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Supporting each other through COVID-19

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Dear Parents/Carers, I write to thank you for your support over this Lockdown time. There is no doubt this is a really tough time …our mental health is taking a…

Return to School Arrangements (Jan 2021)

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Good Morning Let me start by wishing you all a very happy new year. I hope you and your family have had a happy and safe Christmas. Given the Government…

(COVID-19) West Sussex County Council Information

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Good Morning, West Sussex (our host authority) have asked me to remind you of the following: 6 Day Test and Trace during the Christmas Holidays - messages to staff and…

Questions & Answers

Farney Close is committed to keeping its staff, pupils and visitors safe. Our pupils will likely have many questions about what school life will be like when they return and what measures have been put in place to keep everyone safe. While the document below is called a pupil guide it will also be helpful for parents, carers, staff and visitors to know what measures have been taken by the school in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Quote from parents about our COVID-19 information:

‘Very impressed with the very comprehensive letter received from Farney Close today outlining the measures being put in place for September. As anxious as my son is about returning the document has answered all the questions he had, he is a much happier boy now.’

‘Just wanted to say huge thank you for all your staff and all the hard work you’ve put in place for the September return to school in such challenging circumstances for children who are experiencing a very different world. For us its been an amazing transition so far, although fully aware possibly a honeymoon period, but we wanted to acknowledge all your hard work. The focus on relationship and connection from staff has been very marked as being even more focussed than before so THANK YOU all!’


Click here to download the PDF

What will pupils be learning during the Summer Term?

The school has produced an updated Curriculum policy in light of COVID-19. You can read this by clicking on the links below. A copy has also been posted on the Key Policies page.

Curriculum Policy with Statement of intent [PDF] [Online]

Whole School Curriculum Overview (Currently Under Review) Please contact us for the most up-to-date copy.

You can view the latest school timetable here.

Please click here for the current school day lesson times.

The school has also produced a Remote learning policy which details arrangements and expectations when remote learning. This can be accessed by clicking here.

Does Farney Close offer COVID-19 testing?

Yes! All staff and pupils are offered a COVID-19 lateral flow test on a Monday morning or when they first arrive on-site after a break from school.  Arrangements are in place to ensure that staff and pupils are kept distanced whilst waiting for the results of their test. Typically, results are available approximately 30 minutes after taking the test.

Please click here to view the school’s lateral test risk assessment.

How will the school will respond to a suspected case of COVID-19?

Please click on the download link below to learn how the school will respond to a suspected case of COVID-19.

Click here to download the PDF

Has Farney Close created a COVID-19 Risk Assessment?

We have created a COVID-19 Risk Assessment which you can view by clicking the image below or download by clicking the link underneath. Please bear in mind that this Risk Assessment will be regularly reviewed and updated.

Click here to download the PDF

(Please note the image used may not reflect the contents of the latest Risk Assessment)

What safeguarding measures have been put in place due to the impact of COVID-19?

Our current safeguarding and child protection policies and procedures are still in place during this COVID-19 pandemic. However, we recognise that changes bought about by the COVID-19 pandemic can have an impact on safeguarding. Therefore, we have put in place a number of additional or different measures including the COVID-19 risk assessment (above) and the policy and policy update below.

COVID-19 school closure arrangements for Safeguarding and Child Protection [PDF] [Online]

COVID-19 School closure arrangements for Safeguarding and Child Protection Annex/Update, reviewed January 2022 [PDF] [Online]

Under what circumstances would the school close due to COVID-19?

The school has created a ‘COVID-19 school closure arrangements for Safeguarding and Child Protection’ document. This document details how the school has considered the safety and protection of it’s pupils during COVID-19 particularly should the school need to close.

You can access the document online by clicking the image above or click here to view it in PDF format.

We also have a remote learning policy with details how the school supports remote learning, who is responsible for each aspect, and what parents/guardians & pupils can expect.
You can view this policy as a [PDF] or [Online]

Where can I get more information about COVID-19?

For information from West Sussex County Council you can visit:

For information from the UK Government you can visit:


The government has created a ‘Guidance for parents and carers on supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic’ page which can be visited by clicking here.

Public England Health has created guidance called ‘Coronavirus (COVID-19) Looking after your feelings and your body’ which can be accessed by clicking here.

You can read all of our COVID-19 related news updates here: COVID-19 News Items

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