COVID-19

What are the absence procedures for COVID-related situations?

The main symptoms for COVID-19 are detailed on the NHS website.

We are following all the guidance issued by the authorities. The best guide for parents is this one below which explains what to do in a variety of situations.

What are the plans for vaccinating school-aged children?

The UK’s Chief Medical Officers have announced that all 12-15 year olds will be offered the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine (commonly known just as the Pfizer vaccine).

Many students had their first dose in the academy on Monday 1 November and Tuesday 2 November 2021. A second dose will now be offered in 2022 – details will be shared when we have them.

All 12-15 year olds can also get vaccines outside of school in the national scheme

To book online: Visit www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination

To book on the phone: phone 119 free of charge, 7am to 11pm, 7 days a week.  

How does home learning work?

Any students self-isolating and able to study will be asked to follow a programme of home learning via Google Classroom.

What are we doing to keep the academy and its students safe?

To keep rates of the virus low, we are:

  • Encouraging staff, visitors, students, and their households to carry out twice-weekly lateral flow testing for people without symptoms.
  • Asking staff, students and visitors to wear face coverings in communal areas and in classrooms unless they are exempt, eating or drinking or carrying out physical exercise.
  • Continuing to encourage, promote and support vaccinations for eligible students and staff.
  • Reiterating the importance of social distancing between staff within the setting and good ventilation.
  • Encouraging self-isolation in line with government advice

The full details are available on our Risk Assessment below.

Students, staff and visitors should regularly and thoroughly wash their hands and/or use the hand sanitising pumps around the academy.

Home testing

The government recommends home testing for everyone twice a week. Students and staff can be provided with home test kits.

For other members of the household, you can get a twice-weekly test:

Testing in the academy’s Asymptomic Test Centre

The government has asked schools to offer on-site testing as students return in January 2022.