Parents’ Covid-19 Update for 8 March

Covid Testing in Schools from 8 March 2021

Letter from Headteacher

How to conduct your Covid Test

Privacy Notice


Due to the rise in cases of infection in Peterborough, Parents and Visitors are not allowed in school under any circumstances.

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This page will be updated with information as soon as it is available to us.  Follow the  links to find the most up to date information

Letter to Parents 09/11/2020 (click HERE)

Letter to parents 01/10/2020 (click HERE)

If you are returning to the UK from abroad you MUST follow these isolation rules if the country is not on this list 

Covid-19 Related Absence from school – a Quick Guide for Parents

What should I do if ….?

Action needed …

My child is feeling ill with Covid-19 symptoms of:

  • a high temperature – this means your child feels hot to touch on their chest or back
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means your child cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal.

Most children with Covid-19 have at least one of these symptoms.


The whole household must self-isolate. Your child will need to isolate for 10 days from the start of symptoms; the rest of the household should isolate for 14 days.

You should book a test for your child using this link here, or by phoning 119.

Please note – only the person with symptoms should be tested and there is no need for others in the household to have a test, unless they also have any of the symptoms mentioned.

Make sure you tell the school immediately about the result of the test.

My child is feeling ill with other symptoms such as a sore throat, runny nose or a headache. You should act in the same way as you would have done before the pandemic. This may involve sending your child to school or keeping them at home, depending on the nature and severity of symptoms. Of course you should seek medical advice via your GP or NHS direct on 111 if you would normally do so.

Please note – if your child has sickness or diarrhoea they should not return to school until 48 hours after the last bout of this, as is normal policy.

Someone in my household has Covid-19 symptoms DO NOT SEND YOUR CHILD TO SCHOOL.

The whole household must self-isolate and the person with symptoms should book a test using this link here, or by phoning 119.

Someone in my household tests positive for Covid-19 DO NOT SEND YOUR CHILD TO SCHOOL.

The whole household should isolate for 14 days. The person who has tested positive must isolate for 10 days from the start of symptoms, and until there is no fever for 48 hours.

Someone in my household with symptoms tests negative for Covid-19 Your child can return to school, assuming they are well, and no one in the household or support bubble has any further Covid-19 symptoms.
My child tests positive for Covid-19 DO NOT SEND YOUR CHILD TO SCHOOL.

Your child must isolate for 10 days from the start of symptoms, and until there is no fever for 48 hours. The rest of the household should isolate for 14 days.

Make sure you tell the school immediately about the result of the test.

My child tests negative for Covid-19 (test done when the child had symptoms) Your child can return to school, assuming they are well, and no one in the household or support bubble has any Covid-19 symptoms.

COVID 19 Safety – Guide to 2021

Face Coverings

In light of the change in the government’s guidance and WHO recommendations we require all students to wear an appropriate face covering whilst in shared areas of the school such as corridors. Face coverings should be appropriate for school and must not display any image, words or design that would be offensive or intimidating to others. Face coverings should be removed safely once they are seated in a lesson and kept in a plastic bag (a small food/freezer bag) by the student, taking care not to touch the front of the face covering.

Hygiene and reducing infection

Students must wash their hands for 20 seconds with soap after using the toilet and use hand sanitiser regularly throughout the day, particularly when entering or leaving an area or room. We have extra hand sanitiser stations around school and extra cleaning in place. Students should try to avoid touching door handles and bannisters unless necessary to reduce the chances of infection on surfaces. At the end of each lesson students will be required to wipe down the area they have been working at with a wipe provided by each teacher. We will be operating an open door policy to increase ventilation and keep windows open.

Students must avoid touching other people whilst at school and must keep two metres away from any adult.

One Way System

There will be a one way system throughout school which must be followed at all times. Students should try to social distance from others if possible whilst moving around the school and should not wait for their friends in corridors.

Reducing interactions between students of different year groups

In order to lessen the chances of the COVID 19 virus spreading the Government wants secondary schools to keep year groups separate. To do this we have had to move students into year group form groups rather than have mixed year groups, which we had previously. Your child will still be in the same House with the same Head of House and student support officer and your child’s form tutor will also be from your house. Details will be given to students in their induction sessions in September.

Staggered start and finish

Secondly, the Government advice says that we should have staggered starts and finishes to the day and stagger lunch times to keep year groups apart as far as is reasonably practical. This means that different year groups must arrive at school at the time given and not before and will leave at a specific time.

Staggered lunchtime

We will be having two lunch sittings rather than one so we can manage lunch times safely and keep year groups apart. Students will be in lessons when they are not having their lunch. A full canteen service will be available at lunchtime. Break time will be at the normal time and year groups will sit in different zones of the school to prevent mixing. We are encouraging students to bring in their own snack and drink for break time please as the canteen break service will be significantly reduced.

Lesson times

All students will receive the same amount of teaching time as they previously had plus a tutor period as usual at the beginning of the day. We are still operating our normal timetable and our four period day. Students will still move between lessons using the new one-way system.


Students must bring a bag with a pencil case for use at school. Equipment cannot be lent to students by staff or other students to avoid infection. Please ensure students are ready to learn with a pen, a pencil, a ruler, an eraser, a glue stick, a calculator. In addition students will need a face covering in a small plastic bag and it is advisable to bring a small bottle of hand sanitiser for personal use, although this is provided at school.


Students will be expected to wear full school uniform from their Induction day. Please ensure students have a warm coat for the winter and waterproof school shoes.


Once your child has received their timetable in the induction session, they will be able to see which days they have PE on. This is important as for now we are unable to use the changing rooms so on the days when your child has PE they will need to come into school in their PE kit.

Before and after school clubs

There are currently no breakfast or after school clubs and children should not arrive at school before their designated arrival time as we are unable to provide space for children to wait. If this changes we will let you know via the school newsletter.


Obviously, we are in uncertain times and we do not know what will happen with the COVID19 virus so it is very important we all work together to implement these safety measures to keep staff and students as safe as possible. Students need to play their part too and your support in this is greatly appreciated. Students need to understand that they should stay two metres away from any adult at school and that they must not touch anybody else. Students must continue to wash their hands regularly or use hand sanitiser and they must follow the one-way system at school. The induction sessions will go through everything with students so they are fully prepared. Students are expected to wear full school uniform, even for induction sessions and to bring a school bag into school with their main equipment in.

Staggered Start Times:

 From Monday, 14 September, students must not enter the school site at all until their allocated entry time which is as follows:

8.30 am           Years 7, 8, 12 & 13

8.40 am           Years 9, 10 & 11

Staggered Finish Times:

Students will finish school at the following times and they must leave the site immediately:

3.05 pm           Years 7, 8 & 9

3.10 pm           Years 10 & 11

3.15 pm           Years 12 & 13

Staggered Lunch Times:

First Lunch Sitting:

11.55-12.30 pm           Years 7, 8 & 9

Second Lunch Sitting:

1.10-1.45 pm   Years 10, 11, 12 & 13

School Covid 19 Risk Assessment (Click HERE)

Appendix to the Behaviour Policy (Covid 19) (click HERE)

What Parents Need to Know (advice from the Government)

Click here for more advice and guidance from the Government

Travel Information

The travel information and travel corridors are changing on a daily basis.  Click HERE to get the most up to date information from the Government