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Here you will find the latest advice and news around school arrangements at this time.

What to do if my child is ill

Students should not attend school if they or a close contact have symptoms, been contacted by track and trace and told to self-isolate or have tested positive for Coronavirus. You should contact the  school attendance officer or your child's Year Manager on the morning of the first days absence to discuss the matter.

The main symptoms of Coronavirus are:

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back and your temperature may be above 37.8C
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

Most people with coronavirus have at least 1 of these symptoms

Attendance Guidance

If students have been absent from school due to self-isolating and are awaiting tests results for themselves or a family member/close contact please note that we require confirmation of the result prior to the students return.

You can email a copy of the result to  Alternatively, students should have evidence on their phone to show to student reception as they come into school for the first time.

Guidance for students who are self-isolating

Small numbers of students self-isolating due to Covid 19:

  • Work will be set by the classroom teacher/subject leader and uploaded onto Edulink (or Teams for 6th form) on either the same day of the lesson or the following day, to be completed within 24 hours.  The work set will be clearly labelled 'class work'.
  • Work set will follow the pre-planned curriculum sequence. The only alternative is where work may not be appropriate and alternative work will be set.
  • If students experience any difficulty with the work set, questions can be emailed to the classroom teacher.
  • If students do not engage with the work, Year Managers will contact home.
  • Work set may take a variety of forms that students are familiar with eg. PowerPoints with instructions, worksheets etc
  • Class teachers will specify where/how work should be submitted.

Whole year group (bubbles) self-isolating or local/national lockdown

  • Lessons will follow the usual timetable with 40 mins of work for each lesson, recorded in Edulink (or Teams for 6th form) with the expectation that all students will engage in the work set. This work will follow the pre-planned curriculum sequence. The only alternative is where work may not be appropriate. In this case, alternative work will be set.
  • Various methods may be used for lessons including the following: Microsoft Teams( eg. live lessons, collecting assignments, sharing resources, providing feedback), video and Youtube links, online platforms (eg Hegarty, Educake), Powerpoint with clear instructions, narrated PowerPoints uploaded to streams, low-stakes quizzes on Microsoft Forms
  • Each subject will have a timetable of live/interactive lessons e.g. Narrated PowerPoint presentations or video lessons which can also include teacher talking to camera or screen recording of various resources. Live streamed lessons which will be recorded and uploaded to Microsoft Stream to ensure that all students can see them at a later date if they can't access them live.
  • Year Managers will monitor student engagement with the work and will contact home when necessary.
  • Feedback will be provided to students every 3-4 hours of teaching. It is expected that students are interacting with teachers every one of those hours, effectively receiving formative feedback through questioning and quizzing, for example.
  • There will be a range of mechanisms for feedback in each subject ranging from:
  1. Live lessons – by using questioning and response in live lessons (via Teams, for example), students receive not only instant feedback but also positive interaction with staff.
  2. Use of the assignment module in Teams where assignments can be set and then grades and comments can be given back to students after they submit
  3. Quick positive responses (e.g. via email) that acknowledge a student’s efforts and quality of work including use of the ‘like’ button on Outlook365 at the lowest level.
  4. Quizzes (e.g. via Moodle or Forms) – these provide instant feedback and do not need to be marked or followed up.
  5. Use of online platforms (e.g. Hegarty or Educake) – these provide feedback to students and teachers. Staff are required to supplement this type of feedback from the software with more personalised feedback to ensure students feel connected and motivated.
  6. Email – this is cumbersome but sometimes essential when responding to questions and drafts.
  7. Chats and forums (e.g. via Teams) – helps minimise email traffic and can be quick and interactive. Also encourages greater community feel.

Useful Links

NHS - Coronavirus (COVID-19)

BBC - A cold, flu or coronavirus

Letters Home relating to COVID

See attachments below for letters home relating to COVID.