COVID-19


Update: 12 May 2020

The Government announced on 10 May 2020 that schools should prepare to begin to open for more children from 1 June 2020. The Government expects children in nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 to be back in school in smaller sizes and for secondary schools to offer face-to-face support to supplement the remote education for Year 10 and Year 12 students, from this point.

The Government will only partially reopen schools if the key tests justify the changes at the time, including that the rate of infection is decreasing and the enabling programmes set out in the recovery strategy are operating effectively. Until the Government confirms the date for England to move into Phase two of the recovery plan, our schools will be closed, with the exception of key workers’ children and vulnerable children.

The Greenshaw Learning Trust will continue to follow the guidance set out by the Government, Public Health England and Department for Education. Our schools will be communicating with their school communities to advise them of the phased reopening.

The Trust remains fully committed to continuous learning for our students and our schools’ students have been given access to virtual learning resources or packs to take home. If parents, carers or students have any questions regarding home learning access or resources please contact your school directly.

For the latest advice on COVID-19 please visit:

Key workers – who is considered a key worker is set out here.
Vulnerable children include children who are supported by social care, those with safeguarding and welfare needs, including children with a child-in-need plan or child protection plans, looked after children, young carers, disabled children and those with Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCP).

  • NHS Guidance here
  • Department for Education here
  • Department for Education advice for parents here

Our school will be closed, with the exception of key workers’ children and vulnerable children from Monday 23 March 2020.

It is important to stress that if children can safely stay at home they should do so. The Government guidelines are clear that the closure of schools is in place to limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus. With fewer children travelling to school the risk of spreading the virus to vulnerable groups is reduced.

The following principles should be applied:

  • If it is at all possible for children to be at home, they should be.
  • If a child needs specialist support, is vulnerable or has a parent who is a key worker, then educational provision will be available for them.
  • Parents should not rely for childcare upon those who are advised to be in the stringent social distancing category such as older people, friends, or family members with underlying health conditions.
  • Parents should also do everything they can to ensure children are not mixing socially in a way which can continue to spread the virus. They should observe the same social distancing principles as adults.
  • Residential special schools, boarding schools and special settings will continue to care for children wherever possible.

Who is considered a key worker is set out here.

Vulnerable children include children who are supported by social care, those with safeguarding and welfare needs, including children with a child-in-need plan or child protection plans, looked after children, young carers, disabled children and those with Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCP).

In these unprecedented times, the Brakenhale School and Greenshaw Learning Trust remains fully committed to continuous learning for our students. Our students have been given access to virtual learning resources or packs to take home. If parents, carers or students have any questions regarding home learning access or resources please contact the school directly.

For the latest advice on COVID-19 please visit:

  • NHS Guidance here
  • Department for Education here
  • Department for Education advice for parents here