In this time of national pandemic we take the safety of our children very seriously. We are following strict Public Health guidelines which are there for everyone’s safety and protection.
In School and onsite
The following information may change or be updated as we receive further guidance from the government regarding coronavirus.
Definitions of COVID-19 symptoms
Please do NOT send your child to school if they feel unwell and ensure you contact the school immediately if your child or anyone in your household displays symptom’s - 0208 952 2803
If your child or anyone in the household does develop symptoms, you can seek advice from NHS at: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/symptoms/
by phoning 111
If you or someone in your household suspects they may have COVID-19 please do not come into school, inform the school and get tested. Staff and students displaying symptoms of the virus will be sent home and asked to follow the COVID-19: guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection.
Follow government advice:
- Request a test*
- Self-isolate for 10 days
- Members of their household should self-isolate for 14 days
Track & Trace
Testing and tracing – Book your test through the link below:
Students & household: Ask for a test to check if you have coronavirus - Coronavirus (COVID-19) - NHS
*If the test is negative you can return to school and your household can end their self- isolation.
If you test positive for coronavirus, you must inform the school, the NHS Test and Trace service will send you a text or email alert or call you with instructions of how to share details of people with whom you have had close, recent contact and places you have visited. It is important that you respond as soon as possible so that we can give appropriate advice to those who need it. You will be told to do this online via a secure website or you will be called by one of our contract tracers.
Book a free Rapid COVID test if you do NOT have symptoms
To help locate the infected residents and break the chain of infection we’ve introduced Rapid COVID testing for people who are not showing any symptoms of COVID. Testing for COVID twice a week, even though you feel fine, is now recommended for everyone over the age of 11.
1 in 3 people with COVID don’t show symptoms, so regular testing is essential to stop its secret spread. You should test twice a week even after being vaccinated.
Testing can help keep infection rates low and make a full return to normal life more likely.
Also known as a Lateral Flow Test (LFT), Rapid COVID testing gives a positive or negative COVID result in approximately 30-40 minutes.
Returning from Abroad
What you must do when you arrive in England from abroad depends on where you have been in the 10 days before you arrive.
This page lists countries and territories as red, amber or green and tells you what you must do if you have been in those countries or territories:
What to do if...
Please do NOT send your child to school if they feel unwell and ensure you contact the school.
0208 952 2803
|What to do if...||Action needed||Return to school when...|
…my child has coronavirus symptoms:
…the test comes back negative and your child feels well.
After the 10 days of self-isolation and your child feels better, even if they have a cough or lack of taste/smell as the symptoms can last several weeks once the infection has gone.
…my child tests positive for coronavirus
||…after the 10 days of self-isolation and your child feels better, even if they have a cough or lack of taste/smell as the symptoms can last several weeks once the infection has gone.|
…someone in my house has coronavirus symptoms (including siblings in this school/other schools)
Your child should come into school provided they are well. If your child returns a positive PCR test then follow the rules for self-isolation.
|…someone in my household tested positive for coronavirus||
||Your child should come into school provided they are well|
|…NHS test & trace has identi?ed my child as a close contact of someone who has tested positive||
||Your child should come into school provided they are well|
|…we/my child has travelled into the UK from a country that is not an exempt country and has to self-isolate as part of a period of quarantine||
||…your child has completed the 10 days of quarantine and the child/household member has not developed symptoms.|
|…my child has travelled abroad from a country or territory that IS on the exempt list of countries.||
If returning from a destination where quarantine is NOT needed:
|…your child should return to school on the agreed upon return date.|
Travel to School
Drop off and Pick up
If parents drop off/collect students, they MUST NOT drive down Burnell or Thistlecroft Gardens. Please see the Road closures during peak times section for more information. Please do not drop off or pick your child at the school gates. You must arrange a more dispersed drop off and collection point on the surrounding roads with your child.
There must be no waiting at the school gate.
Other methods of Travel
If you have to travel by public transport you MUST wear a suitable face covering. The requirement to wear face coverings in law has been lifted. However, the government expects and recommends that people wear face coverings in crowded areas such as public transport.
We would encourage students to walk or cycle to school where possible. Cycle racks are available on the school premises. Please see our Travel Plan page for more information.
There is more advice from the Department for Transport here about travelling to school, encouraging you to walk or cycle: https://extranet.dft.gov.uk/safer-transport-campaign/
The requirement to wear face coverings in law has been lifted. However, the government expects and recommends that people wear face coverings in crowded areas such as public transport.
When wearing a face covering:
- it is important to wash or sanitise your hands before and after touching your face covering
- to dispose of a face covering use a ‘black bag’ waste bin or litter bin to dispose of it – you should not put face coverings in a recycling bin or drop them as litter
- if you are using a reusable face covering please ensure that you change and wash this regularly
Face coverings – public transport
If you have to travel by public transport you MUST wear a suitable face covering. The requirement to wear face coverings in law has been lifted. However, the government expects and recommends that people wear face coverings in crowded areas such as public transport. This must be disposed at the gate if disposable or put into a sealed plastic bag if re-useable.
Face coverings in school
- Staff are no longer required to wear a face covering in the classroom though may do so if they wish.
- Students may wear a face mask should they choose to. They may be asked to remove it for teaching and learning purposes.
- We recommend staff and visitors to wear face coverings in situations outside of classrooms where social distancing is not possible (for example, when moving around in corridors and communal areas).
- When not in use, face coverings should be stored safely in personal possessions.
- The reintroduction of face coverings for students may be advised for a temporary period in response to particular localised outbreaks.
- The advice remains to encourage everyone to continue to clean their hands thoroughly and more often than usual.
Moving around the school
The following areas of the school have a one-way system in place:
- English block
- Park block
- 6th Form block
The rest of the site has a keep left system clearly marked.
Full school uniform is to be worn daily and washed regularly.
Following the COVID pandemic and return from the 2021 lockdown, we have understood the need to be more flexible with our approach to school uniform. In particular we acknowledged the difficulties that some of our families have had sourcing uniform whilst most shops remained closed. However, now that restrictions continue to ease, we would ask that all students present themselves in school wearing the correct uniform every day. We want our students to take pride in their appearance and in the representation of our school in the local community.
May we remind you of the correct uniform here:
- Blazer Navy blue, standard style - with school badge. To be worn at all times unless permission granted from the teacher to remove. No other garment should not be worn instead of the blazer.
- Optional pullover Navy blue, plain knit 'V' neck long sleeves or sleeveless (not cardigan). Alternative styles of jumper or hooded tops must not be worn.
- Shirt- standard plain white. Must be tucked in at all times.
- Tie- Park High School tie. Each year group has a different coloured tie, which must be smartly tied with the top shirt button fastened. Park High logo must be visible.
- Shoes- Suitable plain black or dark brown, with a low heel (not trainers, not canvas, or above the ankle. Please note that black sports trainers-such as Nike, Puma, Vans etc- are also not permitted).
- Skirt- Navy blue, plain, suitable length and style, (not mini skirts or black in colour).
- Tights- Plain navy blue, black or neutral.
- Trousers- Plain dark grey, black or navy blue; plain, full length, standard cut.
- Headscarf- This should be in the school colours: plain black or navy (or white in Summer) and it should be worn so that the school tie is clearly visible. It must be tucked into the blazer where necessary and not be decorative or unduly lengthy to cause a health and safety risk.
- White polo shirt with school logo or plain white polo with no branding.
- Dark blue shorts with no branding.
- Plain dark blue tracksuit bottoms with no branding.
- A Navy fleece with school logo or no branding and no hood can be worn over a polo shirt.
- White sports socks or red ‘football style’ socks suitable for keeping shin pads in place (football lessons only).
In addition please note:
- Students should wear their coloured lanyards over their uniform each day.
- Headwear- other than religious headwear- should not be worn. It must be plain black or navy (or white in the Summer term).
- A plain black or navy headband may be worn to keep hair tidy and off the face.
- Items worn outside of our uniform policy may also be confiscated and returned only at the Head of Year’s discretion. Further information about our school uniform policy may be found in your child’s contact book and on the school website here. Please contact your child’s pastoral team if you have any concerns or queries regarding this request.
Sanitiser and wipes available at the servery.
Canteen will be cleaned by catering and cleaning staff in between uses by bubbles.
2-metre spaced distance between the catering staff and the students/staff.
Please ensure you top up your Parentpay catering account before the first day of term. (New Year 7 – please activate your account, if you have not received your login and password please contact the school at: firstname.lastname@example.org
No fingerprints in use at the tills, Lanyards will be used to identify staff/students, catering staff will look up students/staff by name.
Extra outlets to serve bubbles within their zones. Please observe the information under Bubbles regarding the assigned catering outlets for your year group bubble.
Please see our Catering page for a list of food available.
A Food service risk assessment from our catering contractor, ISS is available attached below.
Mobile hand washing units and soap available at every entry/exit point with a designated bin for mask disposal.
Teachers will encourage and remind students to wash/sanitise their hands regularly, at the start and end of the school day as well as before/after break times.
Alcohol based hand sanitiser will be available in every timetabled classroom along with antibacterial wipes, tissues, bins with lids and guidance posters.
We will have a cleaner on site throughout the school day to routinely clean touch surfaces, door handles, toilets and the canteen in between break/lunch sittings.
Enhanced daily cleaning of designated teaching rooms, toilets, and any other areas of the school in use will take place daily between 6am and 8.30am then again from 3.30pm to 6pm
Our contractor has a fogging machine, large areas of the school can be fogged and disinfected within one hour. A full risk assessment of our cleaning procedures is available in the full risk assessment attached below.
Reception Area – Parents, students and visitors
- Parents and visitors will only be admitted with an appointment and it is vital the visitor knows the name of the person they are visiting at the school.
- Parents and visitors are advised to follow social distancing guidelines when visiting the school and, where possible, wear a face covering.
- Students must wait outside the reception area until called. We will minimise the amount of people in reception area at a time.
- No delivery drivers should enter the premises if showing symptoms of the virus.
- Deliveries to be left 2 metres away from receiver.
- Social distancing guidelines to be followed.
- Wait in line to enter reception if there is a queue (markers will be spaced 2 metres apart on the ramp outside the reception area.
- No contractors should enter the premises if showing symptoms of the virus.
- Permit to work to be completed as standard practice before work commences.
- Social distancing guidelines to be followed.
- Rules above apply if access to the reception area required.
When and if required:
Students will register with their tutor each morning via email, in order that our pastoral care is sustained.
Our digital platform is Microsoft SharePoint and Microsoft Teams. Our blended provision affords the opportunity for students to learn in a balanced way, without the need to look at a screen all day or be competing for screen time, in the situation where we have multiple users in a household and limited access to technology.
- Students will register with their tutor each morning via email, in order that our pastoral care is sustained.
- Students will follow their usual timetable from 9am until 2.50pm each day.
- Lessons will be delivered via a blended approach of ‘live’ lessons, pre-recorded lessons, independent task-setting and flipped learning, with students reading material prior to a lesson.
All teaching and learning that is planned, prepared and uploaded for our students is fully compliant with government guidance issued by the DfE to all schools:
- set assignments so that pupils have meaningful and ambitious work each day in a number of different subjects
- set work that is of equivalent length to the core teaching pupils would receive in school, and as a minimum:
- primary: 3 hours a day, on average, across the school cohort
- secondary: 4 hours a day, with more for pupils working towards formal qualifications this year
- provide frequent, clear explanations of new content, delivered by a teacher or through high-quality curriculum resources or videos
- have systems for checking, at least weekly, whether pupils are engaging with their work, and inform parents immediately where engagement is a concern
- gauge how well pupils are progressing through the curriculum using questions and other suitable tasks, and provide feedback, at least weekly, using digitally facilitated or whole-class feedback where appropriate
- enable teachers to adjust the pace or difficulty of what is being taught in response to questions or assessments, including, where necessary, revising material or simplifying explanations to ensure pupils’ understanding
These strategies are all in line with our usual pedagogical approaches and mirroring the experience in their usual classroom.
Please see our e-learning page for more information:E-Learning
The DfE requires that all schools publish on their website by 25th January 2021 about their remote education provision and here is the link to ours:
The Government has provided a guide for parents and carers supporting the home learning:
School can be a very stressful time and it is normal to be uncertain about how you feel about certain things. Below we have provided some information and advice on some common issues that we hope can help guide you with dealing with certain situations.
If you need to speak to someone regarding any one of the issues listed below or if you do not feel safe or are worried about someone else in school, you must talk to someone. Speak to your Tutor, Head of Year, PSA or Safeguarding Team they’ll be only too willing to listen, help and advise you through this difficult period.
Students can email if they have any safeguarding concerns:
If you are unsure of who you can speak to please click here for a list of staff members in our pastoral care team.
Students are reminded of the list of numbers in their planner to ring if they have any safeguarding concerns.
For more information and advice please see:Wellbeing & Covid-19
OrWhat is worrying me?
Road closures during peak times
Please note Harrow Council have introduced ANPR cameras at the beginning of Burnell Gardens and Thistlecroft Gardens, the restrictions are in place from 8.15am to 9.15am and 2.30pm to 3.30pm.
The school will not take any responsibility for any parents/carers or visitors to the school receiving a fine.
Please see further information below: