Coronavirus (Covid-19) Updates

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Tuesday, 14th April 2020Following the Easter break, all of our schools remain closed.

Though all schools continue to be asked by the government to provide care for a limited number of children - children who are vulnerable, and children whose parents are critical to the Covid-19 response and cannot be safely cared for at home.

As a result, we have engaged with the Local Authority initiative to provide care for the small number of children who require it, through 'School Hubs' wherever possible.  School Hubs are schools which are providing care for children who would normally go to other local schools, with a rota of staff from all schools involved with the hub. Please contact the school your child normally attends for more information, if your child(ren) qualify for care at school during the current lockdown and school closures.  

Monday, 6th April 2020All of our schools are now closed for the Easter Holidays

However, our schools in Cumbria have worked with the Local Authority to ensure that provision is available to children who are vulnerable or whose parents are Key Workers and cannot be safely cared for at home. Please contact your school for further details. 

To find out more about the status of your school please check their social media feeds and websites for updates, details below:

Tuesday, 24th March 2020With restrictions on movement now in place the central Trust staff team are working from home.

This means that no one will be available to answer the telephone, however if you need to speak to a member of staff please send us your contact details via email, as detailed in the information below, and we will endeavour to call you back.

Please note that all the staff team work part time so might not respond immediately. Please be patient.

If you are a supplier:

We are asking all the suppliers to our Trust schools to send any invoices, statements etc electronically to the either of the following email addresses for processing and payment:

If you are a member of staff:

Please contact us via the email address:

Monday, 23rd March 2020Our schools are now closed.

Our schools will provide care for the children of Key Workers ONLY when alternative arrangements are impossible and where safe staffing levels can be reached and maintained.

The Trust board would like to express their gratitude to the staff at each of our schools for their dedication and hard work in navigating the complexities of this unique situation. The board will continue to monitor the situation closely and will provide updates as appropriate.

Thursday, 19th March 2020Our Board of Directors are conducting today's scheduled board meeting by Skype

Our focus will be providing practical support to our schools and their communities to prepare for the coming weeks and a new way of working. An update will be made in due course.

Monday, 16th March 2020Update letter to The Good Shepherd Trust's school communities available to download below - 16th March 2020

As the situation continues to develop our Trust is following Government guidelines regarding the Coronavirus. At all of our schools and at our central office site our staff, pupils and all visitors are asked to increase handwashing frequency. 

Our staff and pupils are asked not to attend school or work if they show any of the following symptoms:

  • a new continuous cough and/or
  • high temperature

If any of these symptoms are present or you are worried in any way that you or your child may have contracted Coronavirus you should ensure that they stay at home for a minimum of 7 days. You should contact NHS 111 via telephone or their online system only if symptoms worsen. Please always notify your child's school about the action you have taken, or been asked to take.

Thursday, 12th March 2020The Good Shepherd Trust takes the welfare of our school communities very seriously and is monitoring the current situation closely.

We continue to work with our Health and Safety Advisors at Kym Allan and are keeping up to date with all Government advice and guidance.

At present the DfE have confirmed that no school should close in response to a suspected (or confirmed) COVID-19 case, unless directed to do so by Public Health England.

If you have concerns or questions about the arrangements at your child’s school, please contact your child's school directly for further information and support.

There is a dedicated helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:

Telephone: 0800 046 8687
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)