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LIVE: Coronavirus Guidance for Parents/Guardians

weekly parent newsletter - 'ferneley news'

During this remote learning period, we are keeping in touch with our families via our weekly parent newsletter 'Ferneley News'. For copies, please visit our Parent Newsletters webpage here. 

  • Home Testing Arrangements - from w/c 22nd March 2021 - 

Home testing arrangements and information letter

  • Live update: 26th February 2021

Ferneley News - reopening newsletter edition

  • Live update: 6th January 2021

Remote Learning Support for Families

covid response - key staff contact

For queries around our school COVID operation and procedures, please contact Mrs Bradley (Secondary Operations Lead) at [email protected].

Thank you for continuing to work with school in such a positive and supportive way throughout these difficult times. Considering the significant changes to routines and procedures in and around school, students and staff have responded very well, and we continue to support one another throughout these unprecedented times. 

Sadly, it would seem that our communities are facing a very challenging winter period of increasing COVID positive cases. I can assure you that as a school we will continue to do our very best to minimise risk, continue to educate our children either at school or during isolation periods, and support all our families. 

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Mask policy in school

You will know that we now have a face mask policy in place at school. Students MUST wear a face mask when travelling to and from their lessons, and we strongly advise that they are worn in lessons alongside national directive. Our students have responded very sensibly and maturely to this request, this term. Please ensure that your child leaves home with a mask in their school bag and their equipment for learning each day. Those students caught without a face mask on will be sanctioned. 

Masks on school transport

By law all students must wear their mask on buses for the whole of their journey. See the latest guidance for parents/guardians from the DfE:

Visitors in school

Please note that visitors to John Ferneley are permitted strictly by appointment only, and only when your visit is essential.

If you are visiting, with an appointment, please make sure that:

  • You sign in on arrival using the track and trace form provided OR our NHS app QR code check-in.
  • You sanitise your hands when you arrive and as necessary during your visit.
  • You carry a mask or face covering and wear it as required when in the school building.
  • You maintain a safe distance (at least one metre, and ideally two meters) from other people at all times.

Family Well-being Support Lines

We have all had very different experiences during the coronavirus outbreak. Please find useful practical and emotional support below to help parents/guardians and students through the uncertainties and challenges of the pandemic:

  • Kooth / Online emotional and mental health support for children and young people aged between 11 – 24 years and is available up to 10pm every day.

  • Childline

Helpline: 08001111 ( 7:30am-3:30pm) /
Childline provides support and a 1-2-1 counsellor chat online.

  • Young Minds

Crisis messenger: text YM to 85258 (24/7) /
Parents helpline: 08088025544 (9:30am-4pm Mon-Fri

  • Samaritans

116123 (24/7) /
Anyone can talk to the Samaritans, they are there to listen when you need someone to talk to.

  • Shout

Text SHOUT to 85258 (24/7) /
Anyone in the UK can use Shout. The trained volunteers are there for you 24/7 to listen and support you.

  • Mind

03001233393 (9am-6pm, Mon-Fri) /
This info line can provide information and signposting to local services. You can speak to them about mental health problems, where to get help near you and treatment options.

  • Early Help

Online referral:

Leicestershire County Council Early Help offers a range of universal and targeted support to help tackle problems for children, young people and their families.

  • C.A.P. (Central Access Point)

0116 2953060 24 hours a day

Mental Health support from the NHS. The service links callers with call handlers and clinicians who can assess their needs and advise, support, signpost or refer them directly to the appropriate service.

Risk Assessment

Please see our updated Risk Assessments below for March 2021 reopening.