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COVID-19 Information

COVID related absence - A quick guide for parents - UPDATED FOR SEPTEMBER 2021

Information on testing for parents and other adults in households with children at school or college.


Undertaking regular, rapid coronavirus (COVID-19) testing helps reduce transmission of the virus. Parents and other adults in households with children at school or college, who do not have symptoms, can now access regular, rapid coronavirus (COVID-19) testing. This includes childcare and support bubbles.

Tests are fast, easy and completely free. There are different ways for a household, childcare or support bubble to collect their test to take at home, twice-weekly:


  • through your employer, if they offer testing to employees
  • by collecting a home test kit from a local test site – anyone aged 18 or over can collect 2 packs of 7 tests
  • by ordering a home test kit online – please do not order online if you can access testing through other routes, this frees up home delivery for those who need it most


If you have any queries about the tests, and you live in England, please call 119 (free from mobiles and landlines). Lines are open every day from 7am to 11pm.


Children of primary school age (and below) without symptoms are not being asked to take a test.


Testing is voluntary, but strongly recommended to all who are eligible. Alongside the vaccine, washing hands, wearing face coverings, and maintaining social distancing, rapid testing plays a vital role in reducing transmission rates. Getting into the habit of regular testing as part of our everyday lives will help us all to play our part and do what we can to protect each other.

Remote Learning     


Remote Learning will take place in the event of a period of self-isolation, class or bubble suspension or partial school closure relating to COVID-19. It is government expectation that children’s learning will continue from home, primarily through the provision of online learning materials from school. However we are very aware that for many families that this is a challenge for lots of different reasons. We are doing our utmost to source additional technology for this. Hard copy packs are always prepared weekly and the day for exchanging these is a Monday.


During a period of Remote Learning (RL) parents/carers should:

  • Contact the school if their child is sick (so we know that they will not be able to access online learning or complete hard copy packs at home).
  • Seek help if it is needed. Please email or use your child’s ClassDojo account.
  • Be realistic about RL expectations.
  • Support and encourage children to meet deadlines.
  • Where possible, maintain a regular and familiar routine.
  • Supervise children during their use of the Internet.
  • Maintain a balance between screen time, practical activities and social interaction.


Please refer to our new Parent Guide for any help with ClassDojo



In line with government guidance, pupils, staff and families should self-isolate if they display any of the following symptoms:

  • A continuous, dry cough
  • A high temperature above 37.8
  • A loss of, or change to, their sense of smell or taste
  • Have had access to a test and this has returned a positive result for Covid-19
  • Any child self-isolating due to returning from a holiday abroad
  • Any child absent due to being contacted by NHS Track and Trace or isolating due to a family member with symptoms.



School Closure Letter - 04.01.21

Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice and support for parents and carers


Coronavirus (COVID-19): support for parents and carers to keep children safe online - GOV.UK (

Letter sent out to parents 10th December 2020