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Government guidance as followed by the school

Updated 11 July 2022

Long COVID Information for Children and Young People

The local NHS has produced an information leaflet  for parents and carers to help them understand whether a child has ongoing symptoms of COVID-19. This condition is often called “long COVID”.

The double-sided leaflet explains the most common signs of long COVID and offers advice on what to do if you are worried a child might have it severely enough to affect their everyday life.

Information is also available online from these sites:


Updated 31 March 2022

From next week, parents and carers of all 5 to 11 year olds will be able to book a COVID-19 vaccination for their child. The national booking service will open for this age group on Saturday 2 April 2022, with the first appointments available from Monday 4 April 2022 onwards.

Appointments will be available in larger vaccination centres and some community pharmacies. Larger vaccination centres will also offer whole family appointments so that already eligible adults and older children who are not fully vaccinated can take advantage of the ‘evergreen’ offer and have a vaccination at the same time as their 5 to 11 year old.

Appointments for 5 to 11 year olds who are not ‘at risk’ will also be available at some GP-run sites. If your GP is offering the vaccine, they will contact you. Please do not contact them.

Vaccinations are already available for ‘at risk’ 5 to 11 year olds, and children in this age group who live with someone who has a weakened immune system. Until now vaccinations for this ‘at risk’ group of children have been available through GPs and special educational needs schools but parents and carers will be now able to book their vaccination through the national booking service when that opens for 5-11s.

To book a COVID vaccination for all eligible age groups please visit the NHS national booking service or dial 119.

Updated 21 March 2022

A guide for parents of children aged 5-11 - Covid-19 Vaccination Information

Health experts have advised that parents of all children aged 5 to 11 years should be offered the chance to have their child vaccinated.

The NHS will contact parents to explain how to make an appointment

In the meantime more information can be found in this leaflet

Updated 8 March 2022

Information for parents and carers on COVID-19 vaccination for at risk 5 to 11 year olds

Please share the following information with parents and carers of at risk 5 to 11 year olds.

Children aged 5 to 11 years who are in a clinical risk group or who live with someone who is immunosuppressed can get the COVID-19 vaccine, in line with advice set out by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI). Eligible children include those with diabetes, immunosuppression, learning disabilities, and other conditions as outlined by the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) in the Green Book.

Vaccinations help to increase protection against COVID-19, which is particularly important for those with underlying health conditions.

Further information is available in the guide for parents of children aged 5 to 11 years published by UKHSA. We have published some frequently asked questions on the vaccination programme including information on eligibility, accessibility and advice for parents of children at high risk from COVID-19. Following advice from the JCVI, healthy 5 to 11 year old children will also be offered two 10 microgram doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. The NHS will prepare to extend this non-urgent offer to all children during April.

Updated 24 February 2022

Letter from Essex County Council regarding easing of restrictions can be found here.

Updated 22 February 2022

Following the announcement last night from the Prime Minister that the Covid-19 restrictions will be lifted from Thursday 24 February 2022.   In terms of education announcements, the following points were made:

  • Twice weekly asymptomatic testing guidance has been lifted as of today for all settings except for special schools, AP and specialist SEND units in mainstream schools including specialist FE SEND provision
  • If someone under the age of 18 tests positive they will be advised to stay at home, this is the same advice for all adults.

The updated guidance for early years, special schools, schools, colleges and parents are here:

In terms of wider announcements the following points were made:

  • From Thursday, people with a positive test will no longer need to self-isolate and routine contact tracing will end
  • Free testing will end from April 1 for the general public, including those with symptoms
  • If anyone tests positive or is symptomatic they are advised to stay at home – this will be reviewed on the 1st April.
  • The government will continue to provide free tests for symptomatic people for the oldest age groups and those who are most vulnerable.
  • People most vulnerable to Covid will be offered an additional booster vaccine from the spring

Updated 17 February 2022

Information for parents of pupils aged 5 to 17 years old on the vaccination programme

Vaccinations help to increase protection against COVID-19, which is particularly important for those with underlying health conditions. Being vaccinated minimises the need for children and young people to have time off from school or college, and helps them to continue to carry out their hobbies, attend social events and live their lives to the full.

We have published some frequently asked questions (FAQs) on the vaccination programme including information on eligibility, accessibility and advice for parents of children at high risk from COVID-19. Please share these FAQs with parents, particularly those with children who are clinically vulnerable.

Guidance on how to book appointments for children aged 12 years and over is available on the NHS website. Further information on the vaccination of high risk children aged 5 to 11 years old is available in the guide for parents of children aged 5 to 11 years published by the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA).

Updated 21 January 2022

Updates to guidance following the Prime Minister’s announcement of the end of Plan B

We have updated the following guidance documents to reflect the changes made following the Prime Minister’s announcement of the end of Plan B:

Updated 10 January 2022

Click here for the school's latest risk assessment

School Outbreak Management Plan


Updated 3 September 2021

Information for schools and parents about international travel

As part of a safe and cautious reopening to international travel, the UK government’s travel lists have been updated. You may wish to remind parents of the following:

  • international travel to and from the UK has changed – everyone will need to meet a number of new requirements so we can all travel safely and securely
  • before considering any international journey, parents should think carefully about the risks to them, their family, and their community, as well as the impact on their child’s education
  • to prevent new COVID-19 variants from entering the UK, parents and families should not travel to red list countries

Everyone who enters England having visited or transited through a red list country in the ten days before arriving in England must quarantine in a managed quarantine hotel. If parents are concerned about their ability to pay for managed quarantine, they may be offered a deferred payment plan and should call the Corporate Travel Management (CTM) helpline on +44 (0)20 7429 9983.

Updated 20 July 2021

New website for parents to help their children catch-up

The department has launched an information site for parents, to support children of all age ranges and abilities catch up on lost learning from the pandemic. The site features advice and support for parents of children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), as well as programmes, resources and activities for children and young people this summer.

Please do share this with your parent networks.

Further information can be found on the education catch-up for your child homepage.


Updated 25 February 2021

Updated guidance for keeping children safe online

We have updated our guidance for parents and carers to keep children safe online. The measures announced over recent weeks to tackle coronavirus (COVID-19), although essential, have disrupted people’s day-to-day lives.

As a result of these necessary measures, almost all of us are likely to be spending more time online, including children. This guidance contains resources for parents and carers to help keep their children safe online.

Updated 18 January 2021

Useful information on seeking medical advice for children unwell or injured

Updated 11 January 2021

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Updated 10 September 2020

Updated handwashing advice

It is essential that everyone washes their hands more often, using soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Handwashing 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 handwashing can be found at:


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.

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.