COVID-19 updates

Your child MUST NOT come into school if a member of your household is unwell and waiting for the result of a Covid test.  Please DO NOT send your child to school during this time.  Wait for the test result to be NEGATIVE before your child returns, unless they themselves develop symptoms.  If the result is POSITIVE your child remains at home to self isolate in line with NHS guidance.  Please support the school by following this procedure to keep us all safe and well. 

In this section, you will find the latest Covid-19 information and how it relates to the school.  We have created this page so that you will always have updated information in one place.  You can also view previous correspondence from our letters home page.  You can also visit our latest news page for updates.

MONday, 19 April 2021

Lambeth Surge Testing

New cases of the South African variant have been found in Lambeth and surge testing will be taking place.   Everybody aged 11 years and over who resides in, works in, or travels through this borough is strongly encouraged to take a COVID-19 PCR test, whether they are showing symptoms or not. This is the largest surge testing operation to date and aims to help control and suppress any possible new cases of the COVID-19 variant first identified in South Africa.

On our return to school, along with all secondary schools in Lambeth, staff and students will be taking part in the Surge Testing. This is voluntary, however strongly encouraged. Please support your child to take the test, register the test and return the test to school.  We will distribute tests on Tuesday 20 April. Students will have a briefing by the Headteacher to explain the process. Students should return tests to school, the morning of Wednesday 21 April 2021.

Visit our Covid-19 Home Testing section on our website for more information on how to register the test.  We were invited to talk about how we were contributing to the borough wide test programme on BBC local news. Visit the news page and see Mrs Stanislaus talk about this and our students in Year 9 and Year 7.  


THURSDAY, 1 APRIL 2021

Home Testing

You should take the test two times every week. Make sure you have enough time to do the test before coming to school in the morning. However, we understand that this may not be possible. Therefore, tests can be taken the evening before school if needed. 

Help and support is available, including instructions in different languages on how to test and report the results and a video showing you how to take the test.

This does not replace symptomatic testing. If you have symptoms, you should self- isolate immediately, book a PCR test and follow national guidelines.   

Can I take the test myself? 

  • Students aged 18 and over:  You can do the test yourself and report the result, with help if  

               you need it

  •  Students aged 12-17:  You can do the test yourself with adult supervision. The adult may help

               you to take the test if you need support

  • Students aged 11:  You must be tested by an adult and the adult must report the result

You need to report each test result 

The result of each test needs to be reported using the NHS Test & Trace self-report 

You will also need to tell us the result of each test by emailing your name, tutor group, date of test and the result, negative, positive or void to:  covid@stmartins.academy or by using the google form which can be accessed on the school website. 



Friday, 26 February 2021

Face Coverings

As an additional precautionary measure during this period of high coronavirus (COVID-19) prevalence in the community, the government has recommended the use of face coverings in circumstances where social distancing cannot easily be maintained.  This means face covering will be worn in the classrooms as well as communal areas. These measures will be in place until Easter and will then be reviewed. 

It is important, therefore, that your daughter has a clean face covering every day and unless she is outdoors, her face covering will need to be worn properly in all indoor areas of the school at all times. We established a blue badge system for any student or member of staff who are exempt and if this is the case, further enhanced social distancing measures need to be maintained. Please see my previous letter outlining our blue badge system. Please let us know if your daughter is exempt. 


TUESDAY, 23 FEBRUARY 2021 

Schools return to full opening

On Monday 22 February 2021, the Prime Minister set out the roadmap for leaving lockdown for how coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions will be eased in the coming months. Restrictions on attendance at education settings will be lifted from Monday 8 March 2021 when there will be a full opening of schools. 

They said “Schools and colleges will have discretion on how to phase the return of their students over the week beginning 8 March to allow them to be tested on return”.

We are pleased that very soon we will have students back in classes for face to face learning. We know how important the return to school will be for their cognitive and academic development, learning, health and wellbeing.

The government's operational guidance has been published and we are working through this at school and borough level to ensure the return of students is smooth and positive. Much of the content in this guidance is familiar to us, as it replicates what was in place for the autumn term. There are, however, specific changes that include the use of face coverings and testing which I will update you on when I write to you again.

We will be in touch with you early next week with full details of how we will reopen. In the meantime, please complete the online covid-19 test consent form so that we can be really prepared for when your child returns.


FRIDAY, 12 FEBRUARY 2021 

Contact Tracing during February half-term

The government made the following statement regarding contact tracing during half term.

Schools continue to play an important role in contact tracing for those pupils and staff who continue to attend their school. We recognise the challenges of this responsibility during holidays. Given limited numbers on-site, we expect contact tracing activity to be reduced but this remains vitally important in the continued national effort to limit the spread of the virus.

  • Where pupils or staff still attending their school test positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) during the holidays, having developed symptoms more than 48 hours since being in school, schools are not required to take any action. Staff, parents and carers should follow contact tracing instructions provided by NHS Test and Trace. 

  • Where pupils or staff still attending their school test positive having developed symptoms within 48 hours of being in school, the school is asked to assist in identifying close contacts and advising self-isolation, as the individual may have been infectious whilst in school.

  • Staff responsible for contact tracing are not asked to be on-call at all times and may designate a limited period in the day to receive notification of positive cases and advise close contacts to self-isolate 

  • There will be no pupil contact tracing beyond Thursday 18 February.  

If your case meets the criteria in bullet point 2, which is, your child has tested positive within the first 48 hours of being in school, use the dedicated St Martin’s coronavirus email address covid@stmartins.academy and you will be contacted. Alternatively you can call the coronavirus dedicated mobile number 07753 498688 however, email is preferable.  Please also follow the NHS COVID-19 guidance for testing and self isolation as well as contacting the school. 

Please be aware that if we receive confirmation of a positive case, we may have to get in touch with families of a particular year group for track and trace if your child is identified as a school close contact. A close contact is identified as below.  As a close contact, your child will then be required to self isolate in accordance with government guidelines.

Managing confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) amongst the school community 

Schools must take swift action when they become aware that someone who has attended has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) having developed symptoms and taken a PCR test outside of school. If schools would like support on the action they should take to respond to a positive case, they can contact the dedicated advice service introduced by Public Health England (PHE) and delivered by the NHS Business Services Authority.

The advice service (or PHE local health protection team if escalated) will work with schools to guide them through the actions they need to take. Based on their advice, schools must send home those people who have been in close contact with the person.

Close contact means: 

anyone who lives in the same household as someone with coronavirus (COVID19) symptoms or who has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) 

anyone who has had any of the following types of contact with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) with a PCR or LFD test: 

- face-to-face contact including being coughed on or having a face-to-face conversation within one metre  

- been within one metre for one minute or longer without face-to-face contact 

- been within 2 metres of someone for more than 15 minutes (either as a one-off contact, or added up together over one day) 

- travelled in the same vehicle or a plane

Further information can be found in the governments document - Restricting Attendance during the National Lockdown: Schools


MONDAY, 11 JANUARY 2021

COVID-19 MASS TESTING PROGRAMME IN SCHOOL

The government launched a programme of Covid-19 Lateral Flow Asymptomatic Mass testing across the country and in schools. Visit the government website to find out more: Mass asymptomatic testing: schools and colleges

We are setting up a testing programme in school. Visit the COVID-19 Testing section on our website to find out more. Read the documents on this page, including information on Data Protection, the Privacy Notice and the Frequently Asked Questions about Asymptomatic Testing to help you to understand the importance of testing in schools. You will also be able to complete our online Registration/Consent Form. 


TUESDAY, 5 JANUARY 2021 

NATIONAL LOCKDOWN

At 8:00pm on Monday 5 January 2021 the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson addressed the nation announcing a Stay at Home message and a National Lockdown. The government said “You should follow the new rules from now, and they will become law in the early hours of Wednesday morning”.  As a result of this, all schools have been closed and students will learn remotely from home. 

St Martin's will be closed to most students until at least February half term. However, we will be open with onsite learning for the key groups only: students who are vulnerable and those who are students of families of critical workers. The government has provided a list of who can access school and educational settings.  If you meet the criteria, please complete the booking form so that we can make the necessary arrangements to accommodate your child in school.

Visit the Home Learning page on our website and also the COVID-19 page for further updates. 

Please only call the school in an emergency as we only have a skeleton staff on site daily. The school number to use is  020 8674 5594 or email stmartins@stmartins.academy

If you have a safeguarding concern please contact Mrs Wilson the Designated Safeguarding Lead on  swilson@stamartins.academy or Ms Baird the Deputy Safeguarding Lead on dbaird@stmartins.academy or contact the school on 020 8674 5594.


FRIDAY, 1 JANUARY 2021

ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE START OF THE SPRING TERM 2021

As you will have heard, on Wednesday 30 December, the government announced some important changes to the start of the Spring term over a period of three weeks.  This was implemented to limit the number of students returning to school at one time, thus reducing the potential transmission of the virus. In addition,  giving time for schools to prepare for the roll out of mass testing  of students and staff prior to the return to onsite full time face to face learning.

The changes announced by the government advised that all learning will be moved remotely and in the first week, priority given to examination groups, Years 11 and 13, other year groups receiving remote learning as resources permit. The reason why they have been chosen is because the Government is still intending for GCSE, A Level and Btec exams to go ahead this summer as planned. The only students who will be invited onsite will be those who are in the government categories of vulnerable or if you are a parent/carer classified as a critical worker and are unable to provide the relevant child care. See below for details of how you can book a place in school.


WEEK ONE BEGINNING MONDAY 4 JANUARY 2021

MONDAY 4 JANUARY - STAFF ONLY. This is an additional training day given to schools to prepare for remote learning and to consider the logistical challenges and plan for the setting up of mass testing.

TUESDAY 5 JANUARY - Years 11 and 13 remain at home. Students will be prioritised for remote learning and live lessons. Students should follow their normal timetable and log in for virtual registration each day at 8.50am and for live lessons according to their timetable.

WEDNESDAY 6 TO FRIDAY 8 JANUARY - Year 12 remain at home and access learning through google classrooms. THURSDAY 7 AND FRIDAY 8 JANUARY - Years 7, 8, 9, 10 remain at home and access learning through google classrooms. 


WEEK TWO - BEGINNING MONDAY 11 JANUARY 2021

MONDAY 11 JANUARY - Years 11 and 13 return to school for face to face learning.

Years 7, 8 , 9, 10, 12 remain at home and access google classroom and live lessons all week according to their timetable. Live lessons will be indicated on the timetables which we will publish on the website next week.  All students must log in for virtual registration every day at 8.50am. 


WEEK THREE - BEGINNING MONDAY 18 JANUARY 2021

MONDAY 18 JANUARY - It is expected that all students in ALL Year Groups will be back in school. You will be kept updated and informed of any changes.

During the weeks beginning 4 and 11 January, we will endeavour to invite students in to school to be tested. This will only take place once the system is properly set up and with your written consent. 

If your child has an Education or Health Care Plan (EHCP) has social worker support, or is in care, your child can attend school from Tuesday 5 January and access remote learning in the ICT suite, the same learning as their peers will have at home.  If you are a Critical Worker (eg NHS, Health Care, Education or other) and you cannot accommodate your child at home to remotely access their studies, please complete the booking form so that we can make the necessary arrangements to accommodate your child in school.

We appreciate that this latest and late announcement will cause further disruption to your household as your child will now have to learn remotely from home. However, evidence shows that covid cases are at a high level with a faster rate of transmission because of a new variant. The government has therefore increased the level of restrictions across the country to Tier 4 and we need to ensure that we have these new plans in place to help keep our community safe which is our top priority.

We will be in contact with you again when the term starts to give you further information about live lessons and the potential of the mass testing in school. 

If your child is in receipt of free school meals, we will continue to provide vouchers through Wonde during this time of remote learning.  We will also provide learning through paper packs for any student who is unable to access this remotely. 


monDAY, 21 DECEMBER 2020  

LONDON AND LAMBETH ARE NOW IN TIER 4 AS OF 20 DECEMBER 2020. Please follow the restrictions for this tier.  For more information go to Lambeth Council website and read the Tier 4: Stay at Home guidance on the Government website.


STAGGARED RETURN AT THE START OF TERM TO SUPPORT COVID-19 MASS TESTING IN SCHOOL 

The Government has announced that schools have been asked to set up COVID-19 Rapid Test Centres, and will have a staggered start to the new term in January. 

The staggered start is to limit the number of students on site after the holiday period to reduce the rate of transmission of the virus, and to enable schools to begin to set up and carry out COVID tests on students and staff. 

Please see below the arrangements for the start of term in January 2021.

MONDAY 4 JANUARY - School is closed for all students. Staff only. This is an additional training day given to schools to prepare for remote learning and to consider the logistically challenges of setting up COVID Rapid Test Centres on site.

TUESDAY 5 JANUARY - Year 11 and 13 will return to school and will be on site for face to face lessons following their normal timetable. Year 12 will be in school only for public exams. 

Years 7, 8 , 9 and 10 remain at home and learn remotely from Tuesday 5 to Friday 8 JanuaryAll students                    will have virtual registration with their form tutor at 8.50am. 

If your daughter is in Years 7 - 10 and has an Education or Health Care Plan (EHCP) has social worker support, or is in care, your child can attend school from Tuesday 5 January and access remote learning in the ICT suite, the same learning as their peers.  If you are a Critical Worker (eg NHS, Health Care, Education or other) and you cannot accommodate your child at home to remotely access her studies, please contact the school to book a place so that she can work in the ICT suite to access her lessons from Tuesday 5 January.  Please email the school on homelearning@stmartins.academy with the name of your daughter and her form and identify which Critical Worker occupation you hold. 

MONDAY 11 JANUARY - It is expected that all students in ALL Year Groups will be in school. However, since we finished on 17 December London, which was in Tier 3, has now moved into Tier 4 from 20 December. We remain alert for what the government may introduce as further restrictions, come January 2021. 

In relation to when the mass testing is likely to begin. The Government has yet to provide schools with concrete information and details of how this will work. However, please rest assured, St Martin’s will not start testing until we are fully and properly set up, it is safe to do so, and have communicated with you. Even then, no child will be tested without parent/carers written consent.


THURSDAY, 17 DECEMBER 2020

COVID-19 TESTS FOR ALL FAMILIES AT SECONDARY SCHOOLS IN LAMBETH 

On Wednesday 16 December London moved from Tier: High Alert, to Tier 3: Very High Alert. This is because there has been rapidly increasing numbers of COVID-19 cases across London, including Lambeth. It is very important to keep everyone safe and follow the new Tier 3 restrictions.  As part of this, Lambeth are now able to offer COVID-19 tests for all families at secondary schools. This means that any students of a Lambeth secondary school, and their wider household can now arrange for a COVID-19 test whether they have COVID symptoms or not. A letter from Lambeth Public Health Team was sent home via parentmail with details of how you can arrange to take a test. You can read a copy of the letter on the school website. 


CORONAVIRUS TESTING FOR SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES FROM JANUARY 2021

Yesterday the Government announced that from January teachers and students will have access to 

The Government has said:

"from January, and starting with secondary schools, including all special schools and alternative provision, the education workforce will be eligible for weekly on the spot tests. This will help identify asymptomatic cases - which make up a third of all cases - limiting the spread of the virus. This will be backed up by daily testing for staff who have been in close contact with a positive case therefore eliminating the need for self-isolation; allowing them to continue to come into school or college. Students and pupils will be eligible for daily testing if they have been in close contact with a positive case."

You can read the press notice and a detailed Q&A for parents, but here is a summary of the key details of the announcement:

Teachers and students will have access to rapid testing from January 2021

  • Staff who are in close contact with cases eligible for daily testing, eliminating the need for immediate self-isolation. Only if a daily test returns a positive result will the staff member need to isolate
  • Testing will roll out as rapidly as possible from January, start with staff and moving quickly on to serial testing of students
  • It is the decision of the individual school or college when they would like to begin accessing this new dedicated testing capacity

Detailed operational guidance and training materials are available to secondary schools and colleges sot hey are able to use the new testing capacity from the first week of the spring term.


WEDNESDAY, 9 DECEMBER 2020

IMPORTANT COVID ARRANGEMENTS DURING THE HOLIDAY

The information below is very important and explains what you should do during the holiday if your child is tested positive for coronavirus. It also tells you what we will do as a school as directed by the government. 

The government has given schools guidance for dealing with positive cases during the holiday. 

We will be following the guidance and the specific bullet points below.

  • Where a pupil or staff member tests positive for coronavirus (COVID-19), having developed symptoms more than 48 hours since being in school, the school should not be contacted. Parents and carers should follow contact tracing instructions provided by NHS Test and Trace.

  • For the first 6 days after teaching ends, if a pupil or staff member tests positive for coronavirus (COVID-19), having developed symptoms within 48 hours of being in school, the school is asked to assist in identifying close contacts and advising self-isolation, as the individual may have been infectious whilst in school.

  • School staff are not asked to remain on-call or conduct any contact tracing more than 6 days after the final day of teaching. Where a school’s last teaching day is on Thursday 17 December, there should be no pupil contact tracing beyond Wednesday 23 December. 

PLEASE NOTE: St Martin’s last teaching day for students is on Wednesday 16 December so there will be no contact tracing beyond Tuesday 22 December 2020. For staff this will be Wednesday 23 December 2020.

If your case meets the criteria in bullet point 2, which is, your child has tested positive within the first

48 hours of being in school, use the dedicated St Martin’s coronavirus email address and you will be contacted.  Alternatively you can call the coronavirus dedicated mobile number, however, email is preferable.  

Please also follow the NHS Covid guidance for testing and self isolation as well as contacting the school. 

Please be aware that if we receive confirmation of a positive case, we may have to get in touch with families of a particular year group for track and trace if your child is identified as a school close contact. 

Please refer to the letter sent to families on 22 October explaining how a close contact is identified.  As a close contact, your child will then be required to self isolate in accordance with government guidelines. 

The school would need to be informed should a positive test or self isolation run into the return date in January. 

If you have any concerns during the Christmas break, please contact NHS 119.

TO REPORT COVID CASES PLEASE USE THE DEDICATED EMAIL ADDRESS OR PHONE NUMBER. 

Email: covid@stmartins.academy

PHONE: 07753 498688 

COVID-19 SYMPTOMS TO LOOK FOR

Here is a reminder of the COVID-19 symptoms to look out for.

  • A high temperature

  • A new continuous cough (this means coughing a lot, for more than an hour, or three 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) 


friday, 6 NOVEMBER 2020

Second National Lockdown 

In response to the current pandemic, the Government  announced a four-week national lockdown, from Thursday 5 November until Wednesday 2 December. 

The Government made clear, however, that it is committed to keeping schools and colleges open so that young people can continue to benefit from attending school for their wellbeing and to ensure their long-term futures. They also reiterated that public examinations should go ahead next summer and have moved them so that they begin 3 weeks later, another important reason for keeping schools open.

We would like to reassure you that we are working really hard at St Martin’s to support every student with their learning and their wellbeing. This is an incredibly difficult time however we must put our trust and hope in the Lord. ‘Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid, do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.’ Joshua 1:9

St Martin’s is planning to remain open to provide as full as possible an educational experience for students that meets our vision ‘Inspired to learn, Ambitious for the Future’. 

We have been working hard since reopening in September to ensure that there has been a positive experience in school. Looking ahead to this half-term and having reviewed our working practices we are confident that we continue to work and learn as safely as possible. Thank you to everyone’s commitment to following the health and safety measures that are in place to ensure a covid secure environment. 

Regarding the Second Lockdown, the Government released guidance for schools making further recommendations to support our ongoing risk assessments. They also provided clarity for adults and students who fall into the vulnerable categories.  Please visit the government website to read the guidance in full. 

Protecting vulnerable students

Students who are deemed to be clinically extremely vulnerable (CEV) are recommended to stay at home during the current restrictions.  All other students including those who are clinically vulnerable (CV) and those who live in a household with clinically extremely vulnerable people should still attend school.

If your child is in the CEV category, the school will make appropriate arrangements for them to continue their education at home. Read the government guidance on shielding and protecting the vulnerable or contact the school if you have any concerns. 

Face Coverings

When Lambeth and the rest of London were placed into Covid Alert Level High in October, the school followed the government guidance and introduced face coverings. This guidance is still in place for the National Lockdown. 

All students, staff and visitors wear a face covering when moving around communal areas in the school. This is part of our risk assessment to further protect our school community.  Any staff or students who are exempt, wear a blue badge. The school has a stock of face coverings to provide students should they not have one.  The wearing of face coverings is also permitted in classrooms if it is the wish of the staff member or students. 

Hygiene

We have further heightened our hygiene regime and ensure students are washing their hands regularly and/or using hand sanitiser.   Our enhanced cleaning regime by our daily cleaner ensures the school site is cleaned throughout the day, particularly the high touch areas. 

Ventilation

A  measure that all schools have introduced to reduce the risk of transmission of coronavirus in classrooms is increased ventilation. This means that the windows will be open a crack classrooms at all times to reduce the concentration of any virus in the air. In the event that it is very cold, students will be permitted to wear their outdoor coats and scarves in classrooms. The rules on hoodies or similar applies. They are not permitted.

Meetings and events

We are cancelling less essential events and visits, but those that are continuing have been thoroughly risk assessed.  We have rigorous risk assessment protocols for any visitor to the school. 

Where possible, we are moving some of our school/staff meetings to remote. 

COVID-19 What to look out for

Here is a reminder of the COVID-19 symptoms to look out for.

  • A high temperature

  • A new continuous cough (this means coughing a lot, for more than an hour, or three 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) 

Please do not send your child to school if they, or anyone in your household, has symptoms or tests positive. They should not come to school whilst they are waiting for the test result, even if they feel well. Only if the test is negative should they return to school, otherwise they remain at home and self isolate according to the NHS guidance

Further information and government guidance for parents  What parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges in the autumn term

Lockdown rules (New National Restrictions from 5 November 2020)

The government has made it clear that the privilege of coming to school does not mean that students are exempt from lockdown rules. 

A reminder of our existing expectations and the lockdown expectations are that students:

  • must not be in groups and must go straight home immediately after school finishes

  • wear a face covering on public transport and in places where social distancing is not possible

  • wash and sanitise hands regularly 

  • not hang around with friends or visit each other’s houses

  • only be with one other person outside of their home for some exercise

How to stop COVID-19 spreading

There are things you can do to help reduce the risk of you and anyone you live with getting ill with COVID-19. Stringent respiratory and hand hygiene as well as social distancing.

Remember - ‘Hands. Face. Space’

hands – wash your hands regularly and for 20 seconds

face – wear a face covering in indoor settings where social distancing may be difficult, and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet

space – stay 2 metres apart from people you do not live with where possible, or 1 metre with extra precautions in place (such as wearing face coverings or increasing ventilation indoors)


Monday 2 November 2020 

New national restrictions will replace local restrictions from Thursday 5 November 2020.  You can find out more about the new national restrictions on the government website.  Until this time the relevant local Covid Alert level measure will continue to apply in the area where you live. For Lambeth and London the Level is High.  The new measures will apply nationally for four weeks up to Wednesday 2 December. At the end of the period, the government will look to return to a regional approach, based on the latest data.

How does this relate to schools?

An excerpt below from the national restrictions guidance makes it clear that schools will remain open. We will update further if this changes.

Going to school, college and university (taken from the new national restrictions guidance)

The Government will continue to prioritise the wellbeing and long-term futures of our young people and will not be closing schools, colleges or universities. It remains very important for children and young people to attend, to support their wellbeing and education and help working parents and guardians. Senior clinicians still advise that school is the best place for children to be, and so they should continue to go to school. Schools have implemented a range of protective measures to make them safe.

The Prime Minister and Education Secretary have been clear that exams will go ahead next summer, as they are the fairest and most accurate way to measure a pupil’s attainment. We therefore need to keep schools and colleges open so that children are able to keep progressing towards exams and the next stage of education or employment. Students now have more time to prepare for their exams next year, as most AS, A levels and GCSEs will be held 3 weeks later to help address the disruption caused by the pandemic.


Monday 19 October 2020 

Tier 2 Restrictions 

From midnight on Friday 16 October, London was placed in Tier 2 restrictions and is now in HIGH alert. The new restrictions mean that different households should not mix indoors and that socialising outdoors is limited to 6 people, which includes children. This will mean that during half term you ensure that your child does not mix indoors with others who are not a member of the household, likewise,  does not meet up with groups of friends outside the permitted number. We all need to be responsible and adhere to these new restrictions, we have to look after one another and do what we can to minimise the risk of transmission of this contagious virus. 




Face coverings

The Department for Education Guidance (DfE) says:  When an area moves to Local COVID Alert Level: high or very high, in settings where pupils in year 7 and above are educated, face coverings should be worn by adults and pupils when moving around the premises, outside of classrooms, such as in corridors and communal areas where social distancing cannot easily be maintained. Face coverings in education - GOV.UK 

A virtual presentation to the whole school explained that students will be required to wear a face covering in school from 19 October onwards, until further notice. We provided some students with a disposable face covering, but expect that all students will come prepared with a face covering as wearing this in communal areas for staff, students and all visitors is now COMPULSORY.

If your child has a health, anxiety, physical or hidden disability reason for not wearing a face covering you should let their Progress Leader know, and also send an email to the school so that we can have this on our records to inform the staff of this exemption.  We will provide them with a blue badge that they can wear discreetly on their blazer. That way, if they are not wearing a face covering because of a health reason, they will not be asked. 

Please visit the government website for further information Face coverings: when to wear one, exemptions, and how to make your own.