We have had notification today of another single confirmed case of Covid-19 within our school in year 11.     This is unlinked to the previous case. The point of transmission has been identified as a contact outside of our school. 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 had a mild irritating sore throat. The student developed the mild symptoms on Tuesday this week and tested positive today. As such, the student was potentially contagious when they were on the school site on Monday 21st September.

 

This does mean that we are extending the isolation period for Year 11 for another week. This will mean that the isolation period will be extended until Sunday 4th October which is 14 days after the student was last in school.

 

If your child has any or develops any of these three coronavirus symptoms (high temperature, new continuous cough, loss of or change in sense of smell or taste), NHS guidance is to stay off school and book a test. Your child must self-isolate for 10 days or until they get a get a negative test result.  Contacts of a person with a positive test result must stay off school for 14 days.  This includes siblings at SMRT.

 

SMRT guidance, which is based on the current research and World Health Organisation symptoms of gastrointestinal symptoms (tummy upset, abdominal cramps, off food, nausea, diarrhoea), sore throat and runny nose, is to stay off school for 10 days from when the symptoms appear.  These symptoms can be symptomatic of Covid-19 in young people and they are all contagious symptoms that will spread illness to other people.  The NHS and government are not currently advising people with these symptoms to get a test because there is a shortage of tests.

 

Scientific research is increasingly finding that at least a third of school age children that test positive for Covid-19 do not have a continuous cough, high temperature or lack of smell or taste.  Be particularly alert to these clusters of symptoms, especially if combined together (gastrointestinal symptoms, such as cramps, nausea, diarrhoea, sore throat, runny nose, fatigue, headache, skin rash, conjunctivitis).  If your child has multiple symptoms from this cluster, it is very important to seek medical advice and a test if you are able to.  These clusters of symptoms can be very indicative of Covid-19 in children and should not be ignored.

 

Do remember to let us know the result of any test on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., as soon as you have it.

 

Do not book a test for your child if they are fit and well as this prevents people with symptoms getting a test.

 

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 Monday 5th October.

 

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.  

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

We have had notification today of a separate single confirmed case of Covid-19 within St Mary Redcliffe and Temple School in year 11. This is completely unconnected with the previous case in year 11. The point of transmission has been identified as a contact outside of our school. The student only had a mild sore throat. They did not have any of the more classic symptoms of continuous cough, high fever or lack of taste or smell. Thankfully the student did get a test. We are very grateful to them for doing this as this has reduced the risk of ongoing transmission.

All students in year 11 may have been in close contact on Monday 21st September therefore all year 11 students need to remain away from school for next week and self-isolate until Sunday 4th October 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. This includes siblings of year 11 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. I have updated our guidance which is top of our latest notices section of the website. I have also explained more of the science behind the range of symptoms that are emerging and quoted the relevant wider research in the newsletter. 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. 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

The September Newsletter is now available to view here.

If your child has any of these three coronavirus symptoms (high temperature, new continuous cough, loss of or change in sense of smell or taste), NHS guidance is to stay off school and book a test. You must self-isolate for 10 days or until you get a get a negative test result. Contacts of a person with a positive test result must stay off school for 14 days. This includes siblings at SMRT.

 

SMRT guidance, which is based on the current research and World Health Organisation symptoms of gastrointestinal symptoms (tummy upset, abdominal cramps, off food, nausea, diarrhoea), sore throat and runny nose, is to stay off school for 10 days from when the symptoms appear. These symptoms can be symptomatic of Covid-19 in young people and they are all contagious symptoms that will spread illness to other people. The NHS and government are not currently advising people with these symptoms to get a test because there is a shortage of tests.

 

Scientific research is increasingly finding that at least a third of school age children that test positive for Covid-19 do not have a continuous cough, high temperature or lack of smell or taste. Be particularly alert to these clusters of symptoms, especially if combined together (gastrointestinal symptoms, such as cramps, nausea, diarrhoea, sore throat, runny nose, fatigue, headache, skin rash, conjunctivitis). If your child has multiple symptoms from this cluster, it is very important to seek medical advice and a test if you are able to. These clusters of symptoms can be very indicative of Covid-19 in children and should not be ignored.

 

Do remember to let us know the result of any test on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., as soon as you have it.

 

Do not book a test for your child if they are fit and well as this prevents people with symptoms getting a test.

Dear parents/carers of all students in years 7-10 and 12 and 13

 

Advice to parents - single confirmed case

 

We have had notification today of a single confirmed case of Covid-19 within St Mary Redcliffe and Temple School in year 11. The student only had mild tummy upset symptoms followed by “cold” symptoms. They did not have any of the more classic symptoms of continuous cough, high fever or lack of taste or smell. Thankfully they took our advice to stay off school and get a test. We are very grateful to them for doing this as this has reduced the risk of ongoing transmission.

 

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 Sunday 27th September 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. This includes siblings of year 11 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. Recent research has shown that young people frequently do not display the typical adult symptoms of a continuous cough, fever or lack of taste or smell. Often young people may only have a slight tummy upset or be “off their food” and have a mild sore throat or cold symptoms and feel really tired and have a headache. The research on this is still developing. We know that it is inconvenient for individuals that our school has been cautious about symptoms but in this case a potential for the loss of 17,000 days of learning if the whole school had to be shut for two weeks has been massive reduced compared to this student continuing to attend school. One person staying off with minor symptoms of a tummy upset and sore throat and runny nose and getting a test and then alerting us swiftly when the test result came in has meant that learning onsite has been much more able to take place. We are enormously appreciative of all the parents that are being so supportive especially at a time of difficulty in getting tests. I have already contacted two MPs and requested that a wider range of categories of symptoms are allowed for school age students to get tests. This would prevent more schools having to close and would prevent the disease spreading across our city much more effectively!

 

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. 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.

 

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 Monday 28th September.

 

I am waiting to liaise further with Public Health England and will send you any updates and further information when I can.


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. The student only had mild tummy upset symptoms followed by cold symptoms. They did not have any of the more classic symptoms of continuous cough, high fever or lack of taste or smell. Thankfully they took our advice to stay off school and get a test. We are very grateful to them for doing this as this has reduced the risk of ongoing transmission.

 

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 Sunday 27th September 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. 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 student. If you have difficulty getting a test please explain that your child has been in close contact with someone who has tested positive. 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 Monday 28th September.

 

I am waiting to liaise further with Public Health England and will send you any updates and further information when I can.

 

Learning from Home:
With Year 11 offsite for the next few days we want to maximise the opportunity for effective home learning. For Tuesday and Wednesday we will be using the same system as we operated in Term 6: Year 11 teachers have been asked to set tasks for students to complete for each lesson and to send them via the students’ school email address.


From Thursday 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 email instructions for students on how to access these live lessons using Microsoft Teams on Wednesday morning. 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

The September Start of Year Newsletter is available to view here.

 

 

We welcome back our year 10 students as they start their GCSEs. As we are unable to hold our Year 10 Information Evening for parents/carers. We have made a film that goes through many key points about GCSEs. The film covers information around how we set targets at GCSE, tiers of entry, homework and coursework. Mr Taylor also talks about the impact of attendance and behaviour on grades.

We hope that this is helpful to you as you support your child through the GCSEs over the next two years. If you have any questions or queries regarding anything in the film, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and she will ensure that your question is forwarded to the correct person. 

 

 

We would like to welcome all of our Year 7 Parents to our school community. As we are unable to invite you all into school for our information evening, we have made a film to give you an overview of the year ahead and introduce Mr Pike to you. He is Head of Müller House and is looking forward to working with you throughout the year.

 

The film also includes some reflection and worship as well as lots of information about how we will support your child pastorally and academically.

 

If you have any questions or queries, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as she will be able to direct your enquiry to the most appropriate person.

 

 

 

Further to the notice placed in the July edition of the School Newsletter, I am pleased to confirm that the Office of the Schools’ Adjudicator has agreed to allow the variation to the Main School Admissions Policy for 2021/22, in respect of attendance at churches/places of worship.

The variation approved for those applying as ‘faith’ applicants is:

 

‘In the event that during the period specified for attendance at worship the church, or, in relation to those of other faiths, relevant place of worship, has been closed for public worship and has not provided alternative premises for that worship, the requirements of these admissions arrangements in relation to attendance will only apply to the period when the church or, in relation to those of other faiths, relevant place of worship or alternative premises have been available for public worship.’

 

Please be reassured that you will not be disadvantaged by the closures of churches/places of worship during this period of COVID.

 

Mrs S Josham, Clerk to Governors, (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Our catering company would like to reassure all our school community about the measures they are taking to ensure a safe return to providing school meals. Please watch their video below:

 

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