COVID-19 - our current approach - A Guide for Families

You can find our updated Risk Assessment for the return to school here.  You can find some useful Wellbeing and Anti-anxiety resources here.

It helps us to keep everyone safe if you tell us without delay if your child has a positive LFT or PCR test; please do this via Parentmail absence reporting and via so that we can initiate any further actions required based on our Contingency Plan

In line with guidance: No child should be sent to school if they have the symptoms of COVID-19, which are defined currently by the NHS as:

- High Temperature – this means feeling hot to touch on the chest or back, or testing above 37.8 degrees

- New Continuous Cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if there is a usual cough, it will be worse than usual)

- Loss or change to sense of smell or taste – this means noticing that nothing can be smelt or tasted, or things smell or taste different to normal

Other symptoms to be mindful of include: a headache with no other obvious cause; cold-like symptoms; extreme tiredness

You can get a test here:

  • Please do not send the child/ren back to school until a negative test has been received and evidence provided to school. 
  • Where a positive test is received, the school must be informed immediately and the school will seek and follow guidance from the Local Health Protection Team in response to this on a case-by-case basis.

We know that things have been hard for almost everyone since the pandemic began and continue to be so.
We’re also aware that some families have had/are having a particularly hard time. Please remember that we are here to help. Get in touch with us with worries or concerns.

General enquiries can be sent via email on or call school reception 0208 874 5429. More serious worries or safeguarding concerns can be shared via which is monitored by the safeguarding team only (see below). 

Our Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) and safeguarding team are:

A reminder of Brandlehow’s three mantras:

1. There are no silly questions – every single person in this building and community is on a life-long learning journey and must feel confident to ask what they need to in order to build knowledge and confidence – so please do ask if there’s something you’re not sure about

2. We are human, so we will make mistakes. We encourage those of you who have concerns about anything here to tell us (as gently as possible please) and we will do what we can to fix things or at least to reflect on what you’re telling us

3. Less is more. We felt – even before the pandemic – that young people and their families were exhibiting more and more anxiety and mental health issues due to the frantic and demanding nature of life at its most busy. Our aim – always – is for Brandlehow to be a haven of calm and to focus on the important things so that all who are within our building feel safe, happy and can learn