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COVID Testing

If you have not already done so please complete the Corona Code and Covid testing form online at: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=xlm26GtICk2PRQni_NMa3Vt8HxW2SCZBh7pIsQaHSe1UNlNTV0hDMzNSN0dDQzZYVE5RVDVVTzlOVy4u 

You can find a short pictorial guide to the arrival and testing process and how the test swabbing is completed here: https://www.stbenedicts.essex.sch.uk/assets/1-Welcome/Coronavirus/Return-to-college-lateral-flow-testing.pdf

You may find this video, provided by the NHS to support home testing useful as you prepare your son/daughter for testing in college: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S9XR8RZxKNo&t=50s

COVID Testing - Timetable week commencing Monday 8th March 2021

Monday 8th March 2021 – Year 11
8.15 am – 8.30 am – Students in year 11 who travel by public transport, students in forms 11S and 11T
10.00 am – Students in forms 11B, 11E, 11N, 11D

Tuesday 9th March 2021 – Year 10
8.15 am – 8.30 am – Students in year 10 who travel by public transport, students in forms 10S and 10T
10.00 am – Students in forms 10B, 10E, 10N, 10D

Wednesday 10th March 2021 – Year 9
8.15 am – 8.30 am – Students in year 9 who travel by public transport, students in forms 9S and 9T
10.00 am – Students in forms 9B, 9E, 9N, 9D

Thursday 11th March 2021 – Year 8
8.15 am – 8.30 am – Students in year 8 who travel by public transport, students in forms 8S and 8T
10.00 am – Students in forms 8B, 8E, 8N, 8D

Friday 12th March 2021 – Year 7
8.15 am – 8.30 am – Students in year 7 who travel by public transport, students in forms 7S and 7T
10.00 am – Students in forms 7B, 7E, 7N, 7D

Face Coverings

In all inside communal areas, including classrooms, the wearing of face coverings is strongly recommended.

Further, I strongly recommend students wear their face coverings when walking from the car park and bus area to/from college at the beginning and end of the day when it is more difficult to socially distance from students both from our college and other schools.

Students should bring with them to college at least two face coverings each day, a plastic bag to keep it in, and personal hand sanitiser to sanitise their hands before putting the face covering on and after removing it.

Exemption requests for students on health grounds should be made to Pastoral Leads – please email admin@stbenedicts.essex.sch.uk if you would like to discuss exemption for your child.

Please rest assured that we will continue to regularly review our procedures and adapt them as appropriate.

Face Covering Posters Around the College


Students will be in year group bubbles in a designated area of the college.

Students will spend the day in the same classrooms, throughout each day. They will not mix with other year groups.

Students will go to break and lunch with their year group and each group will go to break and lunch at staggered times to ensure that social distancing is adhered to.

Lunches will be available from the canteen. Students can bring in their own packed lunch if they wish, but they must not share it with anyone else. All students should bring in their own water bottles – the college’s water fountains will not be operational, however, students will be able to refill their own water bottles at the water bottle filler.

Students must adhere to the Covid-19 code of conduct  - click here.

Cleaning/hygiene measures

Students will be expected to wash or sanitise their hands upon their arrival at college and continue to wash them regularly throughout the day.

Students will not be able to freely walk around the college site. They will be expected to remain in designated areas for their year group all day.

Uniform and equipment

Students should wear full college uniform.

Students will need to bring their own stationery and equipment into college and may not share any items with other students.

Timing of the day

College will start at 9.00 am and students should go straight to their form room on arrival. College will finish at 3.30 pm, with staggered dismissal from 3.20 pm.

Government advice states that where possible students should either walk or cycle to college avoiding public transport. If this is not possible, students should be dropped off at the bus turnaround.

Risk Assessment - click here

PHE Letter - Covid-19 Symptoms - Click Here

Travel - information from Essex County Council

Getting to school

Parents and guardians of eligible students who receive transport to their place of education should have now received a letter outlining transport arrangements for the new school year.

We have been working with transport providers to ensure passengers can travel safely.

When using school transport your child must:

use hand sanitiser before boarding the vehicle (this will not be provided)
wear a face covering if they're over 11 years old (some exceptions apply)
take their face covering with them when getting off the vehicle
Social distancing rules must be followed on public transport, but is not required on dedicated on school transport vehicles.

In line with government guidance, some transport staff may not wear face coverings.

If you can travel safely by walking or cycling, please do so. To help with this, a new dedicated ‘Getting to school’ page has been launched on our  Stop.Swap.GO! website. The aim is to help families develop a sustainable and active travel option for the school run.

It includes maps and information on cycle and walking routes to schools in Essex, as well as suggested drop off zones away from the school gate to reduce congestion. These are being developed for schools in our most congested areas – and schools are being asked for their own suggestions so you’ll see more added as we get closer to the new school term.

DfE guidance on school transport - click here

A guide to home learning can be found here

A summary of our remote education provision can be found here

COVID-19 Catch Up Premium

The government grant will be spent on a half-termly recovery programme across English, maths and science. Small group tuition aimed at students who struggled to engage with home-learning will be delivered by our specialist teaching staff during a two-hour after school session on Tuesday or Wednesday. Food and refreshments will be provided and where necessary, we will provide transport. We have liaised closely with our Heads of Faculty to design a series of lessons that cover work and skills that were missed or likely faded during the extended lockdown period. Each student will be provided with a set of resources for English, maths and science that they can use both in the sessions and at home to aid their recovery.

We intend that this catch-up will be rolled out to all year groups across the academic year and we will use our termly reporting system and our fortnightly LABS meetings to measure the impact of this catch-up.

We started with Years 9 and 10 in the Autumn term and will proceed from there after Easter.


As always, should you have any queries, please email admin@stbenedicts.essex.sch.uk and the most appropriate person will contact you as soon as possible.