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Reopening arrangements / Coronavirus testing - from Monday 8th March

Last updated - 26th February 2021

Dear Parents/Guardians,

I am sure that everyone is delighted that we can at last plan for all students to be returning back to school, following the Prime Minister’s announcements on Monday evening. This newsletter edition outlines our reopening arrangements from Monday 8th March, so please do read carefully. Suffice it to say, we can’t wait for our students to return!

The key week is, of course, the week beginning Monday 8th March. The Government’s intention is that all students should be tested before returning to the classroom. As you can imagine, the logistics of safely testing up to 1200 students in one day was going to pose very considerable challenges. We are therefore pleased that the Government has given secondary schools the ability to stagger how students return during this first week, between Monday 8th and Thursday 11th March.

Our overarching plan, therefore, is to have between at least two year groups return on any one day, following their first negative test (testing is voluntary but we strongly encourage it - students are to still return on their year group return day, even if they haven't consented to testing). We will phase return starting with Years 10 and 11 returning on Tuesday 9th March, Years 8 and 9 returning on Wednesday 10th March and finally Year 7 on Thursday 11th March. On arriving for their first test that week, students are to only attend at their designated time, to be tested (see timetable overleaf below). After taking their first test, they are to return home to follow remote learning, and then return to school in full, the following day.

As ever, should you have any further questions or queries around our reopening or testing arrangements, please do get in touch via the school reception (01664 595901), or contact Mrs Teece ([email protected]), or Miss Bradley ([email protected]).

Please download, take a look at the following resources, including our year group phased return / testing timetable for reopening, ear group outdoor locations for 'closed school' and updated risk assessments: