COVID-19 school guidance

Returning to school - 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.

What to do if you suspect someone in your household has symptoms of Covid-19

In line with guidance:

No child should be sent to school if either the child or someone in the household has 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

In the event that symptoms exist in the child/ren or a member of the household, we expect that the family group self isolate and request a test by telephoning your GP or click on the link below:

  • 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.

Parents/carers are not currently able to come onto the school site, so please contact us via email on or call school reception 0208 874 5429

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