School will reopen to all students on Monday 19th April 2021 as normal.
We look forward to welcoming everyone back to school after the Easter break. All students and staff will return to school following a normal five lessons per day timetable with the right teachers in the right classrooms. School starts promptly at 8:40am.
When we return to school after Easter, we are conscious that the government is most likely to have continued the process of bringing us out of lockdown in line with the ‘road map’ that they have previously published. If all goes well over the period of the next school term, then some of the restrictions currently in place in response to the pandemic will be gradually eased.
We can reassure all students, staff and parents that we will continue to do everything we can to keep our whole school community safe during this transition period.
With this in mind, when we return to school after Easter we will continue to operate all of the basic Covid safety measures that have served us well to this point.
If your child is unwell in any way, they must not come to school.
If you need to discuss any symptoms that your child or other household member may be experiencing please contact us on Nocv19@hccs.info and we will respond appropriately. We must all remain vigilant at all times and work together to keep our whole school community safe.
With effect from 1st April 2021, the government has now paused the advice for the most clinically vulnerable people to shield. All students and staff in this category should now return to school as normal. We will continue to advise the general covid safety measures.
The use of face coverings in school buildings will remain in place on return to school after Easter. We will consider reducing their usage as part of our routine fortnightly review on Friday 1st May 2021.
Face coverings on school and public transport are compulsory unless a medical exemption is in place.
Outdoor sports facilities and indoor gyms are expected to re-open from 12th April. When school returns after Easter, we will return to normal PE arrangements and reopen the changing facilities. PE kits should be brought to school on days when students are scheduled to have PE.
The 3G pitch will also be available to book outside of school hours via the Everybody Sports and Leisure Trust.
PE changing facilities
When students return to school after Easter and we move to the normal school procedures around changing for PE lessons, we will have in place an expansion in the number of changing stations in the changing rooms. This should allow students the opportunity to space themselves out more effectively. There will also be some smaller areas that will allow additional privacy where this is felt to be important for some students. We understand that it will take a little time for students to get back into our normal routine and we will therefore be as flexible as possible in meeting the needs of individual students.
Opening up the sports facilities and changing rooms means that all students will now return to full school uniform, everyday.
This is a full return to our normal school uniform policy. The school uniform policy can be found on our website or by following this link:
We would like to thank parents for working with us through the pandemic when it has been necessary to vary our normal policy. We would however now ask for your cooperation in re-establishing satisfactory school uniform standards. We have repeatedly asked students not to come in non school uniform items, hoodies being a good example. When we return to school after Easter, our uniform policy will be enforced.
Lateral Flow Tests (LFT)
All students will have been provided with sufficient test kits to self test for covid twice during the last few days of the school holiday prior to the return to school on Monday 19th April 2021. Parents and staff are asked to make sure that they carry out two tests with between two and five days in between. All students will be given further test kits when we return to school. Test kits will be distributed to all year groups in tutor time on Wednesdays.
Families are encouraged to take part in the testing programme and kits can be obtained free of charge by following the link:
We are also encouraging all staff and students to register their test results on our tracking system. The system sends out twice weekly reminders on Mondays and Thursday. To date, around 1,200 people have registered test results on the system and we thank everybody for helping us to keep our school community safe.
Registering on the system is easy providing you use an email address that is held by the school. If you have any problems registering, please let us know and a member of our team will be happy to help.
The system can be access at: https://testregister.co.uk/login
Please remember that the home tests are an added layer of safety and for use by people who are well and have no symptoms. If any member of your household is unwell for any reason please book a test via https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test and choose the symptom nearest to those being experienced.
If someone in your household tests positive using an LFT test
If someone in your household tests positive for Covid-19 using the home test kits (LFT), you should immediately isolate and arrange for a PCR test. The PCR test should be booked immediately either online or by calling 119 and should be undertaken within 2 days.
Staff, students and pupils who had a positive LFD test result, and their close contacts and other members of their household, should self-isolate immediately in line with NHS Test and Trace guidance while awaiting the PCR result. If the PCR test is negative, it overrides the LFD test and the staff member, pupil or student can return to school or college, and their close contacts can end their self-isolation.