Start of Term - Autumn 2021

As the country has moved to Step 4 of the roadmap, the government continues to manage the risk of serious illness from the spread of the virus.

Hayes School continues to follow the latest government guidance and recommendations as we enter this new phase of moving away from stringent restrictions on everyone's day to day lives, towards advising people on how to protect themselves and others, alongside targeted interventions to reduce risk.

I am clear that:

* the virus continues to transmit in the same way - we must therefore not be complacent and should maintain good habits
* we must learn to live with the virus and reduce the disruption to our school and to children and young people's education
* if members of our school community are unwell with symptoms of coronavirus, they should not come to school or should be sent home
* testing remains important in reducing the risk of transmission within schools and the wider community
* a number of government recommendations for schools are no longer in place (i.e. bubbles, social distancing, face coverings)
* every individual will have a different perspective on and appetite for risk

We will (in line with the latest government guidance):

* ensure good hygiene for everyone
* maintain appropriate cleaning regimes
* keep occupied spaces well ventilated
* follow public health advice on testing, self-isolation and managing confirmed cases of COVID-19

What will be the same? What will be different?

* Hand sanitiser on entry to school buildings at the start of the day
* Hand sanitiser on entry to all classrooms during the school day and before and after eating/drinking
* One way systems and keep left systems around school to support us in 'maintaining distance' and safe/orderly movement around school
* Year registration areas at the start and end of the day
* Break/lunch outdoor areas according to year group 
* Wet weather arrangements in tutor rooms
* Forward facing desks (as far as possible)
* Seating plans and teacher zone (2m) at front of room
* Robust and additional daytime cleaning
* Windows in classrooms will be open to aid ventilation
* Twice weekly home testing (to be reviewed at end of September nationally)
* We are encouraged to maintain distance where possible and avoid close unnecessary physical contact


* There will be no staggered arrival/dismissal at the start and end of the day
* No year bubbles
* Face coverings are no longer advised for students, staff and visitors in classrooms or communal areas (but may still be worn by staff and students, as a personal choice)
* Close contacts (those under 18 and double vaccinated adults) will no longer be required to self-isolate but will instead be advise to take a PCR test 



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As with all schools nationally, we are required to have a robust risk assessment and Outbreak Management Plan outlining how we would operate if there was an outbreak in our school or local area, including on how we will step measures up and down. These documents have been reviewed and produced/updated for the Autumn Term 2021 and can be found below.

I look forward to finding our new normal and to the reintroduction of a range of activities and practices in school in 2021-22. I am excited to welcome back staff and students to school in September and to working with all members of our Hayes School community to keep our everyone safe, happy and successful. 

Mr Whittle

Risk Assessment (March 2022)
Outbreak Management Plan (March 2022)


From Thursday 24th February, the Government removed the legal requirement to self-isolate following a positive test. Adults and children who test positive will continue to be advised to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for at least 5 full days, and then continue to follow the guidance until they have received 2 negative test results on consecutive days.

More detail can be found in the Living with COVID-19 plan.

We kindly ask that parents inform our Attendance Officer via e-mail or telephone if their child will be absent from school and the reasons for absence.
020 8462 2767 (Option 1)

Self isolation flow chart


Phased Return Arrangements - from 8th March 2021

In accordance with the government’s route map and easing of national restrictions, we look forward to welcoming back students into school from Monday 8th March.

The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health has made clear that the overwhelming majority of children and young people still have no symptoms or very mild illness only. Returning to school is also vital for their educational progress, for their wellbeing, and for their wider development.

To continue to manage the risks when students return, all schools will continue to implement the range of protective measures that they have been using throughout the autumn term. These measures have been further strengthened to help decrease the disruption the virus causes to education. Current evidence suggests that these measures are still the right ones to take, even with the new current variants.

In-school provision for children currently attending school
If your child has been attending school (because you are a critical worker or your child is from a priority group), your child should continue to attend school to access remote learning until their year group has been tested and returned to school. Your child should participate in the testing programme (as they have been doing in school in recent weeks.)

Year 7 in-school provision will cease at 3pm on Monday 8th March
Year 8 in-school provision will cease at 3pm on Wednesday 10th March
Year 9 in-school provision will cease at 3pm on Tuesday 9th March
Year 10 in-school provision will cease at 3pm on Tuesday 9th March
Year 11 in-school provision will cease at 3pm on Monday 8th March
Year 12 in-school provision will cease at 3pm on Wednesday 10th March
Year 13 in-school provision will cease at 3pm on Wednesday 10th March

test and return

Return to school dates for all year groups and remote education
In light of students attending testing appointments during the school day, during the phased return, remote education will consist of work set in Satchel One by 8.30am for all lessons each day (p1-5 or period 6, where relevant).
Live lessons will therefore be suspended on Monday 8th March – Wednesday 10th March)
All students will have returned to lessons by Thursday 11th March.

Students are reminded that on their return to school, they should observe the staggered start times and arrival windows via our West Common Road (WCR) or Baston Road entrances

staggered arrival and return

Letter from the Principal - wider re-opening from 8th March

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Start of Term - Autumn 2020

The school has been preparing for all students to return full-time from the start of the autumn term in line with government guidance.
We are very much looking forward to welcoming back all our students into school from September and to welcoming new students to the school in both Year 7 and Year 12.

Parents and carers are requested to read the information below and to note the planned changes to school routines, timings of the school day and our start of term arrangements on Wednesday 2nd September.

The government have published 'What parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges in the autumn term

Start of Term Letter from Principal - August 2020 (click here)

Letter re: face coverings in school

Video on how to wear a fabric face covering safely

Click on the image below to read our detailed information about arrangements for re-opening.

Returning booklet Aug 2020

Student, parent and carer information video - changes to school (Autumn 2020)

Phased re-opening (June 2020)

Following the government announcement regarding the phased and partial re-opening of schools from Monday 1st June, we have produced detailed plans in support of students in Years 10 and 12 receiving face-to-face support in addition to their remote learning.
Information published to students, parents and carers can be found below.

Returning to school safely (Year 10)

Returning to school safely (Year 12)

Outbreak Management Plan - Mar 2022
Risk Assessment (Mar 2022)
Self-isolation guidance (Jan 2022)
COVID19 - Information, advice and guidance Jan 22
Letter from Principal (1st March 2021)
Face coverings in school - Oct 20
Letter from Director of Public Health Sept 20
Update from Principal re: Coronavirus 24 Sept 20
Trust Letter re: face coverings 28 Aug 20
Start of Term - Letter from Principal (Aug 2020)
Returning to Hayes School (Autumn Term 2020)
Letter from Principal - re-opening Autumn 2020
Information for Year 12 students
Returning to school safely - Year 12
Re-opening - Letter to Year 12 parents and carers
Information for Year 10 students
Returning to school safely - Year 10
Re-opening - Letter to Year 10 parents and carers