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Latest Updates From the Principal
This page has key information relating to Covid-19. Previous updates can be downloaded from our Letters & Emails page.
Covid tests - how to report results
Students need to register their results from their lateral flow tests each week. Please could parents ensure that their daughters register their results on a Wednesday and Sunday via the weekly forms.
Update: 17th June
Positive test for Covid-19
Dear Parents and carers
Unfortunately, a further member of our school community has tested positive for Covid-19. Please can we ask that all pupils continue to self-test twice per week using the Lateral Flow Test Devices which are distributed by the academy.
We have distributed the most recent set of testing kits today to your daughters, so please be sure to check your daughter has received hers today and that she tests on a Wednesday and a Sunday and reports the results to the NHS and to the academy via Forms.
As an academy, we continue to promote the wearing of facial coverings, in line with the guidance which has been sent out by the Southwark Director of Public Health given the number of local cases. We ask that your daughter wears a mask in areas of the academy where social distancing cannot be maintained, for example, in corridors. Should you wish your daughter to have an exemption, you should contact the academy on firstname.lastname@example.org
Update: 14th June
Possible case of Covid-19
We have been informed of a possible case of Covid-19 in one of our class bubbles at the academy. Following Public Health advice, we have been advised to ask 28 pupils to self-isolate.
We thank you for your continuing cooperation with the measures that are place to reduce the transmission of Covid-19, particularly in continuing to test your children or help them self-test twice per week.
We continue to ask that pupils wear masks/face coverings in enclosed spaces, wash or sanitise their hands regularly and maintain social distancing as far as possible. If your daughter is unwell, even with mild symptoms, please ensure she has a PCR test and you advise us of any symptoms of concern.
Thank you for your continuing vigilance and support.
Important letter from Southwark Council about Covid testing - please read
Please click HERE to read an important letter about the importance of Covid-19 testing. We have recently seen a sharp rise in cases across Southwark with over 200 cases in the last week, which is a timely reminder that the virus still poses a risk for all of us. Please click HERE to read the letter.
Update: 1th June 2021
How exams will be graded
Click HERE to see the government's guide for students on how GCSEs, A levels, vocational and technical qualifications will be graded and awarded in summer 2021.
Here are our letters to parents about teacher assessed grades, which will be used this year in place of final exams.
- Click HERE to see the letter to Year 11 parents/carers
- Click HERE to see the letter to Year 13 parents/carers
HGAED's Policy for Determining Teacher Assessed Grades can be found on our Teaching and Learning page.
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.