Coronavirus Situation

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

Friday 29th May 2020
We anticipate new government guidance about the proposed reopening of schools very soon and we will update our pages as soon as it is available.

The government has ordered the closure of all schools during the ‘delay phase’ of the Coronavirus outbreak. However, we are commited to your children’s education and wellbeing and so have drawn up continuity plans, detailed below, and will be working remotely to support you as best we can.

If you are a ‘key worker’ by the government’s new definition, please contact Rachel Bowles to let her know. Some childcare provision can be made for ‘key workers’ and we are collaborating with local schools to try provide this as effectively and safely as possible.

Continuity Plans

Working on the presumption that the school will not be able reopen for the foreseeable future we have restructured our timetable to provide a balance of taught lessons on Zoom and independent work and activities.

Security and Zoom recordings

Single sign on:
In order to access your Zoom lessons you will need to ensure you are logging in with single sign on (SSO). Students must sign in to Zoom using their school Google account and not any other account or email address. Students must not use devices which are not signed into their school account.
The easiest way to sign in using SSO is to log out of Zoom entirely, log in again and select ‘SSO’ from the sign in options. Please ensure hchschool is the specified domain when you do so. If you have any difficulty please email Ben Ruddin:

Use of cameras in Zoom:
For the security and safety of students and staff, cameras must be switched on at the start of every lesson. In some cases a teacher may permit you to switch off your camera but you will need to request permission from your teacher. Students who do not have their camera on will be removed from the lesson.

Recorded lessons:
All lessons are recorded for the safety and security of students and staff. The recordings are stored in Zoom cloud servers and then downloaded and saved on HCH servers for up to 30 days. Recordings will only be accessed for safeguarding purposes or to improve the quality of our service. For more information about use of data, please refer to our school privacy notice.


Students and families may like to participate in activities together over and above the work we are setting in the distance learning curriculum. We will regularly keep you informed of activities, challenges, resources to benefit the wellbeing of pupils and parents etc on the HCH at home webpage.

Staff and Student Training Day

Wednesday 22nd April
As this timetable requires both staff and students to work in new ways, we have set aside the first day of term as a training day. The expectations about online conduct will be explained to the students. Students will be shown how to use google classroom if they haven’t already used it, and shown how to submit work for marking. Students will then have the opportunity to practise submitting work and using tools such as Office Lens to create a suitable PDF of handwritten work.
This is in addition to the staff INSET day on Tuesday 21st April.
The timetabled teaching will begin on Thursday 23rd April.

Whom to contact during the school closure-April 2020