Coronavirus Update Centre

We will publish the latest department for education advice in regard to the coronavirus outbreak here together with any advice relating specifically to our school.

School Status

From Monday 23rd March the school will be closed to all students except for the children of key workers and students in certain vulnerable groups in years 7, 8, 9 and 10. Details of exactly who qualifies is in the most recent letter to parents.

COVID-19 Safeguarding

School closure arrangements for safeguarding and child protection can be found here.

Free school meals

Families with free school meal entitlement will receive £15.00 per week per child.  Sainsbury's e-vouchers will be sent home via email.  You can either print these off or present the voucher on your mobile device.

Families with Free School Meals are being targetted by scammers asking for bank details to make payments. Please do not give out your bank details, this is not how the assistance will be provided. More details on avoiding scams can be found here.

The latest communications from the school to Parents and Families can be found on our letters page here.

Please refer to the information sent home in our recent updates on how to access work set by teachers from home. In addition a list of specific online resources which can be found on the link below can be used, this is particularly useful for students who are self-isolating. Online resources can be found here.

Other useful online resources can be found at TES Free Resources Hub (external link)

Trip and Visits

Any events going forward will be cancelled, including the Year 11 prom and sixth form ball. All trips and visits will be cancelled. We are working with the event providers to determine the financial arrangements for deposits already paid etc. Please wait for details about each trip from us rather than contact the school - as soon as we have information we will send this to you.

Government Updates

New guidance for households with symptoms

Yesterday, the Government introduced new guidance on whole household isolation in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak:

  • if you live alone and you have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home for 7 days from when your symptoms started
  • if you live with others and you or another member of the household have symptoms of coronavirus, then all household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill. It is likely that people living within a household will infect each other or be infected already. Staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community
  • for anyone in the household who starts displaying symptoms, they need to stay at home for 7 days from when the symptoms appeared, regardless of what day they are on in the original 14-day isolation period.

The symptoms are:

  • A high temperature (37.8 degrees and above)
  • A new, continuous cough

The full stay at home guidance for households with these symptoms can be found here:

The Prime Minister’s statement from Monday 23 March can be found here:

How to wash your hands properly

Wash your hands more often for 20 seconds with soap and hot water.

Watch this short NHS film for guidance:

Department for Education coronavirus helpline

The Department for Education coronavirus 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 as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday), 10am to 4pm (Saturday to Sunday)

Please note, we are currently experiencing high volumes of calls. We appreciate your patience at this time and apologise for any wait that you may experience. To ensure that we answer your calls as quickly as possible we have now extended our opening hours to cover weekends.

If you work in a school, please have your unique reference number (URN or UK PRN) available when calling the hotline.

Where to find the latest information

Updates on COVID-19:

Guidance for educational settings:

Closure of Educational Settings Information for Parents and Carers

Guidance for social or community care and residential settings:

Travel advice for those travelling and living overseas:

Educational resources:

Latest Department for Education information: