Reduce the Risk

We all have a responsibility to reduce the risk of the Covid-19 pandemic impacting upon the lives of the students at Stourport High School. To achieve this we have broken our strategy into 4 key areas that will ensure the school can continue to operate effectively through these challenging times. We must reduce the risk with every opportunity we have, whilst maintaining the quality of education.

We must make sure that the organisation of the school day and the hygiene practices are reducing the risk of transmission and that our approach to learning is resilient, to reduce the risk to students developing new knowledge. Every member of our community has a responsibility to make sure this happens, we all have a responsibility to reduce the risk.

This guidance has been produced in accordance with the most up to date government guidance.

Risk Assessment for undertaking COVID testing on School Site
SHS General Risk Assessment

Effective Hygiene

To prevent the transmission of disease when the carriers are not showing symptoms (asymptomatic transmission) we must adopt effective hygiene practices in our cleaning and handwashing.


Regular cleaning of contact points during the day

Virucidal cleaning products

Equipment cleaned after use


Regular hand washing or using hand sanitiser

Adopt the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach

Avoid physical contact with each other


School Organisation

The School day and school curriculum have been reorganised to minimise social interaction whilst still supporting a broad and balanced curriculum. Reducing the number of social contacts during the day reduces the risk of transmission from people not showing symptoms. 


Year groups based in school Zones Teachers will move into zones to teach their subjects

In subjects that need specialist rooms students will move to the room, accompanied by the teacher

Teaching spaces will be organised to allow social distancing and to minimise student interactions


Regular hand washing or using hand sanitiser

Adopt the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach

Avoid physical contact with each other


Staggered Start times and end of days

Staggered breaks to allow only one year in each dining space


A deep clean of the teaching space will be carried out if a student or member of staff receives a positive Covid-19 diagnosis

There will be hand sanitiser and tissues in each classroom, together with a flip-top bin (where available)

Classrooms ventilation will be used to further reduce risk


We have a contingency plan which outlines how we manage teaching staff absence which you can view below.


Resilient Learning

Students need to keep learning, develop knowledge and retain understanding whether they are learning at school or home. If there is further disruption to learning we will continue to support student learning at home.


Google classroom will be used to support students in their engagement and access of the resources from each lesson and resources required for home learning

After each lesson the resources used will be placed in the ‘classroom’


If remote education is required because a year group has been asked to self isolate then an increased level of remote teaching will be given , the provision will follow the principles outlined in the DfE guidance:

Follow the normal teaching sequence and provide the same number of hours of learning in each subject

Use video (either made by the teacher or using a high quality alternative)

Track and monitor student progress and provide feedback

Provide printed resources, such as textbooks and workbooks, for pupils who do not have suitable online access


Community Responsibility


When staff or students are presenting symptoms they must isolate at home along with members of their family to reduce the risk of transmission

So that the school can make sure their is no risk of further transmission we must be notified of any rest results

In the event of a student, or member of staff testing positive for Covid-19, their close contacts are asked  to self-isolate for 14 days. The other household members of the wider group will not need to self-isolate unless the child or staff member that they live with subsequently develops symptoms


Regular dialogue between teachers, students and the wider school community to make sure everyone feels safe in school