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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Following the lock-down order from the government on Wednesday 25 March, the Eastbourne College charity has implemented strict access measures.  

Eastbourne College is now on full lock down while St Andrew’s Prep remains open only for the children of key workers. Thank you to all those staff involved.

If you wish to contact St Andrew’s Prep, please call 01323 733203 or contact Eastbourne College on 01323 452300.

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;

Media contact link – Katie Gent – kgent@standrewsprep.co.uk

Latest statement

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.

Latest statements and letters to parents

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

CLICK HERE TO READ THE LETTER

 

ST ANDREW’S PREP PRESS RELEASE

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.

7 APRIL – LETTER TO PARENTS FROM HEADMASTERS GARETH JONES AND TOM LAWSON

 

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.

20 MARCH – LETTER TO PARENTS FROM HEADMASTERS GARETH JONES AND TOM LAWSON
HIGHLIGHTING EASTER HOLIDAY CARE FOR KEY WORKERS

20 march – lETTER TO NURSERY PARENTS FROM HEADMASTERS GARETH JONES AND TOM LAWSON
HIGHLIGHTING EASTER HOLIDAY CARE FOR KEY WORKERS

ST ANDREW’S PREP PRESS RELEASE 

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.  

19 MARCH – LETTER FROM HEADMASTER GARETH JONES

 

 

ST ANDREW’S PREP PRESS RELEASE 

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.

Click here to view the letter

‘It is with great regret that we are taking measures that will heighten anxiety but difficult times call for us to make the decisions that best protect our pupils and the rest of the community. Thank you for your support with our approach.’
Tom Lawson and Gareth Jones

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.

 17 MARCH 2020 – UPDATE FROM HEADMASTERS GARETH JONES AND TOM LAWSON

13 MARCH 2020 – INTERIM UPDATE FROM HEADMASTERS GARETH JONES AND TOM LAWSON

11 MARCH 2020 – UPDATE FROM HEADMASTERS GARETH JONES AND TOM LAWSON

6 MARCH 2020 – UPDATE FROM HEADMASTERS GARETH JONES AND TOM LAWSON

25 FEBRUARY  2020 – UPDATE FROM HEADMASTERS GARETH JONES AND TOM LAWSON

13 FEBRUARY 2020 – UPDATE FROM HEADMASTERS GARETH JONES AND TOM LAWSON

6 FEBRUARY 2020 – UPDATE FROM HEADMASTERS GARETH JONES AND TOM LAWSON

29 JANUARY 2020 – LETTER FROM HEADMASTERS GARETH JONES AND TOM LAWSON

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