During the current COVID-19 crisis all relevant letters and links for parents/carers will be posted to this page.
20th September 2021 – updated documents click below
The Government has advised that COVID-19 is virus that we must learn to live with and have stressed the importance of reducing the disruption to children’s education. For clarification, please note the following information:
The Department for Education (DfE) has made it clear that all pupils are expected to attend school as usual. Please continue to report absence and inform us if your child is self-isolating because they are awaiting a PCR test. Given the disruption of the last 18 months, it is vital that all children attend school unless they are unwell, awaiting a PCR test, or are required to self-isolate.
Close Contacts and Isolation
Individuals are not required to self-isolate if they live in the same household as someone with COVID-19, or are a close contact of someone with COVID-19, and any of the following apply:
- they are fully vaccinated
- they are below the age of 18 years and 6 months
- they have taken part in or are currently part of an approved COVID-19 vaccine trial
- they are not able to get vaccinated for medical reasons
Instead, they will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace, informed they have been in close contact with a positive case and advised to take a PCR test.
We would encourage all individuals to take a PCR test if advised to do so.
Children who usually attend school, and have been identified as a close contact, should continue to attend school. However, children with any of the three main COVID-19 symptoms (high temperature, persistent cough, altered sense of smell or taste) must not attend school and should book a PCR test as soon as possible.
We strongly urge parents and families to abide by the guidance and laws linked to COVID-19 in order to protect themselves, and others. If you are required to self-isolate, please do not come to school.
Parents/carers will be free to choose if they would like to wear a face covering at drop off/collection. We will continue to support any member of staff, parent or carer who wishes to wear a face covering whilst on the school site. Please respect the feelings of others by maintaining your distance and ensuring that paths and walkways are clear for people to pass.
We are continuing to follow DfE guidance:
- Ensure good hygiene for everyone – frequent and thorough hand cleaning will be maintained.
- Maintain appropriate cleaning regimes – frequent cleaning will be maintained.
- Keep occupied spaces well ventilated – the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach will continue to be followed, along with opening external windows and doors.
- Follow public health advice on testing, self-isolation and managing confirmed cases of COVID-19 – this will be adhered to at all times.
We would like to reassure you that we will continue to do everything we can to maintain your child’s health, wellbeing and access to high quality education and feel it is important to stress the key message from the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health – ‘the overwhelming majority of children and young people still have no symptoms or very mild illness’. Whilst we cannot completely eradicate the risk of contracting COVID-19 at school, we will do all we can to mitigate and protect your child while they are in school.
Thank you for ongoing understanding and cooperation.
Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions.
You should inform school by either of the following methods:
Phone: 01207 503982
To read the latest Government Advice and Guidance for schools – click here
United Voice – support for mental health and wellbeing
United Voice was set up in 2019 when a group of young people, parents-carers and professionals came together to
help make a difference in children and young people’s mental health. Over the last year the group have achieved
some great things (you will find out more about this at the meeting) but the group have an ambition to do more.
To achieve this the group would like to invite more children, young people, parents-carers and community members to get involved in the work. We would like to invite you to attend an initial meeting to find out more. Click the link below for details: