COVID-19 Updates

Arrangements for the Autumn Term 2020

Parents and carers have today been sent a letter outlining the plans for September. All students will be taught in school and follow a full timetable (five hour long periods per day) once inducted into new systems to keep them and staff safe. Students will be taught in year group bubbles and remain in a zoned location when not accessing specialist rooms. We are looking forward to welcoming new students into Year 7 and Sixth Form. 

We understand the plans are complicated and you may have questions. We shall post answers to the most frequently asked questions below. 

Should plans change during the Summer Holiday, for example, because of new government guidance being issued, or a local covid outbreak, we will provide bulletins on this page. 


What’s happening with coach and minibus in September?

Parents must complete the transport application form and return it to he school finance office as soon as possible. The coach will run at modified times to match the school day. The first week of term the coach will return earlier on Monday and Tuesday to accommodate most students. As students on the coach are considered a “bubble” they will be able to remain in the school in an allocated room if they have to wait for the coach.

Transport times and passes will be posted to parents/carers shortly. 

Refunds for the summer term 2020 will be deducted from the cost for the new academic year. 

Is this timetable for just the first week or every week?

From day five (beginning 11th September) students will continue to remain in their bubbles. All students will be in school with staggered start and finish times, breaks and lunch. The day will consist of five, hour-long lessons and students will study their intended subjects and curriculum.

From 11th September all students will be in school, on all days, but with staggered start and finish times as indicated in the letter. 

What happens if there is a confirmed case of coronavirus (COVID-19) in school?

We will follow the current guidance which states: – 

When a child, young person or staff member develops symptoms compatible with coronavirus (COVID-19), they should be sent home and advised to self-isolate for 7 days. Their fellow household members should self-isolate for 14 days. All staff and students will have access to a test if they display symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Where the child, young person or staff member tests positive, the rest of their class/group within their childcare or education setting should be sent home and advised to self-isolate for 14 days. The other household members of that wider class/group do not need to self-isolate unless the child, young person or staff member they live with in that group subsequently develops symptoms.

As part of the national test and trace programme, if other cases are detected within the child or young person’s cohort or in the wider education or childcare setting, Public Health England’s local Health Protection Teams will conduct a rapid investigation and will advise schools and other settings on the most appropriate action to take. In some cases, a larger number of other children and young people may be asked to self-isolate at home as a precautionary measure – perhaps the whole class, site or year group.

Where settings are observing guidance on infection prevention and control, which will reduce risk of transmission, closure of the whole setting will not generally be necessary.