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COVID-19

Updated 12 April 2021 

This page contains information for current families at St Chris about the School’s ongoing response to COVID-19.

We will update it as information changes and as our response to external developments evolves. Any major updates will also be emailed to parents, but this page will enable you to see everything in one place, so please bookmark it to refer to.


Return to School

We were delighted to welcome all of our pupils back to campus from Monday 8 March. Please find below a letter from the Head which contains details in relation to the return to school.

Also below is our most recent Risk Assessment.


Twice Weekly COVID Home Testing

Thank you to everyone who took part in our on site COVID testing.

Senior School pupils (and staff) have now moved to twice weekly, rapid COVID-19 testing at home. This is following their first three supervised tests on site at school.

Up to 1 in 3 people who have COVID-19 have no symptoms and could be spreading it without knowing. Getting into a regular habit of testing twice a week will help stop the virus spreading, keeping your family and friends safer.

This does not replace testing for those with symptoms. If you have symptoms you must self-isolate immediately, book a PCR test and follow national guidelines.

Please see the letter below for further information.


Update to Testing Guidance

Updated 9 March 2021

We have received an update to the government guidance in relation to what pupils and staff need to do if they receive a positive Lateral Flow Device (LFD) test:

  • All positive COVID test results from rapid tests undertaken at home need to be confirmed with a standard PCR test.  Following a positive LFD test at home, a confirmatory PCR test should be booked online or by calling 119.  Whilst awaiting the PCR result, the pupil or staff and their close contacts should self-isolate.  If the PCR test is negative, it overrides the self-test LFD test (at home only) and a child or member of staff can return to school.

Testing for Parents

All adults in households with school and college age children without symptoms can now access regular rapid coronavirus (COVID-19) testing.  This includes childcare and support bubbles. There are different ways for a household, childcare or support bubble to collect their test to take at home, twice-weekly: (Please call 119 if you have any queries about the tests.)

  • through your employer, if they offer testing to employees
  • by collecting a home test kit from a local test site – anyone aged 18 or over can collect 2 packs of 7 tests
  • by ordering a home test kit online – please do not order online if you can access testing through other routes, this frees up home delivery for those who need it most.

For further information and to find your nearest test site please click here. Please note, tests provided by school should not be used by anyone except St Chris pupils.


Blended Learning Resources

Please find below guidance and policies to support remote learning during this period, as well as the relevant safeguarding policies and addendums.



Technical Support

How to Access Microsoft Teams

Please find below a short St Chris instructional video for Senior School pupils on how to:
  • Download and install Microsoft Teams
  • Sign in to Teams using your St Chris email address
  • ‘Dial in’ and join your live Teams classes

How to Access Satchel One (Show My Homework)

Here is a short video for Senior School pupils about how to download and use Satchel One (Show My Homework) on a phone to support blended learning.

If you need any further assistance, please email one of the following people who will be able to help:

Department for Education COVID-19 Helpline

The Department for Education coronavirus (COVID-19) helpline is available to answer questions about coronavirus relating to education and children’s social care.

Parents and young people can contact this helpline by calling:

  • Phone: 0800 046 8687
  • Opening hours:
    • Monday to Friday from 8am to 6pm
    • Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 4pm

Guidance on Supporting Children and Young People’s Mental Health and Wellbeing

It is likely that some pupils, parents and households may be reluctant or anxious about attending school even if they are looking forward to it. This may include pupils who have shielded in the past but no longer need to, or those living in a household with someone who is clinically vulnerable or extremely vulnerable.

As ever, please contact your class teacher (Junior School) or Adviser/Personal Tutor (Senior School) to discuss any worries that you have about returning to school, and we will support those pupils who may find the transition difficult on a case by case basis.

For pupils or for families who would like further support, there are also a number of resources available that you may find helpful:

  • Childline: Tips for going back to school; school work and exam stress; tips to boost your confidence;
    returning after time out;
  • Place2Be: Mental health resources linked to the return to school;
  • NSPCC: Resources to help prepare both younger and older children for the re
  • Advice provided by the Government for parents and carers on looking after the mental health and wellbeing of children or young people during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Boarding: BSA COVID-Safe Charter

St Chris, alongside over 250 boarding schools across the UK, has adopted the Boarding Schools’ Association COVID-Safe Charter.

The charter is a voluntary code which aims to reassure families by detailing the steps schools are taking to ensure the safe return and care of boarding pupils. You can read the charter yourself here.

Sixth Form Availability

We have a small number of places remaining for Sixth Form in September 2021.

For students and parents considering St Chris for Year 12, please email us to find out more or to book a tour.

The admissions office remains open throughout the summer.

Other Year Groups

We have a limited number of places available in some year groups for September 2021, but are full and running a waiting list for Years 7, 9 and 10.

Please contact Kate and Sarah in our Admissions team for further information:

Email admissions@stchris.co.uk or call +44 (0) 1462 650947.

Virtual Open Day

Click here to explore our Virtual Open Day online.