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Coronavirus update 16th March 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

Following my letter of Friday 13th March, I am writing to you about the School's updated response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and playing our part in the government’s Delay strategy.

I remain committed, until circumstances dictate otherwise, to keeping the school open.  However, in response to the constantly changing circumstances within these unprecedented times, and in order to help support the safeguarding of our pupil, staff and community whilst we remain open, I have taken the tough decision to postpone all events that involve a mass gathering of external visitors (including parents) onto the school site for the remainder of this term.  In addition, North and West Wiltshire Headteachers have agreed to suspend all sports fixtures/competitions for the foreseeable future.

In practical terms, this means the postponement of the following events in the next three weeks:

Tuesday 17th March                        Open Working Morning

                                                            Year 11 GCSE Drama Theatre Visit

Wednesday 18th March                 Year 8 Parents’ Evening

Thursday 19th March                     Year 11 Musical Concert

                                                          Year 12/13 A Level English Theatre Visit

Wednesday 25th March                 Year 7 Parents’ Evening


Refunds for payments made for the Theatre Trips will be processed in due course.

I know from personal communication with parents this morning that the postponement of these events will be a disappointment for some of you and for others it will be a relief.  I would like to reassure you that we plan to hold the parents’ evening events later in the year and we have contingency plans in place to support the education of pupils affected by the postponement of essential exam course trips to ensure as much as possible that they are not disadvantaged.

We continue to monitor the situation and we will, of course, do everything possible to keep you updated and informed. 

IMPORTANT - Keeping in touch with School.

You must inform the school immediately through our normal absence reporting procedures:

· If you or your child has been to an affected area in a Category 1 or 2 country or;

· If you or your child has been advised or have self-selected to self-isolate or;

· If you believe that you may have been exposed to coronavirus (COVID-19)


All other students should continue to attend school as usual.

We will continue to keep you updated should circumstances change.

The latest government information is available here

If you have any particular concerns the DfE has also set up a special helpline which can be used by parents and which offers advice and guidance. The line is open from 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday.

Phone: 0800 046 8687


Many thanks and kind regards,

Rod Bell


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  • Important update about Child Protection and Safeguarding during COVID-19 school closure

    Published 09/03/20

    Important update about Child Protection and Safeguarding during COVID-19 school closure

    Alongside our Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy, the following definitions and arrangements apply until further notice:

    Vulnerable children include children who have a social worker with education, health and care (EHC) plans.

    We will liaise with the Local Authority and with parents to decide whether a child with an EHCP needs to continue to be offered a place at school to meet their needs, or whether they can safely have their needs met at home This could include, if necessary, carers, therapists or clinicians visiting the home to provide any essential services. We understand that many children and young people with EHC plans can safely remain at home. Eligibility for free school meals is not a key determining factor in assessing vulnerability.

    Our senior leaders and DSLs (Designated Safeguarding Leads) have the flexibility to offer a place to children who do not have a social worker but for whom some safeguarding needs have already been identified. 

    There is an expectation that vulnerable children who have a social worker will attend an education setting, so long as they do not have underlying health conditions that put them at risk. Local authorities and education settings do not need to complete their usual day-today attendance processes to follow up on non-attendance. We will follow the process set out in Wiltshire Councils flowchart until further notice.

    To support the above, we will, when communicating with parents/carers of vulnerable children, confirm that emergency contact numbers kept on the children’s files are correct and ask for any additional emergency contact numbers where they are available.

    Designated Safeguarding Leads

    To ensure school staff have access to specialist advice and support about safeguarding, the following details apply.


    Job title


    Main registered base

    Phone number

    (office hours)

    Email address

    (please use when out of school office hours)

    Robert Staten

    Assistant Headteacher

    Designated Safeguarding Lead

    Corsham School

    01249 713284

    (school office)

    Lydia Smith

    Inclusion Manager

    Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead


    01249 713284

    (school office)

    Chris Smith

    Head of Corsham 6th

    Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead


    01249 713284

    (school office)

    N.B. The phone number shown above is the school reception number which is in operation during school opening hours - any concerns will be immediately forwarded to the Safeguarding team for action.  Outside of school hours this message will not be picked up until the following day, so we encourage the use of the email addresses provided.

    Reporting a concern

    Where staff have a concern about a child, they will continue to follow the process outlined in the school’s Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy.

    If a staff member cannot access our established reporting system for safeguarding from home, they will contact the Designated Safeguarding Lead who is available from the list shown above

    Any email containing confidential information will be sent using official school email addresses.

    Where staff are concerned about an adult working with children in the school, they will continue to follow the Wiltshire process set out in the allegations flowchart  published on In the absence of the headteacher and/or Chair of governors, staff will follow the alternative leadership contact arrangements.

    Safeguarding Training and induction

    As DSL training is unlikely to be available during the current outbreak of Covid-19, D/DSL training will continue to meet statutory requirements, even if the refresher training and annual updates are not available within the required timescales. Our D/DSLs will keep up to date by reading government guidance and other relevant newsletters eg NSPCC as they are published.

    All existing school staff have had safeguarding training and have read part 1 of Keeping Children Safe in Education (2019). The DSL will communicate with staff any new local arrangements, as appropriate.

    Where new staff are recruited, or new volunteers enter our school, they will continue to be provided with a safeguarding induction. If staff are deployed from another education or children’s workforce setting to our school, we will take into account the DfE supplementary guidance on safeguarding children during the COVID-19 pandemic. We will follow Wiltshire Council advice about safeguarding in relation to visiting staff/volunteers as it is published and updated on Right Choice until further notice.

    Upon arrival, at the school, visiting staff/volunteers working here on a temporary basis, are given a copy of our safeguarding/child protection policy, including confirmation of D/DSL arrangements.

    Safer recruitment/volunteers and movement of staff

    When recruiting new staff, we will continue to follow the relevant safer recruitment processes for our school, including relevant sections in part 3 of Keeping Children Safe in Education (2019).

    In response to Covid-19, the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) has made changes to its guidance on standard and enhanced DBS ID checking to minimise the need for face-to-face contact. We will follow this guidance
    DBS checks during Covid-19 outbreak

    We will continue to keep the single central record (SCR) up to date as outlined in in KCSIE and will follow Wiltshire Council advice about safeguarding in relation to the SCR and visiting staff/volunteers as it is published and updated on Right Choice until further notice.

    Online safety in schools and colleges

    We will continue to provide a safe online environment for staff and children. This includes the use of an online filtering system. Where children are using computers in school, appropriate supervision will continue to be in place.

    All staff who interact with children, including online, will continue to look out for signs a child may be at risk. Any such concerns will be dealt with as per our Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy and where appropriate referrals will still be made to children’s social care and as required, the police. Online teaching will follow the same principles as set out in our Staff Code of Conduct. We will ensure any use of online learning tools and systems is in line with privacy and data protection/GDPR requirements.

    Supporting children not in school

    We recognise that school is a protective factor for children and young people and the current circumstances can affect the mental health of pupils and their parents/carers.

    We will devise plans to support any child who is vulnerable and not able to attend school for any reason. Plans will be shared with parents and (social workers where involved) and will be reviewed fortnightly.

    Supporting children in school

    The Headteacher will ensure that appropriate staff are on site and staff to pupil ratio numbers are appropriate. We will refer to the Government guidance for education and childcare settings on how to implement social distancing and continue to follow the advice from Public Health England to limit the risk of spread of Covid -19.

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    Published 19/12/19

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    Published 29/11/19

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