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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 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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S9XR8RZxKNo&t=50s

Face Coverings

Students are strongly encouraged to wear face coverings on transport to and from college.

We are strongly encouraging all staff to wear face coverings inside the building, at any time when they cannot maintain social distancing.


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.