Dear Parents/Carers

We are delighted to be welcoming our students back to school and are looking forward to this return to normality, as we are sure you and the students are too.

We are writing to let you know about the arrangements for returning to school from the 5th March.

In order to get students back into school safely, there will be a phased return from the 5th March with the whole school population back in full time by the 15th March.

The phased return allows the key focus to be testing and safety during this week as well as ensuring the ongoing safety of students and staff.  Where students are not in school the virtual learning/set work programme will continue.

The full normal school timetable will be up and running from Monday 8th March for Years 11 and 13 and will be reintroduced for students following their test. If the students are in school they will be taught face to face. Years 7-10 and 12 will have lessons face to face in school on the day of their test and have remote teaching on the other days of the week starting 8th March.  All students will be back to face-to-face teaching from the 15th March and have their second and third tests according to a scheduled timetable during teaching time. There will be some disruption to lessons to accommodate the testing.

The reason for the grouping of students is the need to apply the 3-5 day gap between tests and to ensure we have sufficient staffing for testing, supervision of the vulnerable students and staffing of the students who have returned to school.


Year 13 Tested on Friday 5th March.  A return to the full timetable from Monday 8th.

Year 12 Tested on Friday 5th March and Wednesday 10th.  A return to the full timetable from Monday 15th.

Year 11 Tested on Monday 8th March.  A return to full timetable from Monday 8th

Year 10 Will be in school and be tested on Monday 8th (X), Tuesday 9th (Y), and Friday 12th.  A return to full timetable from Monday 15th.

Year 9  Will be in school and be tested on Wednesday 10th.  A return to the full timetable from Monday 15th.

Year 8  Will be in school and be tested on Thursday 11th. A return to the full timetable from Monday 15th.

Year 7  Will be in school and be tested on Friday 12th.  A return to the full timetable from Monday 15th.


  • On the first day for each year group, students are to arrive in school and head straight to the arena where they will be sat in their teaching groups. Year 12 and 13 students will be in forms on March 5th.  Registers will be taken.
  • The Principal, Leadership and Heads of Years will address each group regarding rules and protocols of the safe return to school.
  • Students with consent will then go through to the Sports Hall for testing and will wait in a holding zone for the results before moving to classrooms. Students will need to have a reading book or work to complete while waiting.
  • Students then continue with their normal timetable for the rest of the day. Any students who test positive will need to be collected from school and must isolate as instructed by Public Health England.

Testing Consent: Students will need to have provided a signed consent form which can be completed electronically and can be found under the ‘Additional Documents’ section of this page.

The form should be returned via email to or to the main school reception before Monday 8th March. Consent is voluntary.

Masks: All students are to bring a mask and it will be compulsory to wear them in the public areas of the school unless medically exempt.  Additionally, students should have a sealable plastic bag to store the mask when not being worn. Parents/guardians will be requested to collect their child from school if these guidelines are not followed.

Medical Exemption: Please inform us if this is relevant.

Lunch/Breaks: Free School meals will be provided as a simplified packed lunch (vegetarian/meat option). There is a form below that can be filled in by pupils(pupils must have logged in to the school website to complete this).

Please click here for the school meal form

Uniform: Standard school uniform is to be worn. No hoodies and no trainers. Masks to be brought into school (see the section above).

Lessons Year groups being tested Timings
Friday 5th March No Lessons


Students go home after their test.



12GA, 12RHU, 12NM, 13EE, 13SSH Arrive for 8.45

12EP, 12RS, 13DW, 13KM, 13LCO Arrive for 10.45

12NJ, 12SJ, 13HC, 13NT Arrive for 12.45

Monday 8th March Y11


Y10 X band (p5/6)


Y10 X band

11X band Arrive for 8:45

11Y band Arrive for 10:45

10X Arrive for 12:45

Tuesday 9th March Y11


10 Y band (all day)

Y10 Y band 10Y band Arrive for 8.45


Wednesday 10th March Y9







9Y Arrive  for 8:45

9X Arrive for 10:45

6th form (Test 2)


Thursday 11th March Y8





Y8 P & R  – Arrive for 8.45

Y8 Q & S – Arrive for 10.45

Y11 (Test 2)

Friday 12th March Y7






Y7 P & R  – Arrive for 8.45

Y7 Q & S – Arrive for 10.45

Y10 (Test 2)

Monday 15th March All students will return as normal and follow their normal timetable. PSHE will be P1 on Monday 15th. Second and third testings have been timetabled internally in school.

Detailed timings:

To facilitate the safe return to school for everyone and the return to normality, please discuss the processes, listed above, with your child(ren).  We appreciate how difficult this entire situation has been for everyone and by working together we can enable our students to transition back into full time education as smoothly and safely as possible.

Additional Documents

Consent Form

School Privacy Notice 

DFE Privacy Notice

How to do your test

COVID Risk Assessment

What if a student tests positive?

Participating staff and students who test positive will be informed about their results individually. Where participants are under 16, parents or legal guardians will also be notified. Guidance on safe travel and additional precautions will be provided along with test results.

What if a close contact at school tests positive?

If a close contact of someone in school who has tested positive for COVID-19 will need to self-isolate as per the national guidelines.

What if my child develops symptoms?

This testing programme at school is for people with no symptoms. If your child develops symptoms at any time (such as a high temperature; a new, continuous cough; or a loss or change to their sense of smell or taste) they must immediately self-isolate, and book a test by calling 119 (England, Wales and Northern Ireland) or 0300 303 2713 (Scotland) or visiting

What if a member of the household tests positive?

If someone you live with tests positive, your self-isolation period includes the day their symptoms started (or the day they had the test, if they do not have symptoms) and the next 10 full days.