Coronavirus Situation

This page will be kept up-to-date with the School’s current position with regard to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation.

As of Wednesday 6th January, Years 1 to 13 are following the Remote Learning Timetables; the Early Years is open onsite as usual. Children of critical workers are allowed onsite where they also follow the Remote Learning Timetable. If you are a critical worker and would like your child to be onsite please contact Ben Ruddin.

Tuesday 26th January 2021

Guy HollowayMA (Cantab), NPQH, FRSA
  • Headmaster

Remote Teaching Arrangements

Year groups with examinations

Years 10 & 11 were due to have their exams at the start of term. Y11 exams have been postponed to the week commencing 11th January. Y10 exams have been postponed, and are now scheduled to start Monday 18th January. Y6 CE11+ will take place after the half term break.

The announcement on Wednesday 6th January from Gavin Williamson, Secretary of State for Education, confirmed that A levels and GCSEs (but not IGCSEs) will be awarded based on teachers’ assessments, however must await the outcome from Ofqual consultation before we can confirm the details of this. At present the exam boards for IGCSE (which our students take in a number of subjects, including maths and English) are saying that exams will still go ahead this summer. However they claimed this last summer and eventually fell in line with the GCSEs. We will let you know as soon as we know more.

Mass asymptomatic testing

Once pupils are able to return to school, it is likely that students in Year 7 and older will be eligible for the quicker COVID-19 tests known as ‘lateral flow tests’ in school. By testing we will help to stop the virus spread and help to keep our school open as safely as possible. The test is voluntary, but we would encourage everyone to take it. More information can be found here: COVID-19 testing for staff and students.

These tests are not as reliable as the PCR tests that you would have at a testing centre, and do not replace the need to have a PCR test and self-isolate if you have COVID-19 symptoms.

On-site arrangements

Our Plans for Managing the Risk of Coronavirus Infection

Please see the System of Controls we have in place based on the DfE guidance. Please see Covid-19 Risk Management Plan for a more detailed version. A few key points are highlighted below.

Weekly self-certification

Every Tuesday morning, Fen Winstone will send a self-certification form to all parents which will need to be completed by 8 am on the Wednesday morning. The form will ask you to confirm your child and everyone in your household is well and symptom free. Should a member of your household develop COVID-19 symptoms (a persistent dry cough, loss of taste or smell, a temperature of 37.8 or higher) you must inform the school immediately.

Beginning and end of day

Pre-Nursery to Year 4 parents can drive into the school via the west gate at the back of the school (adjacent to the Hampton Court Green car park). Nursery and Reception families can drive down the perimeter road and park in the car park at the front of the school. Year 1 to Year 4 form rooms will be based in the S block at the back of the school, please park in the car park nearest the East gate at the front of the school and make your way to the S block on foot. The Hampton Court Palace car park can be used as an overflow if needs be but please be aware parking charges do apply.

Nursery and Reception form tutors will meet their form at 8.15 am in the little garden near the art block at the front of the school. Year 1 to Year 4 form tutors will meet their forms on the sports field at 8.35 am. All pupils will have their temperature checked and be signed in.

Pupils in Years 5 to 13 must not be driven onto the site but should make their own way into the school grounds. Form tutors will meet each form group on the front lawn where they will be assembled for temperature checks and signing in. Form tutors will then lead their form to their form rooms. If any pupil has a temperature of 37.8 or higher they will not be allowed to attend school.

Children will finish school at 4 pm each day. Your child will be signed out from the outdoor locations and we will have marquees in case of bad weather. The school gates will close at 4.20 pm each day. Parents must not come into the classrooms or any school buildings to collect a child without prior appointment. Children in Nursery and Reception class, who do not have older siblings, can be collected at 3.15pm to ease congestion in the car park.

Collecting a child during the school day

Once the school gates have closed at 9 am they will not reopen until 3.00 pm each day.

If you need to collect your child or visit the school for any reason during the course of the day you must come to the front gate and let Paul Jenkins, Security Manager, know why you are visiting. You will then be asked to come to our temporary medical area which will be based in the garden room at the front of the school. Natalie Barker, Admissions Assistant, or Rachel Bowles will greet and assist you. Any child who is unwell during the course of the day will be brought to the garden room to be supervised until a parent collects them. Please ensure you have notified the school of any changes to medical information, allergies, phone numbers, and whom to contact in case of emergency, as we will need to ensure children are collected safely and promptly.

Wearing face coverings

Face coverings should be worn by adults and pupils (in years 5 and above) in areas outside classrooms when moving around communal areas where social distancing is difficult to maintain such as corridors and staircases, the main hall, conservatory, gallery, staffroom and G5.

Face coverings are not considered necessary in the classroom even where social distancing is not possible. Face coverings would have a negative impact on teaching and their use in the classroom should be avoided.

Exemptions
Some individuals are exempt from wearing face coverings. This applies to those who:
cannot put on, wear or remove a face covering because of a physical or mental illness or impairment or disability
speak to or provide assistance to someone who relies on lip reading, clear sound or facial expression to communicate
The same exemptions will apply in school and we expect teachers and other staff to be sensitive to those needs.

Please refer to our System of Controls page for more information about the safe wearing of face coverings in school.

Lunches

Edson Junior Lopes and his catering team will be providing hot and cold lunches on site each day. Lunch will be delivered to students in their year group bubbles in environmentally-friendly packaging. Junior will prepare the food on site and the menu will be rotated each day. Junior and his catering team will be following the Guidance for food businesses on coronavirus (COVID-19). Lunches will be individually named to accommodate those who have allergies or dietary requirements.

Please ensure you have contacted reception; reception@hchnet.co.uk to update the school with any allergy information to ensure we can inform the catering team. We encourage all families to have the school lunch as it enables the children to have a hot, nutritious and varied lunch each day.Have a look at our lunch menus for the autumn term.

Peripatetic music teaching

We are unable to provide peripatetic music teaching at the start of this term. We hope, of course, to be able to bring peripatetic teaching back as soon as we deem it safe and practicable to do so. In the meantime we recommend contacting music teachers directly to arrange 1 to 1 tuition online. Please refer to our music pages for more information about online tuition.

As we progress through the first few weeks of term we will of course continue to review and update our procedures as needed. That being said, the most important thing is that families continue to contact us directly if you have a question or concern about any of the measures we have in place.