Latest information regarding Coronavirus....

Friday 19 March 2020 - Partial Closure: The School will only be open to Years 7, 8, 9 and 10

From 3.30pm on Friday 19 March 2020 Backwell School will be closed to all students, except to those whose parents are key workers (police, health service, delivery drivers) or vulnerable students.

The school is working very hard to put plans in place to support students learning from home and to provide supervision for key groups of students as identified by the government.

Please bear with us at this very difficult time ... we will be communicating our plans to parents shortly.

Thank you for your understanding.

The UK has moved into the delay phase of the Government's action plan for COVID-19.

On Monday 16 March the Prime Minister updated advice to the public. This means that:

Anyone (students, teachers or school staff) with a new, persistent cough and/or high temperature should self-isolate for seven days.

If you live in a household with others, the whole house will need to self-isolate for 14 days should someone display the symptoms detailed above. 

Please ensure that you inform the school of these circumstances (using the absence line, as normal) so that we are aware.

Sources of guidance and advice

We suggest that parents concerned about Coronavirus visit the Public Health England website for the most up to date information. 

A helpline has been set up for students, teachers or parents concerned about Coronavirus open 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday:

Phone: 0800 046 8687

Email: DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk

Guidance on self-isolation

The government has published these guidelines for those required to self-isolate to try and prevent the spread of infection. 

During self-isolation you should remain in your home. Do not go to work, school, or public areas, and do not use public transport or taxis. You cannot go for a walk.

School Trips and Activities

All non-essential school trips and activities have been postponed. This includes concerts, parents' evenings and trips off the school site.

We are in communications with tour operators and our insurance company regarding trips abroad during Enrichment Week. We will keep you updated on this.

Preventing spread of infection


There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus.

There are general principles anyone can follow to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:

  • washing your hands often - with soap and water, or use alcohol sanitiser if handwashing facilities are not available. This is particularly important after taking public transport

  • covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throwing the tissue in a bin. See Catch it, Bin it, Kill it

  • people who feel unwell should stay at home and should not attend work or any education or childcare setting

  • pupils, students, staff and visitors should wash their hands:

  - before leaving home
  - on arrival at school
  - after using the toilet
  - after breaks and sporting activities
  - before food preparation
  - before eating any food, including snacks
  - before leaving school

Updated 18.3.20 

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