Aspire Academy Trust

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Since 1st April 2022, the country is now "Living with COVID-19", with the onus on personal responsibility.

Living with COVID-19 plan

As we learn to live safely with coronavirus (COVID-19), there are actions we can all take to help reduce the risk of catching COVID-19 and passing it on to others. These actions will also help to reduce the spread of other respiratory infections, such as flu, which can spread easily and may cause serious illness in some people.

Click on the links below for more guidance.

Who needs to isolate and for how long - July 2022

Living safely with respiratory infections - including COVID

Germ Defence

What to look out for

Reports now suggest that a sore throat is one of the main symptoms:

BBC News - sore throat now top symptom

According to the latest NHS advice, subvariants of COVID-19 now circulating in the UK bring a wider list of symptoms to look out for:

  • A high temperature or shivering
  • A new, continuous cough
  • A loss or change to your sense of smell or taste
  • Shortness of breath
  • Feeling tired or exhausted
  • An aching body
  • A headache
  • A blocked or runny nose
  • Loss of appetite
  • Diarrhoea
  • Feeling or being sick

Although the lifting of all restrictions means there are no longer any legal requirements to self-isolate after diagnosis with COVID-19, the NHS says people should still: “Try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people if you have symptoms of COVID-19 and either a high temperature or they do not feel well enough to conduct normal activities.”

Testing Positive for COVID-19 

The universal testing offer has now ended and free LFT test kits are no longer available.

Updated government guidance advises:

  • ADULTS with with the symptoms of a respiratory infection, and who have a high temperature or feel unwell, should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people until they feel well enough to resume normal activities and they no longer have a high temperature
  • ADULTS with a positive COVID-19 test result should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for 5 days, which is when they are most infectious
  • CHILDREN who are unwell and have a high temperature should stay at home and avoid contact with other people. They can go back to school, college or childcare when they no longer have a high temperature, and they are well enough to attend
  • CHILDREN with a positive COVID-19 test result should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for 3 days

School Attendance

Since 8th March 2021, attendance is mandatory for all pupils of compulsory school age.  Consequently, the Aspire Academy Trust attendance procedure, pre-COVID-19, should be adhered to.  Click HERE for the current Aspire Attendance Policy. 

PLEASE NOTE: Any child who presents in school with a temperature, cough or other respiratory virus-like symptom, may be sent home, at staff discretion.

COVID-19 vaccinations

Anyone who is unvaccinated or who hasn’t had their booster is at even greater risk from COVID-19 and more serious illness. Vaccines are the best way we can protect ourselves and help keep children and young people in face-to-face education.

NHS Coronavirus Vaccinations


Robust health and safety measures remain in place in every Aspire academy.  This includes good ventilation, frequent hand washing, regular hygiene reminders throughout the school day (particularly the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach) and thorough whole school cleaning procedures at the end of each day.

Free School Meals

Cornwall Council is continuing to process new applications for Free School Meals. 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. 

If your financial circumstances have changed during the pandemic, 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

Coronavirus Information

For government guidance, click on the link below: on shielding and protecting extremely vulnerable persons from COVID

For NHS guidance, click on the link below:

The Aspire Academy Trust remains vigilant and alert to the ongoing threat of COVID-19 infection to our school communities and we urge personal responsibility to protect ourselves and each other.  Thank you for your co-operation and understanding.

Information accurate as of 14th July 2022.