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17th Mar 2020

Latest from Headteacher and Public Health England

Tue 17 March:  See below for today's letter from Headteacher, Ms Gumbrell:

Dear parents and carers,

You will be aware that the COVID-19 situation is developing rapidly. 

In terms of our approach here in school we are being guided by the government in order to keep students and staff as safe and well as possible. 

The most current government guidance can be read here:

The key things we are doing in school are:

·         Following the Government guidance ourselves

·         Reassuring students and maintaining a sense of calm

·         Supporting your daughters, practically and emotionally

To date we have not been directly advised to close by our local Public Health England Health Protection Team, therefore we remain open at this current time.

Key points and reminders:

• your daughter should stay at home if she is unwell with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature to avoid spreading infection to others. If your daughter has a pre-existing health condition that makes her particularly  vulnerable to infection I would advise you to follow Government advice.

•if your daughter becomes unwell in school with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature she will be sent home

•your daughter should ensure handwashing for 20 seconds -more often than usual with soap and water or hand sanitiser and catch coughs and sneezes in tissues while in school

I continue to work with my senior leadership team in developing strategy and guidance in looking ahead to a situation of school closure.

Planning includes ensuring that learning resources for students are in place and as accessible for all of your daughters as possible.


At the moment it looks as if we will be able to open the school as normal; however given the changing recommendations re self-isolation and the shielding of vulnerable groups that could change.  

Thank you for your support  at this difficult time.  I will of course keep you updated as and when things change.

With best wishes


Mon 16 March:  Click here for update letter from Headteacher, Ms Gumbrell, sent to all parents today.


Fri 13 March:  Travel Guidance for the Education Sector from DfE:

In light of the advice by DfE and Public Health England that all trips abroad for students under 18 should not go ahead, it is with regret that the Y11 Spanish Trip to Valencia has been cancelled.


"1.1 Overseas trips for children under 18 organised by education settings

The government advises against all overseas education trips for children under 18. This is because trip leaders would face significant challenges in making arrangements to ensure children’s welfare, should adult supervisors or children be required to self-isolate."


12 March:  Please see below for the latest email sent today from Mrs Gumbrell to all parents:

Dear Parent/Carer

With regards to the latest updates on the coronavirus, we are monitoring the situation very closely and are following the updates and guidance that Public Health England and the DfE are sending out to all schools which is the advice that has been given to us by the Local Authority.  These are displayed on our school website. 

We are planning for the eventuality of school closures, particularly in relation to year 11 and 13 students to be able to access work from home. 

We will, of course, update you with any additional news that we receive.

With best wishes

Jennifer Gumbrell


All UK (domestic) school visits are going ahead as planned until further advice from the DfE and/or Public Health for England.


Gov uk

Please see the latest advice received from the DfE regarding Coronavirus:




We are continuing to keep you updated on the government’s response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

Department for Education Coronavirus helpline

Today, we have launched a new helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)

  • No school should close in response to a suspected (or confirmed) COVID-19 case unless directed to do so by Public Health England.

The importance of hygiene

Personal hygiene is the most important way we can tackle COVID-19. Please help us in sharing simple and effective hand hygiene messages.

Public Health England has a dedicated webpage with a range of posters and digital materials at:

Sign up is quick, free and means you will be alerted as more resources are made available.

Where to find the latest information

Updates on COVID-19:

Travel advice for those travelling and living overseas:

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