Coronavirus (Covid-19) Statement

The safety and welfare of our community is of utmost importance.

Updated: 8th January 2021

In the light of the UK Government’s announcement, Wells Cathedral School has moved to a largely online method of delivering teaching and learning for Epiphany Term. Please see details of how we are currently operating below:

International boarders
Any boarders who have already returned to School will be accommodated as required and we will provide for them in School in terms of food, care, supervision and facilitate their attending remote learning from their Houses. Some parents may wish their children to return home if possible, and we will support this; but please also be assured that we remain committed to accommodating international boarders at School for as long as is necessary.

Children of Key Workers and Vulnerable Children
We will provide for the children of Key Workers and Vulnerable children onsite. Appropriate Junior School parents should contact Sam Fear ([email protected]) for more information and Senior School parents should contact Chris Edwards ([email protected]).

Little Wellies Nursery (Cygnets and Ducklings)
The Nursery will remain open to supervise the children of any parents who wish them to attend.

Remote Learning
The School will be offering a full programme of online teaching and learning, and will be expecting all pupils to complete work remotely. During term time, teachers will be online daily following their usual timetables, and able to respond to pupils’ needs. Click here for our Remote Learning Plans.

Public Exams
A separate letter has been sent to all Year 11 and Upper Sixth pupils and parents with the information we are currently able to provide regarding plans for GCSE and A Level exams this summer. The Education Secretary’s recent statement suggested that for GCSE and A Levels following UK-based exam boards, grades will be based on teacher assessment; we will continue to monitor government guidance on how this will operate in practice. At the current time, we expect all subjects following international exam board syllabuses to hold examinations as usual in the summer.

Cedars Hall
We have cancelled or postponed all public events planned at Cedars Hall, and have contacted all ticket holders.

Admissions
Our Admissions Office remains open as usual, and we will continue to conduct interviews, auditions and virtual tours. We will be very pleased to hear from anyone considering Wells Cathedral School. Please email [email protected]

All Scholarship Days and Open Day events will be run virtually for the duration of the lockdown.

Covid-19 Essential Information Brochure
Our Covid-19 Essential Information Brochure outlines some of the key details from our fuller Covid Risk Assessment. To request a printed copy, please email us at [email protected].

BSA Covid-Safe Charter

Wells Cathedral School has adopted the Boarding Schools Association (BSA) Covid-Safe Charter. Please see the following links to access this Charter in a language that best suits you:

Head Master’s statement

Alastair Tighe has commented: “May I thank all parents/guardians for your support and understanding at this most difficult of times. I would also like to pay tribute to the heroic efforts of the School staff who have been managing this situation with me for a significant number of weeks now and whose tireless dedication and commitment to help manage it – alongside their other ‘usual’ responsibilities – has been immense. I’d also like to thank all our pupils for the stoical and calm way they have been responding. I wish our entire community a safe and healthy time ahead.”

Conclusion

The School will continue to monitor the situation and update policy as official advice changes. We will also keep our entire community aware of any developments, and any expected time frame for the resumption of normal operations.

For anyone needing more information, the Department for Education has a helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687
Email: [email protected]
Opening hours: 8.00am to 6.00pm (Monday to Friday)

In addition, anyone can click here for further information and the latest Government advice.

We thank you very much for your help and understanding.