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Covid-19 - Latest Updates
This page has key information relating to Covid-19. Previous updates can be downloaded from our Letters & Emails page.
Update: 14th October 2021
Covid tests during half term
Dear parents and carers
A huge thank you from us all at the academy for your support over the last few weeks as we have managed an outbreak of Covid-19 at the academy. We have been advised by Public Health that your daughters should continue to test throughout the half term break -but that they should test only twice per week whilst we are not at school.
Please can you make sure that your daughter tests herself using the lateral flow device test kits on the Sunday before returning to school on 1st November?
Test kits will be distributed again tomorrow. This is really important so that we don't re-introduce any infection after the half term break. We have been advised that students should then test daily for the first week back. Pupils should continue to wear facial coverings for the first week back too. We're then hopeful that we can ease the measures in place.
Thank you again for your ongoing support. It's so appreciated. Have a restful, enjoyable and healthy half term.
Covid-19 vaccinations - young people aged 12-15
We do not have a confirmed date for these vaccinnations yet. This process is run entirely by the NHS and any concerns or queries MUST be addressed to 0208 614 5306 or Hrch.firstname.lastname@example.org. The academy will not be dealing with queries regarding the vaccine.
You might also find these two NHS leaflets useful:
- Covid-19 Vaccinations - A Guide for Children and Young People
- What to Expect After Your Covid-19 Vaccination: Advice for Children and Young People
Flu vaccinations - consent form
The School Immunisation Team will be at school in November to offer free flu vaccinations for all students in Year 7 to 11. Please follow the link below to complete an online consent form (one for each child) to ensure your child receives their vaccination.
The vaccination is free and is a quick, simple and painless spray up the nose. Even if your child had the vaccine last year, the type of flu can vary each winter, so it is recommended to have it again this year or they won’t be protected.
Covid vaccinations - 16-18 year olds
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
Click HERE to download a letter to parents from Southwark Council about Covid vaccinations for 16 and 17 year old.
National Guidance on coronavirus
Symptoms of coronavirus
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.