COVID-19 Updates

Tuesday 19th January 2021

We have now written to parents and carers of all students inviting them to complete the consent form for their son/daughter to be tested for covid when they return to school. The consent form can be completed online and is found, with additional information, on the Covid Testing Information page of our website .

Students have been asked to compete a survey in Firefly of their current experience of remote learning. This will help teachers to gauge that we are setting enough work for students and that they can complete the tasks with ease. 

Thursday 14th January 2021

Helpful Hint – A really simple way to see the work being set on Firefly is for students to click the Planner button at the top of the Firefly page.

Planner View in Firefly

This lists the students timetable and lessons the day on the right hand side of the page. Next to it on the left hand side are links to the five tasks, one for each lesson daily due today.

Exams Update

The Secretary of State for Education is currently consulting with OfQUAL on the way forward for assessments to replace the exams cancelled this summer.  Gavin Williamson’s letter to OfQUAL outlines some of the options being considered. It seems likely that centre assessed grades (CAGS) will be used but perhaps in addition to some form of short centrally set paper in core subjects. We will keep you posted when we hear more. 

Tuesday 12th January 2021

Monday 4th January 2021

As you are aware, the Prime Minister has announced that from tomorrow schools in England will be closed except for vulnerable children and those of key workers. Given the short notice of this announcement we shall assume those who have already notified us will attend school from Tuesday. If you are a key worker needing a place in school for you son or daughter please do not hesitate to contact

We shall revert to the plan of operation we used in March 2020, albeit that we are now better placed to conduct remote blended learning with Firefly and ZOOM. Work will be set from tomorrow and will include a weekly tutor period so students can keep in touch with their peers. 

Year Group Status

From 5th January 2021

Y7 Y8 Y9 Y10 Y11 Y12 Y13

Vocational Exams Commencing 6th January 2021 (Updated)

Further information to follow once communication is received from the DfE, exam boards and OFQUAL. 

Testing for COVID-19 in Schools – January 2021

The NHS have provided a leaflet explains how lateral flow covid testing will be conducted in schools and sixth forms from January 2021. A common consent form will be distributed to students and staff, and registration is required. Tests are voluntary and they are free. A letter will be sent to Year 11 and Sixth Form students via email ahead of the start of term. Other years will receive a letter in the New Year. 

Seasonal Illness

We know that some parents/carers are concerned about sending their child to school with a cold during the current C19 pandemic. Please be reassured that if your child has symptoms of the usual winter bugs e.g. runny nose or sore throat but DOES NOT have any Covid symptoms listed then they can still go to school providing they are well enough to do so. 

Remember, the main symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • a high temperature – taken with a thermometer reading above 38◦
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot, for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours
  • a loss or change to sense of smell or taste – this means they cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different from normal.

Please help us in school by talking with your son/daughter about the need for good hand and respiratory hygiene. Young people may also need to be reminded more frequently about the Rule of Six and Hand – Face – Space

When should my child stay at home?

What to do if….

Action Needed….

Return to school when….

My child has COVID-19 symptoms.

  • Do not come to school.
  • Self-isolate the whole household for 10 days or until negative test result.
  • Get a COVID-19 test.
  • Inform school immediately of result.
  • Test result is negative

My child tests positive for COVID-19.

  • Do not come to school.
  • Self-isolate for 10 days.
  • Members of your family and support bubble must isolate for 10 days even if they have a negative test result.
  • Inform school immediately of result.
  • Not before 10 days.
  • Even if they have cough or loss of taste/smell. These symptoms can last several weeks after the infection has gone.

Someone in the household has COVID-19 symptoms.

  • Do not come to school.
  • Self-isolate whole household for 10 days.
  • Household member to get COVID-19 test.
  • Inform school immediately of result.
  • Test result is negative.

Someone in household tests positive for


  • Do not come to school.
  • Self-isolate the household for 10 days.
  • Child has completed 10 days self-isolation and not developed symptoms.

NHS Test and Trace has identified child as close contact of confirmed COVID-19 case.

  • Do not come to school.
  • Self-isolate for 10 days.
  • Child completed 10 days self-isolation and not developed symptoms.

Child has travelled abroad and has to self-isolate as a period of quarantine.

  • Do not come to school.
  • Self-isolate for 10 days.
  • Quarantine period of 10 days completed and not developed symptoms.


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