Parsons Down Partnership is now closed for the majority of pupils. We are open for emergency childcare for children of key workers who have no other childcare options and for some vulnerable pupils. Please email if you think you might need this service.

The government advice is that it is safer for children to remain at home and for you to attempt to home educate them. On the website there is a tab called Home Learning. This will be refreshed each Thursday and includes a mixture of online learning and activities that don’t require a computer.


There is no expectation of how much of this work is to be completed or for how long. These are very stressful times for everybody and it is more important that everybody remains calm than that the last piece of work is done.


We particularly like this quote that we found on Facebook: There is no academic emergency this week, so don’t be so quick to set up a home school. Our country is in crisis and we are all stressed and tired. Stressed adults cannot teach stressed children. It is a neuro-biological impossibility. Try focusing on connections and feelings of safety.


Each household is different, each family is different, each set of circumstances is different – there is no ‘one size fits all’. Each family needs to do what is best for them. I would strongly suggest that very few children will manage more than 20 – 30 minutes focusing on the work that we have offered. For younger children, 15 minutes would be a maximum. We suggest that little and often is better than a longer period.

Finally be kind, be safe, be respectful, Mrs Bull

Please see our latest newsletter for further information.

Parsons Down Partnership

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Parsons Down Infant School

Paynesdown Road, Thatcham, Berkshire, RG19 3TE


Tel: 01635 862475


Parsons Down Junior School

Herons Way, Thatcham, Berkshire, RG19 3SR


Tel: 01635 866700