Dear Parents/Carers


You will have heard on the news that schools can now make decisions about masks and remove them unless there are local infection control issues. We are continuing to wear masks in classrooms and communal areas.

 

This decision is because the number of coronavirus cases are still high in Bristol even though they are falling and we have had a number of parents alert us to coronavirus cases in students particularly this week. We promised you that we would review this on the 26th January and we will keep to this promise. We will review the Bristol data and our school data and make an appropriate decision at this point and let you know.


Please continue to be alert to symptoms like: a sore throat, runny nose, intense tiredness, muscle aches and back ache and keep your child off school if they have any of these symptoms.
We want to take a cautious and data led approach so as to protect on site learning for as many students as possible.

 

Thank you for your support
Elisabeth Gilpin
Headteacher

Dear parents and carers

 

I am really pleased to say that although it has been very challenging running the school with a larger than normal number of staff off because of coronavirus, everyone has rallied round and helped.

 

You have all been kind and understanding. Students have been great about mask wearing, testing and staying off with the wider range of symptoms.

 

It is great to see the case numbers starting to come down in Bristol.

 

There are some important updates.

1. If your child has covid, they need to stay off school for 10 days. This can be shortened if they have 2 negative lateral flow device tests on consecutive days from day 5 onwards. They should still stay off if they have symptoms or have positive lateral flow device tests until the 10 days are up.

 

2. Booster vaccinations are now available for anyone aged 16 or 17. These can be obtained through the normal NHS booking system. (https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/. They need to be booked 12 weeks after the second vaccination. Sixth Form students should work around their timetable where possible.

 

3. Second dose vaccinations for children aged 12 to 15 years are available through the NHS booking system, or at a drop in centre. Here are the ones for the coming week. You can check this link for any further updates, or as an alternative site to book a vaccination appointment (https://bnssghealthiertogether.org.uk/book-your-vaccine/covid/).

 

Wednesday 19 January

• 12pm-8pm: Easton Christian Family Centre, Beaufort Street, Easton, Bristol BS5 0SQ.

 

Friday 21 January

• 12pm-7pm: St Luke’s Church, Church Street, (off Queen’s Road), Barton Hill, Bristol BS5 9FB.

• 3pm-5.30pm: Billings Pharmacy, 5A Kingchase Shopping Centre, Kingswood, Bristol, BS15 8LP

 

Saturday 22 January

• 10am-4.30pm: Wellspring Healthy Living Centre, Beam Street, Barton Hill, Bristol BS5 9QY.

• 8.30am-5pm (closed 12.30-1.30pm): East Trees Health Centre, 100a Fishponds Road, Bristol BS5 6SA

 

Tuesday 25 January

• 9am-12.30pm and 1.30pm-5pm: Bristol Rapid Testing Centre, 17-18 Wellington Road, Bristol BS2 9DA

 

Wednesday 26 January

• 12pm-8pm: Easton Christian Family Centre, Beaufort Street, Easton, Bristol BS5 0SQ

 

Ideally, try and avoid lesson times when arranging a vaccination for your child, but we fully understand if you need to take your child/ren out of school to get them vaccinated. Please let our attendance team know by email if you are going to do this (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

 

4. We will also now be able to offer an on-site vaccination opportunity, but not until February. This will be for 12 to 15 year olds, for either a first dose or a second dose. Second doses need to be 12 weeks after the first dose, or 12 weeks after having a positive covid test result. We will be in touch with further information.

 

Elisabeth Gilpin

Headteacher

Dear parents and carers

 

Happy new year!

 

Term has got off to a great start considering the high levels of covid in Bristol at the moment. Thank you for ensuring your child did Lateral Flow Device tests and stayed off with Omicron symptoms. The students have been great about wearing their masks and we really appreciate this. We have CO2 monitors in use and are building up a good picture of air conditions about different areas of the school, and improving ventilation as needed. My team have been super organised about placing orders for lateral flow kits and booking supply teachers. So, it is all systems go for 2022!

 

This next month will be a challenge staffing wise, and we are already seeing this. Everyone is rallying round to help out, as we are so determined to ensure that students can continue to learn on site unless it absolutely becomes necessary to send year groups home. We will prioritise Year 11 and Year 13 being on site if we have to resort to this unlikely situation.

 

What you can do to help
1. Be aware of the top 5 Omicron symptoms as researched by the ZOE Covid study using data from London.
• Runny nose
• Headache
• Fatigue (mild or severe)
• Sneezing
• Sore throat

 

Some people also identified loss of appetite and brain fog. Please do not send your child to school with Omicron or classic symptoms (fever, cough, loss of taste or smell) and book a PCR test.

 

2. Ask your child to use lateral flow tests twice a week. If you have not opted into this and now want to, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (Pastoral Administrator), to be added to the list.

 

3. Observe the new self-isolation guidance. If a family member has covid, then other family members should test daily with lateral flow tests for 7 days (unless they are over 18 years and 6 months and unvaccinated, in which case they should isolate for 10 days).

 

If a student tests positive with a lateral flow test they no longer need to get a PCR test, as this ‘counts’ as a true positive as covid is so prevalent. They should isolate immediately for 10 days. If they test negative on 2 consecutive days from day 6 and day 7 onwards and have no symptoms, they can come back to school.

 

4. Ensure your child comes to school with a mask each day.


5. Be patient with us for the next month, as we will be running short handed and won’t be able to do everything we normally do. Although we will do our very best!

 

6. If you have to come on site for a meeting, please take a lateral flow test before you come in, and do not come in if you have any symptoms.

 

Vaccinations for 12 – 15 year olds

We fully respect that vaccinations are a matter of careful choice worked out between parent/carer and child. The first dose happened through school. The second dose, which is due now, are being offered through the normal booking system (https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/) or through drop ins. The Bristol drop ins for the coming week for 12-15 year olds are as follows. Covid 19 vaccinations will not be available through school. Any child aged 12-15 who has had covid needs to wait for 12 weeks before attending their vaccination appointment. You can check here for any further/future updates to the drop in list, or book a vaccination via this site. https://bnssghealthiertogether.org.uk/book-your-vaccine/covid/

 

• Saturday 8 Jan
9am-5pm: Vaccination Centre @UWE Bristol, Coldharbour Lane, Frenchay, Bristol BS16 1QY
10am-4pm: Wellspring Healthy Living Centre, Beam Street, Barton Hill, Bristol BS5 9QY.


• Sunday 9 Jan
9am-5pm: Vaccination Centre @UWE Bristol, Coldharbour Lane, Frenchay, Bristol BS16 1QY


• Tuesday 11 Jan
9am-12.30pm and 1.30pm-5pm: Bristol Rapid Testing Centre, 17-18 Wellington Road, Bristol BS2 9DA.


• Wednesday 12 Jan
12pm-8pm: Easton Christian Family Centre, Beaufort Street, Easton, Bristol BS5 0SQ. Limited capacity.

 

Ideally, try and avoid lesson times when arrange a vaccination for your child, but we fully understand if you need to take your child/ren out of school to get them vaccinated. Please let our attendance team This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are going to do this.

 

We all think we are so very fortunate to have such great students and parents/carers during these challenging times.

 

I do wish you every blessing and good health for 2022.

 

Elisabeth Gilpin
Headteacher

Dear Parent/Carer,


We do hope that you have had a restful break with your family and friends. In this communication, there is some key information that will help us all continue to keep our community safe. We look forward to welcoming your child back to school on Wednesday 05 January.


Lateral Flow Tests
As we mentioned before the holiday, please ensure that your child has two negative Lateral flow tests for two consecutive days before they return to school on Wednesday. You could choose to take your tests on Monday and Tuesday or alternatively Tuesday and Wednesday morning.


Masks
It will be mandatory for all students (except those who are exempt) to wear masks in classrooms as well as communal areas. Please ensure that your child comes to school with a mask that they will be comfortable wearing all day – as they will only be able to remove their masks when they are outside. This decision is due for review on 26 January so your child will need a few masks to keep them going until then.


Omicron Symptoms
Please do not send your child to school if they feel unwell. This is particularly important with the highly infectious Omicron variant where the symptoms include a scratchy throat, lower back pain, a runny or blocked nose, a headache, muscle pains and fatigue, sneezing and night sweats as well as fever, loss of taste/smell or a continuous cough. So if your child has any of these symptoms, please do not send them to school and get a PCR test. Please inform our attendance team: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Vaccinations for 12-15 year olds
The vaccination centre at UWE Bristol, Coldharbour Lane, Frenchay, Bristol BS16 1QY is offering 1st and 2nd dose vaccinations to 12-15 year olds this week. These are walk-in clinics so you do not need to book and can just attend on Monday 03 January and Tuesday 04 January this week whilst we are still on holiday. Here is a link for more information:
https://bnssghealthiertogether.org.uk/book-your-vaccine/covid/

 

Thank you for your support.

 

The December Newsletter is available to view here.

Dear parents and carers

 

You will have heard on the news about the Omicron variant of Coronavirus. This variant may be more contagious and more resistant to immunity. There still needs to be more research into the implications to know how serious this is, but being vaccinated will still mean this variant has a less serious impact on health.

 

The government has asked:
1. Secondary schools to reintroduce masks in communal areas. Please can you send your child to school with a mask on Tuesday 30 November.
2. All educational settings to continue to encourage staff and students to test twice weekly using the Lateral Flow Device tests. If anyone needs Lateral Flow Device testing kits, please contact Mrs Williams (Pastoral Administrator) by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and she will arrange for you to be added to our distribution list.
3. People to wear masks on public transport and in shops. Please can you let your child know this if it affects their journey to school.
4. If someone is a suspected or a known contact of someone infected with the Omicron variant, they should isolate for 10 days, whether they are vaccinated or not.
5. People are encouraged to get vaccinated/have their second vaccination/have a booster vaccination as soon as they are eligible.


Here is a link to the booking system for vaccinations, to book an appoint https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/

 

Here is a list of the drop in vaccination clinics for the coming week:

 

Tuesday 30 November
9am-12.30pm and 1.30pm-5pm: Bristol Rapid Testing Centre
, 17-18 Wellington Road, Bristol BS2 9DA.
• Pfizer and Astra Zeneca vaccine available.
• Open to anyone aged 16 and over for first dose, second dose and booster vaccine.
• Accessible parking is available.
12.30pm-6pm: For All Healthy Living Centre, Lonsdale Avenue, Weston-super-Mare, BS23 3SJ
• Pfizer vaccine available.
• Open to anyone aged 16 and over for first dose, second dose and booster vaccine
12-15 year old Children flu and COVID vaccine only between 3pm-6pm

 

Wednesday 1 December
12pm-8pm: Easton Christian Family Centre
, Beaufort Street, Easton, Bristol BS5 0SQ.
• Pfizer and Astra Zeneca vaccine available.
• Open to anyone aged 16 and over for first dose, second dose and booster vaccine
• Accessible toilets are available. 

 

Thursday 2 December
9am-6pm: The Vaccination Centre @ UWE Bristol
, (North Entrance) Frenchay Campus, Coldharbour Ln, Bristol BS16 1QY
• Booster clinic for anyone who is eligible. Please ensure it is 6 months (182 days) after your second dose.
• Moderna vaccine available.
10am-7pm: Cabot Circus, Broadmead, next to Five Guys and Claire’s, Bristol BS1 3BD.
• Pfizer vaccine available.
• Open to anyone aged 16 and over for first dose, second dose and booster vaccine
3pm-5pm: Yate Leisure Centre, Yate, Bristol BS37 4DQ.
• Limited capacity.
• Pfizer vaccine available.
• Open to anyone aged 16 and over for first dose, second dose, third dose for immunosuppressed and booster vaccine

 

Friday 3 December
10am-7pm: Cabot Circus
, Broadmead, next to Five Guys and Claire’s, Bristol BS1 3BD.
• Pfizer vaccine available.
• Open to anyone aged 16 and over for first dose, second dose and booster vaccine

 

Saturday 4 December
10am-7pm: Cabot Circus
, Broadmead, next to Five Guys and Claire’s, Bristol BS1 3BD.
• Pfizer vaccine available.
• Open to anyone aged 16 and over for first dose, second dose and booster vaccine
11am-7pm: @symes Community Building, Peterson Avenue, Hartcliffe, BS13 0BE
Family vaccine clinic – No appointment is required
• Pfizer vaccine available.
• Open to anyone aged 16 and over for first dose, second dose and booster vaccine
• Adult flu vaccine available
• Children flu and COVID vaccines available (Children’s Flu eligibility from Reception age and over. Children’s COVID from 12 – 15 years).
9am-5.30pm: Healthy Living Centre, Downton Road, Knowle, Bristol BS4 1WH.
• Pfizer vaccine available.
• Open to anyone aged 16 and over for first dose, second dose.

 

Sunday 5 December
9am-6pm: The Vaccination Centre @ UWE Bristol
, (North Entrance) Frenchay Campus, Coldharbour Ln, Bristol BS16 1QY
• Booster clinic for anyone who is eligible. Please ensure it is 6 months (182 days) after your second dose.
• Moderna vaccine available.

 

6. These countries have had ‘Red List’ restrictions placed on travel to the UK: Angola, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique Namibia, South Africa, Zambia, and Zimbabwe, as the Omicron variant has been identified in these countries.


Thank you for your support.

 

Elisabeth Gilpin

Headteacher

 

 

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