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Changes to the self-isolation period for those who test positive for COVID-19

From Monday 17 January, people who are self-isolating with COVID-19 will have the option to reduce their isolation period after 5 full days if they test negative with a lateral flow device (LFD) test on both day 5 and day 6 and they do not have a temperature. For example, if they test negative on the morning of day 5 and the morning of day 6, they can return to their education or childcare setting immediately on day 6.

The first test must be taken no earlier than day 5 of the self-isolation period, and the second must be taken the following day. All test results should be reported to NHS Test and Trace.

If the result of either of their tests is positive, they should continue to self-isolate until they get negative results from two LFD tests on consecutive days or until they have completed 10 full days of self-isolation, whichever is earliest.

Anyone who is unable to take LFD tests or anyone who continues to have a temperature will need to complete the full 10 day period of self-isolation.

September 2021

January 2021

Please follow the link below for our current guidance.

Well Being and Support: 

Please click the link below for information and support for parents and children.

Christmas Contact Guidance for parents and carers

Please see the letter below which outlines our guidance for contacting school regarding any Covid-19 related matters / cases over the Christmas period.

DfE Updated guidance for parents and carers

We have updated our guidance on what parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak to include information on Ofsted inspections from January 2021.

We have also provided information on the arrangements for GCSE and A level exams in summer 2021, entry tests for selective schools, and assessments in primary and junior schools.

June 2020

As per Government guidance school will be partially reopening to children in Nursery, Reception and Year 1.  Arrangements for key worker and vulnerable children remain the same.

Full details and confirmation of all our arrangements are available on our Parent Hub App.

Should you have any queries then please do not hesitate to contact school via email, via twitter or telephone 01522 520591. 

Thank you. 

Advice to Parents 

10th May 2020

I expect that many of you, like me, have been glued to the television this evening awaiting the Prime Minister's broadcast. I must admit to being very concerned and totally bewildered by the reference to year 1 and Reception.  I have no more detail than you at present and expect more detail to emerge over the next week.   I will need to hear how the government expects social distancing to work in schools and what provision is required.
In the meantime although some people have been encouraged to return to work I must stress that school remains only open for child care to those groups of key workers and vulnerable children previously identified.
Thank you for your continued support and understanding.  I will update you further when I have spoken to my leadership team, staff, the LA and the Trustees.

Stay safe.
Mrs. Wilson

17th April 2020


As per Government advice, school remains closed to the vast majority of children until further notice.  Please follow the link below for the latest government guidance for parents.

25th March 2020


As per Government advice, the school is CLOSED to all children. However where possible and on a skeleton staff , the school will remain open to provide emergency children to children of NHS, emergency service staff and critical workers from 9am till 3:15pm and for vulnerable children, those with EHCP's and pupils linked to a Social Worker.

If you believe you require an emergency childcare place for the following next week, could you contact the school between 11am and 12pm on a Thursday on 01522 520591 if you think you are one of these key workers who will require the school to support you and have NO alternative childcare options as strongly recommended by the Government.

Please be mindful that, as per Government guidelines, you will need to provide proof from your organisation that both your organisation and your role within it is essential and cannot be completed at home. Without this, we will not be able to accept your child into school next week. Anyone who does not contact school directly by 12pm will not have a place for the following week

Thank you again for your continued support

24th March 2020


Last night, the Prime Minister clearly communicated that the single most important action that we can all take in fighting coronavirus, is to stay at home in order to protect the NHS and save lives.
By reducing our day-to-day contact with people, we will reduce the spread of the infection. In light of this, I would urge you once again to consider whether a member of your family can stay at home to look after your child.
Throughout this entire crisis, my team have been professional and stoic. However, after yesterday’s advice, I am making the difficult decision to further reduce my team to keep them safe and protect them and their families.
We will only have a skeleton staff available on the school's premises.
Therefore, if you are in a family with one key worker or you are working from home, it is now time for the member of your family, who is not a key worker or can work from home, to stay at home to provide childcare. If you are able to keep your child at home, it is the safest place for them at this uncertain time.
Life has changed significantly for all of us following last night’s announcement. At Bracebridge we are committed to providing an emergency service for our community but please support us if you are able.
I will be in touch on Thursday regarding booking EMERGENCY only childcare places for next week, but please be mindful that as per Government guidelines, you WILL need to provide proof from your organisation that both your organisation and role within it is essential and cannot be completed at home. Without this, we WILL NOT be able to accept your child into school next week
As always, I am so grateful for your support and your offers of help. Please stay safe and I wish you all the very best as we navigate this next phase of the pandemic.

Mrs Lucy Wilson and the Bracebridge staff team

20th March 2020


As instructed by the government, from Monday, 23rd March we will be closed but offering limited care for the children of key workers and vulnerable children. We are making plans for the school weekly and will contact you throughout next week to check if any of the key worker or vulnerable families need us for the forthcoming weeks.
Please do not send your child to school on Monday unless you have received a phone call to confirm your place next week.
We will try and maintain regular contact through Parent Hub and should you need to contact us please do so by e-mailing or via our contact us tab on our school website
Finally, my staff and I have been deeply touched by your kind words and gestures of support during these challenging times. Thankyou. I am proud to have such amazing staff and children who have shown good humour and resilience. I hope you and your family stay safe.
Kindest Regards
Mrs Lucy Wilson

19th March 2020


The school will be closed to the vast majority of pupils from the end of the day Friday (20th) until further notice, therefore all children will need to stay at home, so we ask that you do not send your child into school from Monday onwards.
Where possible the school will remain open to children of NHS, emergency service staff and delivery drivers from 9am till 3:15pm and for children with EHCP's and pupils linked to a Social Worker.
We are waiting for the government to publish more information on what this means, but it would be helpful if you could contact the school by 3pm today (Thursday) on 01522 520591 if you think you are one of these key workers who will require the school to support you.
Thank you again for your continued support, and we will be in touch with more information when we can.
Lucy Wilson and the Bracebridge staff team

17th March 2020


The government's guidance on the coronavirus changed again yesterday.


Please DO NOT send your child to school if ANYONE in your household has :

- a continuous cough and /or
- a temperature above 37.5

ANYONE showing symptoms of a new persistent cough or a temperature means that EVERY member of the household MUST stay at home and self-isolate for 14 days. Please notify school on the first day of absence- you do not need to ring everyday and this will not affect your child's attendance.

We will continue to update you through Parent Hub as we know more and will be sending work home including putting some home learning activities on our school website- details to follow. Thankyou for your continued support.


16th March 2020

10th March 2020


Foreign and Commonwealth Office travel advice

As of 10 March, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has updated advice about travel to Italy. The FCO is currently advising:

  • against all but essential travel to Italy
  • against all travel to Hubei Province, in China
  • against all but essential travel to the rest of mainland China
  • against all travel to the cities of Daegu, Cheongdo and Gyeongsan in South Korea

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office is not currently advising against travel to any other country/territory as a result of COVID-19.

The latest travel advice can be found here:

Updated advice for travellers returning from Italy

On 10 March, Public Health England updated its travel advice for travellers returning from Italy. The advice can be found here:

Further information on what you should do if you are asked to self-isolate can be found here:

You can help to slow the spread of Coronavirus!

  • Make sure you and your children follow these general principles to prevent spreading any respiratory virus:
  • Wash your hands often – with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or an alcohol-based sanitiser if soap and water aren’t available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • If you feel unwell, stay at home and don’t attend work or school.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in a bin.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces in the home.
  • If you’re worried about your symptoms, please call NHS 111 – don’t go directly to your GP or other healthcare environment.


Department for Education Coronavirus helpline - this helpline has been set up to answer questions about the virus related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline.