As per Government guidance, The Blue Coat School closed on Friday 20 March 2020 to the majority of pupils. However, we have remained open since Monday 23 March for the children of Key Workers, including a holiday provision during Easter.

During the May Half-Term the site was closed in order to carry out a deep clean and implement safety measures for the partial reopening of the school to certain year groups as specified by the Government from 1 June 2020.

We have followed the Government’s COVID-19 five steps to safer working:

1. We have carried out a COVID-19 risk assessment and shared the results with employees.
2. We have cleaning, handwashing and hygiene procedures in line with guidance.
3. We have taken all reasonable steps to help people work from home.
4. We have taken all reasonable steps to maintain a 2m distance in the workplace.
5. Where people cannot be 2m apart, we have done everything practical to manage transmission risk.

Our Risk Assessment, updated 16 June can be viewed by CLICKING HERE.

From 1 June 2020:

In line with Government instructions, we welcomed back children in Transition (3-4 year olds), Reception, Year 1 and Year 6, alongside our continued provision for children of Key Workers and vulnerable children.

Children that have been classed as clinically extremely vulnerable or live in a household with someone in this category were advised to continue to shield and were not expected to attend school.

Children returning to school, including the children of Key Workers, were allocated to a small, consistent group of no more than 15 children. They remain within their new class/group wherever possible whilst they are in school.

The classrooms have been configured so that each group of 15 children and teacher can be socially distanced.

We have implemented a range of protective measures including: increased cleaning regimes, marking of social distancing points for children to line up, installation of hand sanitisers around the site plus signage to remind the children to wash their hands, allocation of different drop-off and collection points at the start and end of the day and demarcated areas for break and lunch time play.

An isolation room has been set up for any child with a suspected fever or displaying other COVID-19 symptoms. They will wait there until they are collected by a parent or guardian. Additional isolation rooms will be set up as required.

Our updated Behaviour Management and Exclusions Policy and Policy for Lost or Uncollected Children (COVID-19) have been shared with parents. These and our COVID-19 Policy can be found on the Policies page of our website.

From 17 June 2020:

Further to the successful, initial phased opening of The Blue Coat School on Monday 1 June, we plan to welcome back other year groups from Wednesday 17th June (Year 5 only) and from Monday 22nd June (Year 2, Year 3, and Year 4). The Government has now given schools flexibility in opening to additional year groups and so as a School, we would like to be able to welcome more pupils back before the summer break. The increase in pupil numbers from these additional year groups has been risk assessed and we are confident with the precautions we have implemented to limit any potential transmission risk and to facilitate the safe return of all children who wish to attend. Our Risk Assessment was updated again on 16 June and can be viewed above.