We understand that this is a very difficult time for our whole school community and we want to reassure you that we are handling all concerns from pupils and their families with the utmost care and sensitivity. We are encouraging any pupils who may be concerned to talk to members of our Welfare Management Team, including form teachers and tutors, heads of department and our school listener.
While ensuring minimal disruption to your child’s(ren)’s education, we are following the guidelines and directives from the Prime Minister’s Office, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Public Health England, the BSA, and IAPS and doing everything asked of us to mitigate the possibilities of the virus spreading.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us;
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I am sorry to inform you that a child at St Andrew’s Prep has today tested positive with Covid-19.
In line with Public Health England and the Department for Education we have followed their guidelines to the letter, informing all parents of children and staff who may have come into contact with those affected and advise them of the self-isolation guidance set out by the government.
All children on-site have been operating in strict bubbles and though the school is not required to take any further measures, it has taken the precautionary decision to ask all children of the relevant year group not to return to school for the last four days of term.
In accordance with government guidelines, children from other year groups may continue to come in to school if they wish and the school will carry on with its strict social distancing procedures and emphasis on washing hands and using sanitiser available in each classroom and throughout the school.
Relevant areas of the school were closed immediately in preparation for a deep clean.
Gareth Jones, Headmaster said, “We understand that these are concerning times for everyone but please be assured that we have followed the guidance from Public Health England to ensure that all procedures have been implemented.”
St Andrew’s Prep has remained open for children of its key worker parents while running an extensive online learning programme for its pupils since the start of the summer term. The staff were delighted to have opened the doors to children in Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 after half term and, recently, to the remaining year groups on certain days over the last two weeks to aid their transition ahead of September.
Coronavirus: latest update 29/5/20
We’re very much looking forward to welcoming back on Monday members of our Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 year groups with the protection and wellbeing of our pupils, parents and staff our primary concern.
St Andrew’s Prep staff have worked tirelessly to ensure that the school is following the Government’s education planning and safety guidelines to minimise risk and we can confirm the school complies with Government’s ‘Five Steps to Safer Working Together’. The school has:
- Carried out a Covid-19 risk assessment, the results of which have been shared with members of staff
- Cleaning, handwashing and hygiene procedures are in place in line with the guidance
- Taken all reasonable steps to help those working from home
- Taken all reasonable steps to maintain a 2m distance in the workplace
- Ensured that where people cannot be 2m apart, everything practical has been carried out to manage transmission risk
Over the last few weeks, in addition to following Government advice regarding the wider opening of schools, a great deal of consultation has taken place with governing bodies, the governors and our staff regarding minimising risk which has resulted in the following changes:
- Classroom layouts have been reviewed so that desks are widely spaced out
- Classes will operate as independent groups (‘bubbles’) with the same children under the care of the same teacher each day, with people sitting at the same desk every day and each bubble moving around the school at a safe distance from other groups
- Each group will enter and depart the school campus from different doors
- The school timetable, lunch and break times have been altered to minimise mixing and contact between groups
- Items and equipment that children would normally share has been stowed away
- Music, art and games sessions will be taught in such a way so as to ensure minimum risk
- The amount of daily cleaning has been increased and there will be a plentiful supply of hand soap and hand sanitizer.
Headmaster, Gareth Jones said, “While St Andrew’s Prep has remained open for the children of our key worker parents since lockdown, it will be lovely to have more children back on our beautiful site on Monday as we take the first steps back towards normality. The health, safety and wellbeing of our returning staff and pupils is our primary focus and I want to reassure our parents that we have processes and procedures in place and have met all Government expectations to minimise risk. We will continually review our practices in the light of the latest advice and will keep the community fully aware of developments as we look ahead.”
REMOTE LEARNING AT ST ANDREW’S PREP
The outstanding, personalised, interactive education that St Andrew’s Prep’s is continuing remotely during the coronavirus lockdown and this film, put together by Mr Shouksmith, Deputy Head (Academic), shows how we will be educating the children via our remote learning programme.
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Coronavirus: latest update 4/5/20
Headmasters of ECi schools Eastbourne College and St Andrew’s Prep, sent a letter to parents to alert them to the possibility of a phased return to ‘normality’ after the government announced that a nationwide plan to ease lockdown restrictions would be forthcoming on or before Sunday 10 Ma
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Coronavirus: latest update 07/04/2020
In line with the Government’s position for schools to provide care for the children of key workers during the global pandemic, St Andrew’s Prep will continue to offer care for those children whose parents are critical to the Covid-19 response and cannot be safely cared for at home.
Coronavirus: latest update 20/03/2020
To ensure the safety of our school community, St Andrew’s Prep has closed a day earlier than scheduled.
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Coronavirus: latest update 19/03/2020
Following the Prime Minister’s press conference yesterday, and the line that schools in England will be closed from Friday 20 March, except for children of key workers and vulnerable children, Headmaster, Gareth Jones released a letter late yesterday to update the community.
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Coronavirus: latest update 18/03/2020
Following the stricter line taken by the Prime Minister in his press conference on Monday 16 March, specifically the rules on locking down households if anyone has symptoms and the concern that this may soon be applied to pupils in School boarding houses, the decision has been taken by Eastbourne College Incorporated (ECi, comprising Eastbourne College and St Andrew’s Prep) to ask all boarding pupils to make arrangements to leave and return home as soon as possible; boarding houses will remain open until 6.00pm on Wednesday 18 March. The headmasters of the Schools released a joint letter to all parents today.
Minibuses stand by to help pupils with transportation and the ECi schools will conduct a deep clean of the boarding houses, following the advice of Public Health England.
We would like to take this opportunity to reassure everyone that pupils and staff at ECi schools remain a low risk as individuals, and that there are no confirmed cases of Covid-19 recorded at either of the ECi schools, or any confirmed cases of those connected with the schools at the present time. ECi medical staff and school leaders continue to work with local healthcare professionals to actively monitor pupils (and where possible those connected with them) and staff.
The ECi Critical Incident Team (CITECi) continue to meet daily – to evaluate the dynamic situation, taking the necessary steps to safeguard the continued education for those in our care.
The Deputy Heads (Academic) of both schools released details earlier in the week about how the school would carry out distance learning should it be required at a later date.