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Latest Updates From the Principal
On this page, we will update you with key information relating to the school (including Covid-19 and the recent malware attack), so that you always have the latest details in one place. All previous updates can be downloaded from our Letters & Emails page.
Update: 30th March 2021
End of Term - Message from the Principal
Dear Parents and Carers
The academy closes for the Easter break tomorrow.
Please note that Years 12 and 13 have a study day tomorrow, but must attend site if they are yet to collect their Covid-19 testing kits.
Years 7 and 9 will be dismissed at 11:45
Years 8 and 10 will be dismissed at 12:15
Year 11 will be dismissed at 12:30
School resumes at normal time on Monday 19th April.
Due to the malware attack, please be reminded that you should only attempt to contact the academy for very urgent matters. The academy reception will close from 12:45 on 31st March and reopen at 8:00 on 19th April.
Urgent matters, including notifying the academy of positive Covid-19 tests, should be emailed to email@example.com
Please can we ask that your children continue to self-test for Covid-19 throughout the break? All pupils have been issued with tests kits for this purpose today. ALL pupils should test themselves on the Sunday evening before the return to school on Monday 19th April. Again, any positive cases must be notified to the academy.
Intervention programmes for Year 11 will continue for a limited number of subjects and you will be notified if your child needs to attend these sessions. We do hope that our IT services will be resuming again over the break, and your child may receive invites to attend online revision sessions. We will notify you of these in advance.
Finally, please can we ask that ALL Harris devices, including laptops, desktops, dongles etc be returned to the academy tomorrow so that we can ensure that they are safe for use? It's vital that pupils DO NOT LOG ON and they must make sure that the devices are powered down completely (turned off - not just on sleep mode). Thank you in advance for your cooperation with this.
We wish you all a wonderful break. Thank you so much for all you have done at home to support our pupils over the last few weeks and months. It's so appreciated.
With best regards
Update: 23rd March 2021
Summer Term Mocks and Assessments
Years 11 and 13
Click HERE to download a letter to students with an update on exam replacements.
Please click HERE to download the Year 11 assessment timetable (Monday 19th – Friday 30th April 2021).
Update: 22nd March 2021
Dear Parents and Carers
One of our pupils has had a positive test result for COVID-19. Thankfully, coronavirus is usually a mild illness in children and young adults and we are expecting the pupil to make a full recoveryâ¯very quickly. However, we are of course treating the situation with a great deal of care and have liaised closely with Public Health England (PHE).
As always, the whole community should be vigilant about social distancing, mask wearing and hygiene. We are very grateful to parents for everything you are doing to support pupils return to school safely, including helping our students test themselves regularly at home. Your continued support is much appreciated.
Update: 16th March 2021
Home Testing - Update
Dear Parents and Carers
Pupils in a number of year groups have been issued with two home testing kits today and more will be distributed later this week.
Each kit contains three Lateral Flow Test Devices and the other materials required to self-test at home. Your child has also received a detailed guide about how to do the tests and report the results. Please do read this guide through with your children and help them to test themselves twice per week and report their results. The privacy notice for home testing sets out what the NHS will do with your data.
Any positive test results MUST be reported to the academy, as we are not informed directly by the NHS of their results. Thank you very much in advance for your support in this. We hope that all goes well with the testing at home. Please don’t hesitate to contact the academy if you or your child require further support.
If there are any problems with the test kits, please see below about how to report these.
Carrie Senior, Principal
Update: 15th March 2021
Self-Testing at Home
Dear Parents and Carers
Thank you to you and your children for your cooperation with our Covid-19 lateral flow device testing programme. We have completed over 3000 tests in the last ten days and hopefully everyone is now every familiar with the testing process. We have now received self-testing kits for all of our pupils, and these will be distributed to pupils this week.
The self-testing kits are for your children’s use only. Parents and other family members are able to access test kits either via employers or via the government website https://www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests
There are also local pick up points for test kits at the Peckham Pulse Leisure Centre car park, the Belair car park, and the Molesworth Street car park in Lewisham. These sites are generally open from 1pm to 8pm. You can also access rapid LFD tests at various locations across the area.
We would urge everyone in your household to self-test twice per week and share your results with NHS Test and Trace. Sharing your results means that you can receive support payments if you are eligible and will help the NHS identify areas of concern in relation to Covid-19 infection rates.
Click HERE to see a series of videos which show you how to self-test. Your daughter will already be familiar with this process from school. Your daughter should test herself twice per week in the morning before coming to school, with the tests 3-5 days apart-ideally on a Monday morning before coming to school, and a Thursday or Friday. Please ensure that she does NOT attend should the result be positive. If she does get a positive result, you must all self-isolate and your daughter must take a PCR test at a testing centre (or order a home test PCR kit).
Your daughter has been given a detailed leaflet of instructions with her kit and she has seen these videos and demonstrations of the testing process at school.
Should you be unable to test your daughter at home or support her in self-testing, please report this to us via the academy website and we can arrange for her to continue to be tested twice weekly in school.
Click HERE if you would like your daughter to continue to be tested at school.
Thank you for your ongoing support.
All previous updates can be downloaded from our Letters & Emails page.
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.
What to do if someone in your household develops symptoms of COVID-19
If someone in your household develops symptoms of COVID-19, they should remain at home for at least 10 days from the date when their symptoms appeared.
All other household members who remain well must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days.
The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill.
Household members should not go to work, school or public areas and exercise should be taken within the home.
Household members staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community.
If you are able, move any vulnerable individuals (such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions) out of your home, to stay with friends or family for the duration of the home isolation period.
If your child or anyone in the household does develop symptoms, you can seek advice from NHS 111 at:
https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/symptoms/ or by phoning 111.
How to stop COVID-19 spreading
There are things you can do to help reduce the risk of you and anyone you live with getting ill with COVID-19.
- wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
- use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
- wash your hands as soon as you get home
- cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
- put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
Further information is available at:
If your child becomes unwell at school
If your child becomes unwell during the academy day, or arrives at school unwell, they will be assessed by a first aider. Any child that has symptoms consistent with coronavirus will be sent home and your child will be expected to self-isolate for 14 days.
If your child has symptoms, you MUST book a test which can be done via NHS 119 or https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing-and-tracing/get-a-test-to-check-if-you-have-coronavirus/
The website for test booking is very busy, but new appointments are released on the hour, so refresh the website on the hour and you are more likely to get a slot. Everyone in your household should self-isolate until the 14 days are up or you have received a negative test result for your child. Your child can return to school when the 14 days are up, or you receive a negative test result and she is feeling better.
If anyone in your household is unwell with symptoms consistent with Covid-19
If anyone in your household is unwell with symptoms of Covid-19 your WHOLE HOUSEHOLD should be self-isolating, including your children.
Please do NOT send your children to school if anyone in the household is unwell. Phone the attendance line and inform us that your child is self-isolating due to a possible case.
Book the relevant member of the household a test. If the test is positive, the whole household must continue to self-isolate for 14 days from the onset of the affected person’s symptoms. This is really important as it means that your child won’t pass on Covid-19 to others. The most common way for Covid-19 to spread to others is through household transmission - members of families unsurprisingly pass it on to one another as they are in close contact so it’s important to contain any transmission by isolating your household.
If your child has been in proximity contact (2 metres) with a confirmed positive case of Covid-19
In the event that the academy is informed that a pupil or member of staff has tested positive for Covid-19, the academy works with Public Health England to assess the risk of transmission.
Pupils or staff who have been within 2 metres of a confirmed positive case for more than 15 minutes (for example in a lesson) will be asked to self-isolate for 14 days from the date of contact with the positive case. This is why our seating plans are so important as it means we can identify immediately who may have been within 2-3 metres and act accordingly.
If your child is asked to self-isolate because they have been in proximity contact with a confirmed positive case, we will call you and ask you to collect your child. Your child should self-isolate for 14 days from the contact (we will tell you the date of return on a letter that is sent home with your child). The rest of the household do NOT need to self-isolate unless your child starts to display symptoms-and in this case, you’ll need to book a test.
Please inform us immediately if your child becomes symptomatic when self-isolating and of the outcome of any CV-19 test. The 14 days starts again if your child develops symptoms so it’s incredibly important you let us know.
I am so grateful for your support in cooperating with the academy when we alert you to either your child being unwell in school or when your child is asked to self-isolate by us. We’re also grateful for your openness in letting us know when you have possible or confirmed cases of Covid-19 in your households. It makes such a difference to keeping our community safe and in enabling us to keep your children learning and in school as far as possible.
The latest government advice on Covid-19 is available at:
The government provides updated guidance on what parents and carers need to know about schools and colleges. You can read the latest government guidence HERE.
This guidance is now also available in the following languages: Arabic, Bengali, Chinese – traditional, Chinese – simplified, French, Gujarati, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Romany, Somali, Turkish, Urdu.