COVID-19 Update – School Closure

Following the directive from the Government, Bournside School will be closed to almost all children from Monday 23rd March until further notice. The school intends to do all we can to stay open for the children of critical workers and for our vulnerable students. All other children will need to stay at home, and work from home until advised otherwise.

Children of critical workers and vulnerable students
The provision for children of critical workers and vulnerable children at Bournside school will be run out of our Sixth Form Centre to allow us to shut down the rest of our school site. Students who attend will be supervised whilst they work remotely on their ‘study from home’ work that has been set on Student FROG. Parents/carers will need to book their child into our provision by 4pm the day before. Full details can be found in the communication below dated 20 March.

Learning from home
We expect our students to carry on their learning in their home environment for the foreseeable future (other than during normal school holiday periods). Our teaching staff have been fully briefed to support your child during this time, and we have produced the following key information to support you as a parent/carer:

  • Parent Support Guide – this outlines how students can access their work from home
  • Year 7 to 11 Student Day Plan – a timetable for the day for students to engage in
  • Sixth Form Student Day Plan – a timetable for the day for Sixth Form students to engage in
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing Student Booklet
  • Guided Reading Resource
  • Drop Everything and Read Resource
  • School Closure FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) – if you have a question, please look here first. If you can’t find the answer, please email or call us
  • Home Learning Support – a parent factsheet
  • The Parents’ Guide to Coping with School Closures.

All of these documents are on the Learning From Home page.

Additional support
Our staff from the Safeguarding & Welfare Team, Special Educational Needs Department, and our Head of Houses, work closely with a number of students and families on a daily basis. These key members of staff will be in regular phone contact with these students and their parents/carers to ensure we are able to continue supporting their additional needs to the best of our ability.

On Friday 20 March, we received information on how GCSE and A Level exam grades will be awarded from the exam regulator, Ofqual. In short, exam boards will work with teachers to provide grades for students whose exams have been cancelled this summer. This means ensuring that students are awarded a grade which fairly reflects the work they have put in. Ofqual will develop and set out a process to provide a calculated grade for each student which reflects their performance as fairly as possible, and will work with the exam boards to ensure this is consistently applied for all students. There will also be an option to sit an exam early in the next academic year for students who wish to. Further information can be found in the Exams FAQs produced by the Department for Education below, and in the A Level Exams, GCSE Exams, and Year 11 Work communications, also below.

Contacting us
We will continue to provide you with regular updates over the coming weeks. If you need to contact the school, please call us on 01242 229546 where a member of staff will be available to take your call between 9am – 3.30pm. You can also email us on

Communications to parents/carers

Bournside School – Support whilst learning from home (27 March)

Bournside School – Year 11 Work (24 March)

Department for Education – Exams FAQs

Bournside School – A Level Exams (23 March)

Bournside School – GCSE Exams (23 March)

Bournside School COVID-19 Update (20 March – Letter 2)

Bournside School COVID-19 Update (20 March)

Bournside School COVID-19 Update (19 March – Letter 2)

Bournside School COVID-19 Update (19 March)

Bournside School COVID-19 Update (18 March)

Bournside School COVID-19 Update (17 March)

Bournside School COVID-19 Update (13 March)