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 Please click here for letter sent home to parents/carers on 21 September 2020

NHS Advice - Worried your child may have COVID Symptoms?  Check if you or your child has coronavirus symptoms by reading the following advice:

Anyone experiencing one or more of the symptoms outlined below should follow the government’s guidance on self-isolation and access a coronavirus test within 3 to 5 days of onset of symptoms either via the NHS online portal or by dialling 119. If the test is negative the child and the family can stop isolating and return to school/ work if they feel well enough.

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your 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 (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

f you can’t immediately get a test appointment, please persist, new tests become available regularly.


Diarrhoea/ vomiting in children during this season is most commonly associated with viral gastroenteritis, though it may also be a minor symptom of Covid-19. However, at this point diarrhoea/ vomiting is not included in the symptoms which are required to obtain a test for Covid-19. If a child has symptoms of diarrhoea/ vomiting they must be excluded from school immediately for a duration till 48 hrs after their symptoms resolve.


Cold symptoms:

Your child may come to school and will not be sent home with: one of the following:

  • a blocked or runny nose
  • a sore throat
  • headache

What to do if your child has symptoms

If your child has any of the main symptoms of coronavirus:

  1. Get a test to check if they have coronavirus as soon as possible.
  2. Stay at home and do not have visitors until you get the test result – only leave your home to have a test.

Anyone you live with, and anyone in your support bubble, must also stay at home until you get the result.


Get a test to check if you have coronavirus

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Government guidance for parents and carers with children in nursery, school, or college in the autumn term.

The translation of government guidance for parents and carers on early years providers, schools and colleges in the autumn term is now available in the following languages:

·         Arabic

·         Bengali

·         Chinese – traditional

·         Chinese – simplified

·         French

·         Gujarati

·         Polish

·         Portuguese

·         Punjabi

·         Romany

·         Somali

·         Turkish

·         Urdu

Department for Education coronavirus (COVID-19) helpline

The Department for Education coronavirus (COVID-19) helpline is available to answer questions about coronavirus (COVID-19) relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline by calling:

Phone: 0800 046 8687

Opening hours:

Monday to Friday from 8am to 6pm

Government Advice and Guidance on Returning to School

Click here for the government's #backtoschoolsafely campaign and here for for information and practical guidance to help you plan for your children’s return to school. 

Returning to School: Your Questions Answered (document dtd 25 August)

Face coverings in schools and colleges: Your questions answered (document dtd 26 August)

Arrival/dismissal Arrangements

For information on arrival/dismissal arrangements for pupils effective from Wednesday 9 September, please click on the video tab of the school website.  Thank you.

Welcome from Ms Longley, Head Teacher

Ms Longley, Head Teacher

  Please click here for Ms Longley's Head Teacher Welcome Letter - 4 September 2020

Hand washing advice

It is essential that everyone washes their hands more often, using soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Hand washing 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.

Please see the latest guidance and video on handwashing from the NHS.

The e-Bug project is led by Public Health England and has a dedicated webpage for learning resources on hand washing and respiratory hygiene. E-Bug has published posters on hand hygiene, and covering coughs and sneezes, to display in bathrooms, classrooms and shared spaces.

Public Health England launches Every Mind Matters campaign

Most families have experienced upheaval in their daily lives during the pandemic. With children and young people now back at school or college, the new Public Health England (PHE) Better Health – Every Mind Matters campaign provides NHS-endorsed tips and advice to help children and young people’s mental wellbeing, and equip parents and carers with the knowledge to support them.

The new advice available on the Every Mind Matters website has been developed in partnership with leading children and young people’s mental health charities, including Young Minds, The Mix, Place2Be and The Anna Freud Centre. It is designed to help parents and carers spot the signs that children may be struggling with their mental health and support them, and also provides advice that can help maintain good mental wellbeing. The site also provides tools to help young people build resilience and equips them to look after their mental wellbeing.

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