Back to School Arrangements January 2022

updated 3rd January 2022

Following new guidelines announced over the weekend, we have made some adjustments highlighted below. Please be assured we will keep the situation under constant review and inform you of any further measures or actions.

In line with updated guidance from the Department for Education:

Masks to be worn “in classrooms where pupils in year 7 and above are educated”
We ask that all students and staff wear face coverings in classrooms as well as in social spaces unless there is an agreed exemption in place. 

The seven-day isolation period has been confirmed 
The changes to the isolation period required for Covid cases applies to school students. The 10-day self-isolation period for those who record a positive PCR test result for Covid-19 has been reduced to seven days in most circumstances, unless you cannot test for any reason, and the DfE has confirmed that this applies to those who attend schools. Individuals may now take rapid lateral flow tests on days six and day seven of their self-isolation period. If those test results are negative they no longer have to complete 10 full days of self-isolation.

Isolation rules for close contacts re-iterated
As before, those who are fully vaccinated, or students and young people aged between 5 and 18 and a half, who have been identified as a close contact of someone with Covid, should take a lateral flow test every day for seven days and, unless they have a positive test result or develop symptoms at any time, they should continue to attend their setting as normal. Children under the age of 5 should not do a daily test or self-isolate and should attend their provision unless they receive a positive PCR test result. 

Planned examinations will go ahead in January
The government says all planned January examinations should go ahead, and that schools should contact the awarding organisation for any adaptations to the processes deemed necessary. This applies to a very small number of our students

These arrangements will be in place initially until 26th January when the ‘Plan B’ regulations are currently scheduled to expire at which point there will be a review.

Lateral Flow Testing
The government have asked that schools carry out lateral flow tests with students onsite when they

return after Christmas. To facilitate this, we are staggering the days students return to site in
January. Students will be in school for the usual school day times and go to classes as usual and be
tested during the day. Lessons will be online on the other days.

Monday 3rd January is a bank holiday

Tuesday 4th January is a staff training day and
school is closed to students

Years 7 and 8 will return from Wednesday 5th
January – Years 9, 10, 11 online learning

Years 9 and 11 will return from Thursday 6th
January – Year 10 online learning

Year 10 will return from Friday 7th January –
everyone on site

We ask that you encourage your children to continue with LFT testing over the holiday period and
especially on the day before their return to school. Students should carry out a saliva test on
Friday 7th January.
A testing log is now available in Class Charts where we ask parents to record LFT and/or PCR test
results during the break. This will give us a picture of the levels of absence we may reasonably
anticipate at the start of term. Absences should still be reported in the usual way from Wednesday
5th January by email to or by leaving a message on 01962 734361 Option 1.