Join us in wearing the wrong trousers!

wrong trousers

You may know that Heathcoat Primary School pupil Joe received treatment at Bristol Children’s Hospital last year, and has written a letter asking local people to get behind a national fundraising campaign this Friday [2nd June].

Following his road accident last year, Joe wants as many as people as possible to join him in supporting Wallace & Gromit’s Wrong Trousers Day. There’s a prize being awarded to the best ‘wrong trousers’ at our school on Friday!

Joe wants everyone from kids to businesses to take part by wearing the wrong trousers, or through some other ‘cracking’ ideas. His letter says:

“On the 25th August 2020 I was rushed to Bristol children’s hospital after being in a road accident. I had over 20 hours of surgery and me and mummy spent 3 and half weeks at Bristol Children’s Hospital and we still go now for my check ups. All the nurses, doctors and the staff really looked after me and made being in hospital kind of fun for me even with the added pressure of Covid.

I want to raise some money for the hospital but I need your help so let me tell you about Wallace & Gromit’s Wrong Trousers Day on Friday 2nd July. All you have to do is dig out those wacky trousers – from pyjamas to tu-tus and waders to work wear, anything goes, and wear them to school/work.

By donning your wrong trousers and making a donation you are helping to support sick babies and children and their families at Bristol Children’s Hospital and St Michael’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. I am going to try and get as many schools and businesses to take part in Wallace & Gromit’s Wrong Trousers Day!

I would also like children to design their own Wrong Trousers for a competition. Children will be given the colouring to complete on Friday.

Thank you for taking the time to read my story.

Thank you


You can donate to Joe’s Go Fund Me page:

 COVID-19 update

Devon County Council has issued an update on COVID-19. This is the content of their most recent communication:

As you may have seen in the news, cases of COVID-19 are rising again.  Here in Devon we still have lower rates than many parts of the country, but it is expected that Devon’s rates will continue to rise as we all start to socialise more.  This is starting to be reflected in the rise in positive cases among school age children in the county. 

We want to thank parents and carers for all you are doing to help keep school communities safe – and ask everyone to keep going with the ‘hands, face, space and fresh air’ measures when you and your family are out and about, as well as at school:

·       Wash hands frequently

·       Use face coverings where required, including school transport, public transport, and indoor public spaces

·       Make space – keep your social distance

·       Choose to meet outside in the fresh air where possible


Regular testing also helps to stop the spread of the virus – here’s a reminder of what tests are available and when to use them:

LFD tests (Lateral Flow Device)

LFD tests can identify people with lots of the virus and who are very infectious.  1 in 3 people with COVID-19 have no symptoms and could be spreading the virus to other people without knowing.  These tests are for people who do not have any symptoms of coronavirus.  They provide quick results within half an hour, so that you can get on with your day if you test negative, remembering to keep following public health guidance.  If you test positive, you’ll need to arrange a follow-up PCR test (see below).  LFD tests are available for all adults and secondary aged pupils to test twice weekly.   You can pick them up for free from your local pharmacy, and they are available to order online for home delivery.  Assistance with the test is available at any of our Community Testing sites.  You can find details about where our sites are across Devon on our website,

PCR tests (Polymerase Chain Reaction)

PCR tests are more sensitive and used to confirm if someone has COVID-19.  The result takes longer as it is processed in a lab.  PCR tests are for people with COVID-19 symptoms – high temperature, new and continuous cough, change to usual sense of taste or smell – or for follow up after a positive LFD result.  Close contacts of a positive COVID-19 case can also get a PCR test.

Please remember to report test results on the national website as well as to the school, this helps us monitor cases and support quick and appropriate action to keep schools operating as normal.

You can keep up to date with the latest coronavirus news from Devon County Council.

Download their advice to parents and carers here:

Schools advice to parents and carers – JUNE 2021 final