COVID-19 Coronavirus – Information for Parents

The most current government response to Coronavirus can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus or here https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers

Below are answers to some of the questions you may have. This page will be regularly updated.

Is the school closed?  The Government announced that from Monday 23rd March all schools, colleges and early years settings were to close to everyone except children of critical workers and vulnerable children, as part of the country’s response to coronavirus.  Thorpe Hall School is therefore closed for all pupils except for children of critical workers and vulnerable children.

When will school re-open? The Government announced on Sunday 10th May a ‘conditional’ plan to reopen primary schools on 1st June, for selected year groups. Thorpe Hall is now in the process of planning how to achieve a return to school in as safe a way as possible for children in Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6.  Some form of face-to-face tuition is also being considered for Year 10. There are many aspects to appraise, and the safety of our pupils and staff remains our top priority. We will be contacting parents directly via email with further details and will also update this page as soon as possible.

Will I be penalised if I choose not to send my child into school? The Government has made it clear that schools should not penalise parents who choose not to send their children to school at this time, and Thorpe Hall will respect that.

What do I do if I am a critical worker, or if my child is vulnerable and I want my child to continue attending school? The Government has identified critical workers and vulnerable children here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision .  We asked all parents to inform us if their employment fits into the categories listed by Friday 20th March 2020.  If your situation has changed, please contact sec@thorpehallschool.co.uk.

How will you keep in touch with us while school is closed? We will keep in regular contact with parents by email (Whole School) and Class Dojo (Lower School and Nursery) every school day.  Please ensure you check for messages. Andrew Hampton’s messages and bulletins to parents can also be found here.

How will the school deliver a continued education to my child in the event of a closure?  Emails and Class Dojo messages have been sent to all parents outlining our remote provision. For more information, see this page

Will my school fees be affected? There will be no change to the fees payable for pupils in Lower School and Upper School for any period of school closure due to Coronavirus, as outlined in our terms and conditions below.  Nursery fees are payable on a flexible pay-per-plan basis and so parents/carers with children in the Nursery will not be invoiced for the Summer Term unless school re-opens and Nursery sessions are re-established before the academic year ends. Please see section 14. Force Majeure (i.e, circumstances beyond our control) in the school’s Terms & Conditions, which you can view and/or download here.

Where can I find more information?

Department for Education https://www.education-ni.gov.uk/news/latest-department-education-updates-relation-covid-19-coronavirus

Public Health England – https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/public-health-england

World Health Organisation  – https://www.who.int/