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Letters to Students & Parents

24th February 2021

Dear Parents/Carers,

On Monday evening the Prime Minister shared details of the roadmap out of lockdown, including plans for schools to fully reopen.

Nationally, primary schools will open on Monday 8th March, however secondary schools will stagger the return of students over the course of that week in order to test students on their return. Whilst our Test Centre continues to operate each day, it is more time consuming testing those unfamiliar with the process, as will be the case for the majority of students.  Each year group will therefore be assigned a specific day for their return and they will begin with a test before resuming their education in school.

As previously communicated, we are working to ensure your child is supported to reintegrate into the academy successfully.  By phasing each year group’s return, we are able to ensure your child returns in a safe, supported and structured manner.

Parents/Carers should also be aware that Department for Education Guidance requires secondary schools to prioritise students in Years 10, 11, 12 and 13 in the first instance.  However, all students will have returned to the academy by Friday 12th March.  Attendance for all students (unless clinically extremely vulnerable) is mandatory from the designated day.

In the coming days we will finalise our plans and I will write to you again.  In line with Government Guidance, we are working to further enhance our arrangements to protect students and staff with further details on the wearing of masks and enhanced controls to follow.

Yours sincerely,
Mrs L Laming



Symptoms of COVID 19 

The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:

  • new continuous cough and/or
  • high temperature and/or
  • a loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)

For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.

If your child does develop symptoms, you can seek advice from NHS 111 at: or by phoning 111.

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, including:

  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • wash your hands as soon as you get home
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards

What to do if your child develops symptoms of COVID 19 
If your child develops symptoms of COVID-19, they should remain at home for at least 10 days from the date when their symptoms appeared. Anyone with symptoms will be eligible for testing and this can be arranged via or by calling 119 .  If you have difficulty obtaining a test, please get in touch as we have a small supply in the academy.

All other household members who remain well must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. This includes anyone in your ‘Support Bubble’.  The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill.

Household members should not go to work, school/college or public areas and exercise should be taken within the home. If you require help with buying groceries, other shopping or picking up medication, or walking a dog, you should ask friends or family. Alternatively, you can order your shopping online and medication by phone or online.

Household members staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community. If you are able, you can move any vulnerable individuals (such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions) out of your home, to stay with friends or family for the duration of the home isolation period.

Please see the link to the PHE ‘Stay at Home’ Guidance:

Further Information

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9 Protected characteristics: Age, Sex, Race, Disability, Religion, Gender re-assignment, Pregnancy or maternity, Marriage or Civil partnership, Sexual orientation.

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