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Coronavirus information

Phased Return to Thorpe House

We are keen to welcome staff and pupils back into Thorpe House as safely as possible while reducing the risk of spreading Covid-19. 

We are now following government guidance for a phased return by year group, starting with our youngest pupils in Reception and Year 1 and those ‘in transition’ in Year 6. Y10 will follow, in small class groups, with a view to supporting pupils on their GCSE journey.  

We have identified and assessed risks directly associated with Covid-19 and have now taken action to lessen these risks. These will be continually assessed and updated whenever advice, circumstances, or any of the risk factors are seen to have changed.




1.My son is returning to school, can you please clarify the measures you will be taking to stop the spread?

Our priorities are to:

         reduce the risk associated with the spread of COVID and act quickly should anyone show any symptoms

         wash hands frequently and follow good hygiene practices

         clean school settings regularly

         minimise contact and mixing


The revised school day has specific staggered drop off and collection times to avoid crossover and gatherings at the school gates. 

All staff and pupils have been strongly advised to avoid public transport and school mini buses will not be available for pupils. 

Note: Catering is closed during this time, so all pupils are asked to bring a packed lunch, a healthy break snack which must not be shared and a water bottle.


We stress the importance of only attending school if no symptoms are present.

Parents are advised to take their son’s temperature in the morning and not send him in to school if above 37.8C.  

Pupils’ health is monitored through the day by visual observation. Non-contact thermometers will be used if there are concerns about a boy’s temperature during the day.


It may not be possible to maintain 2m social distancing all day with younger pupils so maintaining an isolation bubble around a small group ‘pod’ in school is extremely important.

Each pupil is assigned to a segregated year group ‘pod’ of no more than 15 boys, located on different sites or in different wings of our Lower School building. Each pod has its own learning space, access to its own toilet where possible, and its own designated outdoor play space for break and lunch time – with no shared transit corridors except access to main site toilets. All shared playground equipment has been taped off.


In class, designated desks are positioned 2m apart.

Non-essential items have been removed and there is no sharing of any personal equipment. 

Teachers use a checklist at the start of lessons to remind pupils of SD and hygiene rules 


Strictly observed hygiene rules are considered sufficient to protect staff and pupils so but personal protective equipment (e.g. mask). Is available if required.

Pupils are supervised by staff throughout the day to ensure handwashing/ sanitising and other hygiene rules are reinforced. Hand sanitiser stations are installed in all classrooms.

Supplies of hygiene materials are regularly restocked.


Parents are advised to wash clothes worn to school as often as possible. Note: Summer term uniform does not require blazer and tie, and PE kit is worn on Games days.


All rooms used are deep cleaned at the end of each day.

High-touch areas are cleaned daily with anti-bacterial product (switches, door handles, targeted hard surfaces, etc). All cleaning is reviewed daily by our Facilities Manager


2.If someone in my son’s class displays symptoms of COVID-19, what is the procedure? 


Any pupil displaying symptoms will be escorted to the isolation room, temperature taken with non-contact thermometer and parents phoned to collect their son and arrange a test.


If the test is positive, the remaining members of the pod will be sent home to self-isolate for 14 days and continue with remote learning. Tracking will begin to establish where they have been and who they have been in close contact with. 

Meantime, the affected rooms or areas in the school will be closed and deep cleaned for safety.

Where possible, the rest of the school will continue.


3.Will my son take part in games lessons including swimming? 


Games lessons will be very important for all boys and non-contact sports can be played outdoor or indoor. With no minibuses, boys will walk to the playing field.

To be safe, boys will stay in their designated groups, 2m social distancing will be observed and sharing equipment will be minimalised. All participants will wash hands both before and after each activity. Any communal equipment used will be wiped down and sanitised after use. 

Currently, the swimming pool is not in use.   


4.Will the designated teacher be mixing with other staff members from other ‘bubbles’?


Staff will have access to a common room and all are continually reminded to respect social distancing when entering or when in any other communal area on site.  All communal areas are deep cleaned daily.


5.Once my son has been placed in a designated bubble, is that the group for the rest of the term?


The bubble is made up of pupils in the same form, with the intention to minimise the risk of virus transfer by mixing with others.  

If for any valid reason a change is required, this will be arranged whilst maintaining safety standards

6.If my son starts later than the designated start date, will he then be in a new bubble?

Bubbles are planned by Tutor group and the School has capacity for all pupils designated to return to site according to Government guidance.

At present we have enough capacity to accommodate pupils switching from at home to in school to be with their friends. 


7.My son is in Year 10, what will he be doing when he returns?

Practical subjects in the afternoons in groups of no more than 7.


8.Does my son need to wear a face mask on returning to school?



9.Who can my son turn to if he becomes anxious during the day?


There is an opportunity for pupils to check in with a tutor on a regular basis. This would be the first point of contact if your son becomes anxious. 

Head of Learning Support contact details have been shared with pupils and parents to approach directly if there are concerns. 

Finally, there is a counsellor in place who can be accessed and sessions arranged to deal with issues raised.




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We continue to invite parents to come and visit Thorpe House School whilst we operate a phased return for our pupils. Our Admissions team is available to answer any questions you may have about joining the school and the Headmaster would be delighted to give you a tour of the site. Please contact our Registrar on [email protected] to arrange a chat or visit