Gateshead, numbers are reducing but they aren’t going down as fast as I hoped. Our NHS is still under pressure and, sadly, some families have paid the ultimate price.  


The rollout of the vaccination programme is progressing well and many of our most at-risk residents have been provided with some individual protection. Alongside the vaccination role out, as we move into spring, we will have the seasons in our favour too and this provides me with cautious optimism.  


I know we have asked a lot but I’m asking you for another big push. For now it’s critical that we continue to follow the guidance which includes staying at home except for essential travel, washing your hands regularly, wearing a face covering, maintaining a 2-metre distance from others and not leaving your home to meet socially with anyone you do not live with or are not in a support bubble with. 


Take care. Stay Safe and enjoy the time with your household.  


Mrs Rachel Hocking 



Swalwell Primary School