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A Safe Return to School 2021

Last updated 08/06/2021

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Government guidance for Schools

Actions for Schools during the coronavirus outbreak

Home Learning Guide for Students & Parents

Home Learning Guide for students and parents



Our focus in school with all staff and pupils remains centred on hygiene, as this is proven factually to be the most effective way of limiting the spread of germs and the virus. Personal hygiene is the most important way we can contain COVID-19. Chief Medical Officer for England, Professor Chris Whitty, stated:

“The measures outlined in the plan are based on the best available scientific evidence – and led by our world-leading infectious disease experts. Simple as it sounds, the single most important thing individuals can do to protect themselves right now is wash their hands regularly, for at least 20 seconds, with soap and water. We have always said it is likely we can expect more cases and the action plan outlines the types of options open to government in each phase of an outbreak.”

Washing hands with soap and water, 5 or more times a day for 20 seconds remains one of the most important ways of reducing the chance of infection.

Using tissues when coughing and/or sneezing is also essential. Please could you ensure your child comes to school with a packet of pocket tissues so they can ensure good personal hygiene.

It is important to avoid touching your face and to reduce physical contact with others, therefore, please do not be offended if we do not offer to shake hands at our events at present.

We continue to promote healthy hygiene in class and form time – thank you for your support to ensure the same good practice at home.

Public Health England has a dedicated webpage with a range of posters and digital materials – Find out more here


We take our safeguarding responsibilities towards every child in our care very seriously. As such, our approach to the current situation, particularly with regard to trips, events and activities is proactive, measured and careful. Our risk assessments are dynamic and reflect the challenges of the current situation, recognising that changes may have to be made swiftly, taking into account the welfare of staff, as well as broader health and safety matters.

We continue to closely monitor Government advice in these ever-changing circumstances and we will keep you updated as and when the situation develops.

We are committed to maintaining the best education for every Westholme child, whilst balancing this with a robust approach to safeguard the health and welfare of our community and beyond.

COVID-19 Risk Assessments

1. June 2021 – School Operations Risk Assessment (May Update)

2. June 2021 – Dealing with a Suspected Case of COVID-19 in School

3a. June 2021 – Fire Risk Assessment Senior School (COVID)

3b. June 2021 – Fire Risk Assessment – Infant & Juniors 

4. June 2021 – Outside School Travel Risk Assessment 

5. June 2021 – Risk Assessment – COVID-19 Response for Cleaning

6. June 2021 – COVID Risk Assessment Student Dining Room Specific

The following policies have been updated during the Covid-19 pandemic or had addendums added to them. Please click on the policies below to view them here:

Useful Documents

Please click on the links below to view and download one of these documents.

Senior School Key rules and guidance for students and parents 

Expected Student Behaviour Regarding Covid for FTs

Guidelines Regarding the Wearing and Removal of Face Masks

Junior and Infants Key Rules and Guidelines 

School Coach Procedure and Guidance


Online contact and support for students:

Kooth – free, safe and anonymous online support for young people

Childline – a free, private and confidential service where children can talk about anything

Samaritans – for anyone who is struggling to cope; who needs someone to listen without judgement or pressure

Talkzone – part of the Children and Family Wellbeing Service which enables children and families to access appropriate support on a wide range of issues