Kempston Challenger Academy | January Opening and Covid Testing
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January Opening and Covid Testing

January Opening and Covid Testing

2021 January Opening document and Covid Testing Schedule





A guidance document for staff, parents/carers and visitors



As of January 2022, schools are open fully to all students and staff following the summer break.

It is our plan that students will return to school from Tuesday 4th January, 2022 as staggered in the table below.

The guidance set out in this document is in 4 sections and aligned with how the Department of Education (DfE) expects schools to operate in this new context. This includes:  

  1. School operations
  2. Curriculum, behaviour and pastoral support
  3. Assessment and accountability


Annex 1: Behaviour Addendum and Covid Classroom Non-Negotiables


 In the first week back, we will commence testing of all students as follows; 


Return to school from Tuesday 4th January 2022  


Tuesday 4th Wednesday 5th
8.30/45 Years 7, 11, 12 and 13 Form

Time and Assemblies


All years in school for Form Time
9.05 – 10.05 Year 7 with Form Tutors

Years 11, 12 & 13 Testing with

Form Tutors


Year 8 Testing with Subject





10.05 – 11.05  Years 11, 12 & 13 in lessons

Year 7 Testing with Subject






Year 9 Testing with Subject



11.30 – 12.25  Year 10 arrive and go straight to lesson 3, register and then testing

Year 10 testing with Subject




12.25 – 1.25  Timetable


Catch-up testing




2.00 -3.00 Timetable  Timetable





Please note that the measures outlined in this guidance document are written in conjunction with the school’s risk assessment for full opening of school and is subject to change in line with DfE guidance. If staffing levels, due to COVID positive cases, prevent us from safely managing the school, we will revert to remote learning for specific year groups or classes. This will only be implemented in the most extreme circumstances and for the shortest time possible. We are committed to keeping all students in school for face to face learning.


Staff and students must only attend school if they do not have COVID-19 symptoms. A PCR test should be taken and the school informed of the results as soon as possible. Close contact self-isolation is no longer a requirement where vaccinations have been taken. In all cases if a PCR test is returned as positive, the isolation period has been reduced if an LFT shows a negative result on days 6 and 7.

Since Wednesday 22 December, the 10-day self-isolation period for people who record a positive PCR test result for COVID-19 has been reduced to 7 days in most circumstances, unless you cannot test for any reason. 

Individuals may now take LFD tests on day 6 and day 7 of their self-isolation period.Those who receive two negative test results are no longer required to complete 10 full days of self-isolation. The first test must be taken no earlier than day 6 of the self-isolation period and tests must be taken 24 hours apart. This also applies to children under five, with LFD testing at parental or guardian discretion. If both these test results are negative, and the person does not have a high temperature, they may end their self-isolation after the second negative test result and return to school from day 8 (DfE/Government Plan B guidance)


If a student is unwell, please keep them at home, get them tested and inform the school of the outcome. No student should be sent to school if they display any COVID-19 symptoms, however mild.

Attendance is compulsory for all students. Please see Behaviour Addendum at the end of this document for further details.


Structure of the school day 

Smaller year groups and a large site enable us to manage the school day safely. We start the school day at the same time (from 8.30 arrival for an 8.40 start) for all students with the added safety of separate entry and exit points.


  • Years 7, 8 and 9 will enter and exit from the Rear Gate (Oak Tree Entrance)
  • Years 10, 11, 12 and 13 will enter and exit from the side gate further along the alley way towards Hill Rise.
  • Those arriving by bike will go directly to the bike store and follow the entry and exit signs. Bikes will be spaced to allow for social distancing.
  • Break is 15 minutes and lunch break is 35 minutes allowing for full curriculum time.
  • Students should arrive on time in the mornings and make their way directly to form rooms. Students must avoid crowding or gathering in groups.
  • Students will not be permitted to leave the school site and return in the same day.


Organisation of teaching spaces and social spaces

  • Students will follow their timetable as published.
  • Staff will remain in their own classrooms so they are better able to manage their own space safely, monitor the safe use of resources and know that cleaning between groups has been undertaken.
  • Time will be allocated at the start and end of each lesson to wipe chairs and tables.
  • On dismissal, students will move quickly to their next lesson using the exits identified for each block
  • Rooms will be arranged to facilitate learning.
  • Students will not approach the teachers’ desk but staff will circulate the room. Masks will be worn unless a student is exempt.


                 Break and lunch times

  • Unless the weather is very poor, we expect all students to be outside as much as possible during break and lunch times.
  • Students have designated social spaces where they can interact in their Year groups These have been set as:


Tennis court and green space behind the St John’s building – Year 10 and 11

Left hand half of tennis court space – Year 7

Right hand half of tennis court space – Year 8 and 9  6th Form have their own social/study areas.

A rota will be in place for students to be able to use the basketball nets and goal posts and                       additional external seating will be provided

  • In the event of rain or colder weather, the following zones have been designated:

Year 7 – C Block

Year 8 – A Block

Year 9 –  B Block

Year 10  and 11 – Gym

  • During social times and lesson changeover times, there will be increased staff duties.
  • Toilets will be managed by staff to ensure that all students have safe access. Toilets will be thoroughly cleaned after break and lunch as well as at the end of the school day.

Medical rooms 

  • There are 2 medical rooms in use. A separate isolation room for suspected cases of COVID-19. The main medical room in A block will be staffed by a first aider. 
  • The isolation room will allow for manageable test and trace processes and PPE has been provided for the first aid team.
  • If students become unwell with symptoms of coronavirus and need to be cared for until they can return home, they will be isolated in the medical room until parents or carers collect them.
  • Parents/carers must take the student to be tested for COVID-19. Test results must be shared with the school to help facilitate test and trace.



  • Breakfast club will run as usual from 8.30 a.m.
  • All other clubs will be able to run within the regulations set out by their specific professional associations.


In order to provide hot and cold meals to students, the canteens will be open. Years 7 & 8 students accessing the main canteen by lining up outside and following the one-way system through the canteen. Students in Years 9 to13 will use the sixth form canteen again following the one-way system and separate exits. 

Protective measures and cleaning 


  • There will be a cleaner in school at all times alongside the site team and enhanced cleaning practices at the end of each day.
  • Cleaners will disinfect and wipe down surfaces outside of classrooms at regular intervals during the day using anti-viral cleaners.
  • At the end of the day all classrooms used and toilets will be cleaned and disinfected.
  • Students should regularly wash their hands.
  • Students must use the hand sanitisers provided (sanitisers contain 60% alcohol).
  • Students are encouraged to carry their own hand sanitisers and tissues.
  • Students must maintain social distancing at all times from adults in the school
  • Sanitising stations are at designated points in the school, hand sanitisers will be in classrooms and toilets.
  • Posters and signage for hygiene routines are in place.


Face coverings 


  • The wearing of face coverings will be compulsory in all spaces unless an exemption is in place.


Ventilation in rooms will be increased and CO2 monitors will be placed in every room.


Fire evacuation 


  • In the event of a fire evacuation, staff and students should leave the building via the nearest fire exits in a calm manner.
  • When arriving at the fire assembly point, students will line up as usual in register order on their marked year group assembly points located at the back of the main school building.



 Our planned academic recovery aims to: 


  • Ensure that well-being is addressed and discussed within Form and Year group bubbles.
  • Ensure that world events, local and national issues affecting our students are appropriately discussed and understood within the relevant curriculum.
  • Ensure that the curriculum remains broad and ambitious, where all students continue to be taught a wide range of subjects, maintaining their choices for further study and development.
  • Meet the needs of each year group and particular groups.
  • Addresses the gaps in learning as a result of the school closure.
  • Identifies individual starting points in learning to account for (i) students who have worked independently to make significant progress (ii) students who need additional support in order to take the next steps in their learning.
  • Provides safe opportunities for enrichment beyond the classroom.


Expectations in the classroom 

  • Students must use hand sanitiser (contains 60% alcohol) or have washed their hands prior to entering the classroom.
  • Desk and chairs must not be removed from the classrooms and no additional furniture must be placed in the classrooms.
  • Classroom windows and doors must be left open at all times.
  • In the classroom, sit in the same place all the time; do not move chairs and desks.
  • Avoid physical contact at all times. No hugs, shaking hands, etc.
  • Do not share belongings (stationery, food, clothes)
  • Where in use, ICT equipment will be wiped and every other space allocated to a student.




  • Students will be expected to be in full school uniform and to bring PE kit to change into.


Behaviour and pastoral support 


  • All students must uphold behaviour expectations as per the school policy and updated Behaviour Addendum (see attached) The processes for rewards and sanctions are outlined in the school’s behaviour policy. This has been updated to increase the range and opportunity for student rewards in particular.
  • Pastoral support for students will be enhanced and new appointments to the school have added additional staff to this area.




  • Assessment is aligned to the overall learning journey for each subject and will include verbal and written feedback as appropriate.
  • Staff will now write comments on books, misconceptions/common errors/gaps in knowledge will be noted and will inform planning (formative assessment)
  • Whole class feedback will be used to give comments which are timely, task-focused, specific, useful to students.
  • Where appropriate, visualisers will be used to provide in-class feedback and guidance.
  • Students will be guided by teachers, when necessary, to use online learning to support teaching, learning and assessment.
  • Exams and assessments will be held.
  • Arrangements for how we will conduct parents’ evenings are to be decided.


 Covid 19 lateral flow testing at school


Kempston Challenger Academy is now a fully equipped and recognised testing facility. As of January 11th 2021, key staff in school received NHS training and certification to carry out testing on the school site.

  1. Testing will take place in the school hall under strict covid guidelines and distancing.
  2. Students in school and having consent will be tested once from 4th January onwards.
  3. An email and text message will be received after 30 minutes giving the lateral flow test result.
  4. When the third testing session is complete all students with consent will be provided with a packet of home test kits.
  5. All staff from the week beginning 3rd January will be provided with home test kits. These will be completed twice a week until new government guidance is received.
  6. In the event of a positive test result, parents will be contacted. The student will follow current government guidelines and self – isolate.

* Updated risk assessments specifically for testing are in place. Consent forms, privacy notices and Data sharing information is also being provided to staff and students.



Annex 1:

Behaviour Addendum and Covid Classroom Non-negotiables


  • Gates will open at 8.30 am and will have hand sanitiser stands.
  • Students will go straight to their tutor room.
  • Entry to blocks will be via the main entrances.
  • Exits will be via side doors and fire exits.


Behaviour and Attendance policy: coronavirus addendum

Kempston Challenger Academy

Last reviewed on: 01/01/2022
Next review due by: 26/01/2022



1. Scope  
2. Expectations for pupils in school  
3. Expectations for pupils at home  
4. Monitoring arrangements  
5. Links with other policies 11



1. Scope

This addendum applies until further notice.

Unless covered in this addendum, our normal behaviour policy continues to apply.

We may need to amend or add to this addendum as circumstances or official guidance changes. We will communicate any changes to staff, parents and pupils.


2. Expectations for pupils in school

2.1 Continuing COVID specific rules

When pupils are in school, we expect them to follow all of the usual rules, but in addition to this, those set out below to keep themselves and the rest of the school community safe. Staff will be familiar with these rules and make sure they are followed consistently. 

Parents should also read the rules and ensure that their children follow the new procedures that have been put in place. Parents should contact the school if they think their child might not be able to comply with some or all of the rules, so we can consider alternative arrangements with them.

At ALL TIMES whilst on site, you must follow staff instructions and the routes set out for movement around the site. Maps of the routes will be clearly displayed along with signs and floor markings.

Travelling to and arrival at KCA

  • Where possible travel to school on foot or by bike. If you have to use public transport, you must adhere to the social distancing rules and wear appropriate face covering. If you are being dropped by car, then you must be dropped off at the top of Hill Rise. Cycles should be parked in the red bike shed. You will line up along the path outside the engagement hub at the specified distance. You will enter the bike shed, one at a time, from the gate next to the engagement hub, secure your bike and leave through the gate at the bin end of the bike shed. The same routine will be observed when collecting your bike.
  • Arrival at school will be via the side gate, for post 16 and year 10 and 11 the back gate for years 7.8,9. Both gates will be open from 8.30 am.. Once on site you will need to clean your hands with the antibacterial gel provided before entering any classrooms.


Your learning environment


  • You will follow the clear signs and go straight to your allocated rooms. A teacher will be in the classroom ready to register you and support with your learning.
  • You will have an allocated seat in this classroom which you must always sit in.
  • You must not stand up, move around, or exit the classroom without permission.


Uniform and equipment


  • Students should bring a bag and coat to school. They must bring their stationery items but these should not be shared with friends. For those students who do not have their own stationery, this will be provided by the academy and you will keep the same set. A full list of stationery requirements will be sent home.


  • Mobile phones can be brought to school but the existing mobile phone policy still stands.
  • Uniform will be as normal from the start of term in January. The uniform policy can be found on the school website.
  • You should bring your own water bottle.

Movement around the site

  • You will also be expected to move around the Academy in a calm and quiet manner. This is to reduce the risk of airborne transmission of Covid-19.
  • Where possible, do not touch surfaces as you move around the site
  • You must adhere to social distancing rules and make your way promptly to your next classroom or offsite at the end of the day.


Hygiene and first aid

  • Personal cleanliness will now become part of our daily routine both inside and outside of the classroom. All necessary hygiene products will be available across the school site and classrooms.
  • When sneezing or coughing (‘catch it, bin it, kill it’) and avoid touching your mouth, nose and eyes with hands. Tissues will be provided by the academy.
  • If you are feeling unwell, you must NOT come into school. If you begin to feel Ill, you must tell a member of staff immediately and you will go straight to the medical room, which is next to the maths office in A block. The first aider will treat you in a non-contact way, as much as possible, and will be wearing PPE. The school also have home testing kits for covid. This will allow us to act swiftly in obtaining a test result.
  • If you have Covid-19 symptoms then you should not attend school. If they develop whilst onsite, you should alert your classroom teacher before making your way to the medical room in reception. Your parents/carers will be contacted and you will wait in an isolated, but ventilated, space until they collect you or they give permission for you to make your way home independently. You must self-isolate for 7 days.
  • If you have symptoms track and trace team will be alerted so that a test can be administered.

Breaks and toilet use

  • During breaks and lunchtime students, weather permitting, will be assigned a specific zone for the duration of the break.
  • Use of toilets will be supervised but students should be following the key hygiene rules of 20 seconds of hand washing more frequently.
  • The canteen will provide food as normal at both break and lunchtimes.

 Rewards and sanctions for following rules

To help encourage pupils to follow the above rules, we will:

  • Reward students for achieving the Academy’s character points. As during the current situation, we will continue to post/deliver reward prizes for good effort and work produced.

However, if pupils fail to follow these rules, we will:

  • Ask you to continue your learning in an isolated room or, in serious circumstances, from home and only return when you can adhere to the Covid 19 risk assessments in place.
  • There will be no detentions and we will have a zero tolerance to behaviour. Refusal to follow instructions of the Academy staff will result in you failing the student behaviour risk assessment and you will continue your learning remotely for a minimum of 10 days.
  • In extreme circumstances a student who purposefully coughs over or spits at another person could be given a fixed term of even a permanent exclusion.


2.3 Changed rules

As long as this addendum applies, we will alter the following school rules.

Attendance expectations for pupils who can attend school will remain as it has in the current attendance policy. Students will be expected to attend school unless there are certain personal situations that do not allow this at this time.

A doctor’s note or positive Covid-19 test result must be provided if non-attendance occurs.

As a school we will put relevant levels of support for students on their return so that attendance remains consistent and high.


3. Expectations for pupils at home

These are further detailed in the Distance Learning Policy

3.1 Remote learning rules – should you be isolating due to a positive COVID test If pupils are not in school, we expect them to follow all of the rules set out below.

Parents should also read the rules and ensure their children follow them. Parents should contact the school, if they think their child might not be able to comply with some or all of the rules, so we can consider alternative arrangements with them.

To allow us to work together please;

  • Be contactable during the adjusted school hours and via email or text message.
  • Complete work to the best of your ability and by the deadline set by teachers
  • Seek help if they need it, from teachers or teaching assistants
  • Alert teachers if students are not able to complete work
  • Use proper online conduct, including remaining muted during online meetings, using the ‘raise hand’ function to talk and using appropriate language in emails and chat functions
  • Attend all online meetings that are set by classroom teachers
  • Do not invite third parties to online lessons
  • Switch camera function off unless requested otherwise by the teacher
  • Communicate with staff (including online lessons) using their school email, not private address
3.2 Dealing with problems
  • If there are any difficulties with remote learning or completing work that has been delivered, please contact the class teacher, head of faculty or head of learning for continued support.

4. Policy Monitoring arrangements

We will review this policy as guidance from the local authority or Department for Education is updated, and as a minimum every 4 weeks by the Senior Leadership Team. At every review, it will be approved by the full governing board and the Trust.

5. Links with other policies and documentation

This policy links to the following policies and procedures:

Safeguarding/ Child protection policy

Health and safety policy

Behaviour policy

Mobile phone policy

Remote Learning Policy 

E-safety Policy

Acceptable use of ICT Policy


CMAT and Academy Risk Assessments (updated for Covid-19)


DfE Guidance documents for Parents and Carers