Emailed to parents and carers 30/4/21

Confirmed Case of Covid-19 – 29/04/2020

We have been made aware that one member of our academy community has tested positive for Covid-19.  We are working closely with Public Health England to follow the guidance and ensure we take the appropriate measures.

The group of children who have been in direct, prolonged contact with the individual who has tested positive for Covid-19, have been contacted directly and will be staying at home for the designated self-isolation period.

For all other students, the academy remains open and your child should continue to attend if they are well.

We know that you will find this concerning, however as a result of the many robust safety measures the academy has in place, it is safe to remain open to all other students.  This letter is to inform you of the current situation and provide advice on how to support your child and wider family.

Twice Weekly Lateral Flow Device Testing

Our students have all been given new rapid lateral flow device testing kits to take home. Please ensure students continue to test at home on Sunday and Wednesday evenings. If the result is positive, parents must please:

1] upload the result online at
2] register the result online using our confidential online Microsoft Form
3] book a PCR test (you cannot go to a walk in or drive through Covid-19 test centre)
4] call Mrs Wiernicki at school on 01473 466148 asap
5] everyone else in the household must also stay at home

Important Notice re Covid-19 tests

If you or anyone in your household needs to take a Covid-19 PCR test or has taken a Covid-19 PCR test, you must not send your children to school. They must stay at home with you and you must call us on 01473 466148 to let us know they are absent and the reason why. As soon as you get the test result please call this number again.

If anybody in your household receives a positive Covid-19 test result (lateral flow or PCR) or if you have been asked to self-isolate by NHS Track & Trace, you must please call Mrs Wiernicki at school on 01473 466145/466148 immediately. You can leave a voicemail out of hours.

If you think your child, or anyone in your household, needs to take a Covid-19 PCR test please contact us on 01473 466148 for advice. Do not send your children to school until you have spoken with Mrs Wiernicki.

What to do if your child develops symptoms of COVID-19  

If your child develops symptoms of Covid-19, they must not come to the academy and should remain at home for at least 10 days from the date their symptoms 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 10 days. This includes anyone in your ‘Support Bubble’. You do not need to get tested unless you display symptoms.  Further guidance is available at:

The 10-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill.
Household members should not go to work, childcare setting, school, college 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 online or by phone.

Household members staying at home for 10 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community.

Symptoms of COVID-19  

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

  1. a new continuous cough and/or
  2. a high temperature
  3. 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 you or your child does develop symptoms, you can seek advice from NHS 111 or online:

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.


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

Further information is available at:

Mark Bouckley

General queries to: or 01473 742315

Attendance or absence queries to: or 01473 466145

Covid-19 related queries to: or 01473 466148

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