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School Closure Updates and Advice

The Headteacher is regularly updating parents by email and we ask you to please keep up-to-date with reading these.  Copies of all letters emailed home are available here. These have included guidance from the government, information on what the School is doing, what is asked of parents and pupils, good news stories, and information on the development and launch of The Swanage "Virtual" School.


School closures

On 18th March 2020, the UK Government announced that schools are to close for all students with effect from 23rd March 2020, except for children of key workers who cannot otherwise be safely looked after and vulnerable students. We will be following all the advice and will keep in touch. Please see our letter of 20th March 2020 for key worker information and guidance on the school closure.

Self-isolation (staying at home)

As of 16 March 2020, the UK Government is asking any person and their entire household to stay at home for 14 days if they have either:

  • a high temperature
  • a new continuous cough

This will help protect others in the community while you are infectious if you do have the virus. There is no longer any need to contact NHS 111 to tell them you are self-isolating, only if:

  • you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
  • your condition gets worse
  • your symptoms do not get better after 7 days

and then to only call 111 if you cannot get help online.

You should not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.


Please read the UK Government "stay at home" guidance for further information.

Social distancing

As of 16 March 2020, new social distancing measures are recommended for everyone, and particularly for vulnerable groups. The guidance on social distancing can be found here. At present schools remain open.


As at other hospitals throughout the country, an isolation pod has been set up at Wareham Hospital as a precautionary measure.


The Department for Education has launched a new helpline to answer questions about the virus related to education, which staff, parents and young people can contact, details are as follow:

Phone: 0800 046 8687
Email:  DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)

If you have any concerns, are self-isolating or have travelled from one of the affected countries (see further information and links below), please contact Ms Maraspin (Acting Headteacher), Ms Lawton (Acting Deputy Headteacher) or Ms Sands (Safeguarding & Welfare Lead) without delay. 

Further information

Advice is being regularly updated by the UK Government. The following sources of information will be helpful in keeping abreast of developments and in providing guidance if you have any concerns, have symptoms, have returned from other countries or have travel plans, or believe you or your child/ren may have been in contact with someone who has the virus or is at risk of infection.

UK Government website - Coronavirus: UK Government Response

NHS advice page

Guidance (Department for Health and Social Care, and Public Health England)

Travel Advice (Department for Health and Social Care and Public Health England)

Foreign and Commonwealth Office Travel Advice

Public Health England Blog



Public Health England Coronavirus Advice Poster