Advice to All Parents/Carers

We have been advised by Public Health England that there have been several confirmed cases of COVID-19 within the school, amongst both staff and pupils.

We are continuing to monitor the situation and are working closely with Public Health England. This letter is to inform you of the current situation and provide advice on how to support your child. Please be reassured that for most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.

This situation has been discussed with the local authority. Unfortunately due to the high number of staff involved, the upper school Blythe Bridge site, will need to close as of today Monday 13th September, to all pupils until at least Thursday 16th September. I am hoping to reorganise staffing so that from Friday we can offer some schooling to class groups unaffected by either staff or pupil infections, possibly on a rota basis. We will keep this under review and I hope you will work with us during this difficult time. Where pupils have to remain at home we will endeviour to provide work for them. I know this is not a good start to the school year but I can assure you this decision has not been taken lighly.

What to do if your child develops symptoms of COVID 19

If your child develops symptoms of COVID-19, they should remain at home for at least 7 days from the date when their symptoms appeared. Anyone with symptoms will be eligible for testing and this can be arranged via HTTPS://WWW.NHS.UK/ASK-FOR-A-CORONAVIRUS-TEST or by calling 119. 

All other household members who remain well must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days.

The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill.

Household members should not go to work, school or public areas and exercise should be taken within the home.

Household members staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community

If you are able can, move any vulnerable individuals (such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions) out of your home, to stay with friends or family for the duration of the home isolation period


The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:

  • new continuous cough and/or
  • high temperature
  • a loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)

For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.

If your child or anyone in the household does develop symptoms, you can seek advice from NHS 111 at HTTPS://WWW.NHS.UK/CONDITIONS/CORONAVIRUS-COVID-19/CHECK-IF-YOU-HAVE-CORONAVIRUS-SYMPTOMS/ or by phoning 111.

How to stop COVID-19 spreading

There are things you can do to help reduce the risk of you and anyone you live with getting ill with COVID-19


  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • wash your hands as soon as you get home
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards

Further Information

Further information is available at HTTPS://WWW.NHS.UK/CONDITIONS/CORONAVIRUS-COVID-19/

Yours sincerely

Mr R. Hall
Acting Headteacher

Letter for parents about COVID-19 symptoms

23rd September 2020

Public Health England have produced a letter for schools to distribute to parents which explains when a person requires a coronavirus test and what the symptoms of coronavirus are. The Department would be grateful if you could share and circulate this letter amongst parents at your school.

The intention of the letter is to help prevent children being taken out of school unnecessarily and answer some of the questions parents may have around testing.


Coronavirus - School Opening/Closing information:

Both schools, Trent Vale and Blythe Bridge, will be fully open to staff and pupils from Monday 14th September 2020.

As per Government guidelines and our own risk assessments and protocols, the Covid-19 situation around school and the local area will be monitored to ensure where reasonable possible that the health and well-being of our staff and pupils are put to the forefront.

Contingency plans are in place, however, we are now pushing forward with running our schools for the benefit of children's education.

Portland School COVID Secure information - September 2020

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Mental Health Research

The Staffordshire Youth Commission has today launched two surveys looking at the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on education and the mental health of students and parents.

The surveys can be accessed via the below links: