10:41 AM - 22 May 2020

With many of us spending more time online at the moment, there are useful resources available on the hwb website for students, parents and carers, education practitioners and governors to help us to stay safe https://t.co/ekxKt9OR3s

18:29 PM - 20 May 2020

We are looking for a talented teacher of English to join us in September 2020. For details click here https://t.co/MHd2kv6ooG

07:50 AM - 15 May 2020

It is perfectly natural to feel low and frustrated while at home. This is the same for adults and children. Public Health Wales have a useful site to support you. Don’t be afraid to reach out for help https://t.co/hzFBwxUNoF


17:41 PM - 12 May 2020

Retweetd From Monmouthshire

Stay home, stay apart, stay safe. 💛💙❤️ https://t.co/XjTKjUUUYc


14:51 PM - 11 May 2020

Retweetd From CaldicotSRB

Exciting developments in our SRB Yard. We have ordered outdoor equipment and the first part arrived today! Thank you to everyone who has donated and contributed to our fund raising. We can’t wait to show you the rest of the equipment! https://t.co/7GMx7jivsI


19:22 PM - 10 May 2020

Retweetd From Kirsty Williams

Cofiwch nad yw cyngor wedi newid. Aros adref. Amddiffyn y GIG. Achub bywydau. https://t.co/aJiVcsorhI


16:02 PM - 10 May 2020

Retweetd From Welsh Government

Everything you’re doing, from social distancing to careful hygiene measures, is helping to stop the spread of coronavirus. We must continue to follow these guidelines to avoid a second wave. We know it’s hard, but please continue to stay at home. ➡️https://t.co/gbEzCzChse https://t.co/eymfMMl2Zr


11:28 AM - 4 May 2020

Retweetd From Claire downs

Another set of scrubs ready for delivery tmw morning! 🌈 proud to be supporting the NHS https://t.co/ahqRXaO4cq

11:40 AM - 3 May 2020

Our distance learning for the week beginning 4th May is now live. You can access work for all year groups via the dedicated page. Have a great week and https://t.co/Kft8QLOcHG

08:47 AM - 2 May 2020

Retweetd From Caldicot School Engineering

Mr. Davidson has continued to supply front line workers with visors and ear guards. Keep up the good work Mr. Davidson https://t.co/Z06gK5ExOF

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

UPDATE: April 2020
#CaldicotDoes5K Fundraising Initiative
We are calling on Caldicot staff, members of the community and friends of the school to support us by joining the 'Can Do 5K initiative'. This will involve undertaking a 5km journey as part of a walk, run, roll or cycle. It may form part of your recommended government daily workout (whilst observing social distance at all times) - and then provide a donation to our fundraising page. Afterwards, we ask that you upload a picture of yourself (or your efforts) holding a piece of paper with the #CaldicotDoes5K and then nominate 3 others to do the same. Within the message we ask you include the link to our funding page. It is that simple!

Any support through voluntary donation would be gratefully received. To make a donation please visit our funding page at https://www.gofundme.com/f/caldicot-does-5k. Our aim is to reach at least £2500. Whatever sum is generated, we will distribute equally to  

1) Aneurin Bevan Charitable Fund to help provide necessary PPE for frontline NHS workers; and
2) Age Connect, who support elderly members of the community who will be particularly affected by COVID-19.

For the avoidance of doubt, this initiative must not breach government expectations around social distancing etc. Anyone who takes part in the initiative should ideally take undertake the activity in their own garden or locally as part of the recommended daily exercise. However, it should be done independently or with someone else within the household. It must not be done with friends or those in separate households.

PPE Face shields/Visors Production and Distribution
Mr Davidson, Head of Technology, is contributing to the production of personal protective equipment for frontline health and social care workers. The equipment has been paid for as part of a fundraising initiative led at our partner school, The Bishop of Llandaff. As a result, collectively across the two schools we are now able to make around 400 shields per day. The PPE is free of charge to those who require it. A link to order form can be accessed here

Provision for childcare
As you know, Caldicot School as we know it is closed for the foreseeable future. We have established a rota-based system for staff to provide childcare for students in Year 7 and 8 where both parents are essential 'key workers'. This will take place at one of our two hub school locations (either Dewstow Primary or Rogiet Primary). We are responding to the crisis on a day-by-day basis and will continue to update families as the situation changes. The school will operate a 'grab and go' lunch system for those students entitled to a free school meal. However, we are operating a skeleton level of staffing so please follow the guidance which is to remain at home, where it is safer. From Wednesday 22nd April, we will provide childcare support to a very few students within our Special Needs Resource Base on a rotational basis. The families of the students affected have been contacted directly by either Mrs Rogers or Mrs Watkins.

Distance Learning
The work for home-school students is also available in the section below. For any questions related to distance learning, please contact Mr Davies, Assistant Head by email. We have created a distance learning timetable schedule to help families prepare the workload for students who are at home. A letter to families of students in Year 10-13 was sent to families today. This is also below.

Public Examinations 
With regard to distance learning, a number of families have enquired about the content of Year 11 work in particular. Please appreciate that the school was not aware of the Education Minister Announcement at the time of creation. We ask students use this for the next fortnight as part of consolidation of learning. Our staff will be moving towards a model of establishing bridging units in readiness for AS level. A letter to families of students in Year 10-13 was sent to families earlier this week. An updated letter in light of the Minister's Announcement on 27th March was sent this afternoon. These are also in the section below.

Information about Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
A coronavirus is a type of virus. As a group, coronaviruses are common across the world. COVID-19 is a new strain of coronavirus first identified in Wuhan City, China in December 2019. The incubation period of COVID-19 is between 2 and 14 days. This means that if a person remains well 14 days after contact with someone with confirmed coronavirus, they have not been infected. The following symptoms may develop in the 14 days after exposure to someone who has COVID-19 infection

  • cough;

  • difficulty in breathing; and/or

  • fever.

Generally, these infections can cause more severe symptoms in people with weakened immune systems, such as older people and/or those with long-term conditions like diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease. There is no evidence that children are more affected than other age groups – very few cases have yet to have been reported in children.

How COVID-19 is spread?
From what we know about other coronaviruses, spread of COVID-19 is most likely to happen when there is close contact (within 2 metres) with an infected person. It is likely that the risk increases the longer someone has close contact with an infected person.

There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus. There are general principles anyone can follow to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including

  • students/staff who feel unwell (or develop high temperature or a new cough) should stay at home for 14 days;

  • washing your hands often - with liquid soap and water, or use alcohol sanitiser if handwashing facilities are not available. This is particularly important after taking public transport;covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throwing the tissue in a bin. Students, staff and visitors should wash their hands
    1) before leaving home;
    2) on arrival at school;
    3) after using the toilet;
    4) after breaks and sporting activities;
    5) before food preparation;
    6) before eating any food, including snacks; and
    7) before leaving school.

  • avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands;

  • avoid close contact with people who are unwell; 

  • if you are worried about your symptoms or those of a child or colleague, please use the Coronavirus COVID-19 symptom checker on NHS Direct Wales. Do not go directly to your GP or other healthcare environment;

  • see the latest information about novel coronavirus on the Public Health Wales website.

Social Distancing
As of 17th March 2020, we recognise the need for all members of the community to be particularly stringent in adhering to 'social distancing measures' where they meet one of the following criteria

Actions taken by the school to support the wellbeing of students and staff
School leaders have been working to establish a continuity plan in response to the pandemic. This also includes planning for delivery of activities in the situation of a forced closure and planning for a return to 'usual practice' should a short-term and/or long-term closure take place.

Actions taken by the school to support the wellbeing of students and staff
School leaders have been working to establish a continuity plan in response to the pandemic. This also includes planning for delivery of activities in the situation of a forced closure and planning for a return to 'usual practice' should a short-term and/or long-term closure take place.

Preventative measures have been introduced, including

  • Establing a critical incident team to plan for all eventualities;

  • Identify members of the community (student and staff) with underlying medical conditions which place them in the 'at risk' group;

  • Raising awareness of the symptoms closely linked to COVID-19 and the precautionary measures through visual displays;

  • Purchased additional quantities of alcohol based hand santizer and liquid soap;

  • Additional cleaning of the regularly touched surfaces throughout the school day ie. door handles, hand rails etc; and

  • As of 16th March 2020, all non-essential activities will be either postponed or cancelled ie. sporting fixtures and visiting speakers. This includes the scheduled Year 9 parents' evening on 19th March (a new date will be communicated after the Easter break).

In the event of a full/partial school closure (short-term and/or long-term)
The school will only close where there is direct guidance/recommendation from appropriate authorities eg. Public Health Wales and/or where there are insufficient numbers of staff available to safely deliver an education to students. In the event of a school closure, staff will not be able to access the school site. Therefore, in this situation the school will

  • Provide students in all year groups (with increased support for those students preparing to sit public examinations in the summer) with online materials to facilitate distant learning;

  • Provide paper-based materials for those students who do not have access to either a mobile device and/or internet (as part of the preparation phase the school will seek to identify where this is the case);

  • Communicate with families/students on a regular basis to provide updates on recovery phase ie. safe return to normal school life.

Upon return to 'normal practices' the school will

  • Undertake a learning audit for examination classes to identify skills-gaps in readiness for the summer series;

  • Communicate with relevant awarding bodies to make them aware of any requirements for special considerations;

  • Respond to any ongoing support required for students and/or staff. This may include counselling services.

Throughout the UK Government response phases to Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) the school will work closely with relevant authorities to make decisions which are in the interests of the all members of the community. However, to support the safety, wellbeing and continued learning of students the school asks that all families

  • Sign up to the school twitter feed @Caldicot_Sch to be able to access relevant information in the eventuality of a partial/full closure;

  • Ensure that the school has the correct email address in order to maintain communication throughout the process;

  • Talk to child(ren) about hygiene practices and make use of relevant sites to reduce anxiety.

Useful Information
UK Government (COVID-19)
Welsh Government (COVID-19)
Public Health Wales