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Coronavirus/COVID-19 Guidance

Do not visit our school if you have symptoms of coronavirus.


Check the NHS website if you have symptoms 

Please do not send your child to school if they have any of the main COVID-19 symptoms.  Please arrange for a PCR test (not a LFT).


  • Your child should self-isolate until the results of their PCR test is known. 
  • Generic home learning resources are available for them to access whilst self-isolating.  
  • If their test result is negative, please share this result with the school before sending your child back into school. Government self-isolation rules have changed. 
  • Other members of your household will not need to self-isolate in certain situations. (Please see Government Guidance below.)


Whilst acknowledging that most legal restrictions have been lifted, we will continue to ask visitors to:

  • Confirm that they do not have any COVID-19 symptoms, 
  • Use hand sanitiser upon arrival
  • Check-in using the NHS Covid-19 App

Mask wearing is of course your choice but there may be occasions when we ask you to do so if you are able. Your support in helping keep our school community safe is greatly appreciated.



COVID-19 Restrictions: what you can and cannot do


When you do not need to self-isolate

If someone you live with has symptoms of COVID-19, or has tested positive for COVID-19, you will not need to self-isolate if any of the following apply:

  • you're fully vaccinated – this means 14 days have passed since your final dose of a COVID-19 vaccine given by the NHS
  • you're under 18 years, 6 months old
  • you're taking part or have taken part in a COVID-19 vaccine trial
  • you're not able to get vaccinated for medical reasons

Even if you do not have symptoms, you should still:


How to self-isolate

You must not leave your home if you're self-isolating.


  • do not go to work, school or public places – work from home if you can
  • do not go on public transport or use taxis
  • do not go out to get food and medicine – order it online or by phone, or ask someone to bring it to your home
  • do not have visitors in your home, including friends and family – except for people providing essential care
  • do not go out to exercise – exercise at home or in your garden, if you have one


How long to self-isolate

If you test positive, your self-isolation period includes the day your symptoms started (or the day you had the test, if you did not have symptoms) and the next 10 full days.

You may need to self-isolate for longer if you get symptoms while self-isolating or your symptoms do not go away.

Read more about how long to self-isolate.


Please refer to the red, amber, green list to see if you need to self-isolate upon returning to the UK.

If you plan to travel during school holidays, please keep up-to-date with Government travel advice.  If you have booked a foreign holiday in advance, which might now require you to quarantine for a period we would ask that families make every effort to amend their arrangements to ensure that students are available to attend as much school as possible.

Useful Information

The Aquinas Trust and the Academy comply with Government guidance as reflected in the addendum to the Trust Safeguarding Policy (the Addendum), which is found on the ‘Policies’ page of the Aquinas website

  • Being compassionate is understanding some else's situation, helping them even if that isn't an easy thing to do.

  • Kindness is love. Kindness is sharing. Kindness is everything. Yasmin

  • Humility means that you accept defeat and don't boast. It means that you are not a sore loser. John

  • Gentleness is a bit like kindness because if you are not being gentle to something you are not being kind. Saisha

  • Patience is giving your time, not rushing and sometimes waiting without complaining. Maia

  • 'Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is then not putting it into a fruit salad' Jessica