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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.

School closure arrangements for safeguarding and child protection can be found here. Our safeguarding protocols for delivering online content using Microsoft Teams can be found here.

We have formulated a plan for a partial return to school for students in Years 10 and 12 from 15 June.   The plan can be found below.  You can access the letter sent to you (by e-mail) about re-opening by visiting our letters page.  If your child is in Years 10 and 12, please respond to our survey by noon on 1 June 2020.

Partial Opening Plan

Partial Opening Survey

During our partial opening period our Behaviour for Learning policy has been updated and can be found here.

Free school meals - updated 1st June

The Government announcement that FSM vouchers would not be issued during half term, was superceded by a message on 27th May that vouchers would now be issued.  The finance office is now back at work and will work during this week to issue vouchers for the half tem week.

Families with free school meal entitlement will receive £15.00 per week per child.  We are using the government's scheme and you should be receiving e-mails about this from the government's provider, Edenred.  

Families with Free School Meals are being targeted 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.

Communications

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 (updated 21.04.2020)

We have taken the decision that all trips and visits in the summer term have been cancelled or postponed. It is not something that we are taking lightly, we understand that trips play an important part in a student's learning and life experience. However, even if travel and lockdown restrictions are removed later in the summer term, we will not be running any trips. We want students to be in school having regular lessons to resume their learning.

Where possible we will try to re-arrange trips in the next academic year. At the moment we have been able to make this arrangement for the PGL trip, which will now  run for the same students who had a place this year. The dates for this are 30th May to the 3rd June 2021. We have yet to receive any information on cost changes.

If we are able to re-arrange a trip that your child had a place on they will automatically have a place on the re-arranged trip.

For any trip where we are currently unable to rearrange the visit we are going to be arranging refunds for any monies paid. We will do this in trip chronological order and trip participants will be contacted to provide details for the refunds to be made:

1) French Exchange

2) Madrid trip

3) Music tour

4) Battlefields trip

5) Boulogne trip

We hope to complete this process for all the above trips by the first week in June. We currently have a skeleton admin staff in school, hence the time needed to make the refunds.

Thank you for your understanding of the situation.

Advice for parents with unwell children

Coronavirus has been on everyone's lips, but other illnesses haven't disappeared. Your local NHS services are still ready and waiting to help you with non-coronavirus illnesses too. Here is an Information Sheet for the kinds of things you should do if your child is unwell during this lockdown.


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: