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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Advice



Welcome to our page, which we hope will be a one-stop place to go for information regarding the possible impact of the Coronavirus outbreak on our school.

Please be assured that we are receiving daily updates from Public Health England and the DfE regarding this matter and we are following their guidelines.


The new guidance as of 12 March 2020 is that anyone who develops a new and persistent cough or a high temperature (above 37 degrees Celsius) should stay at home for 7 days. The following guidance will apply 

  • If you develop any of these symptoms you will need to stay at home for 7 days

  • If your symptoms progress you will need to self isolate and follow the continued guidance from Public Health.


The guidance for schools remains the same:


‘Current advice remains in place: no education or children’s social care setting should close in response to a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 case unless advised to do so by Public Health England.

The Chief Medical Officer has advised that the impact of closing schools on both children’s education and on the workforce will be substantial, but the benefit to public health may not be. Decisions on future advice to schools will be taken based on the latest and best scientific evidence, which at this stage suggests children are a lower risk group’.


To help you here are some useful links:


The government Website:


The DfE website:


NHS England:


Symptoms of coronavirus


The symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • a cough

  • a high temperature

  • shortness of breath

but these symptoms do not necessarily mean you have the illness.

The symptoms are similar to other illnesses that are much more common, such as cold and flu.


Department for Education Coronavirus helpline


On Monday 3rd March the DfE 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)


We ask all parents to help us by doing the following for the foreseeable future:

  • Provide 3 up-to-date contacts to the school office

  • Sign up to the Study Bugs app so that in the event of other communications being busy we can communicate with you and you with us. (Available through the App store or

  • If they do have a temperature over 37 or a persistent cough  keep them off for 7 days and contact the corona virus helpline on 0800 046 8687 or NHS 111


Clink link below about facts on the Coronavirus: