Key steps we are taking to keep our pupils safe:

  • Pupils will be in year group zones and will not be able to mix with pupils from other year groups at any time during the school day
  • Pupils will remain in the same classroom for much of the school day to reduce the contact they have with other pupils. This means that your child’s form group may change as they will remain with their form group for the whole day.
  • Each year group will have their own zone of the school building, own toilets and own zone of the outdoor areas for breaktime and lunch- time
  • Within their class bubble pupils will not be expected to maintain a social distance and will, for instance share a table with a partner in their classroom. However, they must maintain social distance with all adults in the building and with all pupils not in their class
  • In the mornings we will open three different entrances to the school so that year groups are separate from one another. Where more than one year group is using the same entrance they will enter on different sides:
    • Year 7 and Year 11 will enter through the main school gate entrance
    • Year 8 and Year 10 will enter through the vehicle entrance on Cecil Avenue – no vehicles will be allowed to enter between 08:00-08:30 to allow for this
    • Year 9 will enter through an entrance from the footpath beside our MUGA straight into the courtyard
  • Children in different year groups will have different lunch times. The lunch on offer will be a ‘grab and go’ packed lunches. Pupils will be able to bring in their own packed lunches but of course they must be healthy and cannot include Chocolate, sweets, fizzy drinks or jumbo packs of crisps. The dining hall tables will be cleaned between each sitting and pupils will clean their hands before and after eating.
  • We will run a slightly shortened school day. We will be reducing the length of each lesson by 5 minutes as children will no longer be transitioning between classrooms and time will be saved.
  • We will also be dismissing year groups at different times at the end of the day to avoid the normal congestion on the high street.
  • Pupils will be required to wear their full school uniform every day. On the day that they have PE they will be expected to wear their full PE kit to school as we will not be using the changing rooms. It is important that your child wears the full PE kit – and when it is cold this should include the PE jumper. Full details can be found here
  • As normal pupils will be expected to have all their equipment for school with them every day – we also encourage parents to ensure their child has a bottle of water with them. See equipment list here
  • Pupils will be strongly encouraged to walk or cycle to school and if possible, not use public transport
  • If your child has to use public transport to get to school they must wear a mask for their journey. This mask must be removed when they enter school and safely stored in a plastic bag and not touched during the school day
  • We have employed 4 additional cleaners to carry out additional cleaning through the day, particularly of things people touch regularly like tabletops and door handles
  • Pupils will be required to wash their hands regularly throughout the school day
  • We strongly recommend that pupils wear a face mask in all communal areas of the school. This means that they will be allowed to wear a mask if they choose to when you enter the school building and as they transition to their classrooms. They will be required to safely remove your mask when they enter the classroom. If you wish for your child to wear a mask in the classroom, you must inform their head of year who will give them a pass. We will teach all pupils how to safely wear a mask during induction.
  • All pupils MUST understand the importance of the social distancing rules. Any child who deliberately breaks the social distancing rules will be removed from the class and their parents contacted.