Dear Parent/Carer,

Confirmed Covid-19 Case (HLC Primary)

We have just been advised that we have had a single case test result has come back positive for Covid-19. The case is within one of our Primary Reception classes.

As you know, the whole of HLC, both primary and secondary, have enforced rigorous systems to protect our children and staff in line with national and Telford and Wrekin guidance. All of our processes have been in place but unfortunately schools are a reflection of the current COVID picture.

As you would expect, we have reacted swiftly to implement the guidance for this situation, all parents have been contacted, the Reception class is closed and any potentially contaminated areas have been deep cleaned in line with our risk assessments and guidance documents.

Both schools will remain open and only the Reception 2 class has been informed to stay at home.

The siblings of any of the children in the Reception class can still attend school. Children and household members can carry on as normal, unless someone in the household becomes symptomatic.

May I take this opportunity to reinforce the symptoms of Covid-19 to ensure that students displaying any of the below illnesses remain at home. The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID 19) are recent onset of:

  • A new continuous cough and/or
  • High temperature and/or
  • A loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)

For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.
If you are concerned about your child and the symptoms of COVID-19, please seek advice from your

GP, NHS Direct or by calling NHS 111.

I fully appreciate how worrying these times are for us all, especially parents, but please feel reassured that we are following government guidelines fully and our systems for containing a case have worked effectively.

I would like to close this letter by stressing the importance of sending your child to school throughout these difficult times. With that in mind, please do not hesitate to contact school if you have any questions, via the school phone number or by email.

Mr. Paul Roberts
Executive Principal


Dear Parents,

This is my final letter of the term and the school year as we close our schools tomorrow for the summer holidays.

I know all our staff across our schools need a break, it has been an unprecedented time for school leaders, teachers and support staff in dealing with the challenges of school closures and the pandemic. I am sure you will join with me in thanking all our staff for the work they have done supporting our children and maintaining education through Home Learning.

We are very focused on September and the re-opening of our schools and you will have received communications from your child’s school about arrangements for September. We will be keeping all of our plans under review over the summer, and parents will get confirmation of arrangements during the last week of the holiday, but we expect to fully open all our schools from the 2nd September 2020.

As you may be aware there has been a COVID-19 case in HLC Secondary this week. I just want to set the record straight because of mis-reporting in the press last night. The student tested positive on Sunday and was at home. The school was informed by parents on Monday morning. The student had not been in school at the end of last week, so Public Health informed us that due to the timescales this meant there was no risk to students and staff. However, the school took the decision to close the bubble immediately, send children and staff home whilst they took further advice and guidance from Public Health over the next 24 hours. The Trust is very confident that this was well managed and the individual student, their family and the families involved have had significant support for the school.

I want to thank you all for being so incredibly supportive over the last few months as we all had to get used to living and working differently. Thank you also to those parents who have sent wonderful messages and cards to me over the last few weeks expressing their thanks for the work of their child’s school and the Trust as a whole. It has been a huge team effort and we have had to quickly react to changing government policy.

Do enjoy the summer, please stay safe and well. We look forward to having a great start in September and seeing all our children and young people.

Kind regards,

Dr. Gill Eatough


Dear Parents/Carers
As you may be aware, a student who attends HLC Secondary has tested positive for Covid-19. The test was carried out on Sunday and the student had not attended HLC during the time frame that is deemed as infectious by Public Health England.

Despite this, as a precaution, and because the health and wellbeing of our students and staff is our primary concern, we closed down the group that the student had been with, sending all students and staff associated with this group home to self-isolate and be tested. This was done immediately when we were informed by the child’s parent this Monday morning not on the previous Wednesday as inaccurately reported in the Shropshire Star last night.

We have worked closely with Public Health England, Telford and Wrekin Health Protection Hub and our families to ensure that our response has been appropriate, timely and safe.

We have been in constant communication with our families involved and they have been delighted with the support and advice we have given. I want to thank them personally for the calm and positive way they have approached what is a difficult situation.

As I am sure you can imagine, it has been a difficult couple of days for the families and staff involved but we firmly feel that our fast acting, cautious and collaborative response has supported the safety and wellbeing of our students and teachers.

The young man involved is well and has recovered quickly as he had no symptoms, we send our best wishes to his family.

Yours Sincerely,

Mr. Paul Roberts
Executive Principal


Year 10 Face to Face Programme

The following document outlines the government expectations on the management of schools moving forward and HLC response.

HLC Secondary Re-Opening Process.pdf