Coronavirus Update

We are aware of some stories circulating about school on social media. These are entirely false. If there is ever any news of school closures or other significant developments, we will inform you directly and post information here on the school website.

Corona Virus Update

We are aware of some stories circulating about school on social media. These are entirely false. If there is ever any news of school closures or other significant developments, we will inform you directly and post information here on the school website.

Coronavirus update

Dear parents and carers

Following the updated advice from the government yesterday, I thought it would be helpful to summarise the latest position.

Firstly, whilst schools are remaining open for the time being at least, it seems prudent for students with public examinations coming up (i.e. Years 10, 11 and 13) to make sure they are prepared for any enforced school closure. In such an event, we will be ensuring plenty of materials are available online, via Show My Homework. However, it is important students also have at home hard copies of key revision materials such as revision booklets and knowledge organisers. Teachers are in the process of checking this with students at the moment, but we ask parents and carers to encourage your children to make sure they do have hard copies at home for all relevant subjects and to seek out their teacher if they do not.

We obviously hope we are not required by government to close at any point but, if we do, we will endeavour to set meaningful work for all year groups via Show My Homework. Clearly, the situation is changing all the time and the details of anything like this will be finalised as and when it is necessary.

The latest medical advice from government is as follows:

1. Anyone who shows certain symptoms should self-isolate for 7 days, regardless of whether they have travelled to affected areas. This means students should stay at home and avoid all but essential contact with others for 7 days from the point of displaying symptoms, to slow the spread of infection. The symptoms are:

* A high temperature (37.8 degrees and above) and/or

* A new, continuous cough

You do not need to call NHS 111 to go into self-isolation. If symptoms worsen during home isolation or are no better after 7 days, then contact NHS 111 online at 111.nhs.uk. If you have no internet access, you should call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999.

Please just report any such absences to school using the normal systems.

  1. As per the current advice, the most important thing individuals can do to protect themselves remains washing their hands more often, for at least 20 seconds, with soap and water. Make sure you cough or sneeze into a tissue, put it in a bin and wash your hands. Please reinforce this message with your children.
  2. Details of the latest advice regarding travel from affected countries can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-specified-countries-and-areas/covid-19-specified-countries-and-areas-with-implications-for-returning-travellers-or-visitors-arriving-in-the-uk.

The main change since my last letter concerns people who have travelled from anywhere in Italy since 9th March.

Further details, including on self-isolation, can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response

I hope this is all clear. Please do contact school if you are unsure of anything; we just ask you to understand that we do not have access to any information that is not already publicly available and are merely following government guidelines.

Kind regards

Gwyn Williams

Year 10 Parents Evening Postponed

Dear parents and carers,

In the light of fears around the coronavirus, we have taken the decision to postpone Year 10 parents evening tonight. Our intention is to re-arrange it for some time in the summer term.

Apologies for the late notice, but I trust you will understand that the situation is very fluid at the moment.

Our position remains that we will only take actions in response to official advice from the experts. It seems that an announcement from government is imminent and we had therefore been waiting as long as possible for this before making a decision on parents evening. However, at the time of writing, there has been no announcement and so we are postponing parents evening now as a sensible precaution just in case the government does issue any significantly new directions later on today.

Please be aware that we are not party to any information that is not already publicly available and, therefore, our guess as to what will happen over the next few days is as good as anyone else’s. We are continuing to monitor the situation closely and, as you’d expect, have contingency plans for all potential scenarios. We will, of course, be in touch if anything changes.

Kind regards

Gwyn Williams

Coronavirus Update

Dear Parents and Carers

Nothing of substance has changed since our last communication on this matter, but please be assured that we are monitoring all the advice from the Department for Education (DfE) and Public Health England and will take any appropriate actions as and when necessary. For those who are concerned, the DfE has launched a new helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:

As before, latest government information can be found here:  https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

We are also aware of some (inaccurate) rumours circulating on social media about the lack of soap in school toilets. We don’t understand where these have come from but want to reassure parents that there is plenty of soap available in all toilets. We know of one dispenser that was broken earlier in the week, but this was fixed within 48 hours and, even in this case, there were other, working, dispensers available in those toilets. As has been the case for some time now (partly in response to issues raised at a parent forum earlier in the year) we have cleaners permanently on duty outside the toilets at lunchtimes and they frequently check the soap dispensers at these busy periods, as indeed they do throughout the whole day.