Coronavirus Advice (Updated 3 April)

Information for Parents as at 3 April 2020

Activites over the Easter Holiday Letter

Child Protection Policy COVID-19 Addendum

Home Learning Guidance

Dear Parent/Guardian

I hope that you and your family are well and coping at this difficult time. This continues to be a challenging situation for us all as we complete the second week of closure. Once again, a huge thank you for your efforts as parents and to your children who are adjusting to this new style of working and living.

The Home Learning system is running relatively smoothly and teachers have been pleased with the way the majority of students are responding to the process. They will continue to track and sort out any difficulties as they arise. As I stated last week, we are mindful that families are adapting to this method of working and we do not want to overwhelm students with unmanageable tasks or huge amounts of information at once.

As we approach the Easter break (6 – 17 April) I feel it is important to clarify in writing the school’s approach. The school will continue to be open only for children of key workers and vulnerable children. We have communicated with all parents in relation to this.

The Home Learning system will not operate during the holiday break. We feel it is important for students and staff to have some holiday time and to relax and engage in other types of home activities. We have attached a variety of resources for your children to participate in if they want to. We would recommend that students follow a daily structure but this will be more relaxed and allows flexibility in relation to student interests. We are also aware that some students will want to complete any outstanding work from the first two weeks of remote learning and this will give them the opportunity to do this. If there are any concerns regarding work after Friday 3 April, this will be picked up again by subject teachers when we resume with the Home Learning on Monday 20 April.

Safeguarding concerns should be referred directly to the following areas:

Essex Children’s Safeguarding Board: 0345 603 7627

Safeguarding email:

Safeguarding Lead: David Nash – – 07522 358791

Chelsea Newland (Symonds) – 07764 339971

Sixth Form Leader: Rory Hyde – – 07764 339972


We have added an Addendum to the school’s Child Protection Policy on the school website. Please refer to the updated link on Internet Safety.

After the Easter break, we will continue to review the systems that we currently have in place, Currently, school closure is for an undefined period of time, therefore we must continue to monitor each phase as we move forward into the summer term.

I would like to wish you all an enjoyable Easter, albeit, a very different one.

We must all try to stay calm and remain positive in these challenging times. Again, the main priority for us all is to stay healthy and stay safe.

Yours sincerely

Mr A Harvison


27 March

Dear Parent/Guardian

I would like to start by thanking you all for your efforts this week. Many of you have faced personalchallenges, alongside trying to supervise a Home Learning ‘situation’ with your children.

The Home Learning package has operated smoothly this week, with only some very minor ‘teething’ issues, mainly to do with access and log-ins. We have set up a technical support centre in which students can contact Mr Jarvis or Mr Marshall via an email link:

All our teaching staff are keen to support and will also assist with any subject specific issues. A reminder that staff will endeavour to respond at two time slots during the school day, 10.00 am- 11.00 am and 1.00-2.00 pm (Monday to Friday).

It is important for students to develop a ‘daily routine’ and maintain a structure. We have suggested following the normal school timetable wherever possible. The feedback I have received is that the large majority of students are engaging with the system. Teaching staff will be giving ‘gentle’ reminders if there is no evidence of completed work. We are all entering new territory, therefore, if your son/daughter is struggling to keep up with the work, please reassure them and tell them not to worry. We appreciate that online learning can be challenging and extremely frustrating.

It is all about striking a balance and students can only ‘do their best’ in a difficult situation. As parents, you can make a judgement on this but please do not hesitate to contact the subject teachers or Leaders if there are any problems. We are here to help. I have enclosed some guidance on ‘Home Learning’, some of the suggestions will be very helpful.

We are currently looking at our provision during the Easter school holiday period. I will write to you next week with a further update on this.

Finally, we have received some really positive feedback from parents this week. I thank you for this, it is appreciated. We are all working together to get through this difficult period. Well done to all for making it through Week 1!

This letter focuses on trying to maintain some educational focus in the lives of our students. However, most importantly, the main priority for us all is to stay safe.

Yours sincerely

Mr A Harvison

Deputy Headteacher

25 March

Hedingham School is closed except for emergency child care provision for Key Workers.

Advice from Central Government is to stay at home to stop coronavirus spreading:


If you would like to get in touch to share any concerns, please do not hesitate to do so either by telephone or via email as follows:

Essex Children’s Safeguarding Board: 0345 603 7627

Safeguarding email:

Safeguarding Lead: David Nash– – 07522 358791

House Team: Mark Woodley (Thomason) –

Andrew Wright (Hawkwood) –

Chelsea Newland (Symonds) – 07764339971

Jack Lockley (Moynes) -

Sixth Form Leader: Rory Hyde – – 07764 339972

Senior Leaders: John Pearson –

Keeley Hillman –

Helena Carter –

SEND Susan Goodwin –


Key Worker School Provision

Please see links to our information for Key Workers below:

Letter from Hedingham School dated 24th March 2020

Letter from Essex County Council Director of Education dated 24th March 2020

Letter from Hedingham School dated 20 March 2020

Home Learning Provision:

Please see link below:

Parental and Student Guide for Home Learning

NB Technical IT Support for accessing the Home Learning resources please email

Year 11

Please see links to our letters to Letters to Year 11 below:

Bridging Resources for Year 11 Students

Letter to Year 11 Parents

Thank you for your continued support, stay safe

Hedingham School and Sixth Form

20 March 2020

Dear Parent/Guardian

Key Worker School Provision

This morning we have received further guidance from the Department of Education on how we maintain education provision following the announcement earlier this week that schools will close.

You can access the parent guide here -

We are continuing to work through what this means for us as a school and I will provide more information later today.

Many of you have been in touch to ask about a key worker list. The Department of Education have released the list of key workers today. Please see the list below. Please note that the guidance is for anyone in the below categories who cannot keep their child safe at home. If it is possible for your child to be at home, then they should be.

Health and social care
Frontline health and social care staff such as doctors, nurses, midwives, paramedics, as well as support and specialist staff in the health and social care sector. In addition, it includes those working in supply chains including producers and distributors of medicines and personal protective equipment.

Education and childcare
Nursery, teaching staff and social workers.

Key public services
Those required to run the justice system, religious staff, as well as those responsible for managing the deceased, and journalists providing public service broadcasting.

Local and national government
Administrative occupations essential to the effective delivery of the Covid-19 response or delivering essential public services, including payment of benefits.

Food and other necessary goods
Those involved in the production, processing, distribution, sale and delivery of food.

Public safety and national security
Police, support staff, Ministry of Defence civilian staff and armed forces personnel, fire and rescue staff, and those responsible for border security, prisons and probation.

Those who will keep air, water, road and rail passenger and freight transport modes operating during the Covid-19 response.

Utilities, communication and financial services
Staff required to keep oil, gas, electricity, water and sewerage operations running. Staff in the civil nuclear, chemical and telecommunications sectors. Those in postal services and those working to provide essential financial services.

If you think you fall under the category of key worker, in order for us to assess how many children and young people will require provision from Monday, please complete the attached form and email it to

19 March 2020

Dear Parent/Guardian

Coronavirus Update – School Closure to most Students

Following on from my last update, I am now writing to let you know that we have now been instructed to close the school to almost all children after this Friday until further notice.

The Government has indicated that some schools will be required to stay open for the children of key workers (eg NHS staff, Police and others in frontline services) and children with certain needs.

We are waiting for the Government to publish more information on what this means and how it affects our school and you. In the meantime, it would help us if you could let us know if you think your child may fall into one of these categories. Please either telephone us on 01787 460470 or email: with this information. We will be in touch again as soon as we receive further information and advice.

All other children will need to stay at home, so we ask that you do not send your child into school from Monday onwards.

Please note that this is a national closure – as you may have heard in the news – so while it is a challenging situation, we are not alone. We will re-open fully as soon as we are directed to do so and will let you know when this is by text message.

What we will continue doing while your child is at home:

Your child’s learning is of course important to us, so we will continue to help your child to learn. Students have been provided with a Home Learning package through a system of Microsoft Teams. This was demonstrated to students in a series of assemblies today. There are also additional online resources that students can use. There is a guide sheet available on the website. The school has advised students to follow their existing daily timetable which will provide them with a structure for completing work. On the guide sheet we have also provided advice on how to contact staff during this period.

(Please inform the school on 01787 460470 if your child is unable to access the online resources)

Year 11 and Year 13 students:
There are resources available for Year 11 and Year 13 students to prepare for their next stage of education. 

If your child usually receives free school meals we will also be in touch with more information about how this can be provided, with support from a scheme that the Government has just announced.

This is as much as we know right now and we appreciate your continued patience with us as we deal with this ever-changing situation. We understand that this latest news will have an impact on you and your family and it is far from ideal, but we will continue to keep in touch with any updates as the situation develops.

If you would like to get in touch to share any concerns, please do not hesitate to do so either by telephone or via email as follows:

Essex Children’s Safeguarding Board: 0345 603 7627
Safeguarding email:
Safeguarding Lead: David Nash– – 07522 358791
House Team: Mark Woodley (Thomason) –
Andrew Wright (Hawkwood) –
Chelsea Newland (Symonds) – 07764339971
Jack Lockley (Moynes) -
Sixth Form Leader: Rory Hyde – – 07764 339972
Senior Leaders: John Pearson –
Keeley Hillman –
Helena Carter –
SEND Susan Goodwin –

Please remember to follow the advice previously provided about staying healthy and staying safe.

Thank you again for your continued support and we will send out further information when we can.

John Panayi


17 March 2020

Dear Parent/Guardian

As you are probably aware, the Government’s guidance on the coronavirus has changed from the ‘contain’ phase to one of delaying the spread of the virus. We would like to inform you of what we are doing in light of this, and what we expect from all of you, to help make sure our school community remains safe and calm.

We would like to reassure you that at Hedingham School we are taking all of the necessary steps to  protect our community and are continuing to follow official guidance from the Government and Essex County Council.

What is the current situation?

The school remains open – this is the current official guidance we have been given

The following school trips and events have been cancelled or postponed:

- Year 13 Parents’ Information Evening

- Year 9 and Year 10 London Science Trip - 23 March

- Year 10 Geography fieldwork trips 24 and 26 March

- Year 10 CV Writing Days – 25 and 26 March

- Year 12 University Insight Day - 26 March

- Easter Concert – 2 April

- New York Trip – Easter

Please note that the following event will take place but the performance will be students only:

- BTEC Dance Show – 25 March

As you may be aware, the Government has added "Stay at Home" guidance to its response to the COVID-19 virus. You can find this guidance here: https://www - stay-at-home-guidance/stay -at-home• guidance-for-people-with-confirmed-or-possible-coronavirus-covid- 19-infection

Students should attend school unless they feel unwell. If your child or any member of your family show the following symptoms the advice is that the whole household should self-isolate for 14 days:

- a new, continuous cough and/or

- a temperature

If your child is unwell, please report this as you would do normally via our absence system

Exams are still scheduled to run on the same dates. We are awaiting further information regarding  this

We will keep you up to date with any changes to the current situation

What we need you to do

If you have recently changed your contact details, please inform the school office as soon as possible

via email or telephone

Come and collect your child straight away, if we ask you to (we will contact you if they become ill  with either a temperature or a new, continuous cough)

What we may have to do

It may be necessary to operate a partial closure due to a reduction in the number of staff who are available for work in school. A plan will be put in place to reduce the number of children in the school

There may be a decision to restrict the timetable and instruct specific year groups not to attend school on specific days.

Priority will be given to Year 11 and Year 13 students taking external exams in the summer

Work will be available for all students if they have been told not to attend school. An online platform will be used to share resources with students

Please inform the school if your children are unable to access the resources

What happens if the school has to close?

We will only close if we are either officially advised to do so or we do not have enough staff to run the school. In either case, we will:

Alert parents to the closure via text message and a post on our website

We will inform parents via a text message and a post on our website that the school will be reopening on a certain date

An on-line platform will be used to provide work for students

What happens if a child needs to self-isolate?

Please see below links to some on-line resources that students can use:

For Key Stages 3 and 4 Students: Free to join

Username – Student surname, initial @HEDINGHAM i.e SMITHA@HEDINGHAM Password – number (lower case)


For Key Stage 4 Students: Centre ID – heding

User name – Student surname name, initial i.e SMITHA Password - number (lower case)

Please keep in mind that we are only sending out this information to help the school community prepare. There are currently no plans to close.

If you have any questions, then please consult the:

NHS, if you want to know more about the symptoms of coronavirus. If you think you or your child may have the symptoms, use NHS 111 online if at all possible before calling 111

Department for Education’s coronavirus helpline: 0800 046 8687, if you have any questions about the Government’s response to coronavirus in relation to schools

Government’s travel advice, if you want to know whether any upcoming trip or holiday you are taking abroad should go ahead

Thank you for your continued support.

Following the Prime Ministers briefing Hedingham School will be open tomorrow Tuesday 17/03/2020, we will provide more information as soon as its available

We are continuing to follow advice from Public Health England in respect of the Coronavirus.  We have not been put on alert to close and, at present, we have no plans to close the school for any additional time.  We are working closely with the Local Authority and if we are advised differently by Public Health England and the Department of Education to close, we will inform parents and guardians immediately.

We would also like to inform you that the Year 9 and Year 10 London Science Trip has been cancelled.  We will reimburse all parents the cost of the trip. 

The Year 12 University trip in March has also been cancelled.  Parents will be refunded the cost of this trip. 

The Year 10 Geography fieldwork trips have been postponed until further notice.

We would like to reassure parents that in the event of closure, the school has put in place a clear plan of action.  This will involve providing students with learning resources throughout the closure period.

We confirm currently we do not have any cases of the

Coronavirus at Hedingham School.

We will keep parents, staff and students informed of current advice.

John Panayi