Latest information and updates
We are continually being guided by the UK Government and other organisations in our decision making to ensure the safe return of all of our pupils to School. The content on these pages provides information on our policies, procedures and the systems that are in place to ensure pupils can continue working remotely during lockdown. This information will be updated regularly as new advice is given and guidance changes.
Keeping pupils and staff safe
A comprehensive programe of Health and Safety measures are in place across the School.
- Testing is now available for all pupils and staff who are in School
- Senior School pupils and all staff must wear masks outside of the classroom
- One-way system, social-distancing measures and hand sanitizer stations around the School
- Monitoring 'close contacts' and undertaking contct tracing should anyone contract Covid-19
- Application of Cicada Antimicrobial Surface Protection nano-coating across all high-touch surfaces in the School as an additional layer of protection:
Prep School - Tom Brown (Head of Marketing)
Senior School - Chris Wainman (Senior Deputy Head)
Update: Return to School
We should all be reassured and encouraged that the scientific and medical experts have concluded that it is now safe for children to return to School. It is so important to get pupils back into School before the Easter holidays so that we can continue to build the momentum of the school year and return to some normality after so long away.
Upon the return to School, we must, of course, remain vigilant and continue to follow the guidelines that have become so routine across the School this academic year. Thus, social distancing will remain in place, face coverings must be worn indoors where social distancing cannot be maintained (including in classrooms) and pupils will continue to learn in their bubbles and self-isolate should they be in close contact with someone who tests positive for the virus.
It is important, as ever, that we all remain vigilant to the symptoms of Covid-19 even though the risk to young people is very small. There are things we can all do to help reduce the risk of getting ill with Covid-19:
- wash our 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 our hands as soon as we get home;
- cover our mouth and nose with a tissue or our sleeve (not our hands) when we cough or sneeze;
- put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash our hands afterwards.
We will do our utmost to support all of our pupils to ensure that their learning and wellbeing are maintained over the coming weeks.
We understand that this period can be an unsettling time for pupils and if anyone requires emotional support, please contact email@example.com.
Ongoing pastoral support will be available through Heads of Year and form tutors.
Government guidance for parents and carers on supporting children and young people's mental health and wellbeing can be found HERE.
The DfE COVID-19 helpline is available to answer questions relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline on 0800 046 8687 from Mon-Fri 8am – 6pm and Sat-Sun 10am-4pm.
Alex Wilson, Headmistress
The Department for Education are recommending that pupils in Year 7 and above, should wear face coverings in classrooms and during activities unless social distancing can be maintained. This does not apply in situations where wearing a face covering would impact on the ability to take part in exercise or strenuous activity, for example in PE lessons. The World Health Organisation advise that children aged 12 and over should wear a face covering when they cannot guarantee at least a 1-metre distance from others.
This guidance is supported by the School, but not mandated. Our updated risk assessment states that the School will:
Ensure face coverings are used in recommended circumstances:
- Adults and pupils will wear face coverings when moving around the premises, in corridors and communal areas, in classrooms, and in areas where social distancing cannot be reliably practised (subject to any exemptions and not during exercise or strenuous activity)
- Not wearing a face covering will not be a disciplinary matter
- If teachers and pupils can practise social distancing in the classroom, they are not expected to wear a face covering - especially when teaching pupils with hearing impairments
- Teachers, other staff, and pupils will be sensitive to teachers', other staff's, and pupils' needs, noting that some people are less able to wear face coverings and that the reasons for this may not be visible to others.
This is a temporary measure and will be reviewed at Easter, in partnership with health experts, to decide whether evidence suggests that these measures can be eased ahead of the summer term.