1st September 2020 - Face Mask Update
We will always follow the advice provided by the government and Public Health England with regards to the steps we need to take to minimise the risk of COVID-19. The evidence is very clear that transmission within schools is minimal and the steps that we have taken over the summer to prepare for reopening cover everything that is required.
There is currently no requirement for students to wear face coverings within the school as we are not in an area of localised lockdown. Should students wish to wear them, however, they will be allowed to do so in corridors and communal areas of the school. Students will not be allowed to wear them in classrooms or during lessons as the measures we already have in place with regards to social distancing, cleaning and personal hygiene already provide the greatest benefits against transmission of the virus.
Should they wish to wear them, students are required to provide their own face coverings.
Any face mask worn by students should be appropriate in design (no offensive designs, wording or images). Ideally, we encourage the use of plain, fabric face masks wherever possible, but do understand it may be difficult to buy completely plain dependant on demand in shops/online and what is available so, as long as designs are appropriate, we will allow them. We also ask that if you decide you would like your child(ren) to wear a face mask in the communal areas of school, you also provide them with a small plastic bag to carry in their blazer pocket to store their mask when they are not wearing it in classrooms.
Students should of course wear face coverings on public transport when travelling to and from school.