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Coronavirus Information

The purpose of this webpage is to store relevant information for parents about the Coronavirus COVID-19 and the impact it is having in school. It is intended to be a useful reference point for accurate information and guidance.

The school closed to the majority of pupils on Tuesday 5 January 2021. The school remains open for the children of critical workers and vulnerable children to access emergency childcare provision. All other pupils are being taught remotely using Google Classroom. This will be in place until February half term in the first instance. 


Useful reminders and relevant documents are included below for parents to access as needed. 





Here is a guide for parents detailing what to do if your child is ill and includes how to book a test if you are worried about the symptoms being Covid-19.


The most important symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of any of the following:

  • a new continuous cough
  • a high temperature
  • a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)

For most people, COVID-19 will be a mild illness. However, if you have any of the symptoms above you must stay at home and arrange to have a test to see if you have COVID-19 – go to testing to arrange.


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If you have symptoms of COVID-19 however mild, you must self-isolate for at least 10 days from when your symptoms started. You should arrange to have a test to see if you have COVID-19 – go to testing to arrange. Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.


If you are not experiencing symptoms but have tested positive for COVID-19 you also must self-isolate for at least 10 days, starting from the day the test was taken. If you develop symptoms during this isolation period, you must restart your 10-day isolation from the day you develop symptoms.


After 10 days, if you still have a temperature you should continue to self-isolate and seek medical advice. You do not need to self-isolate after 10 days if you only have a cough or loss of sense of smell or taste, as these symptoms can last for several weeks after the infection has gone. See the ending isolation section below for more information.


If you live with others, all other household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 10 days. The 10-day period starts from the day when the first person in the household became ill or if they do not have symptoms, from the day their test was taken. If anyone else in the household starts displaying symptoms, they must stay at home for at least 10 days from when their symptoms appear, regardless of what day they are on in their original 10-day isolation period. 


If you have symptoms, try and stay as far away from other members of your household as possible. It is especially important to stay away from anyone who is clinically vulnerable or clinically extremely vulnerable with whom you share a household.


Reduce the spread of infection in your home by washing your hands regularly for 20 seconds using soap and water, or use hand sanitiser, and cover coughs and sneezes.


Consider alerting people who you do not live with and have had close contact within the last 48 hours to let them know you have symptoms of COVID-19.


Following a positive test result, you will receive a request by text, email or phone to log into the NHS Test and Trace service website and provide information about recent close contacts.


If you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home, or your condition gets worse, then use the NHS 111 online COVID-19 service. If you do not have internet access, call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999.

If you develop COVID-19 symptoms again at any point after ending your first period of isolation (self or household) then you must follow the guidance on self-isolation again. 


The Department for Education (DfE) has launched a helpline for parents and schools to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education.


Phone: 0800 046 8687


Opening hours: 8am - 6pm Monday to Friday


The relevant links to the Department for Health and Social Care's guidance are given below. There are also some great resources to help with our children's mental health. These are listed below.

The coronavirus action plan was launched in early March by the government. This document sets out what they have done to tackle coronavirus (COVID-19), and what it plans to do next, depending upon the course the current coronavirus outbreak takes. Most up-to-date information from the government can be found here and from the NHS here 

Questions about Coronavirus and our school response

If you want to ask any questions about coronavirus, trips and plans for school closures then you can contact the school office using the form below. We will respond as soon as possible.