Covid-19 Latest Information
Here is a booklet full of information that we hope will help our students and parents/carers during this uncertain time ...
Returning to School and Testing - March 2021
Dear Parents and Carers
You will be aware from our recent communication that we are planning to undertake three lateral flow tests as per the Government guidelines during the next 2-3 weeks. A massive thank you to you all for promptly responding to our requests to provide consent for the testing for each of your daughters. If you have forgotten to respond or lost the e-mail link you can still provide the consent via this link:
You will have received an appointment for the date and time of your daughter’s first test. If you have provided consent, then please do emphasise the importance of your daughter attending her appointment on time as you will appreciate that we have many students to test each day, so it is a very tight schedule that we have to stick to. The video link below may be helpful to assure yourselves of the testing facility setup and help set the expectations of what your daughter will need to do during the testing process. Please encourage her to watch the video before attending her first testing appointment:
You may also find it useful to go through the “How to do the Test” guidance document below on the
self-swabbing process with your daughter, to provide added assurance if they are apprehensive. If your daughter is worried or apprehensive, please assure them that staff will be on hand to guide them through the process and if they have any questions they should not be afraid to ask. Once your daughter has completed the test, they will leave the school premises and their test results will be sent to the contact details provided in the consent forms. The results are usually sent out by the NHS Test and Trace system within 1-2 hours of us uploading them onto the system. Please don’t be alarmed if the results do not get to you immediately as there are time lags with the system from time to time. The school will not be sending negative test results to you via email/SMS separately. For any positive tests results that occur, we will be contacting the affected parents to ensure that you have the results as soon as possible, so you can make the necessary arrangements for your daughter to self-isolate as per the Government guidance. Assuming the test result is negative, your daughter should attend school the following day to resume their lessons as per their normal timetable.
The subsequent second and third lateral flow tests will be conducted during lessons over the following 2 weeks and you will be sent test results via NHS Test and Trace on the days when your daughter is tested.
Once the three tests have been carried out we will aim to provide your daughter with a home testing kit so that they can conduct home lateral flow tests as per the government guidance for the foreseeable future, until testing is withdrawn. We will provide test kits to all families who consented to the testing process and instruction booklets will accompany those test kits to explain the full home testing process and how to record test results.
If your daughter has had a positive test result within the last 90 days, Public Health England recommend that another test is not undertaken within the following 90-day period to avoid false positives from being recorded. If that is the case for your daughter, please do advise us via the school e-mail address so we can log this. Any future home testing kits we provide your daughter with should be used after the 90-day period is completed.
We thank you in advance for your support and co-operation, and if you do have any questions please do contact us via the school email address.
Business Manager and Covid Testing Co-ordinator
Essential Information for Parents/Carers
London Borough of Waltham Forest Updates
DfE Updates - 2 July 2020
What parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges in the autumn term - updated 2 July 2020
Latest Government Advice for Shielding Patients - June 2020
DfE Update - What parents and carers need to know about schools and other education settings during the coronavirus outbreak - 2 June 2020
Information about remote learning can be found here
The latest information we have received from the Department for Education:
Please see the links below for further information.
- The Government Coronavirus Action Plan; a guide to what you can expect across the UK
- latest government guidance on social distancing
- Government guidance to educational settings