A short video [03:02 min] we prepared for pupils to watch and get a feel for what returning to the building would be like for our return in June 2020.
14 Sep 2021
The Health Minister, Eluned Morgan, MS, has made an announcement today that all healthy 12 to 15-year-olds in Wales will be offered a first dose of a coronavirus vaccine. Her statement says that “Our NHS will work in the next couple of weeks to begin offering a dose of vaccine to all children and young people aged 12-15. We have a blended model of offering the vaccine with all health boards primarily inviting this age group to vaccination centres with some areas going through schools. The strength of this model is that it is based on local knowledge and it is flexible and agile so it can change depending on the circumstances.”
We will wait to see what this looks like for Cardiff schools. We continue to offer lateral flow test kits to our older pupils and staff so that they can undertake asymptomatic testing at home if they so wish but there is no plan at present to offer a vaccination programme in School.
1 Sep 2021
All our pupils back in School for face to face learning. Please see the latest Update on our Covid-Safe Measures at School so you can help the School be as Covid-safe as possible and help safeguard the whole School community.
We provide Lateral Flow Tests from Class 6 (Year 7) up (see letter for full details)
We have a full risk assessment in place following the ‘Welsh Government Operational Guidance for Schools and Settings’, and ensure social distancing, ventilation and cleaning and hygiene measures, both in the classrooms and around the School.
There is more information for parents regarding measures in Schools with FAQs in the Welsh Government’s ‘Schools: coronavirus guidance’
We have made judgments based on our particular school context about how to balance and minimise any risks from COVID-19 with providing a full educational experience for your children.
The guidance will be kept under constant review and will always follow the latest scientific advice.
We offer the Certificate of Steiner Education (NZCSE) in our Upper School. The structure of the NZCSE, focused on ongoing assessment, means it is particularly well suited to adapt to the current times. Our Class 11 pupils all achieved their Level 2 certificates in July 2020 and we fully expect our Class 12 pupils to complete their Level 3 by the end of this School year. We are in regular contact with SEDT, who manage the NZCSE to ensure our Upper School pupils can continue with their qualification without disruption.
1 Sep 2021
Welcome Back and Update on Covid-Safe Measures at School from Miranda Knight, School Administrative Manager and Health & Safety Lead
19 April 2021
Reminder and Update on Covid-Safe Measures at School from Miranda Knight, School Administrative Manager and Health & Safety Lead
12 Mar 2021
Letter to Parents re Lateral Flow Tests from Miranda Knight, School Administrative Manager and Health & Safety Lead
06 Mar 2021
Update on Return to School Plans following Welsh Government Announcement for Schools on 3 Mar from College, School Management Team and Trustees
22 Feb 2021
Update following Welsh Government Announcement for Schools on 19 Feb from College, School Management Team and Trustees
8 Feb 2021
Update following Welsh Government Announcement for Schools on 5 Feb from College, School Management Team and Trustees
5 Jan 2021
Update following Welsh Government Statement for Schools from College, School Management Team and Trustees
2 Jan 2021
Update on School Return in January from College, School Management Team and Trustees
11 Dec 2020
Update following School Announcements from College, School Management Team and Trustees
8 Sep 2020
Caerphilly New Restrictions Update (updated 18.30) from Miranda Knight, School Administrative Manager and Health & Safety Lead
3 Sep 2020
Return to School Letter Sep 2020 from Miranda Knight, School Administrative Manager and Health & Safety Lead
10 July 2020
End of Year Thank You and update from College, School Management Team and Trustees
26 June 2020
22 June 2020
Risk Assessment from Miranda Knight, School Administrative Manager and Health & Safety Lead
17 June 2020
Transition Programme from 29 June to 10 July from College and the School Management Team
9 June 2020
Update following Welsh Government proposals for schools from College, School Management Team and Trustees
19 May 2020
Welsh Schools and Covid-19 Latest Update from College, School Management Team and Trustees
8 May 2020
Welsh Schools and Covid-19 Update from College, School Management Team and Trustees
19 April 2020
Wellbeing and Safeguarding Briefing for Parents from Miranda Knight
3 April 2020
Check In and Update from College and the School Management Team
23 March 2020
Update on Learning in the Classes from the Teaching Team
20 March 2020
18 March 2020
17 March 2020
Class 6/7 Theatre Trip Cancellation Miranda Knight, School Administrative Manager
17 March 2020
Update for Kindergarten Parents Anna Podesta and Gail Chester, Kindergarten Teachers
13 March 2020
Coronavirus: School Measures and Update Miranda Knight, School Administrative Manager
28 February 2020
Coronavirus Infomation to Parents Miranda Knight, School Administrative Manager
Do NOT send your child to School if they have any COVID-19 symptoms (see NHS Wales advice here)
The most important symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of any of the following:
- a new continuous cough
- a high temperature
- a loss of, or change in, your sense of taste or smell (anosmia)
If you are unsure if your child’s symptoms are COVID-19 or cold-like symptoms please use the symptom checker
If your child only has a runny nose or other coldlike symptoms, and none of the above symptoms a COVID-19 test isn’t required. Your child can go to School if they are well enough to do so.
Other household members
If you have COVID-19 symptoms or have received a positive test result, please report your symptoms to the School.
Based on the risk level in the UK, we have increased precautions in our Admissions processes to ensure the safety of our students and teachers.
Prospective parents are able to visit on online Virtual Visits or to visit the School in person by prior arrangement.
Group visits are kept to small groups and we ask all visitors to confirm that they are not displaying symptoms before they visit and to observe our ‘Reducing Risk’ advice below on any visit.
If you are concerned that you may be displaying symptoms, please follow the Welsh Government’s self-isolation guidance arrange to take a test and do not attend the School. See ‘Who To Contact’ in order to speak to us about arranging a private tour on another date in the future.
Thank you for helping us take all the appropriate precautions at this time. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us.
If you are travelling abroad or returning to the UK, get advice including the latest information on coronavirus, safety and security, entry requirements and travel warnings at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office’s advice page
The Welsh Government has published guidance on how to reduce the risk from coronavirus in education settings.
To help stop the virus from spreading:
- wash your hands for 20 seconds often – with soap and water, or use alcohol sanitiser that contains at least 60% alcohol if handwashing facilities are not available. This is particularly important after taking public transport.
- cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in a bin.
- pupils, students, staff and visitors should wash their hands :
- before leaving home
- on arrival at school
- after using the toilet
- after breaks and sporting activities
- before food preparation
- before eating any food, including snacks
- before leaving school
- avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
- all secondary aged children (Class 6/7 up) and staff are asked to take regular lateral flow tests, kits are provided by the School
- arrival and departure are at staggered entrances
- pupils, parents or staff who display signs of the main COVID-19 symptoms should follow the self-isolation guidance, apply for a coronavirus test, and email the test result to the School
- secondary aged pupils are reminded to remain socially distanced as far as possible
- ventilate as much as possible
- face coverings no longer need to be worn in School – anyone who prefers to wear a face covering may do so – pupil or staff member
- the latest Welsh Government Guidance for Schools asks parents to wear face coverings at pick up
There are a number of additional resources that you may find useful for further information on the coronavirus, the Government and international response and how best to talk about the outbreak with your children. Links to these can be found below:
- The Welsh Government and NHS Wales are appealing to the Welsh public to download the COVID Symptom Tracker app to help the NHS response to COVID-19 in Wales.
- Coronavirus COVID-19 symptom checker on NHS Direct Wales
- Public Health Wales website
- NHS coronavirus overview
- UK Government coronavirus updates
- NHS 111 advice service
- World Health Organisation updates
- Foreign & Commonwealth Office travel advice
- Welsh Government advice for schools
- Child Mind: How to talk to children about the outbreak
- BBC: How to talk to children about the outbreak
- How Do I Find and Create Goodness for My Children
- Communicating with Children and Supporting Them in Difficult Times
- How to Stay Sane When Working from Home with Young Children