Coronavirus and School Closure

The Department for Education (DfE) has closed all schools as part of ongoing efforts to limit the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Every child who can be safely cared for at home should stay at home.

The Cotswold School is closed from Monday 23 March 2020 until further notice, except for vulnerable children and the children of key workers. Lessons for all other students continue while teachers and students work from home. Teachers are setting work for their classes according to the usual timetable, using Show My Homework.

GCSE, AS, A Level and BTEC examinations will not go ahead. The Government has published information here about what this means for assessment for Year 11, Year 12 and Year 13 students.

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UK Government coronavirus website

Further information on protecting yourself and others; school closure; and cancellation of exams
Click here

Safeguarding

If you are worried about the welfare or safety of any child in our school community

email safeguarding@thecotswoldschool.co.ukAn update to our Safeguarding Policy during Covid-19 restrictions is here.

Mental health and e-safety

Experts suggest routine, exercise and using social media responsibly are key ways to protect mental health.

For more information and links to advice, go to our e-safety page and check this mental health guidance.

Message from Will Morgan, Principal

“Thank you to every member of our school community for your support in these unprecedented times. The way we deliver education has had to adapt, but it will follow the same principles as it ever has. The values of friendship and knowledge underpin all that we do and must continue to guide us.”

If you need to contact the school during this period of closure, please email admin@thecotswoldschool.co.uk

Provision for vulnerable children and the children of key workers

The school is closed to all students with the exception of vulnerable children (those with a social worker and those with an Education, Health and Care Plan) and the children of identified key workers. The Government has defined key workers here.

The overriding principle, which must be followed in the first instance, is that every child who can be safely cared for at home, should stay at home.

Home-based learning

Teachers will set work for all students, following our existing timetable, using Show My Homework. Teachers will be able to see work done and communicate with pupils on this system. Students have been shown how this will operate. Use our Show My Homework guide for parents.

Please email the teacher concerned if you have questions, who will  respond as soon as they can during normal school hours.

Students can also use the attached Home-Based Learning activities and try some new projects.

Provision for children who usually have free school meals

We are doing everything we can to make sure eligible pupils have continued access to free school meals, which we are providing through a supermarket voucher scheme. If you have any questions, please email mtye@thecotswoldschool.co.uk