Latest Covid-19 Risk Assessments

The latest Covid-19 Risk Assessments for the wider opening of schools have been released. Please visit our documents page (link below) to read them. For more information and updates with regards to Covid-19, please see our dedicated Coronavirus Updates page.

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Updated Risk Assessments

Please note that the latest Risk Assessments for the wider opening of schools are now available. To see the latest Risk Assessments please visit our documents page or click on the link below.


Risk Assessments for Wider Opening of Schools

Alongside the risk assessments for Carr Junior School, Knavesmire Primary, Scarcroft Primary and Woodthorpe Primary, a risk assessment for Millthorpe School and York High School have also now been made available to download. To read the risk assessments please follow the link below to our documents page.

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Letters to Staff & Parents – Easing of Lockdown in York Schools

Please see the links below to read the latest letters from the trust board with regards to the easing of lockdown across York Schools.

Primary Parent Letter – 19th May 2020

Primary Staff Letter – 19th May 2020

Secondary Staff Letter – 19th May 2020

York Schools and Academies Board Statement Regarding the Reopening of Schools

Please see the link below for more information from the York Schools and Academies Trust statement with regards to the reopening of schools.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Pupils, Parents and Staff Privacy Notice

Click on the link below to download the Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Pupils, Parents and Staff Privacy Notice.

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Trust Statement on School Operation in response to COVID-19

South Bank MAT is a family of schools that cares deeply about the needs of its pupils and staff and the communities we serve.

The national demands being made on us all at this time can be challenging and at times frightening. The efforts of our staff to keep the schools running, and look after the children in our care, have been nothing short of heroic.

Some people will find it difficult to adjust to the removal of the daily routine of school and the exam structure but the health of the nation is paramount.

It has been promised that all children in Year 11 will be assessed without sitting exams in the coming weeks, we are awaiting further information. Key Stage 1 and 2 SATs have also been cancelled. 

Our schools will remain open to the children of key workers and those that are vulnerable in line with local arrangements and if at all practicable.

Many parents working in key worker sectors may be able to ensure their child is kept at home and every child who can be safely cared for at home should be.

Please, therefore, follow these key principles:

  1. If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be.
  2. If a child needs specialist support, is vulnerable or has a parent who is a critical worker, then educational provision will be available for them.
  3. Parents should not rely for childcare upon those who are advised to be in the stringent social distancing category such as grandparents (over 70), friends, or family members with underlying conditions.
  4. Parents should also do everything they can to ensure children are not mixing socially in a way which can continue to spread the virus. They should observe the same social distancing principles as adults.

Vulnerable children are those who are:

  • supported by social care, 
  • have safeguarding and welfare needs, 
  • have child in need plans, 
  • on child protection plans, 
  • are ‘looked after’ children, 
  • are young carers, 
  • are disabled children or,
  • have education, health and care (EHC) plans. 

The government have stated if you work within one of the critical sectors listed in the link below and you cannot keep your child safe at home then your children will be prioritised for education provision.

The government have asked workers to confirm with their employers if they think their role falls within the key worker categories above. The role should be specifically required for the continuation of essential public services.

Arrangements are being put in place to maintain access to free schools meals during the closure period in line with government guidance. Your child’s school will be able to update you regarding these arrangements.

I wish you and your loved ones all the very best at this difficult time.

 Kind regards

Edwin Thomas

Chair of Trustees 

 Jo Edwards

Trust Principal


Trust Statement on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

We continue to monitor the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation carefully as it develops and take full account of advice and guidance provided by Public Health England (PHE), City of York Council and other advisory bodies. Below is a summary of the actions we are taking and the preparations we are making for different eventualities:

Self-Isolation: New Advice
We expect staff and students to follow the government’s latest advice on self-isolation. That now includes people experiencing symptoms of fever (high temperature) or a new, persistent cough, who must stay at home for 7 days.

Anyone who meets the government’s criteria for self-isolation, including parents/carers and other family members, is asked not to attend school.

Meetings / Events

Any non-essential meetings and events may be postponed and people will be notified as appropriate.
We are following Public Health England advice on hygiene by encouraging children and staff to wash their hands regularly and before meal times.

Students and other school users are reminded to use tissues to catch coughs and sneezes, throwing tissues in the bin and to avoid touching their face.

Planning for closure
At the moment, the advice from Public Health England is for schools to remain open and for students to continue to attend school unless they are unwell. However, we have drawn up plans to cover the eventuality that schools are either fully or partially closed.

In the event that schools have to close, each school will advise of the arrangement for setting work for students.

At the moment, the advice from the government is to prepare for all 2020 exams as normal. We will continue to monitor the situation and plan for the different eventualities that may arise.

Useful Links
Further information about the response to COVID-19 can be found via the following links:

The Trust will update this page as the situation changes, but please do contact your individual school if you have any concerns.