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Coronavirus information

Phased Return to Thorpe House

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

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

        All staff and boys from Year 7 upwards to wear a face covering when in school communal areas.Year 6 have the option should they wish.



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

A great benefit of being in a small school is that we will be able to deliver the full curriculum to the boys without any compromise. We are a school with small year groups and therefore we are able to have five distinct bubbles within the school, each consisting of between 20 and 100 pupils depending on the site they are located.

On arrival at the school in the morning, to preserve the bubbles, the boys should go directly to their form rooms.

It would be helpful if parents, particularly of the older boys, did not congregate at the school exits when collecting your sons and made arrangements for them to meet you or come directly to your car.

We also want to reinforce the importance of maintaining social distances at drop off and pick-ups. Please can we politely advise that external gatherings of parents on school premises do not happen.

All parents entering the school will now be required to wear a face covering. This includes prospective parents touring the school buildings.


3.Should my son wear a mask at school?

As of Monday 17th May, face coverings are no longer mandatory for boys from Year 7 upwards. Each teaching staff member and those in regular contact with pupils have been issued with a visor which must be worn if a 2m distance can not be adhered to when working with the pupils


4. If my son says he feels unwell, can he still attend school?

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

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

If a pupil displays any other symptom of COVID19, he should not attend school and should seek to be tested for COVID19.

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.


5.My son has a cold, can I send him in? 

If your son has a temperature of 37.8 or over they should not attend school

If your son has a temperature of 37.8 or over, new continuous cough or loss or change to smell or taste they must not return to school and should contact 119 or www.nhs.uk/coronavirus to book a test. 

If your son is displaying symptoms of a common cold, as long as there is no temperature, they can attend school but must follow the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ regime which is promoted in school as part of the hygiene code. 


6.If my son has to go and get tested, do we notify the school and what is the procedure for the rest of the class and siblings? 

Yes, the School must be notified both when your son is sent for testing and with the subsequent results of the test.  There is a form which must be completed and returned to matron.  Siblings should also stay at home in line with the advice shown below from the Government website:

It is very important that people with symptoms of or a positive COVID-19 test and their household members stay at home. Staying at home will help prevent the spread of the virus to family, friends, the wider community, and particularly those who are clinically extremely vulnerable.

If you have symptoms of COVID-19 or a positive test, remain at home for at least 10 days after the onset of your symptoms (see ending self-isolation below). This will reduce the risk of you infecting others.

If you have symptoms of COVID-19 or a positive test, then you should avoid contact with other household members as much as possible.

Other members of your household, including those who do not have any symptoms, need to stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. Do not go out even to buy food or other essentials, and any exercise should be taken within your home. This 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in your house became ill or if they do not have symptoms, from the day their test was taken. There is more information in the ending self-isolation section below.

Staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community.

The class of the affected pupil can continue to attend school whilst testing is taking place, but if a positive test result is reported then Public Health England (PHE) will be contacted and the expectation is the advice will be for the class to stay at home and self-isolate for a period of 14 days.  The School do have seating plans for the older year groups in the hope that risk is mitigated and whole year groups won’t be affected.


7. Can you please explain about how you will be doing social distancing at the school?

It may not be possible to maintain 2m social distancing all day with younger pupils up to year 5, so maintaining an isolation ‘bubble’ in school is extremely important. Each pupil is assigned to a segregated ‘bubble’, located different areas. Each bubble has its own learning space, access to its own toilet block, and its own designated outdoor play space for break and lunch time – with no shared transit corridors except access to main site toilets. 


8. What will the school be doing regarding cleaning and hygiene?

Strictly observed hygiene rules are considered sufficient to protect staff and pupils but personal protective equipment (e.g. mask, apron, gloves) 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 communal areas and sanitising hand gel bottles are in all classrooms.

Classrooms are wiped down with anti-viral wipes between every class.

Supplies of hygiene materials are regularly restocked.

All staff have been supplied with face visors which must be worn in classrooms when 2m social distancing cannot be observed

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

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


9. Do I have to wash my sons clothes every evening?

Parents are advised to wash clothes worn to school as often as possible. Note: PE kit is worn on Games days.


10. 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 school will take advice from the DFE. The school has seating plans for each class and it may be possible to determine which boys have been in close proximity (within 2 metres) of the pupil who has tested positive. The DFE will consider what the school presents to them and either pupils in close contact will be sent home to isolate or it may be deemed necessary for the remaining members of the year group or bubble to 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.


11.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. 

To be safe, boys will stay in their designated groups 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. 

The swimming pool is open but only to Thorpe House swimming lessons. All external swimming companies have been postponed for the time being.


12.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.  There are limits to the numbers who can use these shared areas and increased cleaning is taking place during the day.  All communal areas are deep cleaned at the end of each day.


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

Pupils attend registration each morning at which their tutor is available as a first point of call. 

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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