Covid Update - Year 9

Covid Update - Year 9 (critical worker and vulnerable student bubble)

Dear parents and carers,

We have been advised by Public Health England that there has been a confirmed case of COVID-19 within the school in year 9 within the critical worker and vulnerable student bubble. This case was picked up by the lateral flow tests that we are conducting in school and the student was asymptomatic.

We know that you may find this concerning but we are continuing to monitor the situation and are working closely with Public Health England. This letter is to inform you of the current situation and provide advice on how to support your child. Please be reassured that for most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.

The small number of children who have been in direct prolonged close contact with the confirmed case will have received an individual letter and will be staying at home for 10 days.

  • The case is in year 9.
  • 6 students have been asked to self-isolate.
  • We have contacted the students who are now self-isolating. If you have not heard from us then you are not affected.
  • The period of self isolation for these students will end on 11th February 2021.
  • One member of staff is self -isolating.
  • The students were last in on Monday 1st February 2021.
  • The name of the student will not be released due to data privacy laws.

As a school, ensuring the health, safety and wellbeing of our students, staff and the wider school community has been our absolute priority. As a result, we have closely followed all Government guidance and have implemented all possible safety measures and protocols to ensure everyone’s safety and to limit the transmission of any virus.

Parents whose work is critical to the coronavirus (COVID-19) and EU transition response include those who work in health and social care and in other key sectors. Children with at least one parent or carer who is a critical worker can go to school or college if required, but parents and carers should keep their children at home if they can.

The guidance that we have received is to ask any member of staff or students that have had close contact with the infected person, to isolate for 10 days from the last time they had contact with the child. The DfE guidance states that close contact means:

  • Direct close contacts – face to face contact with an infected individual for any length of time, within 1 metre, including being coughed on, a face to face conversation, or unprotected physical contact (skin-to-skin)
  • Proximity contacts – extended close contact (within 1 to 2 metres for more than 15 minutes) with an infected individual
  • Travelling in a small vehicle, like a car, with an infected person.

This is a single case within a year group bubble and we are confident it is an isolated case.

The students and families of those who are now self-isolating have already been informed and will be accessing remote learning from home to limit any disruption to their education.

I completely appreciate and understand that there are already some inevitable anxieties given the current circumstances we find ourselves in. However, I would like to reassure you that we are doing all we can to ensure everyone’s safety and will be continuing to closely follow and implement advice from the experts to maintain this.

It is important that students, staff and the wider school community remain vigilant and continue to uphold the various safety protocols in place both within the Academy but also adhering to lockdown guidance.

What to do if your child develops symptoms of COVID 19
If your child develops symptoms of COVID-19, they must not come to school and should remain at home for at least 10 days from the date when 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 14 days. This includes anyone in your ‘Support Bubble’.

Further information is available at:

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

  • A new continuous cough
  • A high temperature
  • A loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)

If your child does develop symptoms, you can seek advice from the website at:

If you are concerned about your child’s symptoms, or they are worsening you can seek advice from NHS 111 at or by phoning 111.

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 least 20 seconds
  • Use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • Wash your hands as soon as you get home
  • Cover your mouth and nose 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

If there are any further updates we will inform you immediately, but if you have any questions or queries please do not hesitate to contact the Academy and we will be able to support you.

Thank you once again for your ongoing support and understanding – it is greatly appreciated.

Please stay safe and join me in wishing anyone suffering from Covid a speedy recovery.

Yours faithfully,

Dr Lisa Mason