From 8 March attendance at school has been mandatory for all students and an asymptomatic testing programme is in place for staff and students. Guidance for parents on attending school during this pandemic is available here. Information and updates for parents and carers about any specific arrangements for attending school including plans for rapid asymptomatic testing are available in the headteacher’s letters available here. Further guidance is available on this page but please do contact us if you have any questions.
Information about COVID-19
You can visit Thurrock Council for COVID-19 information and get help and advice from the Thurrock Coronavirus Community Action Contact Centre website or by calling 01375 511 002.
Government asymptomatic testing programme
This academy now has in place a regular testing programme for consenting staff and secondary age students. This is a combination of home testing and onsite testing – the scheme is managed in line with guidance from the DfE and our experience of having run a testing site since the beginning of the year.
In addition to the information letter from the academy’s headteacher on our news page, more information about the testing programme is available below:
- A Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document about the programme from the Department for Education
- An FAQ about data protection and a privacy notice which explains the basis on which we can collect personal information and what information we collect for this testing programme.
Please note that all testing is voluntary. All staff and secondary school age students are eligible for tests. Staff and parents of students under the age of 16 and students over 16 must have completed a consent form before doing a test onsite – the student form is available here. Please note that if a staff member or parent chooses to participate in testing at home, they are committing to self-administer (or in the case of students, supervise the child) and report results via the NHS Test and Trace digital platform and to the school. There is no need for additional consent to do home testing.
Academy staff including the Covid coordinator are available to parents and carers should they have any questions about testing. Rest assured we have staff available to support students at school with any questions or concerns they may have about the programme.
Mental Health Support
Public Health England’s Better Health – Every Mind Matters campaign provides NHS-endorsed tips and advice to help children and young people’s mental wellbeing, and equip parents and carers with the knowledge to support them.
- Be there to listen
Ask the children and young people you look after how they are doing regularly so they get used to speaking about their feelings.
- Stay involved in their life
Show interest in their life and the things that are important to them.
- Support positive routines
Be a positive role model and support positive behaviours including regular bedtime routines, healthy eating and getting active.
- Encourage their interests
Being active, creative, learning things and being a part of a team are all good for mental health. Support children and young people to explore their interests.
- Take what they say seriously
Help the children and young people you look after feel valued in what they say and help them work through difficult emotions.