Aspire Academy Trust

Coronavirus (COVID-19)


Website Positive COVID test form alert

Positive COVID-19 test report form

The UK Government is asking all of us to: “Stay alert.  Control the virus. Save lives.” We will continue to provide updates and advice on this page.  The link below provides further information for the second lockdown - 5th November - 2nd December 2020:

DfE New National Restrictions Guidance
Please click the link to read an important letter issued to all schools on 23rd October 2020 regarding the NHS Test & Trace system.  This letter has been sent via Arbor to all parents.

NHS Test & Trace letter

Please click the link below for up-to-date COVID-19 information from the government.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Back to School

School attendance

From September 2020, there is a legal requirement for parents to return children to full-time education, consequently, the Aspire Academy Trust attendance procedure, pre-COVID-19, should be adhered to.  Children can still access learning in school if they are simply under the weather with the usual winter coughs and colds. Click HERE for the current Aspire Attendance Policy. 

Website School Attendance during COVID

PLEASE NOTE: 119 can be extremely busy.  To avoid lengthy waits, 119 may redirect callers to the link below for help/booking a drive-thru appointment.

Face coverings

The DfE has updated the guidance on full opening of schools to include a paragraph clarifying a position on the use of face coverings for adults in primary schools:

“In primary schools where social distancing is not possible in areas outside of classrooms between members of staff or visitors, for example in staffrooms, headteachers will have the discretion to decide whether to ask staff or visitors to wear, or agree to them wearing face coverings in these circumstances.”

In line with DfE guidance for primary schools, no child is required to wear a face mask on the school site. Should children arrive wearing face masks, having used public transport, they will be instructed not to touch the front of their face covering during use or when removing them. They must wash their hands immediately on arrival (as is the case for all pupils), dispose of temporary face coverings in a covered bin or place reusable face coverings in a plastic bag they can take home with them, and then wash their hands again before heading to their classroom.

Test & Trace

The Aspire Academy Trust is actively engaged with the NHS’s Test and Trace protocols.

Should any parent, child or staff member of an Aspire academy display any symptoms of COVID-19, they are strongly encouraged to book a test. Tests can be booked through the NHS’s testing and tracing website HERE. Parents MUST inform the school of test results immediately. Should test results be negative and the person feels well with no symptoms similar to COVID-19, they can stop self-isolating. Other members of the household can stop isolating too.

If someone tests positive, click HERE to follow the government’s ‘Stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection’.  They must continue to self-isolate for at least 10 days from the onset of their symptoms and then return to school only if they do not have symptoms other than cough or loss of smell/ taste. The 10-day period starts from the day when they first became ill. If they still have a high temperature, they should keep self-isolating until their temperature returns to normal. Other members of their household should continue self-isolating for the full 14 days.

Should there be a localised outbreak, your child's academy will be in touch immediately.

Social distancing in school

Young children are not expected to socially distance within their bubble. Children will be taught the benefits of social distancing, but we as a Trust appreciate that this will not be possible with the youngest children. We will endeavour to minimise the potential for contamination so far as is reasonably practical. Adults will socially distance between themselves and when appropriate, from children.

Full COVID-19 Risk Assessment for Parent Information

School visitors

Only essential visitors will be allowed to come into an Aspire academy and this will be by appointment only. Visitors will be provided with an information sheet about physical distancing and hygiene. All visitors on a school site will be logged for track and trace purposes, as well as for evacuation procedures. For the first half term, there will be no volunteers in school.

Free School Meals

With schools back open to all children this September, Free School Meals will continue to be provided to eligible children as usual. However, the dining arrangements or menu offer may be different due to social distancing requirements (please check with your child(ren)'s individual academy)

Cornwall Council is continuing to process new applications for Free School Meals, including for children starting school in September 2020. Please ensure you read the eligibility criteria HERE before applying. Please complete the ONLINE APPLICATION FORM (also available via the link below) if you are eligible.  The Local Authority is not currently accepting applications in hard copy by post. If you are unable to apply online, please call the Free School Meals team on 01872 323298 and a member of the team will call you back to complete the application over the phone. Please make sure your phone will accept calls from a private / withheld number. 

Many families are sadly reaching crisis point financially due to COVID-19.  If your financial circumstances have changed you may be entitled to Free School Meals. Please follow the link below and complete the online form.

Free School Meals Online Application

If you receive a notification confirming your entitlement please email the Aspire Academy Trust at

What do I tell my child?

We all realise how difficult it can be trying to talk to children and young people about global crises. The Cornwall Educational Psychology Service has compiled information, a list of resources and helpful websites for parents to use.

Talking to children about COVID-19

Trauma-Informed Schools: Importance of Play

Coronavirus - cartoon explanation

'Nosy Crow' (Axel Scheffler) free illustrated book explaining coronvirus to children

Coronavirus Information

For the latest information and advice issued by Public Health England with regards to Coronavirus (COVID-19), click on the link below:

Coronavirus Testing

Coronavirus - what parents need to know for September

For the BBC Coronavirus (COVID-19) news page, click on the link below:

For an NHS overview on the Coronavirus (COVID-19), please visit the website below:

If you have any health questions concerning Coronavirus (COVID-19), please click on the link below:


For the wider picture, please visit the World Health Organisation's website at the link below: