17 July 2020

The Government’s published guidance for the full reopening of schools has asked us to prepare to welcome all our pupils back this autumn. This, of course, is good news.

However, with coronavirus (COVID-19) remaining in the community, the guidance states that in doing so, whilst ensuring all pupils receive a high-quality education that enables them to thrive and progress, we must also put in place proportionate protective measures for children and staff, by minimising the number of contacts that a pupil has during the school day as well as implementing a series of controls in order to reduce the risk of transmission.

As a result, we have thought very carefully about the logistics and practicalities of how we take these government directives and make them work in our school, in Priory, so we can be confident we are managing the risk effectively.

This publication outlines our plans as a school to reopen Priory to all our pupils, in all year groups from 2 September 2020. It is intended to support staff, pupils and parents to prepare for this.

Although further announcements may be made by the Government over the summer break and things could change again, I hope that, by putting these plans in place now and sharing them with you, we can all go into the summer break feeling informed, less anxious and treat the summer break as just that, a break, a time to switch off for a period of time.

The document has been emailed to parents and pupils on 10 July and is also available to download from below.