COVID Update – September 2021

COVID Update - September 2021

Government Guidance has been updated for September 2021.

The School follows this official guidance and has local measures in place to protect staff, students and our community. These measures include:

  • LFD testing for all students returning to School
  • Ongoing LFD testing fro staff and students
  • Changes to the timings of the School day (link available on this page)
  • One Way System for movement across the School (link available on this page)
  • Tutor rooms clustered by year groups
  • Common break and lunch with measures in the dining hall to maintain safety
  • Hand sanitiser available in all learning spaces and across the School
  • Seating plans to identify close contacts efficiently
  • Individual risk assessments to support staff
  • Enhanced pastoral care for students

COVID Update - Our timeline

On 20 March 2020, the School formally closed under the guidance of the UK Government. Throughout the time we have remained open to Key Worker children and on 8 June welcomed a small group of Year 10 and Year 12 students as our priority group. 

From 1 June, phase 3 of the Remote Home Learning Procedure was instigated that raised expectations for face-to-face learning via Google Meet for all year groups, alongside existing Google Classroom and Screencastify learning. 

On 22 June we held two weeks of tutorials, run by subject specialists for our Year 12 students. 84% of the cohort attended these tutorials across the fortnight and had the opportunity to be in small groups with specialist staff for their A Level subjects. 

On 6 July we then held two weeks of tutorials, run by subject specialists for our Year 10 students. 90% of the cohort attended these tutorials across the fortnight, providing an opportunity for Year 10 to learn in small groups for at least five of their subjects, up to a maximum of all ten GCSEs for some.

On 3 September 2020 we welcomed back to School our new Year 7 and Year 12 cohort for a transition day. The following day, 4 September, all year groups returned to School.

We put in place control measures and adapted the School day to ensure we minimise contact fo our groups. Full guidance was provided to staff and families. 

The uniqueness of our current situation never fails to amaze us, but equally, enthuse and motivate as we enter new territory and trailblaze our path as one community.

We have welcomed a small number key workers children into School on a daily basis, as well as a priority group from Year 10 and Year 12 since 8 June 2020. 

We have already donated lab coats and protective gloves to Stoke Mandeville Hospital, as well as laminated sheets for safety visors. We hope there will be more to follow.

Some of our Year 12 students, supported by staff, are collecting food donations to support our local community. 

Many of our Old Aylesburians are sharing their stories of isolation and their supportive initiatives for the NHS such as OA Dan Silvertown’s Lockdown Haircut

OA Martin Murphy (Hampden ’05) uses his design talent to create a ThanksNHS T shirt…and it’s selling like hotcakes! 100% of the profit goes straight into our NHS. Please buy it here: 

Where we are now

School will once again only be open to Key Worker and Vulnerable students. The rest of the community will be learning from home.

Full guidance has been sent to staff and families.

Our latest School Newsletter is available here