26 August 2021

Covid compliance

With the government reducing the restrictions  on education settings in preparation for the new academic year we have updated our Covid-19 compliant processes and procedures to align to the changing landscape. The senior leadership team have been working with a number of partners to ensure the college continues to meet Department of Education and Local Authority requirements. and to put in place safeguards to mitigate the potential risks that the Covid-19 pandemic raises.

Numerous changes have been made over the last few months both structurally and procedurally to ensure that Sir John hunt is as safe as possible for our students and staff to return in September, an overview of these changes can be found below:


Following Plymouth and its surrounding areas becoming an Enhanced Response Area, Public Health England have strongly recommended that secondary school pupils and all education staff, return to wearing face coverings in communal areas of schools.

The wearing of facemasks will not currently extend to classrooms and will be reviewed two weeks after the start of term.

Whilst the recommendation is for communal areas not classrooms, pupils, students, staff and visitors would be free to wear a face covering in other areas (for example classrooms) if they wish to.

In order to support this measure we strongly recommend that you ensure that your child attends school with a facemask at the beginning of each day.

  • All students will follow their normal timetable
  • All students will be taught in their normal classrooms wherever possible
  • Modifications will be made to all classrooms to maximise the space available to maintain as much distance between students as possible
  • Adaptations will be made to the curriculum and environment of practical subjects to ensure they can be taught safely

Movement around the College/break and lunch times: 

  • A strict one-way system will be put in place, supplemented by the new bell system, to minimise contact between individuals as students move around the College and to reduce overcrowding in corridors.
Arrangements for Parents and Carers:

  • All parents and carers must ensure that they keep their children at home if they show any sign of flu-like symptoms which include new and persistent cough or a high temperature, or has a loss of, or change in, their normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)
  • If you have been instructed to quarantine following a trip abroad, we expect this quarantine period to be completed before and any student affected returns to College
  • All parents and carers must ensure that they follow the Government's advice regarding the use of public transport if their children need to use it to get to and from College which states that face coverings are required at all times on public transport
  • Students may arrive at College from 8.00am but will not be able to access the building until 8.25am
  • Students must depart from College immediately at the end of the day
  • Students must wear their full College uniform.
  • Students must only bring essential items in their bags to College:
  • Enough water (or soft drinks) for the day (water fountains will be out of use)
  • A College pencil case containing the required basic equipment (we will issue these to students on their first day so do not send students to school with their own equipment on the first day)
  • We will have a zero-tolerance policy on any students failing to comply with our health, safety and hygiene arrangements. Any student contravening our instructions in this regard will be sent home and receive a Fixed Term Exclusion.
  • We are currently discouraging parents and carers from visiting the site. Communication between the College and Parents/Carers will be over the phone or by email wherever possible. Parents/Carers may drop off or collect items from our SJH main reception if necessary. Face to face meetings may be arranged by telephone if essential.
Lateral Flow Testing
  • Students will receive 2 onsite Lateral Flow Tests. They will continue to be provided with tests to be undertaken at home twice per week with the support from their parents/carers. Please see additional SJH webpage for further details.

  • We will minimise contact with individuals who are unwell by ensuring that those who have coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms do not attend College.
  • We will ensure students and staff clean hands thoroughly more often than usual and ensure good respiratory hygiene by promoting the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach.
  • We will continue top undertake enhanced cleaning, including cleaning frequently touched surfaces often, using standard products such as detergents and Milton.
  • We will minimise contact between individuals and maintain social distancing wherever possible.
  • We will contain any outbreak by following local health protection team advice. Test and Trace will now managed close contact tracing with and engage with us as necessary. Close contacts will no longer need to self-isolate if they are under 18 or are over 18 and have had 2 doses of the vaccine.
Safe use of classrooms

We will ensure that classrooms can be safely used by all by having strict entry and exit routines that include strict hygiene procedures:
  • Hand sanitise on arrival/entry to College:
  • Years 7 and 8 hand sanitise on entry to Roll Call (Sports Hall)
  • Years 9, 10 and 11 hand sanitise on entry at Student Reception (Woodview)
  • Years 12 and 13 hand sanitise on entry to the Sixth Form block
  • Exit routine from lessons – our usual exit routine will be in place, but in addition:
  • Students provided with antibacterial wipes to wipe down their desk and chair
  • Students put antibacterial wipes in lidded bin on way out of classroom
  • Students hand sanitise on exit from every classroom
  • Additional hand sanitising on entry to Periods 3 and 5 (following break and lunch)
  • Social distancing will be maximised within rooms as much as possible adhering to DfE guidance
  • Regular cleaning of whiteboards/keyboards/touchscreens with isopropyl wipes 


Routines for students’ use of toilets before school, break, lunch, after school and during lessons to be:
  • Maximum number of students in toilets = number of cubicles
  • Queue outside toilets at safe distance when maximum number of students in toilets
  • No waiting in toilets
  • No unnecessary time spent in toilets 
  • Our Conduct for Learning Policy will be adjusted to take health, safety and hygiene expectations into account
  • We will have a zero tolerance policy on any students failing to comply with our health, safety, and hygiene arrangements. Any student contravening our instructions in this regard will be sent home and receive a Fixed Term Exclusion.