Dear parents/carers of all students in all Year Groups

 

Advice to parents

We had notification of 1 confirmed case of Covid-19 within St Mary Redcliffe and Temple School in Year 12 on 25 November.

 

No Year 12 students were on site today or yesterday and we have been in touch with a very small number of close contacts and asked them to self-isolate. The student concerned was last on site on Monday 23 November, and got a test following an intense headache, which proved positive. We are grateful that students and their families continue to get tested when they experience the sort of symptoms we have been making everyone aware of.

 

Because we have been careful to establish separate bubbles all the other students in other years can continue to attend school. This includes siblings of Year 12 students as long as they are completely well and have no symptoms of any kind.

 

We want to continue to be cautious and alert to other possible cases. Symptoms are often milder in young people as was the case with this student. Our guidance is at the top of our latest notices section of the website. I do feel strongly that parents and carers have a right to be fully informed so that you can keep your families and the school community Covid-19 free. I am so very grateful for the backing you are giving the school. It is brilliant to be at the centre of such a supportive community.

 

If your child becomes unwell with any of the symptoms we have listed in our guidance: Continuous cough, fever, lack of smell or taste, tummy upset, sore throat, runny nose please do get a test (https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test). The first three symptoms are the only ones that the NHS website normally responds to. Do let the school know the outcome of the test by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

I also have excellent news from the Covid-19 Mitigation and Monitoring in Schools (CoMMinS) team, that all the Year 12 students in the study tested negative on the day that they were tested. This is great evidence that your support for our strategy is making a difference and enabling us to reduce the risk of coronavirus transmission and maximises learning and safety on site.

 

Thank you for your support.

Elisabeth Gilpin
Headteacher

 

Bristol to be in Tier 3


Dear Parents/Carers


The government has announced that Bristol will be in Tier 3 (Very High Alert) at the end of lockdown. This means that people from different households can only meet up outdoors in public places: not indoors or in gardens. Thank you for your support in ensuring that students do not meet up in each other’s homes. Here is the link to Tier 3 guidance (https://www.gov.uk/guidance/local-restriction-tiers-what-you-need-to-know).


The tier is going to be reviewed every two weeks, so if we work hard together across Bristol and the surrounding areas to bring down the infection rates swiftly, we can get into the lower tiers. Liverpool did this really successfully, and Bristol can too! Bristol figures are already coming down, so now is the time to build on this success.


As you will probably know, many of our students and staff travel from the surrounding authorities. South Gloucestershire and North Somerset are also in Tier 3. Bath and North East Somerset are in Tier 2 (along with South Somerset, Somerset West and Taunton, Mendip and Sedgemoor, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and Swindon, and some other South West areas further afield).

 

To protect your own Christmas so you are not self-isolating or risking infection of vulnerable members of our school community, we all need to take action now. Please be on the lookout for the symptoms of the coronavirus that are so mild in young people. The symptoms that SMRT students who tested positive have experienced are as follows:


• Sore throat
• Runny nose/stuffed up nose
• Stomach ache
• Feeling sick
• Diarrhoea
• Lack of appetite
• Extreme tiredness
• Aches and pains (including chest pain)
• Headache
• Lack of sense of smell
• Lack of sense of taste or things tasting ‘funny’
• Chills/feeling hot/slightly raised temperature

 

There are plenty of tests available in Bristol at the moment (https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test). If you have difficulty booking a test because the site only responds to the more adult symptoms of fever, lack of taste or smell, or cough, please contact the school.

 

Thank you so much for your support in this shared action against the virus. We want to maximise onsite learning and keep your families and Bristol safe and ready to enjoy freedom in the future.

 

Mrs Gilpin
Headteacher

 

 

Dear parent/carer


Covid 19 Update (two weeks into the new lockdown)
Lockdown came at the right time for Bristol, as there has been a steep rise in cases in the city. We have seen the impact of cases coming in to schools from mixing over the recent school holiday and in the week prior to lockdown. Wherever we can, we have moved swiftly to isolate close contacts and only disrupt education for a few. We have had to send a whole year group home where there are a larger number of infectious days on site and a wider range of contacts and rooms visited. In our school, students are in a number of class combinations to give them access to the full range of subject specialisms. This does seem to be working to ensure that onward transmission from cases coming into school are absolutely minimised. None of the staff cases have been caught from a student, so a massive thank you to you and our wonderful students for their thoughtfulness and care.


What can you do to help us maximise learning on site, by enabling us to act swiftly?


1. If your child has a positive test result at any time, email this information immediately to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the subject line of the student’s name and year group and the words ‘positive result’, and flag your email as ‘high importance’/urgent where possible.


2. Include in your email the symptoms your child had been experiencing, the date when these symptoms started, the date they were last on site/in school, and the date of their test.
Your email will be treated confidentially and the email address is checked regularly. We can then immediately work to identify close contacts and minimise the risk to other students. We never reveal to other students the name of the child who has tested positive.


3. Do book a test if your child is unwell. Tests are now readily available in Bristol and the results are turned around fast.


4. Sign up to the Covid-19 Mapping and Mitigation in Schools (CoMMinS) project if your child is in Years 8 or 10. The project team have kindly extended the deadline until 23:59 Sunday 22 November.


Having free testing for students on site ensures that we can catch cases early, when only a few people will have to self-isolate, rather than a whole year group. I am delighted to say that 100 staff have signed up, and lots of Year 12 students. We still have space for some more Year 8 and Year 10 students.


5. Be aware of the wider range of symptoms. Here is a list of the symptoms the SMRT students who have tested positive have had.


• Sore throat
• Runny nose/stuffed up nose
• Stomach ache
• Feeling sick
• Diarrhoea
• Lack of appetite
• Extreme tiredness
• Aches and pains (including chest pain)
• Headache
• Lack of sense of smell
• Lack of sense of taste or things tasting ‘funny’
• Chills/feeling hot/slightly raised temperature


These very much fit with the current research and World Health Organisation list of symptoms.


Neither of the cases notified today require any further action. We have a Year 7 students and a Year 13 student who have tested positive. Both students have not been on site since their year groups started self-isolating. I also notified Year 10 parents/carers of a case in Year 10 on 18 November, which only required a few close contacts to self-isolate.


Thank you so much for your support. You are all being amazing. I am very proud of how our whole school community is working to keep each other safe.


Yours sincerely
Mrs Gilpin
Headteacher

Dear Year 10 parents/carers

 

Earlier this month, we had a single confirmed case in Year 10 who had cold like symptoms. The immediate close contacts were sent home straight away and our investigations identified a larger group of students who may have come into contact. These students will all be self-isolating until tomorrow, Thursday 19 November. We look forward to welcoming these students back into school, as long as they do not have any symptoms and are completely well.


We have, however, had notification today of a single confirmed case of Covid-19 within St Mary Redcliffe and Temple School in Year 10, which appears unconnected to the previous case. We have asked the close contacts to self-isolate until Wednesday 25 November. Our investigations have led us to the conclusion that this does not warrant a whole Year group isolation.

 

If your child becomes unwell with any of the symptoms we have listed in our guidance: continuous cough, fever, lack of smell or taste, tummy upset, sore throat, runny nose please do get a test at the NHS online portal https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test. Your household should isolate until you receive the test results giving the all clear.

 

The first three symptoms are the only ones that the website normally responds to. Symptoms are often milder in young people as was the case with this latest student. Do let the school know the outcome of the test by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Learning from Home
With some Year 10 offsite, we want to maximise the opportunity for effective home learning. Year 10 teachers have been asked to set tasks for students who are self-isolating to complete for each lesson and Mrs Williams (Pastoral Administrator) will send them via the students’ school email address.

 

Thank you for your support.
Elisabeth Gilpin
Headteacher

Dear parents/carers of all students in Years 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12
 
Advice to parents
 
We have had notification of one case of Covid-19 within St Mary Redcliffe and Temple School in Year 11, four cases in Year 13, three cases in Year 12 and one staff case, where the source of infection was external to the school.
 
All students in Year 11 may have been in close contact on 12 November therefore all Year 11 students need to remain away from school and self-isolate until Thursday 26 November, which is 14 days after the student was last in school.
 
All students in Year 13 may have been in close contact on 13 November therefore all Year 11 students need to remain away from school and self-isolate until Thursday 26 November.
 
In addition, we have been notified of three positive cases in Year 12.  In these cases, there has been limited time on site because of the Year 12 timetable and limited contact with others.  It has therefore been possible to identify and notify all close contacts and it is not necessary to send the whole year group home.
 
Because we have been careful to establish separate bubbles all the other students in other years can continue to attend school.  This includes siblings of the self-isolating students as long as they are completely well and have no symptoms of any kind.
 
We want to continue to be cautious and alert to other possible cases.  Symptoms are often milder in young people as was the case with these students.  Our guidance is at the top of our latest notices section of the website.  I do feel strongly that parents and carers have a right to be fully informed so that you can keep your families and the school community Covid-19 free.  I am so very grateful for the backing you are giving the school.  It is brilliant to be at the centre of such a supportive community.
 
If your child becomes unwell with any of the symptoms we have listed in our guidance:  Continuous cough, fever, lack of smell or taste, tummy upset, sore throat, runny nose please do get a test (https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test).  The first three symptoms are the only ones that the NHS website normally responds to.  Do let the school know the outcome of the test by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Do not get a test if your child is well as there is a shortage of tests and well people do not need to get tests.
 
Thank you for your support.
Elisabeth Gilpin
Headteacher
Advice to self-isolate
 
We have had notification of four confirmed cases of Covid-19 within St Mary Redcliffe and Temple School in Year 13.
 
All students in Year 13 may have been in close contact therefore all Year 13 students need to stay away from school and self-isolate until Thursday 26 November.
 
In addition, we have had one case in Year 11, and students are self-isolating until Thursday 26 November.  We have also been notified of three positive cases in Year 12.  There has been limited time on site because of the Year 12 timetable and limited contact with others.  It has therefore been possible to identify and notify all close contacts and it is not necessary to send the whole year group home.  We have also been notified of one staff case, where the source of the infection was external to the school.
 
If your child becomes unwell with any of the symptoms we have listed in our guidance: continuous cough, fever, lack of smell or taste, tummy upset, sore throat, runny nose please do get a test at the NHS online portal https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test.  Your household should isolate until you receive the test results giving the all clear.
 
The first three symptoms are the only ones that the website normally responds to. Symptoms are often milder in young people as was the case with these students. Do let the school know the outcome of the test by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
 
Other members of your household can continue normal activities provided your child does not develop symptoms within the isolation period. If you have children in other year groups they may attend school as long as they do not have any symptoms and are completely well.
If your child is well at the end of the 14-day period of self-isolation, then they can return to usual activities and return to school on Thursday 26 November.
 
Learning from Home
With Year 13 offsite we want to maximise the opportunity for effective home learning. Fortunately, they will only miss 2 onsite days during this period.  We are planning to deliver ‘live’ teaching during lesson time using Microsoft Teams. This means that, except for those cases where the teacher is ill, we will be able to continue to deliver an interactive experience for students with face-to-face contact with staff during their normal lesson times. Where a teacher is unwell and unable to deliver a Microsoft Teams lesson, the Head of Subject will send an email to the students in that class with work for them to complete.
If you have any issues which might prevent you from being able to access Microsoft Teams please email the school via the adminhub (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). If for any reason you do not want your child to take part in live lessons via Microsoft Teams then please email the adminhub (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) with the name and tutor group of the student.
 
Thank you for your support.
Elisabeth Gilpin
Headteacher

Dear Year 11 parents/carers

 

Advice to Self-Isolate

 

We have had notification today of a single confirmed case of Covid-19 within St Mary Redcliffe and Temple School in Year 11.

 

All students in Year 11 may have been in close contact therefore all Year 11 students need to stay away from school and self-isolate until Thursday 26 November, which is 14 days after the student was last in school. The student concerned was last on site on Thursday 12 November.

 

If your child becomes unwell with any of the symptoms we have listed in our guidance: continuous cough, fever, lack of smell or taste, tummy upset, sore throat, runny nose please do get a test at the NHS online portal https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test. Your household should isolate until you receive the test results giving the all clear.

 

The first three symptoms are the only ones that the website normally responds to. Symptoms are often milder in young people. This student was only suffering from tiredness and aches and pains. Do let the school know the outcome of the test by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Other members of your household can continue normal activities provided your child does not develop symptoms within the isolation period. If you have children in other year groups they may attend school as long as they do not have any symptoms and are completely well.

 

If your child is well at the end of the 14-day period of self-isolation, then they can return to usual activities and return to school on Thursday 26 November.

 

Learning from Home

With Year 11 offsite, we want to maximise the opportunity for effective home learning. From tomorrow, Tuesday, we are hoping to deliver ‘live’ teaching during lesson time using Microsoft Teams. This means that, except for those cases where the teacher is ill, we will be able to continue to deliver an interactive experience for students with face-to-face contact with staff during their normal lesson times.

 

We will resend by email the instructions for students on how to access these live lessons using Microsoft Teams. Where a teacher is unwell and unable to deliver a Microsoft Teams lesson, the Head of Subject will send an email to the students in that class with work for them to complete.

 

If you have any issues which might prevent you from being able to access Microsoft Teams please email the school via the adminhub (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). If for any reason you do not want your child to take part in live lessons via Microsoft Teams then please email the adminhub (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) with the name and tutor group of the student.

 

Thank you for your support.

Elisabeth Gilpin

Headteacher

Dear parent/carer


Thank you so much for your brilliant support whilst we have worked hard to deal with minimising the risk of onward transmission from Covid19 cases contracted over the last school holiday. Your speed in getting students tested and notifying us and then complying with the notice to self-isolate has been so supportive. This is such a team effort whilst the level of virus in the city of Bristol is still over 400 per 100,000 people.


If you have any doubts about any symptoms your child is exhibiting, then today is the day to book a test. This will enable us to reduce the risk of the virus circulating as self-isolating students start to return. Together, we can return the number of cases to the very low number we experienced last term.


Researchers have been calling for age based symptom checklists, as the virus presents differently in children. Professor Tim Spector, of King’s College London, said “We need to start telling people what are the key symptoms at different ages rather than the blanket obsession with fever, cough and lack of smell.” In the King’s College study of the children diagnosed with Covid-19 who had symptoms, 55% had fatigue, 54% had a headache, and almost half had a fever. Sore throats were present in around 38% of the children, 35% skipped meals, 15% had an unusual skin rash and 13% had diarrhoea. Around half did not have any of the main symptoms listed by the NHS. Professor Spector says teachers and parents should be aware of these symptoms and students should stay off school with them. Some of the symptoms overlap with those for colds. The Queen’s University Belfast team have also studied the impact of the virus on children and found that diarrhoea, vomiting and abdominal cramps in children could be a sign of coronavirus. Both these studies found that children were not badly affected by the virus. An evidence summary of paediatric Covid-19 literature conducted in April 2020 by Munro, Boast and Goldstein found that “Children’s symptoms vary slightly from those seen in adults and tend to be milder. Cough or fever are observed in only around half of symptomatic children, less often than in adults. In contrast, upper respiratory symptoms such as a runny nose or sore throat occur in 30-40% and diarrhoea and/or vomiting are found in around 10% (sometimes this is the only symptom), more often than in adults.”


The World Health Organisation lists a wide range of symptoms and many other countries test for a wider range of symptoms than the UK does. These symptoms include fever, dry cough, tiredness, aches and pains, sore throat, diarrhoea, conjunctivitis, headache, loss of taste or smell, a rash on skin or discolouration of fingers or toes.


On average, it takes 5 to 6 days from when someone is infected with the virus to show, however it can take up to 14 days.


We think it is important that you are well informed about the symptoms in children that are showing up in the research.


Please email us results of tests on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. This will be checked intermittently over the weekend and on INSET day, Monday 16 November.


A deep clean will take place during our staff training/INSET day. There will be no Teams lessons taking place on this day. On Tuesday 17 November, students in Year 7 and Year 8 return from self-isolation. The group of Year 10s who have been self-isolating return on Thursday 19 November and the Year 9s return on Monday 23 November. Please only send your child in to school if they are fully fit.


Please note that I will continue to send home a whole year group where this is necessary for your safety, and only send individual students home where we are confident this is all that is needed. Each positive case is risk assessed for the likelihood of onward transmission and we then take appropriate action.


Thank you for all your lovely feedback about our good organisation and the way we are prioritising both safety and learning. This encouragement and prayers make all the difference.
We are in this together and we will get through this critical next month well, with the wonderful teamwork governors, staff, students and parents and carers are showing.


Your sincerely
Mrs Gilpin
Headteacher

 

Dear Year 9 parents/carers

 

Advice to Self-Isolate – Extension until Monday 23 November

We have had notification of another single confirmed case of Covid-19 within our school in Year 9. Once again the student did not have any of the more classic symptoms of continuous cough, high fever or lack of taste or smell. The student tested positive on Saturday 7 November. As such, the student was potentially contagious when they were on the school site on Friday 6 November.

 

This does mean that we are extending the isolation period for Year 9 for another day (Friday 20 November). This will mean that students will return to school on Monday 23 November, which is 14 days after the student was last in school.

 

If your child becomes unwell with any of the symptoms we have listed in our guidance: continuous cough, fever, lack of smell or taste, tummy upset, sore throat, runny nose please do get a test at the NHS online portal https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test. Your household should isolate until you receive the test results giving the all clear.

 

The first three symptoms are the only ones that the website normally responds to. Symptoms are often milder in young people. Do let the school know the outcome of the test by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Other members of your household can continue normal activities provided your child does not develop symptoms within the isolation period. If you have children in other year groups they may attend school as long as they do not have any symptoms and are completely well.

 

If your child is well at the end of the 14-day period of self-isolation, then they can return to usual activities on Saturday 21 November and return to school on Monday 23 November.

 

Learning from Home

We will continue to maximise the opportunity for effective home learning.

 

This means that, except for those cases where the teacher is ill, we will be able to continue to deliver an interactive experience for students with face-to-face contact with staff during their normal lesson times on Friday 20 November.

 

If you have any issues which might prevent you from being able to access Microsoft Teams please email the school via the adminhub (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). If for any reason you do not want your child to take part in live lessons via Microsoft Teams then please email the adminhub (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) with the name and tutor group of the student.

 

Thank you for your support.

Elisabeth Gilpin

Headteacher

 

 

Dear Parents/Carers of Year 7


We hope that your child is settling well into life at St Mary Redcliffe under these challenging circumstances. We have arranged an opportunity for you to meet virtually with your child’s teachers in the near future in order to find out how they are doing so far. These online parent/carer evenings will take place on Monday 23rd and Wednesday 25th November between 4pm and 6.30pm. Different teachers will be available on each evening reflecting their different working days and to enable us to socially distance them within the building. You would therefore need to be available for part of both evenings in order to see all teachers. The consultations will take place over a video conferencing system which is in use at many schools and is very easy to access and to operate. We will be in touch by Monday 16th November in order to explain to you how you can book appointments online to suit your availability, and how you will be able to use the system. Booking will open on Tues 17th November.


If you have problems with accessing school emails or would have difficulties accessing this event using a computer or mobile phone for video link please call Karen Williams on 0117 3772100 ext 216.

 

Dear parents/carers of all students in Years 7, 8, 10. 11, 12 and 13

 

We have had notification of a confirmed case of Covid-19 within St Mary Redcliffe and Temple School in Year 9.

 

All students in Year 9 may have been in close contact on Thursday 5 November therefore all Year 9 students need to remain away from school and self-isolate Friday 20 November, which is 14 days after the student was last in school.

 

Because we have been careful to establish separate bubbles all the other students in other years can continue to attend school, unless in Year 7 and Year 8, who are currently self-isolating. This includes siblings of Year 9 students as long as they are completely well and have no symptoms of any kind.

 

We want to continue to be cautious and alert to other possible cases. Symptoms are often milder in young people as was the case with this student, who had a sore throat. Our guidance is at the top of our latest notices section of the website. I do feel strongly that parents and carers have a right to be fully informed so that you can keep your families and the school community Covid-19 free. I am so very grateful for the backing you are giving the school. It is brilliant to be at the centre of such a supportive community.

 

If your child becomes unwell with any of the symptoms we have listed in our guidance: Continuous cough, fever, lack of smell or taste, tummy upset, sore throat, runny nose please do get a test (https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test). The first three symptoms are the only ones that the NHS website normally responds to. Do let the school know the outcome of the test by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Do not get a test if your child is well as there is a shortage of tests and well people do not need to get tests.

 

Further Update
Thank you for your excellent support in letting us know straight away when a student has a positive test result and keeping your child off when they have any of the minor symptoms so common in young people. So far out of all our 16 student cases only one has had the classic NHS listed symptoms. The other students have had much more minor symptoms which have included sore throat, tummy upset, headache, runny nose and intense tiredness.


We have been notified of a few more cases over the weekend and yesterday.

 

We have a confirmed case in Year 8. They have not been on site and so no further action is needed.


We also had an additional confirmed case in Year 9 notified over the weekend. We acted swiftly to identify close contacts and the students who had been in contact were asked to self-isolate.


In Year 10 we had a single confirmed case who had cold like symptoms. The immediate close contacts were sent home straight away and our investigations has identified a larger group of students who may have come into contact. These students will all be self-isolating until Thursday 19 of November.


There have also been positive tests for a Year 12 student and a member of staff but in both cases the symptoms developed at the start of the half term holiday and they have not been onsite since then. As a result, no further action is necessary.


Today I have been in conversation with the Covid Mapping and Mitigation in School’s project team and we are aiming to have our first onsite testing for students and staff later in November. We will shortly be sending out the information so that you can opt into this testing programme if you wish to. I know many of you were looking forward to the added information and security this will give you.


Thank you for your support.
Elisabeth Gilpin
Headteacher

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