Government guidance as followed by the school
Updated 24 September 2020
Updated 18 September 2020
Click here for a flow chart to help with child's illness symptoms and attending school.
Updated 17 September 2020
The following link provides information of where in Essex testing will be taking place. This is updated every Friday.
Current dates and locations for mobile testing units. Mobile testing units are at various locations across Essex and they are run by the Ministry of Defence.
Updated 16 September 2020
The fastest way to get a test result is to go to a testing site. Individuals will need a pre-booked appointment or they will not be given a test. People can also order home test kits to be sent directly to them. To book an appointment or order a home kit, please visit:
These routes remain the primary channels for any individuals displaying coronavirus symptoms to get a test.
Who to contact in an emergency
If at any stage someone at your setting cannot cope with the symptoms or their condition significantly worsens, use the https://111.nhs.uk/COVID-19 service. If you do not have internet access, dial NHS 111. In a medical emergency, dial 999.
Updated 14 September 2020
Please click on the link below for some helpful advice regarding COVID-related pupil absence and some FAQs regarding Track and Trace:
Updated 10 September 2020
Hands, Face, Space campaign
A new public information campaign has been launched ahead of winter to highlight how everyone can help to stop the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).
Yesterday the Prime Minister launched the ‘Hands, Face, Space’ campaign urging the public to continue to wash their hands, cover their face and make space to control infection rates and avoid a second peak. In line with this they have produced a communications toolkit for universities in England, but which may be of wider interest. Consistent adoption of these behaviours is particularly important in places outside of educational settings which do not implement the wider protective measures in the system of controls set out in our detailed guidance:
Coronavirus (COVID-19) is an easy virus to kill when it is on skin. It is essential that everyone washes their hands more often, using soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Schools and other education settings must ensure that staff and pupils clean their hands regularly, including when they arrive, when they return from breaks, when they change rooms and before and after eating.
Responding to those with coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms
It is vital that educational settings only ask children or staff to self-isolate and recommend they get a test if they develop symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19). Those sent home to self-isolate, having been in close contact with someone who has tested positive, should only get tested if they develop symptoms themselves. The symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are a high temperature, a new, continuous cough, or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste. The capacity of the NHS Test and Trace system must be protected for those with symptoms of the virus. Booking is essential for drive in and walk in test sites, and under 18s must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
No one with symptoms should attend their nursery, school, college or university.
Updated 2 September 2020
Updated guidance for parents and carers
DfE have updated their guidance for parents and carers on what they need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. This update provides information on school admission appeals, entry tests for selective schools, and exams and assessments in the autumn term.
They have also provided further information on the use of face coverings in schools and links to online resources that are available to help parents, carers and children with their mental health and wellbeing.
Updated 17:30, 25 August 2020
Back to school
Parents are encouraged to visit gov.uk/backtoschool for information and practical guidance to help them plan for their children’s return to school. This includes our latest update to the guidance for parents and carers on what they need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges in the autumn term.
Online Catch-Up Resources
The Essex Invicta Academy is now LIVE for all families in Essex to book high quality catch up lessons for the final two weeks of the summer holidays. There is also a “live chat” function every morning for support. Please see below the link to freely available online catch up classes.
School Transport - Stop.Swap.GO! – Getting to school information now live!
During August, Essex County Council's information service that brings together all the options and guidance on travel to school was launched – you can find it here. There is a whole variety of information; whether it’s operator contact details, how to cycle or walk to school or what the rules are on wearing face coverings on transport. They will continuously update this throughout August and September; including maps to secondary schools that include local information from the school survey. They particularly want to avoid parents deciding to drive their children to school as this will cause gridlock during the rush hour.
Back to School with Confidence
‘Back to School With Confidence’ resources are being launched as part of the council’s Every Family Matters campaign. The aim is to support parents, carers, children and young people to be confident returning to school. They will be signposting to relevant guidance and local organisations in Essex that can help via the council’s social media channels and here on the website.
Updated 9:30, 24 July 2020
Please click here for the Risk Assessment for COVID that the school is following - Awaiting agreement from Governors and Trustees
Updated 14:00, 20 July 2020
Click here to view return to school information for 7 September 2020.
Updated 14:30, 16 July 2020
10 top tips to encourage children to read in support of Reading Together Day
To support the very first Reading Together Day, we have published tips for parents and carers of primary-aged children to help them encourage and support their children to read. They contain ideas on how to plan reading opportunities at home and make reading enjoyable and engaging, including during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
Updated guidance on keeping children safe online
With the Home Office and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, DfE have updated advice and guidance to help parents and carers to keep children safe online during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak to include new information on apps to help children stay safe online.
The advice and guidance on keeping children safe online can be found here:
Updated 14:30, 16 June 2020
Updated handwashing advice
It is essential that everyone washes their hands more often, using soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Hand washing with soap employs mechanical action that loosens bacteria and viruses from the skin, rinsing them into the drain. Drying hands afterwards makes the skin less hospitable to the virus. Hand sanitiser can be effective if soap is not available or the situation makes using soap less feasible (i.e. when outside) but using hand sanitiser provides none of the virus-destroying friction that rubbing your hands together and rinsing with water provides.
The latest guidance and video on hand washing can be found at:
Updated 12:00, 8 June 2020
Please see the link below for helpful guidance on on-line safety during home tutoring:
Updated 9:15, 11 May 2020
Our school counselling colleague has prepared some tips to use during these unprecedented times for you and your families. Please click here for more information.
ThinkUKnow have created a page to support parents and young people online. The site includes home activity packs with simple 15 minute activities support children's understanding of online safety at a time.
There is also parent support information for primary and secondary age groups.
The resources can be found here: https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/Support-tools/home-activity-worksheets
Be SMART: Online Safety Video Lessons for 6 - 9 year olds (Childnet)
Childnet have released six new easy-to-follow videos for parents and children to work through together. The 10 - 15 minute videos offer simple, clear online safety advice using fun activities, games and discussion. There are optional follow-up activities to extend children's learning.
The videos can be found here: https://www.childnet.com/resources/video-lessons
Updated 14:00, 4 May 20202
Updated 9:33, 18 March 2020
Information on how to talk to children about Coronavirus to support children’s mental health and wellbeing if trying to alleviate children’s anxiety. Please see the video link below:
Department for Education coronavirus helpline
The Department for Education coronavirus helpline is available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline as follows:
Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday), 10am to 4pm (Saturday to Sunday)
Please note, we are currently experiencing high volumes of calls and apologise for any wait that you may experience. To ensure that we answer your calls as quickly as possible we have now extended our opening hours to cover weekends.