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Information about measures in response to the identification of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 in the UK – publisehd 29.11.21

On Saturday 27 November, the Prime Minister announced new temporary national measures following the emergence of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 in the UK.

The new national measures are being introduced as a precaution to slow down the spread of the variant while more information is gathered.

Wilmslow High School is already operating all of these new national measures so there will be no change in school procedures and practice.  However, this provides a valuable reinforcement of our approach and we feel sure that our school community will show a characteristic determination to take personal responsibility for supporting these measures.

Testing – this remains one of the key school measures to help us reduce the rate of transmission and reduce the risk of educational disruption.

Please can we encourage all students to complete twice weekly testing and report the results to the school website (click here)

We are currently re issuing students with:

  • Blue – Innova test kits (double throat and single nasal swab – 30 Minute )
  • Green – Orient Gene test kits (Double nasal swab – 15 Minute processing time)

We recommend testing on Sunday evening/ Monday morning and Wednesday evening/ Thursday morning.

The reporting rate improved this weekend and reflected approximately 50% of the school population.

Face coverings

Face coverings will continue to be worn in communal areas by staff, visitors and pupils, unless they are exempt. Please provide your child with a face covering, this can either be disposable or reusable.

School maintains stocks of face coverings to issue where required.  However, this comes at a cost to the funds available for educational purposes since there is no additional government funding for such Covid mitigation measures.

Contact tracing and isolation

The current guidance on contact tracing and isolation remains in place. In addition to these, any suspected or confirmed close contacts of the Omicron variant will be asked to isolate for 10 days regardless of vaccination status or age. You will be contacted directly by test and trace and told to isolate.

Vaccination

All eligible staff and students aged 12 and over are encouraged to take up the offer of the vaccine, including boosters.

Vaccines are our best defence against COVID-19. They help protect young people and adults, and benefit those around them. Vaccination makes people less likely to catch the virus and less likely to pass it on.

To book a vaccination, please visit: Book or manage a coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination – NHS (www.nhs.uk)

Applications for Sixth Form courses – September 2022 entry

Applications for sixth form courses will open on Friday 12th November.

Online resources to support the course choices process will be available on the same day.

External applicants should apply through the school website and current Wilmslow High School students should submit their course choices through Firefly.

The deadline for applications will be Friday 3rd December.

Information about the availability of Covid vaccination for 12-15 year olds

Please click here for the information that has been provided to school by Friday 24th September 2021

Covid-19: local testing sites within Cheshire East

Information from Cheshire East Council about Local Testing Sites

Monday

  • Alexandra Suite, Crewe Alexandra Football Club, Gresty Road, Crewe. CW2 6EB
  • Salvation Army Church, Roe Street, Macclesfield. SK11 6UT

Tuesday

  • Alexandra Suite, Crewe Alexandra Football Club, Gresty Road, Crewe. CW2 6EB
  • Macclesfield Conservative Club, West Bank Road, Macclesfield. SK10 3BT

Wednesday

  • Alexandra Suite, Crewe Alexandra Football Club, Gresty Road, Crewe. CW2 6EB
  • Salvation Army Church, Roe Street, Macclesfield. SK11 6UT

Thursday

  • Alexandra Suite, Crewe Alexandra Football Club, Gresty Road, Crewe. CW2 6EB
  • Salvation Army Church, Roe Street, Macclesfield. SK11 6UT

Friday

  • Alexandra Suite, Crewe Alexandra Football Club, Gresty Road, Crewe. CW2 6EB
  • Macclesfield Conservative Club, West Bank Road, Macclesfield. SK10 3BT

All sites are open Monday to Friday 09.00 – 16.00

Opportunities on offer are: 

  • Rapid result – Lateral Flow Tests
  • Home Test kits (LFT)
  • Home Test kits (PCR) for people with symptoms.

Visiting 1 of these sites may well result in tests being completed quicker and isolation commencing sooner for positive cases.

Wilmslow High School’s online Open Evening – October 2021 (update 30.09.21)

As was noted in a previous website notice, we are continuing to implement a number of on-site Covid-19 mitigation measures to minimise the risk of in-school Covid transmission.  You may also be aware that a new £12 million pound building project started on the school site this summer, which has substantially reduced the availability of parking spaces.

For these two reasons, we have taken the decision not to offer an on-site Open Evening at Wilmslow High School this October.  Instead, as was the case last year, we will be publishing a comprehensive page of useful video and written information resources on our website for prospective parents / carers to view from Monday October 11th.  We will inform our feeder primary schools when this page goes live.

We have received a number of enquiries from prospective parents asking if there will be any opportunities to take a tour of the school in the next few weeks.  Because of the rising level of Covid infections in the local community, we will not be offering an Open Day or any Open Morning sessions this term, though we do hope to be able to offer some ‘familiarisation’ opportunities for parents and carers after the Easter break.

For admissions information please click on this link: Admissions – Wilmslow High School