Deputy Headteacher's Update

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/ Deputy Headteacher's Update
March 30th 2021

Dear Parents and Carers,

As we draw towards the end of term, I would like to take this opportunity to express my thanks and appreciation for your patience and support throughout the last academic year.

It has been extremely challenging for all staff, students and our wider community to adapt and cope with remote learning, as well as the day to day routines and systems we’ve had to initiate in school, due to Covid-19. Having the students back in school over the last few weeks has been wonderful, and given us all real hope and positivity about the rest of this academic year and beyond.

Our students have had a lot to deal with, but they continue to demonstrate resilience and fortitude, as well as displaying great enthusiasm towards their learning, and their wider involvement in school life.

We really want all of our staff and families to be able to relax and enjoy the Easter holidays. However, the virus takes no rest, and we do stress the need to adhere to the recent government guidelines as well as practicing good hand hygiene, social distancing and the wearing of face coverings in public spaces.

Click here to view the latest government guidance

It is really important for you to contact us if the situations outlined below arises over the Easter Holiday period.

If during the first six days of holidays  (Friday 2nd April to Wednesday 7th April inclusive), anyone in your household or support bubble develops symptoms, it is really important that you all self-isolate and book a test

Click here to book a test online

Click here to book a test via telephoneIf that test returns positive, and your son/daughter attended school in the last week of term, 48hrs prior to the onset of symptoms, it is essential that you contact me so that we can track and trace your son/daughter’s movement in school, during their infectious period and their possible contacts.  We would also need to inform you of the earliest return to school date for your son/daughter.

If this situation arises please contact me on 07874796897, or email me at at any time of day.

The individual who tested positive will need to isolate for at least 10 days from the day after the first date of symptoms appearing.  All other household members must also stay at home and not leave the house for 10 days. This includes anyone in your ‘Support Bubble’ – defined here.

Please note: if we are made aware of a positive case during the first six days of the holidays, and your son/daughter was present during the last week of term whilst they may have been infectious, we would need to contact all of the parents of close contacts to inform them that their son/daughter would need to self-isolate for 10 days, after the last point of contact with the infected person. If we do contact you, it is likely to affect the return to school date in April 2021 for your child.

During the last week of the holiday 9h April to 18th April inclusive, it is also important that we are made aware of any student who tests positive, or is having to self-isolate if they have been identified by the Public Health Team as a close contact, or has had close contact with someone awaiting a test result, as they will not be able to return to school on Monday 19th April along with the other students.

If this situation arises please contact me on 07874796897, or email me at  We will then contact you on Monday 19th April to discuss the situation and confirm the earliest return to school date for your child.

School will be open at the usual time on Monday 19th April and the same morning procedures we have adopted over the last term, will continue to apply.

However, should your son or daughter have any of the following symptoms, please do not send them into school during this first week and please contact our Attendance Office  on 01225 762686, or email the office ( ) in the usual way as soon as possible:

  • High Temperature
  • a new and continuous cough
  • a loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste or smell
  • Cold like symptoms
  • Headache
  • Generally feeling under the weather

Lateral flow home testing

It is important that your son/daughter continues to test themselves twice a week with the lateral flow tests that they have been provided with by us.

Once complete, please continue to upload your results to the GOV.UK website, and also inform us here at the school, on a Sunday and Wednesday.

How do you upload the results to the GOV.UK website?                                 

Please select this QR code to record your results.  You will need the test kit ID number underneath the QR code on the test strip  to complete this.  You may wish to save this link to the homepage of your phone for convenience.

Alternatively click here to report your results

How do you inform school of the result after each test?                               

Please select this QR code to record your results.  You may wish to save this link to the homepage of your phone for convenience.

Alternatively click here to access the Clarendon Results tracker

Despite all of the challenges this academic year, our children have all been brilliant and have adapted quickly and shown real character in all that they have had to cope with. Thank you for your ongoing support, and I really do hope you can have a very happy Easter, and that we see some sunshine.  Please look after yourselves and stay safe.

All the very best

David Cade
Deputy Headteacher