Dear parents, carers and families

I am writing to inform you that we have today, Sunday 18th July, received notification of a confirmed case (via LFD) of COVID-19 of a pupil within Canterbury class, Phase 4. The student was last in school on Friday 16th July.

The pupil will be taking a confirmatory PCR as per the current guidance and as a precaution we are activating Milestone Covid Contingency Plan Step 3 for our Phase 4 main site bubble and therefore isolating staff that have had contact and all students in Phase 4 mainsite for 10 days which will be up to and including Monday 26th July.  

All Phase 4 students and staff based at Wilmington have not had any contact and do not need to self-isolate.

I can confirm that the pupil is brought to school by shared transport and the families of pupils that must self-isolate have also been notified by their operator.

We appreciate that you may find this news concerning but please be assured we have taken steps to act quickly to reduce the risk of cross transmission within the academy and we are working closely with Leigh Academies Trust to monitor the situation. This letter is, therefore, to inform you of the current situation and provide advice on how to support your child should they have any questions or concerns. As your child is not in the affected bubble, they DO NOT need to self-isolate at the present time. In line with guidance from Public Health England we will be deep cleaning all affected classrooms and areas of the school. 

LAT have advised that with these measures the school can continue to operate as normal in line with our COVID secure guidelines. We will, however, be reminding all members of the school community that they should continue to monitor for any new COVID like symptoms (no matter how trivial) they may develop. We appreciate that as a parent you may have a number of questions at this stage and, therefore, we have put together the following FAQ to help address them. If, once you have read these questions you have any additional comments or questions, please feel free to contact the academy by email and we will respond to your query as soon as possible. 

I would like to kindly ask all parents, carers and family members to avoid discussing this case on social media or via WhatsApp groups as this can often create misinformation and increase anxiety unnecessarily. Please be assured that we will contact parents should any aspect of this situation change and therefore you can rely on the academy for any official news. 


Yours sincerely

Nigel Jones