Government guidance as followed by the school
Updated 9 September 2021
Please click here for a letter from Essex County Council explaining the recent changes to guidance around protective measures, testing, self-isolation and vaccinations along with a flow chart which we hope you find useful.
Updated 6 September 2021
Returning to Education - parent leaflet
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:
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 31 August 2021
Please click here for the school's updated Risk Assessment. This is a draft version awaiting Governor's approval at their meeting in September 2021.
Updated 18 August 2021
Close contacts of a positive COVID-19 case in all education and childcare sectors
From Monday 16 August unvaccinated young people up to the age of 18 years and 6 months and fully vaccinated adults, are no longer required to self-isolate if they live in the same household as someone with COVID-19, or are a close contact of someone with COVID-19.
Those identified as a close contact will be informed by NHS Test and Trace that they have been in close contact with a positive case and advised to take a PCR test. We strongly encourage all individuals to take a PCR test if advised to do so. There is no requirement to self-isolate while awaiting PCR test results and so individuals can attend their setting as usual.
Children and young people who attend an education or childcare setting and who have been identified as a close contact, should continue to attend their setting as normal.
We have also updated the following guidance to reflect the change:
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:
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 16 July 2021
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.
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:
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.