COVID-19 Update

A message from the Headteacher (Fri 25 Sep 11:00 am)

I post this message to thank parents for the overwhelming support we have had from you since we reopened our doors for all students four weeks ago. So far, the incidences of positive Covid-19 tests have been tiny with only a small number of students having to be sent home to self-isolate.

I ask parents to check the website twice a day, once in the evening and once before 8am in the morning for any updates.  If I am informed about a positive test in a specific year group in the evening I may have to ask that year group to stay at home the following morning / day until we can track and trace which students need to self-isolate for 14 days.  Those asked to self-isolate will be students who have been in close/direct contact with the student who has tested positive. (See post “Procedure if a student tests positive for Covid-19” Thu 17 Sep 12:05 pm for further details.)

Please also check the website over the weekend.  If I am informed about a positive case over the weekend I will need to ask that year group to stay at home initially on Monday morning so that we can track and trace and then inform parents who needs to self-isolate for 14 days.  Those who do not need to self-isolate and are not contacted via telephone will be informed when to return to college via the website.  With over 240 students in every year group the website is the quickest and most effective way of contacting and communicating with parents at this challenging time.

Mrs Cryer


Negative Covid-19 test of a Year 11 student
(Thu 24 Sep 5:30 pm)

I was informed at 2.45pm, Thursday 24 September 2020, that a parent and his year 11 son had been for Covid-19 tests on Monday and one result was positive and one was negative but the test results did not identify whose test was whose. I can now confirm that the year 11’s test WAS NEGATIVE and therefore no Year 11s need to self isolate and should attend college as normal. 

Confirmed case
s of Covid-19
(Updated Thu 24 Sep 7:15 am)

I was informed at 2.30pm, Wednesday 23 September 2020, of two siblings who have tested positive for Covid-19, one in year 9 and one in year 10 at Unity College.  The students have not been in college Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday this week.  The children were tested on Monday when they developed very mild symptoms of loss of taste / and or smell.  As the children have not been in college at all this week Public Health England guidance is that no further action is needed by Unity College as no other Year 9 or 10 child has been in close/direct contact with the children whilst at Unity College all this week and 48 hours prior to symptoms presenting themselves.  Therefore, no other students in year 9 or 10 need to self isolate.

Parent Guide for Remote Learning Provision for Covid-19 related absences (Thu 24 Sep 1:30 pm)

Please find below a quick and easy reference guide for parents and students so that they can easily identify what school work will be provided by the college in the event of a Covid-19 related absence. There is also guidance on how the work will be delivered in different situations (i.e. via remote learning pack, online resources, pre-recorded streamed and live lessons). A copy of this guide can also be found in the REMOTE LEARNING link at the top of the College website welcome page. We hope you find this helpful. If you have any further questions regarding the provision of remote learning work or accessing this work, please don’t hesitate to contact main reception, who will be able to direct your queries and concerns to the correct member of staff.


PE Extra Curricular Activities (Mon 21 Sep 1:10 pm)

PE Extra Curricular Activities for Year 7 and Year 8 will begin next week, Monday 28th September – see the Clubs and Extra-Curricular Activities page for details. Further details for clubs in years 9, 10 and 11 to follow.

Procedure if a student tests positive for Covid-19
(Thu 17 Sep 12:05 pm)

Please read the attached document – If there is a confirmed case of a student with Covid

Year 6 students (Tue 15 Sep 11:15 am)

Due to the ongoing pandemic we are not planning to hold our usual Open Evening this term. Please keep checking our admissions page – Admissions 2021 – for information about Unity College and our admission arrangements for 2021.


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