Covid 19: Learning and Support

Covid update

Face masks: due to significant outbreaks in other schools, including one of our main feeder primaries, we are insisting on masks indoors again from Monday 29 November.

COVID vaccination:  parents can now  book COVID-19 vaccinations online for their 12-15 year old children. You can read the Government’s announcement hereYou can go online and check the National Booking Service to see if your local site has appointments.

Walk-in’s (no appointment necessary). You can attend any of the vaccination sites below:

The Guttmann centre in Aylesbury between 9am - 7pm Sunday to Thursday, and 3pm -7pm on Friday/Saturday
The Mall in Reading between 9.30am - 7pm Monday to Sunday.
The Kassam Stadium in Oxford between 9.30am - 7pm. Please note that the Kassam is closed all day for walk-ins and appointments for Oxford United home weekend matches, and at 3pm on weekday home matchdays.
West Oxfordshire District Council Town Centre Shop,3 Welch Way, Witney, OX28 6JH:

  • Friday        26 Nov.          10:00 -7pm.
  • Saturday    27 Nov.          9.30am-7pm
  • Sunday      29Nov.          9.30am-7pm
  • Friday        3 Dec.            9.30am-7pm
  • Saturday    4Dec.            9.30am-7pm
  • Sunday      5 Dec.            9.30am-7pm

Any questions regarding these sessions should be directed to the Immunisation Team.

Read more about the vaccine, vaccination programme and advice for parents here.

Please remember you are also invited to participate in the Covid Vaccine Monitoring Study.

FLU vaccination: a letter from the School Health Nursing Immunisation Team regarding Flu vaccination catch-up community clinics, has been sent  to all  Year 7-11 families. Any questions regarding these sessions should be directed to the Immunisation Team.

Lateral Flow Tests: additional kits for home testing continue to be sent home regularly. Please be aware that these are nasal only. Please report results here: and here:

Self-isolation now only applies to those who have tested positive. Close contacts (including family members) should book a PCR test, rather than self-isolating.

August 2021 - Covid contingency

DfE contingency framework: Contingency framework: education and childcare settings

DfE operational guidance: Schools COVID-19 operational guidance

Measures in place:
1. Keeping symptomatic cases out of school: ongoing communication with staff, parents and children.
2. Individual risk assessments for all staff as appropriate.
3. Hygiene and cleaning: hand sanitiser; “catch it, bin it, kill it”; cleaning of desk spaces as part of start of lesson routine; enhanced cleaning of site.
4. Lateral Flow Tests: 2 asymptomatic tests at the start of term; ongoing home tests.
5. Ventilation: site team checked all rooms before the start of term; windows and doors to remain open where possible, including at break / lunch and overnight; staff to report poor ventilation; CO2 monitors are due to arrive from DfE; ways of improving ventilation will be explored, within the bounds of what is possible.
6. Track and Trace have taken responsibility for contact tracing, but school will in addition send a warning email to parents when a child in the same class has tested positive, encouraging PCR tests.
7. Staff briefing will remain online.
8. If assemblies are in person, masks will be worn.
9. Ongoing compliance with PHE / Track and Trace advice.


Level 1: 2 or 3 confirmed cases in a year group.
1. Assemblies revert to online.
2. PE changing rooms taken out of use; students come in PE kit.

Level 2: several confirmed cases in one or more year groups, but not qualifying as an outbreak (see contingency framework): the cases are not clustered, but appear to be separate.
1. Staff training and meetings move online.
2. Masks again become compulsory inside.
3. Limits on visitors.

Level 3: depends on advice from PHE, but is in the event of a significant outbreak. Measures will be imposed following advice, but may well include:
● Separate entrances and exits.
● Split break and lunch.
● Canteen service reverts to take-away only.
● Limits on clubs, performances and extra-curricular activities.
● Isolation of larger groups, up to full or partial closure of the school.
● Introduction of asymptomatic testing in school for groups, or the whole school.

Online teaching and live-streaming: we are going to retain the ability to do this as part of a planned provision. For short term absences, there will be work on the Google Classroom called something like ‘in case of absence’, which will be refreshed periodically as topics move on. For longer term absence, or to make online learning part of a planned
provision, please make contact with the year team or SEND.

How do students at home access their lessons?

Students use Google Classroom to access their learning from home.


This booklet will help you with instructions for accessing online learning if you have any questions.

GoogleClassroom Student Instructions

GoogleClassroom codes

Students should only use this if they do not know a code or have not been able to join their classroom: students must be very careful to check that they have found their own class - some teachers teach lots of classes in one year group!

Google Classroom Codes 2021-2022

'How to' video

Kindly made by Miss Robinson. We recommend students (and parents/carers) watch this if they have any problems:

Optional Yrs 7-10 Extend and Challenge Home Learning Activities

These are entirely optional and should only be attempted once classwork is completed:

Remote Education Information for Parents

January 2021 Remote Education Provision - Information for Parents

Parent-Friendly Online Learning - Best Practice - January 2021


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