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Government guidance as followed by the school

Updated 21 July 2021

Travel is different: information for schools on foreign travel during COVID-19

As schools finish for the summer holidays, you may wish to remind parents of the following foreign travel advice:

  • to understand the risks in a country, including the latest COVID-19 restrictions (including for entry), follow the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) Travel Advice.
  • to prevent new COVID-19 variants from entering the UK, you should not travel to red list countries.
  • to check what they need to do to travel abroad and return to England, or read travel guidance for ScotlandWales or Northern Ireland.

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 19 July 2021

Invicta Summer Academy

We have been made aware of a summer academy that is available to support school children during the summer holidays.

The Summer Academy is provided by Invicta National Academy, and is open to all school students, aged 6 years to 16 years, and it offers free, daily, live, interactive, online teaching, delivered by fully qualified teachers. The lessons take place via Zoom, and children can participate in as many sessions as they would like.

Sessions begin on Monday 26 July 2021, so please share the attached with any parents / carers you think would be interested in taking up the opportunity for their children.


Updated 16 July 2021

As of 19 July 2021, due to lifting of COVID restrictions there will be changes in the NHS Track and Trace system in Education settings.  Please see this letter and guidance for more information.


Updated 12 July 2021

Updates to guidance ahead of Step 4 of the roadmap

DfE have published new guidance ahead of Step 4, covering both the summer period and the following term, when children will return to school:

Updated 29 June 2021

Please click here for a letter from Essex County Council regarding the national roadmap and easing of restrictions.

Updated 18 June 2021

Letter to parents from the Secretary of State for Education

Today the Secretary of State for Education has written an open letter to parents encouraging continued regular testing, to support all the hard work schools and colleges have been doing to increase participation.

Please click here to view the government leaflet with more information.

Updated 9 June 2021

Please click here for our latest Risk Assessment that is in place across the school.

Updated 13 May 2021

Please see a letter from Essex County Council following the government's roadmap announcement on Monday 10 May 2021 easing restrictions for Step 3.

What parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges during COVID-19 has been updated to reflect the move to step three of the roadmap of easing of restrictions.

Guidance for parents and carers of children attending out-of-school settings - updated to provide additional guidance on residential visits, which can commence from Step 3. Updated the guidance on use of face coverings, indoor group sizes and parental attendance at out-of-school settings.

Updated 29 March 2021

Letter to children and young people from the Secretary of State for Education

The Secretary of State for Education has today written to children and young people to recognise the impact of the disruption they have faced over the past year and to thank them for their resilience. He outlines his continued commitment to supporting children and young people to recover from the disruption now that they have returned to school and college. The letter also highlights the importance of coronavirus (COVID-19) testing and the vital role this plays in helping to prevent the virus spreading.

The letter is published on the DfE media blog and on DfE’s TwitterFacebook and Instagram.


Travelling to school safely

As part of your ongoing communications with your pupils and their parents, you may wish to share the following messages on how pupils can travel to and from school safely:

  • if you live a short distance from your school or college, walk, cycle or scoot to and from school wherever it is possible and safe to do so
  • avoid sharing a car with anyone outside of your household or support bubble
  • if you are using public transport to get to school or college, plan ahead and allow more time for your journey
  • when you are travelling by public or dedicated school transport, don’t forget to:
    • wear a face covering (unless you are exempt, including if you are aged 11 and under). It is important  you wear them for the entirety of your journey, including inside a bus or train station
    • social distance where possible
    • wash or sanitise your hands regularly
    • be considerate to fellow passengers and staff.

Further information can be found in our guidance on transport to school and other places of education. The Department for Transport has also created resources that can be downloaded and used by education settings to promote safe travel to school.

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

Oak Academy free to access
Mobile networks EE, O2, Three and Vodafone have said they will move to “zero-rate” the Oak National Academy after the online education provider agreed to move all its content to a single domain.


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 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.

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.