Staying open in lockdown

Government Advice
For latest Government, NHS and travel advice, we recommend regularly checking the www.gov.uk website.

The school continues to take and to follow advice from appropriate agencies including the World Health Organisation (WHO), Public Health England (PHE), the NHS, the Department for Education (DfE), the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference (HMC), the Boarding Schools’ Association (BSA) and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO).

Department for Education: Actions for schools during the coronavirus outbreak. Latest information can be found via the link. 


Tonbridge to remain fully open in new national lockdown
The UK Government has announced a four-week national lockdown, from Thursday 5 November until Wednesday 2 December, in response to the current pandemic.  

The Government made clear, however, that it is committed to keeping schools and colleges open so that young people can continue to benefit from attending school for their wellbeing and to ensure their long-term futures. The Government also reiterated its intention that public examinations should go ahead next summer, another important reason for keeping schools open.
 
The School is planning to remain fully open, therefore, and will be providing as full an educational experience as possible for our boys for the remainder of the current term.  


Health and safety measures
Since re-opening in September 2020, the School has enjoyed a hugely positive experience thanks, in large part, to everyone's commitment to following the health and safety measures in place and ensuring a Covid-secure environment. 

These measures include the key message of 'Hands. Face. Space.’
* Hands – washing hands regularly and for 20 seconds; 
* Face – wearing a face covering in indoor settings where social distancing may be difficult, and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet; * Space – staying two metres apart from people you do not live with where possible, or one metre with extra precautions in place.
 
As well as completing a whole school 'flu vaccination programme in the first half of term, we have added further capacity for onsite rapid testing using the SAMBA-II facility based in the Medical Centre.  

We will continue to test any boy at the School presenting with recognised Covid-19 symptoms, and we have thorough procedures in place to manage isolation in the event of a positive test result.  
 
Our Back to School Strategy document, available to all parents, boys and staff, explains the range of protective measures in place to ensure that we manage risk effectively and that school life continues to the fullest extent possible here at Tonbridge. 


School events, sports, trips
In the light of national guidelines, and in the interests of safeguarding pupils and the wider school community, it has of course been necessary to cancel or postpone many events, including sports fixtures and school trips, until further notice.


EM Forster Theatre and Tonbridge School Centre
While the Sports Centre and EM Forster Theatre will be closed to members of the public throughout the new lockdown period, both facilities will remain open for the boys, thanks to the protective measures we have in place.  

The Tonbridge School Centre launched a Members' online classes service from Monday 9 November.

Please see the respective websites for more details: 
EM Forster Theatre 
Tonbridge School Centre