Dear Parents

I do hope you and the children have had a restful summer break and are refreshed for the term ahead. We are really looking forward to welcoming everyone back on Tuesday, September 7th and to meeting our newest children and families too. Understandably, there will still be a good deal of apprehension whilst coronavirus is still part of everyday life. However, we will continue to support each other and do our best to keep each other as safe as possible. Please click on the toggles below to view our September 2021 Covid Protective Measures information and other key information regarding our return to school.

Please read the information below very carefully and then complete ONE of the forms below. Please click on ONE of the links (opens in a new tab).

I Consent to Rapid Result-Result Testing Form or DO NOT Consent to Rapid-Result Testing Form 

It is vitally important that ALL children are accounted for, so please do complete one of the forms.

Upon the return to school, we will be offering two on-site rapid-result tests in line with national guidance. 1) Tuesday, 7th September 2) Friday 10th September.

These tests will be conducted by Nurseplus who a leading provider of nursing and care services to both the Health and Social care sectors and have been operating since 2005. Nurseplus have partnered with BioGrad and other accredited laboratories nationwide to provide Tower College with fast, responsive and compliant testing. NursePlus’ team of highly qualified and experienced nurses have successfully tested staff within various industries including sports, commercial, food manufacturing and industrial settings. Nurses strictly adhere to the testing procedures in line with government guidelines and are fully trained and experienced in the recording of swab samples and test data.

We have secured 3 qualified and trained nurses to aid in the testing of our pupils. The nurses will be on site for several hours a day on Tuesday 7th and Friday 10th September.

What is coronavirus rapid-result testing?

To assist in the government’s goal to limit the spread of coronavirus and safeguard the health and safety of school communities, we will be offering all pupils of Year 7 and above two on-site coronavirus tests when they return to school following the summer break. This is so that we can identify asymptomatic cases of coronavirus and support those who test positive to self-isolate, with a view to breaking the chain of transmission and ensuring the safety of our pupils and staff.

For this reason, even if your child is not showing symptoms of coronavirus, they are eligible for a lateral flow device (LFD) test, as it is possible to unknowingly spread coronavirus while being asymptomatic.

Initial testing will be conducted at Tower College. If appropriate consent is provided, your child will be asked to self-administer the tests at the testing site by swabbing their throat and one of their nostrils. Your child will be supervised by a member of staff while doing so. Results will be provided within 30 minutes. If your child tests positive, they will be required to self-isolate for 10 days – you need to confirm this result with a lab-based polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test. If the test result is negative, your child may continue attending school unless advised otherwise by NHS Test and Trace or Public Health professionals.

Why do we need your consent? 

Please note that participation in these rapid-result tests is entirely voluntary. Without your consent to undergo these tests, we will be unable to administer them or use your child’s data for NHS Test and Trace purposes.

If you choose not to provide consent, your child will still be able to attend school from the 7th September, in line with our reopening arrangements – having a rapid-result test is not a requirement to return to school. Those who decline to participate in the rapid-result tests are still required to follow national guidelines and must self-isolate for 10 days if they present with symptoms of coronavirus, test positive for coronavirus, live in a household with someone presenting with symptoms of coronavirus, or are identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive.

What data is collected? 

To process the rapid-result testing, we require the following data:

  • Your child’s name
  • Your child’s date of birth

How will we use your data?  

We will use your/your child’s data for the following reasons: 

  • To provide the NHS Test and Trace service with notification of positive results
  • To help identify close contacts of you/your child
  • To record when rapid-result testing has been administered

The results of your child’s test will remain confidential at all times and will be deleted after one month.

When does my consent expire? 

This consent form is valid for the duration of the autumn term. You have the right to withdraw your consent at any time. Consent will be refreshed if any test administration or data management processes change.

You must inform the school office if your child’s consent needs to be withdrawn or amended. The school will retain your child’s data until this consent form expires, you withdraw your consent, or your child leaves the school.

We are pleased to announce that our swimming lessons are now able to resume at Newton-le-Willows Fitness Centre. Mr Southward (Level 2 swimming instructor) will be at each session along with the regular pool and teaching staff. The children have an 8-week block of lessons which take place on Monday morning. The specific dates are:

  • Year 4 – 13/09, 20/09, 27/09, 04/10, 11/10, 18/10, 01/11, 08/11
  • Year 3 – 15/11, 22/11, 29/11, 06/12, 13/12, 17/01, 24/01, 31/01
  • Year 2 – 07/02, 21/02, 28/02, 07/03, 14/03, 21/03, 28/03, 09/05
  • Year 1 – 16/05, 23/05, 06/06, 13/06, 20/06, 27/06, 04/07, 11/07

Notes

  • Children to bring swimming kits in their Tower College PE bag on each of the above Mondays.
  • Armbands are provided by the pool staff.
  • Girls’ costume – black one-piece costume, towel, swimming hat (compulsory), goggles, hairbrush
  • Boys’ costume – black swimming trunks (no pockets please), towel, goggles, comb
  • Children with verrucas are allowed to swim with a verruca sock or if the condition has been treated by a pharmacy-recommended product.
  • It would be helpful if you could work with your child at home on getting changed. They need to know the order they put their clothes on, how to fasten ties and buttons independently and how to manage to organise their wet kit into their bags.
  • The pool staff have asked that children with upset stomachs do not enter the water as bugs are carried through the water to other people.
  • Pupils will have 8 lessons so that the expected standard of swimming (at least one length: 25m) is achieved by the end of Y4.
  • Please be aware that there is a charge for this activity and an invoice will be sent out.

World First Aid Day this year will take place on 11th September. An external first aid instructor will teach the pupils basic first aid skills. This is the first time we have had the opportunity to hold this experience and we are looking forward to further enhancing our pupils understanding of caring for each other.

Please be aware that there is a charge for this activity and an invoice will be sent out.

We request that pre-prep children are taken to the ‘pre-prep’ drop off point outside the main building where a member of the EYFS team will greet them and escort them across the crossing and into the main building to their form teachers.  

All Lower School, Middle and Upper School children must be dropped off in the main car park.  There will be members of staff located along the stairs and pathway up to the main building each morning. On Tuesday, Middle & Upper children will be directed to their form by the staff on morning duty.

We would like to take this opportunity to remind parents that children can be dropped off no earlier than 8.30am. Any children on site prior to this time will be escorted to our ‘Breakfast Club’ where they will be supervised by staff, and parents will be invoiced accordingly via the school office.  We do ask parents to please try and book a place in our breakfast club by emailing or calling the office in advance.

New Music Teacher
We are delighted to welcome our new music teacher, Mrs Gemma Hannaford. 

Miss Deane Returns
Lower School will be thrilled to learn that Miss Deane will once again be returning to teach in Lower School.

Upper & Middle School Point of Contact
Please can Upper & Middle Schools’ parents contact Mr Glover regarding any issues or concerns.

Responsible for Teaching & Learning
Mr Taylor will be overseeing T&L.

Everton Liasion
Mrs Grocutt and Mr Southward will be overseeing the Everton pupils.

Staff Leavers
Mrs Wells has left the school and Mr Wells is serving his notice on garden leave.