Please see an updated message from Mr Chris Rhodes regarding Corona Virus.
Dear Grey Court Community
The school continues to follow the advice of Public Health England. As this has not changed since the 25 February, the message we are giving remains consistent. Grey Court School has received some information requests from parents during the course of the week and has been responding to them. We have reiterated our continued message that if any students who visited Bardonecchia on the skiing trip to Italy and are displaying symptoms associated with the Coronavirus should stay at home and request medical assistance.
It should be noted, however, that this skiing region is close to the French border. Our students had a private charter plane to France and a transfer just across the border into Italy. The resort where our students visited was not at all close in proximity to the high-risk infected areas of Italy that are being talked about in the media; hence our rationale for believing any risk to our trip was low. We support parents who wish to take a cautious approach, however, it's important to stress that the Foreign and Commonwealth Office are advising that travel in or out of this skiing area is not restricted. You can still book a skiing holiday today to travel to Bardonecchia.
Clearly I cannot comment on any individual cases as this would be wholly inappropriate. However, I'm pleased to say that, as far as I'm aware, there are no reported incidents of anybody in our school, Ham or the Borough of Richmond and Kingston having been tested positive for Coronavirus. National figures for testing positive are currently very low. If your child has been tested for Coronavirus and received a negative outcome, please ensure that they do not return to school until receiving clearance to do so from a medical professional.
We are monitoring the situation closely and will update all members of our community if and when we have further information or if the situation changes. Schools are an essential service and are expected to be kept open - the NHS and the government are both keen to point out how important this is. Headteachers are expected to make the decisions around which is the most appropriate course of action to take based on the individual circumstances of their school. It's important that a sensible and proportionate stance is adopted.
Thank you for your continued support and understanding.
Grey Court is a popular, thriving and well established school. We see the school as the central resource for learning and support in the local community and continue to strive for excellence in all we do.
I am proud to say we were judged as an “Outstanding” school in all categories following our latest Ofsted inspection in January 2018. Ofsted concluded that Grey Court has “the highest ambition for all pupils. Only the best will do,” and that the school, “offers an exceptional quality of education”. This built on the platform of excellence established when our school was first judged as “Outstanding” in May 2013
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