Important Information Year 11

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17 November 2020

Dear Parent/Carer


Further to our communications with you this morning, we have received further advice from Public Health England following the confirmation of a case of COVID-19 within our Year 11 cohort.

We have sought guidance from Public Health England around next steps as they seek to identify close contacts in the first instance.  As this is a Year 11 student who has been in a number of different subjects and mixed within the bubble to allow successful completion of their GCSE studies, we cannot confidently identify all students who may have had contact with this Year 11 student. 

We, therefore, need to balance the risk of further infection within the bubble but also across the wider community, which has to be our immediate priority, alongside the potential harm to education in what is a very important year for your child.

It is with deep regret and a heavy heart that after significant discussion we will need all Year 11 students to self-isolate for 14 days, starting with effect from Tuesday 17 November 2020.  Students will, therefore, return to the Academy on 01 December 2020, should they be well and our situation has not altered.  This is in line with action taken by other schools in similar circumstances both locally and nationally but I do appreciate this may cause a considerable challenge to parents and carers.

Students should continue with their studies during their period of self-isolation, full details will be sent to you today regarding the timetable students are expected to follow with effect from tomorrow, Wednesday 18 November 2020.  If you have any issues with regard to IT access, please contact your Progress Leader through e-mail at and the Academy will do all that it can to support you.

The guidance on such action and next steps is clarified below:

What to do if your child develops symptoms of COVID 19

If your child develops symptoms of COVID-19, they should remain at home for at least 10 days from the date when their symptoms first appeared.  Anyone with symptoms will be eligible for testing and this can be arranged via or by calling 119.  All other household members who remain well must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days.  This includes anyone in your ‘Support Bubble’.  The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill.

Household members should not go to work, school or public areas and exercise should be taken within the home.  If you require help with buying groceries, other shopping or picking up medication, or walking a dog, you should ask friends or family.  Alternatively, you can order your shopping online and medication by telephone or online.  Household members staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community

If you are able, move any vulnerable individuals (such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions) out of your home, to stay with friends or family for the duration of the home isolation period.  Please see the link to: Stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection.

Symptoms of COVID 19

The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:

  • new continuous cough and/or;
  • high temperature and/or;
  • a loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia).

For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.

If your child does develop symptoms, you can seek advice from NHS 111 at Check if you or your child has coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms or by phoning 111.

How to stop COVID-19 spreading

There are things you can do to help reduce the risk of you and anyone you live with getting ill with COVID-19.  Do:

  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds;
  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available;
  • wash your hands as soon as you get home;
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze; and
  • put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards.

Further information is available at - Coronavirus (COVID-19).

If your child does develop COVID-19 symptoms, please contact our Attendance Team via

Another letter will be sent very shortly outlining how work will be set, how it can be accessed and how support will be provided.

Yours sincerely

Mrs G McLaughlin



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