Coronavirus (COVID – 19) Advice and Guidance

Information for Parents

Learning from Home 

This page will be updated with information as soon as it is available to us.  Follow the  links to find the most up to date information

Free School Meal Vouchers

Parents who are eligible for Free School Meals will be receiving vouchers during the crisis. E Vouchers can be redeemed for your chosen supermarket by following the instructions on the email. Printed vouchers received in the post need to be redeemed at the specified supermarket, in our case Tesco. The school is unable to answer queries regarding these vouchers however the following link should answer your questions. DfE Free School Meals ParentCarer FAQs

Letter from NCS = (click HERE)

Addendum to Health and Safety Policy – (click HERE)

Outdoor Swimming Advice – (Click HERE)

Translation of WHO guidance 06/05/2020 – (click Here)

Warning about Fraud (24/04/2020) – (Click HERE)

Latest Update from Peterborough City Council (15/05/2020) – (Click HERE)

Update from school (10/07/2020) – (click HERE)

Update from school (22/05/20) – (click HERE)

Update from school  (21/04/2020) – (click HERE)

Update from school  (19/03/2020) – (click HERE)

Supporting your Child’s mental Health – (click HERE)

Mental Health and Well-being – (click HERE)

Safeguarding Policy – (Click HERE)

Resourses for Children and Parents – (Click HERE)

SEND Information and Links

EDUCATION, HEALTH AND CARE PLANS DURING COVID–19 Questionnaire (please complete) (Click HERE)

Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCP) and Needs Assessments in response to COVID-19 (click HERE)

Information for parents of students with EHCPs (click HERE)

SEND and Inclusion Services COVID-19 Support (Click HERE) – Support update 06/05/2020 (HERE)

SEND Newsletters:

Autism Advisory Service weekly newsletters (Click HERE)


Summer Examinations 2020

Summer Examinations 2020 

In response to the government information released in April with regards to examinations and the awarding of grades please see the key information below: 

  • All examinations this summer were cancelled. This meant that students were not given the opportunity to sit them. 
  • Teacher assessed grades, not target grades, were used to provide final grades. 
    *Please see summary document regarding the process for awarding grades. HERE 
  • Students will find out their grades on 13th August for A levels and 20th August for GCSEs 
  • Grades will be worth the same as any other year group that has previously been awarded grades by sitting examinations. 
  • If students do not agree with their grades they will have an opportunity to sit an exam in the autumn term.  
    AS/A level between 5-23 October. GCSE between 2-23 November.
    Deadlines for students to register their intention to resit exams should be received by;
    Friday 21st August for AS/A level
    Friday 28th August for GCSE
    More information will be given on results day however all requests should be sent preferably by email to 
  • Following exams results day you may have questions. If this is the case please contact Mr Young ( via e mail.

Follow this link for the latest advice from the Government

Follow this link for the latest advice from the NHS

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Coronavirus update (02/03/2020)

As you will be aware last night the government issued an update to the advice surrounding Coronavirus and I thought it might be useful to clarify how St John Fisher is managing the current situation and preparing for developments.

We recommend students, staff and visitors should wash your hands:

  • Before leaving home
  • On arrival at school
  • After using the toilet
  • After breaks or sporting activities
  • Before food preparation
  • Before eating any food, including snacks
  • Before leaving school

It is important that we take all precautions available.

Update to isolation measures

As you are now aware, anyone with a new continuous cough or a high temperature is asked to stay at home for a period of 14 days with their whole family. We would urge parents therefore to keep themselves and students at home if they exhibit these symptoms and to follow the guidance from Public Health England (PHE) and NHS 111 regarding other control measures and symptoms. Students who are offered a free flu jab each year should also stay at home.

Measures in school

As we updated parents, in school we are encouraging students to maintain good hygiene in school and wash their hands when coming in from outside, before eating, and after using the toilets. We have posters in school reminding students about this and have discussed this in registration with all students. We have hand gel available in school and encourage students to use this to sanitise their hands if they are unable to wash them with soap and water. It is very helpful if students can use their own sanitiser rather than rely on the school’s supply, but we understand that this is challenging. Our cleaners are working very hard to ensure that surfaces, door handles and banisters are kept clean.

Minimising risk

In addition to hand washing, we will be reviewing future trips and events at school over the coming weeks and months on a case by case basis so as to avoid additional transmission of COVID 19. We will update you if things change.

Managing absences

Due to self-isolation rules we anticipate that both student and staff levels of absence are likely to increase at points in the coming weeks. We will ensure that appropriate staffing levels are maintained in accordance with guidance and that as far as possible normal routines are observed and followed. Please continue to advise us of absences in the usual way and any student who feels unwell during the school day should follow our procedures and speak to staff.

Planning for potential closures

As you will be aware, the UK government has not adopted the school closures that have been seen in other countries and we will continue with ‘business as usual’ as far of the life of the school is concerned. We will continue to follow official advice and monitor and respond to advice and guidance. I would however like to reassure parents, carers and students that in the event of any changes to the guidance and school closures, the school has looked at various ways in which we can use our existing platforms and resources to give students access to education in this event. Our existing Doddle system and e-mail system both support the access of online learning. Students can also access resources as they would do normally.

Planning for examinations

All schools have been advised both by the DfE and Ofqual (the body responsible for GSCE and A level exams) that schools and students should prepare as usual for the summer exam season and we would encourage our students to expect the exams, results and university admissions to take place as planned. Ofqual have said: “We continue to work closely with exam boards, other regulators and the Department for Education and we have met to plan for a range of scenarios, as the public would expect…Our overriding priorities are fairness to students this summer and keeping disruption to a minimum.”. We would therefore urge all of our students in exam year groups to carry on with their hard work and assume that their exams will take place as expected.

Communicating with parents/carers

In the event of school closure in accordance with advice from PHE we would use our existing means of communication. Our website, emails, SchoolComms and phone system, have all been tested to ensure that we can communicate effectively and efficiently in such cases. In the event of school closure, information regarding how to make contact regarding safeguarding etc. will be displayed on our website.

If you have changed your address or phone number recently please let us have these so that we have the correct details and if you have not signed up yet to SchoolComms please do so.

SchoolComms is our main form of communication with parents. In the event of a School closure, please do not phone the school. Use our enquiries email; or communicate via Schoolcomms or by letter.

To access Schoolcomms either download the app called Schoolgateway to your mobile phone or for laptops and computers sign in to the following website:

Coronavirus Helpline and information

As we reported last week there is a dedicated Coronavirus helpline for schools, parents and students Phone: 0800 046 8687 Email: Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday) and we would encourage those seeking additional guidance to access this service.

This information is also found on the  by clicking on the links below.

As a school we are adapting to the guidance and information as it is received and I would like to assure parents that we have contingency plans in place to support our students and staff.

 Advice from the Government website

 What to do if you have symptoms:

Stay at home for 7 days if you have either:

  • a high temperature
  • a new continuous cough

This will help to protect others in your community while you are infectious.

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

You do not need to contact NHS 111 to tell them you are staying at home.

We will not be testing people who are self-isolating with mild symptoms.

Follow this link for the latest advice from the Government

Follow this link for the latest advice from the NHS