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COVID-19 (January 2022 Reopening)

On 9 December 2021 the government published additional guidance for schools/academies outlining additional measures to be implemented as a result of Plan B.  This includes providing the opportunity for all students to receive an on site test prior to returning for the new term in January 2022.

"We have recently asked all secondary schools to provide an on-site test for pupils on return in January. Testing in school helps to boost participation and will help reduce transmission after a period of mixing over the holidays.

For those in settings closing over Christmas, all staff and students should test over the holidays in line with national guidance. This means that they should test if they will be in a high-risk situation that day and before visiting people who are at higher risk of severe illness if they get COVID-19."

On-site testing will take place in the old gymnasium, which will be our temporary testing site in January 2022.

Students should arrive for their test between the times allocated below.  Please follow the signs on arrival and enter via the gate at the far end of the car park leading towards the astro turf. 

Students should leave the site on completion of their test and return on their designated start day which is detailed below.

  Friday 7th January Monday 10th January
Year 7 9:00am – 10:00am N/A
Year 8 10:00am – 11:00am N/A
Year 9 11:00am – 12:00pm N/A
Year 10 12:30pm – 1:30pm N/A
Year 11 1:30pm – 2:30pm N/A
Year 12 N/A 8:35am – 9:50am
Year 13 N/A 8:35am – 9:50am


The Pingle Academy looks forward to welcoming back ALL students for the new academic term on Monday 10 January 2022 at 8.25am.

If you are unable to attend on your allocated day, then please contact to be allocated an alternative day/time.

If you do not wish your child to receive a test please email:

Please note that students who have tested positive for Covid-19 through a PCR test within 90 days of Friday 7 January are not required to attend an on-site test.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your child’s Progress Leader:


Year 7 Miss Sowter:

Year 8 Miss Amos:

Year 9 Mr Williams:

Year 10 Mr Elks:

Year 11 Mrs Benfield:

Sixth Form Ms Wilson: 

Mr Hurst, Head of Family Services: and Mr Done, Acting Vice Principal:, will also be happy to help.

We are all looking forward to seeing all the students back in the academy for the new academic year.

Mr Hall



Our behaviour policy is below. This is our tool to ensure that everyone respects each other’s right to stay safe.   More detailed guidance can be accessed using the red tabs below.

Rapid COVID-19 Testing Information

Please find contact information for any safeguarding questions below

  • The Pingle Academy - Mr S Waller (
  • The deFerrers Trust - Mrs K Priestnall (

Management and control through personal hygiene 

Personal hygiene will be emphasised to all staff and students.

Handwashing advice

It is essential that everyone washes their hands more often, using soap and water for at least 20 seconds.  Hand washing with soap employs mechanical action that loosens bacteria and viruses from the skin, rinsing them into the drain.  Drying hands afterwards makes the skin less hospitable to the virus. Hand sanitiser can be effective if soap is not available or the situation makes using soap less feasible (eg, when outside) but using hand sanitiser provides none of the virus-destroying friction that rubbing your hands together and rinsing with water provides.

The latest guidance and video on hand washing can be found here.

Hands should be cleaned on arrival, before and after eating and after sneezing or coughing.

Ensuring good respiratory hygiene  

We promote the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach.

Students and staff are asked to use a tissue or elbow to cough or sneeze and use bins for tissue waste.Lidded bins are in place in the academy.

Enhanced cleaning regimes 

We have cleaners onsite during the day, toilets & touchpoints are cleaned every hour. Each classroom has a hygiene station & routines involving regular cleaning & sanitising of equipment. Equipment will be cleaned before use by another class.

For more information follow this link.


Launch of the NHS Test and Trace service

The new NHS Test and Trace service will form a central part of the government’s coronavirus recovery strategy.

Anyone who tests positive for coronavirus will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace and will need to share information about their recent interactions.

People identified as having been in close contact with someone who has a positive test must stay at home for 14 days, even if they do not have symptoms, to stop unknowingly spreading the virus.

Further information on the NHS Test and Trace service can be found here.

Guidance on the NHS Test and Trace service for employers, businesses and workers can be found  here.

Guidance on how the NHS Test and Trace works can be found here.

Public Health England has published guidance that explains what you should do if the NHS Test and Trace service notifies you that you are a contact of a person who has tested positive for coronavirus and you do not live with that person.

The guidance can be found here.

Our privacy notice can be found here.


The government has confirmed that all students should now be in the academy from the start of term in September and normal attendance procedures will be followed.

If your child is absent from the academy for whatever reason, please ring reception by 9.30 and let us know the details.

If your child has Covid-19 symptoms or tests positive on a Lateral Flow Test please do not send them to the academy, book in a PCR test and let us know the outcome as soon as possible

If your child has come into contact with someone (including a family member) who has tested positive for COVID 19 or has been contacted by NHS Track and Trace, they do not need to self-isolate. They should get a PCR test, but do not need to self-isolate while they await results. 

If your child is one of a very small number who has been advised by a doctor that they should be shielding, please contact the attendance team and provide evidence

Please be aware that holidays during term time have a considerable impact on your child’s education and will incur a fine for each parent. If you are returning from a country which requires a period of quarantine, please follow government guidance and get in touch with the academy as soon as possible


Details can be found here.


Any student who becomes unwell with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature, or has a loss of, or change in, their normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia), should remain at home and arrange test at the earliest possible opportunity.

If a student becomes unwell during the school day, they will be isolated within the academy and parents/carers will be contacted in order to collect their child. Siblings, and other member of the household, will also require collection. You should arrange a test at the earliest opportunity. 

Please contact to advise us of the result of the test. 

If the test result is negative, the student (and siblings) can return to the academy as normal. If the test result is positive then you should follow NHS guidelines regarding periods of self-isolation:

For the Academy’s safeguarding policy, including recent addendums, please follow this link