Coronavirus - COVID-19

Schools - coronavirus

As a country, we all need to do what we can to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus. That is why the government has asked parents to keep their children at home, wherever possible, and asked schools to remain open only for those children who absolutely need to attend.

Since 20 March this year, schools, and all childcare providers, have continued to provide care for a limited number of children: children who are vulnerable, and children whose parents are critical to the COVID-19 response and cannot be safely cared for at home. Further information can be found on the the government's website.

Re-opening of schools from Monday 1 June 2020

Find out what this means for your child.

From Monday (June 1), it is the government’s plan for lower, primary and middle schools to begin reopening, on a limited basis, beginning with the phased return of pupils in reception, year 1 and year 6.

We have been supporting schools as they plan to get more pupils back to school as soon as it is safe to do so, with the first priority being the health and wellbeing of all pupils, their families and staff.

It is the schools’ responsibility to carry out a risk assessment of their position and report this back to our school improvement and learning and performance teams for review and, ultimately, the final decision on whether to open a school is with the governors and not our schools team.

Individual school surveys indicate that anywhere between 25-75% of pupils will return, but not all have responded and it remains a very fluid situation, with staff issues and space issues affecting many.

Our role is to:

  • monitor provision
  • co-ordinate activities across the authority
  • support schools who cannot meet the expectations of the guidance

The following information on which schools will be opening is not a definitive guide but is up to date at the time of publishing.

Schools will be updating parents with their plans, however, the best way for you to know if an individual school will re-open or not is to check its website or social media profiles.

Free school meals

During the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, we are temporarily extending free school meal eligibility to include some children of groups who have no recourse to public funds (NRPF).

This extension is temporarily in place to support families facing difficulties due to the current unique circumstances. It covers both children who are attending school and children who are at home.

Find out how to apply.

Read more about the extension on GOV.UK.

School admission appeals

Find out how school admission appeals are affected, in light of government advice.

Latest government advice

The government has produced some information for parents and carers about the closure of schools and other educational settings and further information about summer exams.

Advice for parents and carers

You may have many questions about everything that is happening at the moment. We have put together a page of useful resources that can help you find information and advice on topics such as childcare, health and wellbeing, critical workers, school opening and transport, family information and more.

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