In line with the Government’s latest advice we are planning for all year groups to return to school from the beginning of the Autumn Term. Please see our term dates here.
The purpose of this page is to outline the way in which we will be able to safely return to School and hopefully to answer a number of questions. During the holidays, we will be implementing all control measures that have been communicated by the Government.
The plan is that 5th Form and Upper Sixth Form pupils will be in lessons on Tuesday 1st September and all other pupils will return in good time for lessons to begin on Thursday 3rd September.
Understandably, there may need to be some change to the normal routines and arrangements that were in place pre-Covid-19. However, what will not change is our commitment to the safety and well-being of the pupils and staff as well as to the provision of excellent education.
As a school we need to balance and minimise any risks from coronavirus (Covid-19) with the provision of a full educational experience. We want our pupils to enjoy their learning and receive a high-quality education that will enable them to thrive. Alongside planning for learning on-site, we will also prepare for continuity of education in the case of a local lockdown.
There will be further updates throughout the summer to provide you with more details. Please be assured that we will be following the system of controls to effectively minimise the risks.
We will ensure that the arrangements in place to help with prevention will:
1) minimise contact with individuals who are unwell by ensuring that those who have coronavirus (Covid-19) symptoms, or who have someone in their household who does, do not attend school
2) promote hygiene by cleaning hands thoroughly and more often than usual
3) ensure good respiratory hygiene by promoting the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach
4) introduce enhanced cleaning, including cleaning frequently touched surfaces often, using standard products such as detergents and bleach
5) minimise contact between individuals and maintain social distancing wherever possible
The experience of some schools this summer has shown that consistent groups reduce the risk of transmission. We will therefore maintain groups while ensuring that we can deliver the full range of curriculum subjects and pupils can receive specialist teaching. It is likely that year group ‘bubbles’ will be the most practical way to meet this aim. We will also seek to keep ‘bubbles’ apart as much as practicably possible.
The information on this page will be updated on Friday 31st July, Friday 14th August and Friday 21st August.
In the August updates, parents will be invited to attend pre-term meetings, where we will offer face to face contact via Zoom to enable us to hear concerns and to answer any questions that they may have.
The potential reopening of schools in the UK in September brings with it a number of challenges both in terms of the operation of the schools themselves but more importantly in the safety of the children placed in our care by you. At King Edward’s we have adopted the Boarding Schools Association’s Covid Safe Charter and are adhering to all the guidelines issued by the UK Department of Education and Public Health England. The following outlines how we intend on ensuring your child remains in a safe environment where they can flourish as part of the King Edward’s community.
This is not an exhaustive list and the risk assessments are dynamic and will reflect the changing guidelines. We are constantly revisiting our plans for September; however, we hope it answers many of the questions you as parents will have regarding the return of your sons and daughters to the School in September.
Pupils will be in year group households within their houses. Corridors will be one way and there will be a limit to the number of pupils in a class. The Dining Hall will be run in sittings with each household being able to eat together. Social distancing will apply to all areas of school life e.g. activities, sport.
Unless government guidance changes pupils will not be forced to wear face masks or coverings however they have the choice to wear them if they feel it is appropriate. Hand washing areas will be available and hand sanitiser stations will be set up around the school site.
For full details regarding our quarantine offer, please click here.
We will follow, as always, both UK government and BSA guidance on the safe running of the School. We have an excellent distance learning programme in place that will help maintain the King Edward’s community if the school buildings had to close once again.
The Admissions Team continue to issue Tier 4 visas as normal.
King Edward’s has a distance learning programme in place that will allow all pupils to maintain an excellent level of access to both face to face teaching, online lessons and independent study projects.
King Edward’s has a very strong culture of support in its community and the issues surrounding Covid-19 will be discussed in tutor groups and houses and addressed through the PSHE programme. On the rare occasions where bullying may happen, we have strong systems in place to deal with it quickly. King Edward’s does not tolerate bullying or discrimination in any form. Please see our Anti-bullying and Cyber-bulling Policy here.
The School will follow both UK government and BSA guidance on what is allowed in terms of weekend and evening outings and regarding our sports fixtures programme. We are working hard with other local independent schools to ensure that, when we are allowed to resume these activities, we are able to do in a safe manner.
Boarders will generally share a room throughout their time at King Edward’s until they reach the Upper Sixth Form, when they are guaranteed a single room. We are taking social distancing measures into account in all aspects of boarding. Every child has access to their own work area, including desk, safe and chair.
Our indoor sports facilities, including sports hall, squash courts and gym will be open and will be thoroughly cleaned regularly. Our indoor swimming pool will remain closed and we will follow UK government advice regarding its reopening.
King Edward’s is developing plans for allowing pupils to remain at School over Exeats and Half Terms.
Details of uniform requirements are set out in the Parents’ Guide which all new parents received in June. King Edward’s has a Sewing Room and a school shop available to support all your needs in terms of uniform.
Prior to coming to the School to collect your child’s uniform please contact the Sewing Room directly (01428 686764) to arrange a fitting appointment. Please note that fittings are strictly by appointment only. At the time of booking please provide the following information:
Waist size and inside leg measurement (inches only)
Waist size and measurement from waist to just above the knee
On the day of fitting
Please enter the School via the Piccadilly Cafe entrance accessed via Gurdon’s Lane, to enable your temperature to be taken. For directions please see the school map page. Signs will direct you to the Sewing Room.
Dear Parents and Guardians, As promised in my last communication, I am writing with an update on our planning for pupils’ arrival in School at the end of the summer break. Everyone at King Edward’s looks forward to welcoming all our pupils at the start of next academic year and particularly all new...