Urgent! Arrangements for the start of the Spring Term

Sent on behalf of Gareth Drawmer, Head of Achievement and Learning

Dear Colleagues,

As you will have seen in the news over the last couple of days, there have been two announcements that affect schools in January. These are:

  1. A staggered start for secondary pupils
  2. COVID testing for secondary pupils

In terms of the staggered start, the following is required:

  • Pupils in years 11 and 13 return on Monday 4th January;
  • Pupils in other year groups are able to return in a staggered way as per the timetables arranged by individual schools;
  • Pupils in Special Schools and Alternative Provision return as normal on Monday 4th January;
  • Vulnerable pupils and Keyworker children return as normal on Monday 4th January.

NB – If INSET is planned for 4th January, the above applies from 5th January

In terms of COVID testing for secondary pupils, the position is as follows:

  • No planning or logistical arrangements are required by schools between now and 4th January;
  • No testing in schools will be possible until after 18th January;
  • The Local Authority, Headteachers and Health Professionals will be working to apply the guidance to what will work best for us locally.

As and when the situation develops, we will of course provide further updates.

Yours sincerely,


Gareth Drawmer

Head of Service

Achievement & Learning