Confirmed Covid Case

Darwin Class advice following the confirmed case of coronavirus (COVID-19)

The family received the positive test result on Sunday 13th September and Darwin class parents were notified on the morning of Monday 14th September that their child must not attend school.

Based on the advice from the health protection team, schools must send home those people who have been in close contact with the person who has tested positive, advising them to self-isolate for 14 days since they were last in close contact with that person when they were infectious. This means that pupils and staff from Darwin class must not return until Tuesday 22nd September.

  • Household members of those contacts who are sent home do not need to self-isolate themselves unless the child, young person or staff member who is self-isolating subsequently develops symptoms. If someone in a class or group that has been asked to self-isolate develops symptoms themselves within their 14-day isolation period they should follow guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection. They should get a test, and:
  • If the test delivers a negative result, they must remain in isolation for the remainder of the 14-day isolation period. This is because they could still develop the coronavirus (COVID-19) within the remaining days.
  • If the test result is positive, they should inform school immediately.




Illness and Covid-19

Information about illness and COVID-19

It is inevitable at this time of year that children will develop coughs and colds. Unfortunately, the symptoms of COVID-19 mimic so many other typical childhood illnesses that it may be hard to tell whether the infection is or isn’t coronavirus. We are therefore advising parents not to send their children into school if they are unwell in any way at all. If a child displays symptoms whilst at school, it is crucial that they get a test as soon as possible.

We do appreciate that there will be disruption as a result of this and we will do our best to minimise the impact of this on pupils’ education. Government guidance states that a child who is self-isolating will be marked as an ‘x’ on the register and this does not affect their attendance record.

For more information please see information below.

Infection response


The first week back.

We have been thrilled to welcome the children back to school after such a long break; we were blown away by the fact that we have had nearly 100% attendance this week! All of the children have behaved exceptionally well and have adapted to the new routines and procedures brilliantly. We are very proud of them!

We would like to extend our thanks to all members of our school community for the trust that everyone has shown in us this week. We appreciate that returning to school may not have been easy for everyone and we hope that you have been reassured by the measures which we have put in place to minimise the risk of Covid-19 transmission at school. Whilst there are many things which are different this academic year, we would like to stress that we remain committed to providing all of our pupils with high quality social, emotional support and a rigorous, rounded education.

As the Government’s Covid-19 guidance is updated, we will need to review our practices, so please bear with us if changes need to be made from time to time. We will continue to keep you updated via this website. Thank-you for working with us to ensure that all of our pupils and staff are kept as safe as possible. With the safety of our school community in mind, we would like to share a few gentle reminders:

Please do not arrive before 8:45 a.m., as we need to avoid people congregating while they wait for classroom doors to open.

Please remember that you can drop your child/ren off any time between 8:45 and 9:15 in the morning. Having a window of time to drop-off should mean that arrivals are spaced out and that social distancing is possible.

Please do not collect your child any later than 3:15 as we do not have staff available to supervise pupils at this time. (You can collect your child between 2:45 and 3:15)

Please could all parents observe 2m social distancing whilst on school grounds.

Please ensure that your child brings a waterproof coat into school everyday, as we will try to be outside as much as possible.

Thank-you for your co-operation in these matters. If we all work together, we can minimise the risk for all of our pupils and their families and for our members of staff. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to phone, text or email the school.

Mrs. Brotherhood & Mrs. Evans.