IMPORTANT NOTICE: Special Partnership Trust Coronavirus Statement below

Welcome to the Special Partnership Trust

14th September 2020

Dear Staff, Parents and Carers,

Covid-19 Update

Following the recent news reports on the testing capacity, guidance from Public Health England and the Introduction of the ‘Rule of Six’ from today, I thought I would provide some clarity of the Trust approach to Covid-19 testing.

I would like to reiterate that at a time when national communication messages are confusing and there is a lot of misinformation, it is important that if you have any questions, concerns or queries, that you contact your school and the Headteacher will answer any questions and/or provide support. 

With regard to when to book a test, the main symptoms of coronavirus are:

  •          A high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  •          A new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  •          A loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you have noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

If you have any of the above symptoms, it is important that you get a test. This will help us stop the spread of the virus.  If someone in your household starts to have symptoms, then that person must get tested and the rest of the household should self-isolate with them whilst they wait for the results. If you or other members of the household do not have symptoms, then you should not get a test – only people with symptoms should get tested. Full guidance on self-isolation is available on

In the first instance, if you have symptoms and need to book a test please use the national booking system via this link or by ringing 119.

I would like to highlight that there appears to be difficulty in obtaining a Covid-19 test and/or results appear to take between 24-72 hours and in some cases more. This is a national issue and whilst we are disappointed that this issue is going to cause disruption in schools, the Trust does have to act in line with Government guidance. Therefore if you, or a member of your family, have symptoms  then please contact your school and begin to isolate in a accordance with guidance and seek a test.  If you do not conduct a test or receive results within 48 hours of reporting symptoms, then the school will have little option but to treat the case as positive and act accordingly to close classes/groups as a precautionary measure. Schools will be supportive and provide any further support, information, resources if required. 

Obviously, this will cause inconvenience and disruption to pupils, parents, classes and schools.  The Trust and Schools will endeavour to keep disruption to a minimum, but it is going to be a challenging few weeks until capacity and capability of testing improves.  Could I encourage you to contact your school should you have any questions or queries.  Thank you for your ongoing support, patience and cooperation.

Yours sincerely,


Guy Chappell

Executive Director

Special Partnership Trust

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