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** COVID-19 **

In this section we will share with you the latest information regarding coronavirus. The academy will continue to publish updates as we receive and produce them.

The Sutton Academy Guidance

Please view/download the academy Coronavirus Risk Assessment here.
Please view/download the academy appendix to our Behaviour for Learning Policy here.
Please view/download the What To Do If poster here.

Letters to Parents - COVID-19

All correspondence from the academy can be found under our Letters to Parents section here.

Government Coronavirus Action Plan

The government coronavirus action plan sets out what the UK has done to tackle coronavirus (COVID-19), and what they plan to do next.

The situation is constantly reviewed, and action informed by expert science and advice, guided by the Chief Medical Officer and the Chief Scientific Adviser.

The action plan can be found here:

The importance of hygiene 
  • Personal hygiene is the most important way we can tackle COVID-19, especially washing hands more; and the catch it, bin it, kill it strategy for those with coughs and sneezes.
  • How to wash your hands properly
  • Wash your hands more often for 20 seconds with soap and hot water.

Watch this short NHS film for guidance:

Public Health England recommends that in addition to handwashing before eating, and after coughing and sneezing, everyone should also wash hands after using toilets and travelling on public transport.

Department for Education coronavirus guidance/helpline

Department for Education Guidance
The DfE has now produced a guidance document for parents/carers regarding supporting children's remote education during Covid.

The document contains some useful links for parents regarding:

  • Mental health and wellbeing
  • Resources for parents of children with SEND
  • Additional educational resources

Department for Education Helpline

The Department for Education coronavirus helpline is available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687


Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)

Please note, the line is currently experiencing high volumes of calls and the helpline apologise for any wait that you may experience. Your call will join a queue and will be answered as soon as possible.

Where to find the latest information

Updates on COVID-19:

How to protect your mental health

Coronavirus: How to protect your mental health 

In summary:

  • Limit the news and be careful what you read
  • Have breaks from social media and mute things which are triggering
  • Wash your hands - but not excessively
  • Stay connected with people
  • Avoid burnout

As stated, we will continue to update parents and carers with information when we receive it from the Government or Public Health England.

A Children's Guide to Coronavirus: There have been big changes in our lives because of coronavirus, so the Children's Commissioner have created a children’s guide to coronavirus to help explain the situation.

The guide aims to answer children’s questions about coronavirus, tell children how to stay safe and protect other people and how to help them make the best of their time at home. 

Transport Information Update - Arriva

On the back of the announcements around full time education from September, here are a few areas that may be of benefit to our students and parents regarding travelling on buses and ticket options, either ready for any potential students returning this year or for the next academic year.

Travelling on buses and start/end times of the day

For all the latest information around how Arriva are handling the pandemic and how passengers need to travel using buses please visit the page here - If you are planning anything different around your school start and end times please do let us know so we can advise our network and planning teams.


We have a number of options available for ticketing for both the school and the parents/students;

  • We can assist the school by providing a range of tickets to pass onto students. These can be supplied in day, week, 4 week, termly or academic year. 
  • A direct debit scheme which can be stopped or started at any time and can save the parents up to 25% per year against the cost of a standard ticket.  The process is a simple one, simply follow the link on the letter (see below) and it contains all the relevant information to go ahead and sign up. 

Bespoke Transport

At Arriva we are aware that there may be some concerns about students being able to remain socially distant; we have made great strides to ensure that we have social distancing on our vehicles and we have made a raft of changes to our policies, procedures and vehicles to help ensure that drivers and passengers are as safe as possible.