Coronavirus Daily update – Wednesday 18th March 2020

The school’s infection control measures

We would like to take this opportunity to outline the preventative measures the school has put in place in order to minimise the spread of infection, in the event of an outbreak within the school.

Please see below the new Government Guidelines issued on Monday 16th March

  • All pupils ringing in absent due to having a fever 37.8C or above and/or a new persistent cough will be told to self-isolate at home (stay at home, away from other people)  for 14 days. Pupils will not be allowed to return to school until after the 14 days
  • Pupils sent home from school with the above symptoms and any pupils demonstrating a persistent cough in school will also be sent home from school and told to stay off for 14 days.
  • If pupils live in a household were any one person has a persistent cough or fever, everyone living there must stay at home for 14 days 

All After School Activities Cancelled

Mandarin, Year 10 & 11 Period 6, Homework Clubs, PE and Sports etc until further notice


Year 11 Spanish and French mock speaking exams due to take place week commencing 23rd March have been cancelled.

Year 11 Leavers Ball.

  • Year 11 leavers ball in under review and updates will be sent home to parents as and when.


All International trip have been cancelled further to Government guidelines. Further detailed information will be sent home to parents about cancelled trips.

  • 29th March – 2nd April – Earth Summit, Sweden
  • 24th – 26th April – Berlin – 40 History students
  • July 20 – China Trip

The trips below have been cancelled

  • 15th – 17th May – Year 9 Residential to Ullswater
  • 5th – 6th June – London Trip
  • Rewards Trip will be taking place within school
  • Year 8 Bush craft
  • DofE Activities

The English PGL Weekend at Winmarleigh Hall – Year 11 students27th – 28th March is still under review and parents will be updated as soon as decision has been made.

Sporting Fixtures:

NO external sporting fixtures will be taking place for students with immediate effect


As per the advice from the government, the school has taken the following actions for infection control:

  • Putting up coronavirus infection control measures information posters around the school
  • Encouraging good hygiene by promoting the importance of handwashing for at least 20 seconds with warm water and soap in the following circumstances:
    • Before leaving home
    • On arrival at school
    • After using the toilet
    • After breaks and sporting activities
    • Before food preparation
    • Before eating any food, including snacks
    • Before leaving school
  • Installing alcohol-based hand sanitiser dispensers that contain at least 60 percent alcohol throughout the school
  • Ensuring pupils and staff understand that they must cover their cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue away
  • Ensuring frequently touched objects and surfaces are cleaned and disinfected more regularly than usual
  • Calling NHS 111 if someone becomes unwell and isolating any unwell people in a separate room

As an important part of our school community, I would ask that you encourage good infection control practices, such as thorough handwashing, at home and keep your child informed about the things they can do to discourage the spread of infection.

We will update parents daily with any changes or news.

Any concerns please email the school in the first instance