Coronavirus Update

Here you will find everything you need to know in relation to the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic and how it affects schools. You will also see what we as a school are doing about it.


April, 2022

Changes to measures and guidance for managing COVID-19 in education and childcare settings from Friday 1 April.

On Tuesday 29 March, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Sajid Javid, set out the next steps for living with COVID-19 in England from Friday 1 April.

Please ensure that you carefully consider the below scenarios:

  • adults with the symptoms of a respiratory infection, and who have a high temperature or feel unwell, should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people until they feel well enough to resume normal activities and they no longer have a high temperature.
  • children and young people who are unwell and have a high temperature should stay at home and avoid contact with other people. They can go back to school, college or childcare when they no longer have a high temperature, and they are well enough to attend.
  • adults with a positive COVID-19 test result (via LFT or PCR and recorded with the NHS) should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for 5 days, which is when they are most infectious.
  • For children and young people aged 18 and under with a positive COVID-19 test result (via LFT or PCR and recorded with the NHS), the advice will be to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for 3 days.

December, 2021

In accordance with the updates to the DfE’s operational guidance, we have adapted our Risk Assessment.  The main changes include:

  • Close contacts of suspected or confirmed cases of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 will be contacted directly by the NHS Track and Trace and be required to self-isolate and book a PCR test, regardless of age or vaccination status 
  • Staff and visitors in all schools, and pupils in secondary schools, should wear face coverings in communal areas and corridors 
  • Schools should reconsider whether to go ahead with planned international trips, as the need to isolate and test upon return to the UK may cause disruption to education

On their return from the Christmas break, students will receive an on-site lateral flow test.


September 2021

Mixing and ‘bubbles’

The government’s removal of the so-called ‘bubbles’ means greater flexibility in our curriculum delivery, with the resumption of assemblies as well as clubs with students from different year groups.  This will enable us to provide the many opportunities and enrichment activities on offer.

Protective Measures

In line with Government guidance, we will maintain a high level of hygiene around the school, with hand washing facilities still readily available, and areas appropriately ventilated.  Face masks are only advised to worn in public transport and dedicated transport to school. Some people may wish to continue to wear face masks, a personal decision which will be fully supported.  Form teachers and Heads of Year will provide individual support for those who are anxious about these changes, where necessary.

Risk Assessment and Contingency Planning

There is a revised risk assessment for the return to school in accordance with Government guidance, together with a contingency planning document in the event that there are multiple outbreaks of Covid-19 and in accordance with advice from Public Health.  Settings will continue to have a role in working with health protection teams in the case of a local outbreak.


Individuals are not required to self-isolate, if they live in the same household as someone with COVID-19, or are a close contact of someone with COVID-19, and any of the following apply:

  • they are fully vaccinated
  • they are below the age of 18 years and 6 months
  • they have taken part in or are currently part of an approved COVID-19 vaccine trial
  • they are not able to get vaccinated for medical reasons

Instead, they will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace, informed they have been in close contact with a positive case and advised to take a PCR test.  All individuals are encouraged to take a PCR test if advised to do so.

Staff who do not need to isolate, and children and young people aged under 18 years 6 months who usually attend school, and have been identified as a close contact, should continue to attend school as normal. They will not need to wear a face covering within the school, but it is expected and recommended that these are worn when travelling on public or dedicated transport.

Contact tracing

Schools will no longer routinely be involved in track and trace of close contacts.  If your child gets a positive PCR test result, NHS Test and Trace will contact you, using the details you registered when ordering the PCR test. You and/or your child will be asked a series of specific questions designed to identify who your child has been in close contact with. Being in an education or childcare setting with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 will not necessarily mean a person is identified as a close contact.


Virtual Assemblies

It has been a year since we switched to daily virtual assemblies. This compilation video takes a look back at all of the amazing work Waddesdon staff and students have put into making these assemblies happen. Despite being physically separate, our daily assemblies have enabled us to remain firmly together.

March 8th 2021

Full School Re-Opening

We have published to parents a full plan for the re-opening of the school, including the process for running asymptomatic testing.  If you have any questions relating to the full re-opening, please contact us via


Remote Learning

We have switched delivery of our curriculum and pastoral support on-line as required during the latest National Lockdown.  We recognise the challenges of supporting your children with remote learning and do not underestimate the emotional demands that this will place on you and your children.  Our job is to work with you on this and to support all of our students’ needs as best as we can.

We will respond to any individual enquiries or concerns as swiftly as we are able.

Students will register daily to receive support from their friends and also to stay in contact with their form teacher.  Should you wish to contact your child’s Head of Year, you can do this by sending an email to the Office email address.  The lessons will be a blend of ‘live’ lessons delivered through Microsoft Teams and work set on Show My Homework.  Research from the Education Endowment Fund indicates that this blend of approaches will best support your son or daughter.  It also reflect parental preference as recorded through the survey sent out at the end of the first Lockdown.

If you need to talk to us about your child working in school during this period, please email the Office email address.  Your email will be forwarded to Mr Sturla.


School Closure

In our continued efforts to keep you fully up-to-date during this time, we have put together a short video which gives you a flavour of how we have implemented elements of our Risk Assessment into our routines at Waddesdon School.

In the event of school closure, all students are expected to complete the online work set by their teachers on ‘Show My Homework’ each day, unless they are unable to do so through illness. Please send any queries to

Regular updates will be given via letters and newsletters which will be posted below.

Watch our ‘Safety In School’ video to see what measures we have put in place during the pandemic.