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COVID-19 (September 2021 Reopening)

The Government has stated, through the release of the “Schools COVID-19 operational guidance - July 2021”, that students will potentially mix with lots of other people during the summer holidays.   All secondary schools/academies have therefore been asked to provide students with 2 on-site lateral flow device tests, 3 to 5 days apart, in preparation for students returning in the autumn term. 


The Pingle Academy looks forward to welcoming back students for the academic year from Wednesday 1 September 2021, beginning with an on-site COVID-19 lateral flow test and returning to lessons during w/b 6 September 2021.

On-site testing will take place in our temporary testing site, which is the Sports Hall; this can be accessed via the Sixth Form gate to the left of Reception.

Students should arrive for their test between the times allocated below and follow the signs to the Sports Hall.  Students should leave the site on completion of their test and return on their designated start day which is detailed below.

  Wed 1st September Tuesday 7th September
Year 7 9:00am until 11:00am  
Year 8   9:00am until 11:00am
Year 9   11:00am until 1:00pm
Year 10   1:00pm until 3:00pm
Year 11 11:00am until 1:00pm  
Year 12 1:00pm until 3:00pm  
Year 13 1:00pm until 3:00pm  
  • Students in Year 7, 11, 12, 13 and ERS (Year 7 and 11) are to return to the academy at 8:25am on Monday 6 September.
  • Students in Year 8, 9, 10 and ERS (Year 8, 9 and 10) are to return to the academy at 8:25am on Wednesday 8 September.

For students in Year 7 in September, we require parents/carers to complete a consent form for each child, to enable them to receive a test.  Please complete a consent form using the Google link below if you have not already done so.



If you are unable to attend on your allocated day, then please contact to be allocated an alternative day/time.


If you do not wish your child to receive a test please email:

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your child’s Progress Leader:


Year 7 Miss Sowter:

Year 8 Miss Amos:

Year 9 Mr Williams:

Year 10 Mr Elks:

Year 11 Mrs Benfield:

Sixth Form Ms Wilson: 

Mr Hurst, Head of Family Services: and Mr Done, Acting Vice Principal:, will also be happy to help.

We are all looking forward to seeing all the students back in the academy for the new academic year.

Mr Hall


September 2021 Update

Controlling the transmission of the disease 

We aim to minimise contact with students and adults who are unwell by ensuring that those who have coronavirus symptoms, do not attend the academy.

The Government feel taking temperatures is an unreliable method and do not advise taking temperatures each day.

NHS advice: symptoms and testing

The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature).
  • new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual).
  • loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you have noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal.

Most people with coronavirus have at least one of these symptoms.

You can find out more here.  

Arrangements for testing

If you have any of the 3 coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms detailed above, even if mild, use the link below to get a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test as soon as possible:

Who can be tested

The following groups of people can ask for a test through the NHS website:

  • anyone in England and Wales who has symptoms of coronavirus, whatever their age.
  • anyone in Scotland and Northern Ireland aged over 5 who has symptoms of coronavirus.

Additional guidance:

If a member of staff, parent/carer presents with symptoms, they will leave the academy to be tested. They should not return to work.  They should inform the academy of the result as soon as possible.  If the test is negative and they are well enough to attend work, they can do so.

If a student presents with symptoms the parents/carers will be asked to collect the child and arrange for them to be tested.  They should remain at home until they are told of the result (and, if it is negative, until they are well enough to attend).  Any positive tests must be notified to the academy immediately so appropriate action can be taken.

What to do if someone develops symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) whilst at an educational setting

If anyone develops coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms in an education setting they must be sent home and advised to follow the staying at home guidance

If a child is awaiting collection, they should be moved, if possible, to a room where they can be isolated behind a closed door, depending on the age of the child and with appropriate adult supervision if required. Ideally, a window should be opened for ventilation. If it is not possible to isolate them, move them to an area which is at least 2 metres away from other people.

If they need to go to the bathroom while waiting to be collected, they should use a separate bathroom if possible. The bathroom should be cleaned and disinfected using standard cleaning products before being used by anyone else.

PPE should be worn by staff caring for the child while they await collection if a distance of 2 metres cannot be maintained (such as for a very young child or a child with complex needs).

In an emergency, call 999 if they are seriously ill or injured or their life is at risk. Do not visit the GP, pharmacy, urgent care centre or a hospital.

If a member of staff has helped someone who was taken unwell with coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms, they do not need to go home unless they develop symptoms themselves. They should wash their hands thoroughly for 20 seconds after any contact with someone who is unwell. Cleaning the area with normal household disinfectant after someone with symptoms has left will reduce the risk of passing the infection on to other people. You can find guidance on cleaning in non-healthcare settings.

Our procedures follow this guidance (Please follow this link)


PPE is not recommended in education settings other than if someone is presenting with symptoms.  Further details can be found  here.

Management and control through personal hygiene 

Personal hygiene will be emphasised to all staff and students.

Handwashing advice

It is essential that everyone washes their hands more often, using soap and water for at least 20 seconds.  Hand washing with soap employs mechanical action that loosens bacteria and viruses from the skin, rinsing them into the drain.  Drying hands afterwards makes the skin less hospitable to the virus. Hand sanitiser can be effective if soap is not available or the situation makes using soap less feasible (eg, when outside) but using hand sanitiser provides none of the virus-destroying friction that rubbing your hands together and rinsing with water provides.

The latest guidance and video on hand washing can be found here.

Hands should be cleaned on arrival, before and after eating and after sneezing or coughing.

Ensuring good respiratory hygiene  

We promote the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach.

Students and staff are asked to use a tissue or elbow to cough or sneeze and use bins for tissue waste.Lidded bins are in place in the academy.

Enhanced cleaning regimes 

We have cleaners onsite during the day, toilets & touchpoints are cleaned every hour. Each classroom has a hygiene station & routines involving regular cleaning & sanitising of equipment. Equipment will be cleaned before use by another class.

For more information follow this link.

Minimising contact and mixing 


  • Students are encouraged to walk, cycle or come by car if possible.
  • Each year group has a designated entrance.
  • Each year group has a designated eating area, outdoor area & quiet area for SEND/vulnerable students.
  • Entrances for year group and their zones are clearly marked.
  • Teachers can check students' understanding via iPads/personal mini whiteboards.
  • Students are advised to bring their own drinks.
  • Enhanced hygiene procedures remain in place around at the academy.
  • Frequent and thorough hand washing and/or sanitising.
  • “Catch it, bin it, kill it” approach to respiratory hygiene remains very important.
  • Hygiene procedures are in place at the beginning & end of every lesson.
  • Rooms will be well ventilated.

Department for Transport travelling advice for parents/carers and students

Wearing face coverings is no longer a legal requirement on public transport but the government expects and recommends that they are worn in enclosed and crowded spaces where you may come into contact with people you don’t normally meet.

On dedicated transport:

  • The DfE recommend that children and young people aged 11 and over continue to wear a face covering when travelling to secondary school or college
  • The DfE no longer recommend maximising distancing and minimising mixing, but unnecessary risks such as overcrowding should be minimised

Full guidance can be accessed using the link below:

The Department for Transport has issued advice on how parents/carers and students can travel to school safely as part of the #TravelSafely campaign.  Resources have been developed to ensure that parents/carers, students and staff have the information they need to stay safe on the public transport network.  This includes information developed in collaboration with respected partners on how to cycle and walk safely, where possible.

Resources can be found here:

Further information can be found on the DfE website


Launch of the NHS Test and Trace service

The new NHS Test and Trace service will form a central part of the government’s coronavirus recovery strategy.

Anyone who tests positive for coronavirus will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace and will need to share information about their recent interactions.

People identified as having been in close contact with someone who has a positive test must stay at home for 14 days, even if they do not have symptoms, to stop unknowingly spreading the virus.

Further information on the NHS Test and Trace service can be found here.

Guidance on the NHS Test and Trace service for employers, businesses and workers can be found  here.

Guidance on how the NHS Test and Trace works can be found here.

Public Health England has published guidance that explains what you should do if the NHS Test and Trace service notifies you that you are a contact of a person who has tested positive for coronavirus and you do not live with that person.

The guidance can be found here.

Our privacy notice can be found here.


The government has confirmed that all students should now be in the academy from the start of term in September and normal attendance procedures will be followed.

If your child is absent from the academy for whatever reason, please ring reception by 9.30 and let us know the details.

If your child has Covid-19 symptoms or tests positive on a Lateral Flow Test please do not send them to the academy, book in a PCR test and let us know the outcome as soon as possible

If your child has come into contact with someone (including a family member) who has tested positive for COVID 19 or has been contacted by NHS Track and Trace, they do not need to self-isolate. They should get a PCR test, but do not need to self-isolate while they await results. 

If your child is one of a very small number who has been advised by a doctor that they should be shielding, please contact the attendance team and provide evidence

Please be aware that holidays during term time have a considerable impact on your child’s education and will incur a fine for each parent. If you are returning from a country which requires a period of quarantine, please follow government guidance and get in touch with the academy as soon as possible


Details can be found here.


Any student who becomes unwell with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature, or has a loss of, or change in, their normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia), should remain at home and arrange test at the earliest possible opportunity.

If a student becomes unwell during the school day, they will be isolated within the academy and parents/carers will be contacted in order to collect their child. Siblings, and other member of the household, will also require collection. You should arrange a test at the earliest opportunity. 

Please contact to advise us of the result of the test. 

If the test result is negative, the student (and siblings) can return to the academy as normal. If the test result is positive then you should follow NHS guidelines regarding periods of self-isolation:

For the Academy’s safeguarding policy, including recent addendums, please follow this link



Reopening FAQs for parents & carers

The government has announced that secondary schools are to reopen to all students from the beginning of September providing that there is no rise in the 'R' rate (reproduction rate) as a result of other measures of easing the lockdown.

Understandably, a lot of parents and carers have questions and concerns about their child returning to academy. In this section, we have answered several frequently asked questions to address those queries.

As always, the safety and wellbeing of our young people, their families, and our staff is our top priority, and we hope the measures we have put in place reassure you that your child will be safe upon returning to academy.

At the same time, we must recognise that academy life this term will be different to before the lockdown. Government guidelines still highlight the importance of reducing contact between people, including students in schools, to reduce the risk of the virus spreading.

To do this, we will ensure the students and staff at our academy only mix with a small, consistent group called a ‘bubble’. You will find that the term ‘bubble’ is referenced throughout these FAQs, so we would like to start by telling you what a ‘bubble’ is.

What is a ‘bubble’?

A ‘bubble’ is a defined group of people that one person meets regularly. It is essential for individuals to be in only one ‘bubble’, and two or more ‘bubbles’ should never cross. By ensuring that they only have contact within their ‘bubble’, individuals are protected against cross-contamination.


Will the academy day start and end at the same time?

There are changes to the timings of the academy day to ensure we can safely manage drop off and collection of children. We will communicate these arrangements with parents/carers before the academy returns.

Should my child wear a face covering, mask or other PPE?

Government guidance states, “Wearing a face covering or face mask in schools or other education settings is not recommended”

Staff will only wear PPE when:

  • a child whose care routinely already involves the use of PPE due to their intimate care needs.
  • a child becomes unwell with symptoms of coronavirus while in their setting and needs direct personal care until they can return home. A face mask should be worn by the supervising adult if 2 metres cannot be maintained. If contact with the child or young person is necessary, then gloves, an apron and a face mask should be worn by the supervising adult. If a risk assessment determines that there is a risk of splashing to the eyes, for example from coughing, spitting, or vomiting, then eye protection should also be worn.

If you have any concerns, please get in touch.

Will Breakfast Club start again?

At this stage we need to consider the health and safety of students and staff therefore breakfast club will not be open.

What are my responsibilities as a parent or carer?

As a parent or carer, you have the following responsibilities:

  • To respond in good time to requests from the academy for information that aids our ability to plan, prepare, and maintain a happy and safe academy environment.
  • To inform the academy in good time should your child not be able to attend on the day.
  • To be polite and courteous to members of staff always.
  • To understand that the day for attendance will be allocated to your child and that they are non-negotiable due to safety and operational reasons.
  • To adhere to the government guidelines for social distancing at all times outside of the academy premises and to ensure that your child also follows these guidelines.

Will after-school clubs start again?

No, they will not. At this stage, we are regrettably unable to offer an after-school provision for students. This may, however, change in the following weeks if our staffing resources allow