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Covid-19 - Latest Updates From the Academy
On this page we will update you with key information relating to the school and Covid-19. Previous updates and letters home can all be found on our Letters Home page.
Covid testing and start of term arrangements
Letters have been sent to each family with details of arrangements for Covid testing and the start of term. The letters can also be downloaded from the following links.
- Starting Year 7 in September 2021
- Starting Year 8 in September 2021
- Starting Year 9 in September 2021
- Starting Year 10 in September 2021
- Starting Year 11 in September 2021
Message from the Principal - 2nd September 2021
Dear parents and carers,
I do hope that you have had a lovely summer and that your children are looking forward to returning to school. We are delighted to welcome another new cohort of year 7s and 12s to the academy.
We are continuing to work with and follow the guidelines from Public Health England and so all pupils are expected to attend the academy to have an initial test for Covid-19 prior to the return to school for each year group.
These Lateral Flow Device tests are important so that we identify any pupils who may have Covid-19 but do not have any symptoms. This is a lot more likely after a summer break mixing with others, so please do make sure that you have given consent for your child to be tested and that they attend on the relevant date and time for their test so that we can help everyone return to school safely.
There are a still a number of Covid safety measures in place. All pupils, visitors and staff are expected to wash or sanitise their hands on arrival on site and frequently throughout the school day. Our Academy building will continue to be well ventilated ensuring only fresh air is circulating. The enhanced cleaning measures brought in last year continue to be in place and we have revised our Risk Assessments to cover the current Step 4 updates.
In line with the current Government guidance we will continue to ask students and staff to take two Lateral Flow Tests each week and will provide the testing kits as we did previously. Please do not send your son/ward to school if he has any symptoms of Covid-19 or if he records a positive Lateral Flow Test.
Please be aware that NHS test and trace is now responsible for contact tracing, so if your child tests positive, they will contact you to identify close contacts who will be advised to have a PCR test.
Should you have any queries, please do contact the academy. Enjoy the remainder of your summer break. We are very much looking forward to welcoming our students back to school.
Who can have a Covid vaccine?
People aged 18 and over (or will turn 18 within 3 months)
- Can book online or call 119 for an appointment at a vaccination centre or pharmacy
- Can find a walk-in clinic to get vaccinated without needing an appointment
- Can follow up with their GP surgery and book an appointment with them
Young people aged 16 and 17
The first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is now available to all 16 and 17 year olds nationwide. Second dosage timings remain under review and you will be updated in due course. Parental consent is not required provided that the young person has capacity.
In south east London, young people aged 16 and 17 years can get a vaccine in one of two ways:
- By attending a grab-a-jab walk-in clinic (no appointment required)
- Through a direct invitation to book from a healthcare provider
Some children aged 12 to 15
Children aged 12 to 15 can get vaccinated against COVID-19 if:
- they live with someone who is more likely to get infections (such as someone who has HIV, has had a transplant or is having certain treatments for cancer, lupus or rheumatoid arthritis)
- they have a condition that means they're at high risk from COVID-19
- a severe problem with the brain or nerves, such as cerebral palsy
- Down's syndrome
- severe or multiple learning disabilities (or they're on the learning disability register)
- a condition that means they're more likely to get infections (such as some genetic conditions or types of cancer)
If a child is eligible for vaccination, parents will be contacted by a local NHS service such as their GP surgery to arrange their appointments.
There has been no decision made about a wider vaccination roll-out for 12 to 15 year olds. This remains under review and you’ll be updated in due course.
- Click HERE to download a letter to parents from Southwark Council about Covid vaccinations for 16 and 17 year old.
- Click HERE to download a letter to headteachers from Southwark Council about Covid vaccinations for 16 and 17 year old.
Timings of the Day 2021-22
From September 2021 we will not be putting year groups into bubbles and will no longer have staggered start times. Click HERE to see the timings of the day for each Key Stage.
Home Testing Kits - How to Report Results
Click HERE to report the result to NHS Test and Trace.
Click HERE to complete the simple form and report the result to the school.
Covid-19 - national advice
The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:
- new continuous cough and/or
- high temperature
- 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 your child or anyone in the household does develop symptoms, you can seek advice from NHS 111 at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/symptoms/ 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 regularly and for at least 20 seconds.
- Cover your face in enclosed spaces, especially where social distancing may be difficult and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet.
- It is now compulsory to wear cloth face coverings on public transport, shops and several other indoor settings.
- Stay 2 metres apart where possible, or 1 metre with extra precautions in place.
- Keep your distance from people who are outside your household or support bubble.
- Limit social gatherings (including abiding by the ‘rule of 6’) and avoid crowded places.
Further information is available at https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus/education-and-childcare