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Covid-19 Information - Spring 2021

Newstead Wood School are following Government guidelines and advice from Public Health England in regard to the operation of schools.

The documents below provide useful information regarding our arrangements for Teaching and Learning and school routines at this time. This page will continually be updated.


Continuity of Learning

As a school, we aim to ensure that teaching and learning continue as efficiently and effectively as possible in the event of a student or groups of students being unable to attend school due to Covid. Our policy and procedures during this time will help us to ensure high educational standards, in line with our school aims. They underline our commitment to learning as a partnership between students, teachers, and parents/carers.

Please click here to read our Continuity of Learning document


Plans for September 2021

Parents and carers are requested to read the information below and to note the planned changes to school routines and timings of the school day during 2020/21. Details of our return to school from 8th March 2021 are detailed in our Reopening Guide.

What Parents need to know - September 2021

Reopening Guide for Parents and Carers – September 2021


Risk Assessment

Our Risk Assessment can be found in the policies section of our website.

Who can have a Covid vaccine?

People aged 18 and over (or will turn 18 within 3 months)

  • Can book online or call 119 for an appointment at a vaccination centre or pharmacy
  • Can find a walk-in clinic to get vaccinated without needing an appointment
  • Can follow up with their GP surgery and book an appointment with them

Young people aged 16 and 17

  • The first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is now available to all 16 and 17 year olds nationwide. Second dosage timings remain under review and you will be updated in due course
  • Parental consent is not required provided that the young person has capacity

In south east London, young people aged 16 and 17 years can get a vaccine in one of two ways:

  • By attending a grab-a-jab walk-in clinic (no appointment required)
  • Through a direct invitation to book from a healthcare provider

Some children aged 12 to 15

Children aged 12 to 15 can get vaccinated against COVID-19 if:

  • they live with someone who is more likely to get infections (such as someone who has HIV, has had a transplant or is having certain treatments for cancer, lupus or rheumatoid arthritis)
  • they have a condition that means they're at high risk from COVID-19:
    • a severe problem with the brain or nerves, such as cerebral palsy
    • Down's syndrome
    • severe or multiple learning disabilities (or they're on the learning disability register)
    • a condition that means they're more likely to get infections (such as some genetic conditions or types of cancer)
  • If a child is eligible for vaccination, parents will be contacted by a local NHS service such as their GP surgery to arrange their appointments.
  • There has been no decision made about a wider vaccination roll-out for 12 to 15 year olds. This remains under review and you’ll be updated in due course.


Clinically extremely vulnerable children and young people

The DfE’s email to schools on the 26th August stated that a letter has been sent by the Department of Health and Social Care to the families of children and young people who were previously classified as CEV. The letter informed them that UK Clinical Review Panel has recommended that all children and young people under the age of 18 should no longer be considered CEV and should be removed from the Shielded Patient List, the national database of people considered clinically extremely vulnerable. Attendance at school is mandatory.

The DfE email said that:

  • “Clinical studies have shown that children and young people, including those originally considered to be clinically extremely vulnerable (CEV), are at very low risk of serious illness if they catch the virus.”
  • “All children and young people should continue to follow the same guidance as everyone else, which can be found at www.gov.uk/coronavirus. For a very few individual children specific clinical advice may be given and this should continue to be followed.”



TfL have guidance which can be accessed here


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