Information for academic year 2021-2022
Frequently Asked Questions: Academic Year 2021-2022
When will School reopen?
Following Government guidance, testing of all Senior girls (Years 6 to 13) will take place with initial tests on 31 August and 1 September and second tests on 3 September and 6 September. Dates and times for the initial tests for each year group have been shared with parents via email. Term will officially begin on Thursday 2 September.
What time will School be open and what is the process for drop-off and collection?
Senior School Drop Off:
ONLY parents of Year 6 pupils will be able to drive on-site for drop-off between 7.30am and 8.15am. All other parents are asked to park off-site and allow their daughter to walk into School.
On arrival, Senior School girls should go straight to their form rooms, where registration will begin at 8.25am.
Senior School Collection:
The Senior School day finishes at 3.45pm. Senior School parents, including Year 6 parents, should park off-site and walk to School to collect their daughters.
Parents of girls in the Senior School can drive onto site after 4.30pm ONLY to collect their daughter from late supervision. Late Supervision runs in the Senior School until 6.00pm (at the latest).
Junior Department Drop Off:
All Junior parents may drive on to the site, between 8.00am and 8.25am to use the drop-off facility (we ask parents to drive with due consideration for others).
Junior Department collection:
Junior Department parents should park offsite and walk to School to collect their daughters. Parents of girls in the Junior Department may drive on-site after 4.00pm to collect their daughters from Late Supervision.
After Care in the Junior Department runs until 6.00pm (there is a charge for this).
Blue badge holders are, of course, allowed to park on-site at any time. Two disabled spaces are available.
Will Before School Club and After School Care/Late Supervision be running?
The Junior Department is open from 7.30am for Before School Club. Late Supervision in the Seniors and After School Care in the Junior Department will be running until 6.00pm, from Thursday 2 September 2021.
How will you keep my daughter safe at School?
Complying with Government recommendations, all Senior School pupils will be offered one test on-site, ahead of the start of term and one at the start of term. Lateral Flow Testing kits will be available and twice-weekly testing will be expected until the end of September when it will be reviewed.
Bubbles will no longer exist for the academic year 2021/2022. However, girls are encouraged to continue to take sensible precautions, especially in busy areas of the School. We are also recommending that girls and staff in the Senior School, and staff in the Junior Department, continue to wear face coverings in the corridors and communal areas. There are a number of sanitiser stations in the School and girls are encouraged to sanistise or wash their hands frequently.
Parents are asked to adhere to the Government’s guidance regarding self-isolation and to ensure their daughters do not enter the School site during any period of self-isolation. All absences should be reported to School in the usual way. Everyone now has access to a test if they display symptoms of Coronavirus and are encouraged to get tested in this scenario.
What happens if someone develops symptoms of Covid-19?
If a pupil or member of staff develop symptoms during the School day, they will be isolated. Junior Department pupils would isolate initially in the Junior Department medical room, their parents would be phoned to arrange collection and Nurse Emma would then take them to isolate in the Senior School medical room. Senior School pupils would be taken to isolate in the Senior Medical Room. The member of staff would leave the site immediately.
Any pupil, their family and the members of staff will be eligible for coronavirus testing if they display symptoms. A negative result will allow the pupil to return to school. A positive result will mean the pupil has to stay at home and then self-isolate for 10 days.
Pupils under the age of 18 and those over the age of 18 who have had two vaccinations, will no longer be asked to self-isolate if they have come into contact with someone with the virus. However, we would encourage girls in that situation to take a PCR test.
Remote Education for Self-isolating Students
Where individual pupils need to self-isolate but the majority of their peer group remains in School, work will be set via Show My Homework.
Will my daughter need to wear a face covering?
Senior School pupils will not be required to wear a face covering in classrooms. We recommend that Senior Staff, Senior Pupils and Junior Staff continue to wear face coverings in busy areas of School, such as corridors and communal areas.
Will my daughter have PE lessons and swimming?
PE lessons and swimming will take place as usual during the academic year 2021/2022. We are asking all girls to now attend School in their usual LHS uniform and change into their PE kit on site.
Will the Kitchen be open?
The School Kitchen will be fully open. Hot food will be available for the first two days of Autumn Term, without needing to pre-order. Pre-ordering of a hot lunch will start from Monday 6 September. Menus are available on the website.
The tuck shop will be open at break and lunchtimes. Payment can be made by cash or sQuid card. New pupils will receive details about the sQuid card separately.
What will my daughter need for School?
Pupils will need their usual School uniform and PE kit. All pupils should bring a water bottle. Senior School pupils not using the lunch service, may bring a packed lunch (nut free). We recommend the inclusion of an ice pack. Bags, stationery etc can be brought from home.
What are the rules for mobile phones?
Mobile phones, music listening devices, or smart watches are not allowed in the Junior Department, or Year 6.
For pupils in years 7, 8 and 9 mobiles devices must not be used at any point during the school day without specific permission from a member of staff.
For pupils in Years 10 - 11, mobile phones can also be used at break and lunchtime in their form rooms.
Sixth Form students may continue to use their devices in either the Common Room or their form rooms.
Failure to adhere to these rules, and the rules for appropriate behaviour online, will lead to the confiscation of the device until the end of the School day. They may not be used by more than one person. iPads and other smart devices should be securely locked away, except when in use in lessons with the consent of the subject teacher.
Please note, the schools accepts no liability for damage to mobile devices brought on site by students.
Will my daughter go on School trips?
Domestic trips, including overnight stays, will restart from the Autumn Term. International trips will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
What if I need to speak to my daughter’s teacher or Form Tutor?
All parents will be able to contact members of staff via e-mail. Please contact your daughter’s subject teacher, Form Tutor and/or Head of Year if you have any concerns.
If you wish to make an appointment to see your daughter’s subject teacher, Form Tutor or Head of Year, we ask that you do so at least 24 hours in advance. This will allow us to make sure the member of staff is available. You may wish to arrange a virtual meeting if you prefer.
We are worried about our daughter returning to School
The Government have advised it is vital for all children to return to school to minimise, as far as possible, the longer-term impact of the pandemic on children’s education, wellbeing and wider development.
All girls are, therefore, expected to attend School
The ONLY exception to this is:
1. Those who are following public health advice to self-isolate due to a positive test result.
If you have concerns about your daughter’s return to School, we ask that parents arrange a conversation with Nurse Emma and their daughter’s Head of Year in the first instance to discuss what measures the School needs to put in place.