Coronavirus / COVID-19 Information

School Opening Arrangements – Current Plans:

Highfields is following government advice and responding to specific contextual circumstances in its response to the Coronavirus / COVID-19 pandemic. Highfields is currently aiming to fully re-open in September 2020, having had limited opening since ‘lockdown’ began in March 2020.

Highfields has an action plan in place for the current Coronavirus / COVID-19 situation. If you wish to receive a copy of our full action plan, please email the school: We also have a full risk assessment which can be viewed here: Covid-19 Schools Settings Risk Assessment – Highfields

A summary of our Action Plan can be viewed below and here

Parents/carers may find it helpful to read through this with their young people.

We have also now written to parents/carers about plans for September 2020: Letter to Parents – 15th July 2020

General Information:
It is important during this time that we refer to trusted websites. Highfields recommends the following two websites:

Please also make yourself aware of most recent guidance around ‘stay at home’ (this replaces previous advice around ‘social distancing’) –

As we are now all asked to stay at home for extended periods of time, this guide may help your mental health keep in good shape: Staying Well at Home Leaflet  This information from Family Links is also very useful:

We also have a new Online Safety Advice page:

General Information for Students and Parents/Carers:

The government have issued advice around schools:

As stated above, we have written to all parents/carers to outline our plans for September: Letter to Parents – 15th July 2020

In line with NHS advice (in the link above), when school is open we will continue to send home any students who present with the following symptoms:

  • a high temperature – you feel hot to touch on your chest or back
  • a new, continuous cough – this means you’ve started coughing repeatedly

We will update this webpage if anything changes. We will also be sending out updates via text message – it is important school are made aware if you have recently changed your phone number.

Students at home will find the following page useful in terms of continuing learning:

We have written to all Year 11 students and their parents regarding arrangements for GCSEs: Year 11 GCSEs Update Letter – 10-06-2020

Information about Free School Meal vouchers and foodbank support can be accessed here: FSM & Foodbank Info – Highfields

Parents/carers with any questions or concerns regarding education can email: Highfields staff will continue to monitor for any queries and aim to respond within 24 hours.

Parents/carers with any questions or concerns about their child’s health, not related to coronavirus, can contact the School Nurse Advice Line for 0-16 years old – 0161 835 6789, available 9am-5pm.

General Information for Staff

Staff are to use the usual absence reporting protocols in the event of meeting self-isolation criteria, onset of illness or other circumstances which prevent them coming into work – or make them re-available for work.

Staff will be updated regularly by email on the ongoing situation.