Key steps we are taking to keep our pupils safe:

  • Pupils will be in year group zones and will not be able to mix with pupils from other year groups at any time during the school day
  • Pupils will remain in the same classroom for much of the school day to reduce the contact they have with other pupils. This means that your child’s form group may change as they will remain with their form group for the whole day.
  • Each year group will have their own zone of the school building, own toilets and own zone of the outdoor areas for breaktime and lunchtime.
  • Within their class bubble pupils will not be expected to maintain a social distance and will, for instance share a table with a partner in their classroom. However, they must maintain social distance with all adults in the building and with all pupils not in their class, including outside.
  • Children in different year groups will have different lunch times. The lunch on offer will be a ‘grab and go’ packed lunches in at least Autumn 1. Pupils will be able to bring in their own packed lunches but of course they must be healthy and cannot include chocolate, sweets, fizzy drinks or jumbo packs of crisps. The dining hall tables will be cleaned between each sitting and pupils will clean their hands before eating.
  • We will run a slightly shortened school day.
  • We will also be dismissing year groups at different times at the end of the day to avoid the normal congestion on Bell Lane.
  • Pupils will be required to wear their full school uniform every day. On the day that they have PE they will be expected to bring trainers to school for light exercise.
  • As normal pupils will be expected to have all their equipment for school with them every day – we also encourage parents to ensure their child has a bottle of water with them.
  • Pupils will be strongly encouraged to walk or cycle to school and if possible, not use public transport.
  • If your child has to use public transport to get to school they must wear a mask for their journey.
  • We have employed additional cleaners to carry out additional cleaning through the day, particularly of things people touch regularly like tabletops and door handles.
  • Pupils will be required to sanitise their hands regularly throughout the school day.
  • We strongly recommend that pupils wear a face mask in all communal areas of the school. This means that they will be allowed to wear a mask if they choose to when you enter the school building and as they transition to their classrooms.
  • All pupils MUST understand the importance of the social distancing rules. Any child who deliberately breaks the social distancing rules will be removed from the class and their parents contacted.