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 have symptoms or have tested positive for Coronavirus and have been contacted by track and trace and told to self-isolate. 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
On-Site testing - September 2021
We are unsure about the Covid situation we will face in the autumn, so we want to be prepared for all scenarios. Subject to public health advice, testing will likely restart on return in the autumn. If it does, we expect to offer your child two tests on-site before continuing regular testing at home. Please note that Year 6 students attending Summer School during the summer break to aid their transition into Year 7, do not need to be tested until the start of the autumn term. The tests will take place as each year group returns to school following the summer break and will be undertaken 3-4 days apart. Students will self-swab under supervision from trained staff and volunteers.
If parents/carers have provided consent previously for on-site testing then no further consent is required, however the tests are not mandatory and consent may be withdrawn at any time. Consent will be required for students starting in Year 7 in September.
On site testing January 2022
Students in Y7-Y11 will be invited to attend school at a scheduled time on Tuesday 4 January 2022 and will be offered one test before returning to school on Wednesday 5 January 2022.
Sixth Form students will attend school as normal on 4 January and will be taken out of lessons to be tested.
Please refer to the letter below for further information and details of the time that students in each year group should arrive.
Students will be offered home testing kits as they leave the testing session, to enable them to continue twice weekly testing at home.
Home testing programme
Following the initial roll out of over 4000 tests in school in the first round of on-site testing, and a second round this September, which have helped our students to better understand the process for LFD testing, we now encourage students to undertake regular home testing. The letter below (Home testing roll out letter - September 2021) contains lots of information and links to help students and families to carry out LFD Covid tests at home and register the results successfully.
LFD testing is now available for families of primary and secondary age children - more information is again available in the home testing roll out letters below.
Although the testing kits are free of charge, we don't want to waste them. If you do not want to take part in testing and have received kits, please return them to us. Alternatively, if you have not received kits and would like your child(ren)to take tests at home, please let us know. Please ask your child(ren) not to open their test kits outside of the home environment.
Please note that following a positive test result at home, students should immediately take a confirmatory PCR test.
What are the objectives of the Government’s asymptomatic testing strategy?
By testing we will help to break the chains of transmission of coronavirus. The rapid testing programme in secondary schools and colleges will help to identify asymptomatic positive cases. Those who test positive will then self-isolate, helping to keep other pupils and students in face-to-face education.
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 email@example.com Alternatively, students should have evidence on their phone to show to student reception as they come into school for the first time.
If students are absent from school or are sent home due to Covid, please go to the Home Learning page with links to the work you can be doing at home. This page also has a link to Edulink, where all home learning work will be set.
Letters Home relating to COVID
See attachments below for letters home relating to COVID.