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The Winchcombe School


Covid-19 Information & Advice

Please see our Home page for latest news published, which includes some of our earlier communications, and our Home Learning section, under the Parents tab, for more information. Stay safe!

Please also see the latest Risk Assessment here,

Remote Learning Policy

We have reviewed our Remote Learning Policy. You can view the Remote Learning Policy here.The information below has been provided directly to us from and will include some additional information supplied by us to help you and us.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): What you need to do

Click here for further advice on: What you need to do

Stay alert!

  • Try to keep your distance from other people outside your bubble at all times

  • Wash your hands as soon as you get home and whenever possible

  • The wearing of Facemasks in shops will be compulsory from 24th July 

You can spread the virus even if you don’t have symptoms!


September 2020 Covid-19 Symptoms Guidance

If a member of your household has any one of the Covid-19 symptoms (high temperature, a new continuous cough, loss of sense of smell/taste), they must self-isolate and arrange a test as soon as possible. Please inform the school immediately on 01635 232780. You may leave a message for us on the absence line for any children who will be absent due to self-isolation. 

All members of the same household must now self-isolate until a negative test result is returned from the person with symptoms. Please inform the school, providing us with the following details following any test taken:

  • the date the test has taken place
  • the date the results were received
  • whether it is a positive or a negative result

If a positive result is received, 10 days isolation from the test date must follow. All other household members must self isolate for 14 days from the test date.

If the result is negative, everyone in the household can end self-isolation and proceed to normal activity (e.g. return to school) even if a cough or sense of smell/taste continues. 

Children should not return to school if they still have a high temperature. 


Helpline & Hygiene Advice

Department for Education coronavirus helpline

The Department for Education coronavirus helpline is available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening hours:
8am to 6pm – Monday to Friday
10am to 4pm – Saturday and Sunday

If you work in a school, please have your unique reference number (URN or UK PRN) available when calling the hotline.

Handwashing advice

It is essential that everyone washes their hands more often, using soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Hand washing with soap employs mechanical action that loosens bacteria and viruses from the skin, rinsing them into the drain. Drying hands afterwards makes the skin less hospitable to the virus. Hand sanitiser can be effective if soap is not available or the situation makes using soap less feasible (i.e. when outside) but using hand sanitiser provides none of the virus-destroying friction that rubbing your hands together and rinsing with water provides.

The latest guidance and video on hand washing can be found at:

The e-Bug project is led by Public Health England and has a dedicated webpage for learning resources on hand washing and respiratory hygiene.

Resources are currently available for KS1, KS2 and KS3 and can be used in various settings including schools and at home:

Closure of Educational Settings

Nursery Aged Children (2-4)

Guidance on helping children aged 2 to 4 learn at home can be found here:

Primary School Age Children (4-11)

Guidance on helping primary school aged children learn at home can be found here:

Special Needs Children

Guidance on helping children with special educational needs and disabilities learn at home can be found here:


Can I still contact the school during closures?

Yes, of course. Our mailbox continues to be monitored should you wish to email us: and your queries can be passed on to the relevant members of staff for a response.

You can also call us on our main number 01635 232780 to leave a message on our voicemail and someone will get back to you as soon as possible.

We appreciate your patience and understanding in this uncertain time. Stay safe!