COVID 19 INFORMATION
The national guidance for schools has been updated during the summer break and we will continue to follow this guidance carefully. We have updated our risk assessment to reflect the changes in guidance. The full version of the risk assessment can be found here.
‘...The government continues to manage the risk of serious illness from the spread of the virus. Step 4 marked a new phase in the government’s response to the pandemic, moving away from stringent restrictions on everyone’s day-to-day lives, towards advising people on how to protect themselves and others, alongside targeted interventions to reduce risk. As COVID-19 becomes a virus that we learn to live with, there is now an imperative to reduce the disruption to children and young people’s education - particularly given that the direct clinical risks to children are extremely low, and every adult has been offered a first vaccine and the opportunity for 2 doses by mid-September’. Our priority is for you to deliver face-to-face, high-quality education to all pupils. The evidence is clear that being out of education causes significant harm to educational attainment, life chances, mental and physical health….’ (Contingency framework: education and childcare settings Revised August 2021).
The updated guidance allows us to bring back many of the opportunities students have missed over the last few months. We will be able to organise school trips as well as offer a more extensive enrichment programme.
The updated national guidance states that:
Face coverings are no longer advised for pupils, staff and visitors either in classrooms or in communal areas. The government has removed the requirement to wear face coverings in law, but we expect and recommend that members of the public continue to wear face coverings in crowded and enclosed spaces where you come into contact with people you don’t normally meet, for example, on public transport.
With over 1350 students and 150 staff on site, there are occasions students are likely to experience crowding, particularly in some of our busy corridors. As a result, even though the majority of these areas will be well ventilated, we are recommending face covering to be worn in enclosed or crowded areas as well as school and public transport.
Key Control measures that we will need to continue
• Ensure good hygiene for everyone (regular hand washing, respiratory hygiene). We will keep our hand sanitising stations and routines.
• Maintain appropriate cleaning regimes around the college
• Keep occupied spaces well ventilated in accordance with ‘Ventilation and air conditioning during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic HSE Guidance 3 August 2021’
• Follow public health advice on testing, self-isolation and managing confirmed cases of COVID-19
• Recommending face covering to be worn in enclosed or crowded areas as well as school transport. Staff and students may wish to wear masks in other circumstances, including during practical activities.
• We will continue the precautionary measures for visitors attending school
• We will continue to hold parents evenings and information evenings online
We will continue to regularly review our risk assessment and work with the Trust and Public Health Professionals to monitor local infection and testing data.
Students, staff and other adults should follow public health advice on when to self-isolate and what to do. They should not come into school if they have symptoms, have had a positive test result, confirmed through a PCR, or other reasons requiring them to stay at home due to the risk of them passing on COVID-19 (for example, they are required to
The most significant change for the new academic year is that the school will not track and trace others who may have been close contacts, this is now the role of the NHS Track and Trace service.
Asymptotic Coronavirus Testing
As mentioned in our letter dated 24 August, we have offered your child two tests on-site before continuing regular testing at home until the end of September, when this will be reviewed.
We will be using rapid lateral flow antigen testing technology. This involves both nostrils and processing the swab with a Lateral Flow Device (LFD) - Orient Gene.
The LFD detects the SARS-CoV-2 antigen that is produced when a person is infected with Covid-19.The presence of two coloured bands indicate a positive result for the viral antigens.
- Wednesday 1st September (Staff Training Day) Year 11 and Year 10 will be tested on site using time booked by parents through the booking system.
- Thursday 2nd September Year 7 will be tested using form groupings.
- Friday 3rd September Year 9 and Year 8 will be tested on site using time booked by parents through the booking system.
What if a pupil tests positive?
Participating staff and students who test positive will be informed about their results individually. If in school, students will be sent to an area to isolate and parents or legal guardians will be notified. A PCR test will be required to confirm the result.
If your child has not conducted a coronavirus test before, we recommend they watch the following video, which illustrates the process. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jDcEE071jeo
We look forward to welcoming your child back to school.
Statistics for Lateral Flow Testing
The table below outlines the number of confrmed student and staff cases in the college as 7th July 2021
|Year 7 Total number of Confirmed Student cases RequiringTrack and Trace||Year 8 Total number of Confirmed Student cases RequiringTrack and Trace||Year 9 Total number of Confirmed Student cases RequiringTrack and Trace||Year 10 Total number of Confirmed Student cases RequiringTrack and Trace||Year 11 Total number of Confirmed Student cases RequiringTrack and Trace|
|Year 7 - Total number ofStudents in Isolation||Year 8 - Total number of Students in Isolation||Year 9 - Total number of Students in isolation||Year 10 - Total number of Students in Isolation||Year 11 - Total number of Students in isolation|
|Total Number of Confirmed Cases Requiring Track and Trace||Total Number of Confirmed Student Cases Requiring Track and Trace||Total Number of Confirmed Teaching Staff Cases Requiring Track and Trace||Total number of Confirmed Support Staff Cases Requiring Track and Trace||Total Number of Trainee Teacher Cases Requiring Track and Trace||Total number of Teaching Staff in Isolation (Including Confirmed Cases)||Total Number of Support Staff in Isolation (Including Confirmed Cases)|
* Awaiting results of PCR test