Coronavirus: COVID-19 Parent Update and Government Guidance

If you qualify as a key worker and it is necessary for your child to attend the academy from Monday 23rd March onward, please click here to complete the application form.

Alpha Academies Trust Announcement

Adhering to the Government's announcement on 18th March 2020, The Excel Academy will remain open to the children of key workers who are unable to provide childcare at home and children who have been identified as vulnerable.

Throughout Monday 23rd March and Tuesday 24th March, Alpha Academies Trust will evaluate the uptake of students at each of our academies. A scenario may arise whereby it is necessary to amalgamate the populations of different academies into provision hubs as a consequence of student and staffing levels.

Furthermore, the Government have cancelled all public examinations (GCSEs), and Alpha Academies Trust will follow the Department of Education's advice regarding this development. We understand this is an anxious time for you and your children, and we appreciate the hard work already completed by your children in preparation for their exams. We will communicate with students and parents in regards to how qualifications will be awarded as soon as more information is made available by the Government.

Simon French
Chief Executive Officer

The latest information from Public Health England and the Department of Education can be accessed below. The Academy is preparing contingency plans to ensure we are equipped for a range of potential future scenarios. We will continue to monitor and keep you updated on the situation daily.

Closure of education settings: information for parents
Coronavirus: latest Government information and advice
Examinations and GCSEs: latest Government information
Coronavirus (COVID-19): cancellation of GCSEs, AS and A levels in 2020
Social distancing: latest Government information and advice
Click here for further information on distance learning
Mental health support during coronavirus outbreak
Information for students and parents on how qualifications will be graded and awarded in summer 2020

General guidance:

There is a helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687


Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday), 10am to 4pm (Saturday & Sunday)

Children showing signs of symptoms:

Please follow this guidance when deciding whether to send your child to the Academy today and for the foreseeable future. The health and welfare of our students remains our top priority. For guidance on how to identify coronavirus symptoms, please click here.

The latest advice is that if students are showing the following common symptoms of Coronavirus:

  • A new continuous cough
  • And / or a high temperature

They should self-isolate, however mild the symptoms, for a period of 14 days. If anyone else in the household shows symptoms of the Coronavirus disease, then the entire household should self-isolate for 14 days.

You do not need to call NHS 111 to go into self-isolation. Do not visit a GP surgery, pharmacy, or hospital. If a child becomes unwell whilst at the academy, they will be isolated and we will contact parents / carers to collect them.

Upcoming events:

Adhering to the latest government advice, all upcoming trips and events have been cancelled. In addition:

History & MFL Northern France trip
We are currently in discussions with the travel company to secure refunds for all students. This may take some time but will happen. We will update you further as soon as we are able to. Thank you for your patience regarding this.

Work Experience
The Excel Academy has decided to suspend the work experience programme that was due to take place in May 2020. We understand that students may be disappointed with this decision, but we feel that this is a necessary precaution for students' and employers' safety. As this unprecedented situation develops we will update you with further information.

If your child has paid for a trip or event which is now cancelled, please do not contact the academy, further information regarding refunds will follow.

We have prepared a list of frequently asked questions as guidance for students and parents:

What should I do if my child is ill?

If your child is feeling unwell and you think they may be exhibiting symptoms of Coronavirus, which include: a fever, persistent cough, and shortness of breath; they should not come into the academy, visit a pharmacy, GP surgery, or hospital. You are advised to self-isolate and stay at home for 14 days. If anyone else in the household shows symptoms of the Coronavirus disease, then the entire household should self-isolate for 14 days. Only call the NHS 111 advice line if you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home, your condition gets worse, or your symptoms do not improve after 7 days. More information can be found at the NHS online service, here.

If your child is not referred for Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing or told to self-isolate, they should return to the academy as soon they feel well enough after the 14 days isolation.Such absences should be reported to the absence line in the usual way. More information about self-isolation can be found here.

What should I do if my child is referred for testing, or told to self-isolate?

Please contact the academy via the main reception, who are monitoring the situation.They can be contacted on 01782 882700. Our team will be keeping a central log of any information provided to ensure our response is appropriate and in line with the latest guidance from Public Health England.

What should I do if my child tests positive for Coronavirus (COVID-19)?

Please advise the Academy via the main reception, who are keeping a central log of any information provided, to ensure our response is appropriate and in line with the latest guidance from Public Health England.

What should I do if my child has been in contact with a relative or friend who has returned from a trip aboard?

The current advice is to monitor for symptoms, and if they start to exhibit symptoms of Coronavirus, they should follow the self-isolation advice. If you are concerned, you are advised to call the NHS 111 advice line or visit the online 111 service here. Please refer to the guidance above if you are referred for testing or told to self-isolate.

What will happen if the academy has to close?

Should Public Health England or the Department for Education tell us to close, we will publish information using the following communication channels:

Will overseas trips and visits continue as planned?

Schools and colleges are being advised against all overseas trips for children under 18 until further notice. This is one of the latest measures announced as part of the Government’s coronavirus response. If your child is currently signed up to an overseas trip, we will contact you directly to discuss this further.

Parents should be aware that guidance on foreign travel is under frequent review and therefore we are regularly reviewing Foreign Office travel advice. This is a constantly evolving situation, so should the status of any overseas trip change, we will contact affected groups directly.

General guidance for students and parents

If your child has any concerns about their school work or an upcoming trip or visit, please ask them to talk to their class teacher, form teacher, head of year, or year tutor.

Make sure we have the most up to date contact details for you and your child.

Stay up-to-date with the official Public Health England guidance here.

If you have any further concerns, please contact our main reception on 01782 882700

We understand that this is an uncertain time, but please be assured that we will be doing everything possible to keep you well informed.

Good hygiene guidance

Public Health England recommends that the following general cold and flu precautions are taken to help prevent people from catching and spreading COVID-19:

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze. Catch it, Bin it, Kill it.
  • Put used tissues in the bin straight away.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water often – use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available. See the hand washing guidance video above.
  • Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Do not touch your eyes, nose, or mouth if your hands are not clean.