If a student in the school becomes unwell with a:


• Persistent cough

• High temperature

• A loss of or change in, their normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia) 


They will be sent home and you will be advised to follow the guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection (see table below for links to the guidance in different community languages) which sets out that they should self-isolate for at least 10 days and should arrange to get a test to see if they have coronavirus


If your child tests positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) you should inform the school of your child’s test result as soon as you receive it*.  If the test is negative you should inform the school as soon as possible and your child should return to school as soon as they are well enough to do so.


*If your child tests positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) outside of school hours (including weekends) please call or text 07535 056 211 immediately. 


During school hours you should either telephone the school on 0208 521 2115 or email

If your child tests positive whilst not experiencing symptoms but develops symptoms during the isolation period, they should restart the 10-day isolation period from the day they develop symptoms.

Other members of your household (including any siblings) should self-isolate for 14 days from when your child first had symptoms.


For simple guidance please see the easy-read guide via the following links (please note this guidance is also available on the MyEd app by tapping the ‘COVID-19 Advice’ button).

UPDATE - 14/12/2020

A quick update for families who may have seen the Local Authority’s message online that Kelmscott will be visited by the Covid-19 mobile testing unit this week.


The mobile testing units have been set up in response to a rise in positive cases in the North East of London, Essex and Kent. These are walk in testing units and designed to make sure as many people as possible may have a test. 


The Local Authority are encouraging all staff, students and their families to take a test at a Mobile Testing Unit or any other local site, regardless of whether they are currently showing symptoms. Year 11s, in particular, are urged to be tested. 


Hopefully confirmation of a negative test will give families confidence as relatives come together over the holiday period. 


The precise details of how the logistics will work for the testing is yet to be confirmed. We will let families know more when we do.


I’m sure as always we will pull together as a community as we continue to battle the challenges of Covid-19

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