Ebola Virus - Advice for Parents

Official communication from the Department for Education

Ebola Virus - Advice for Schools, Colleges, Childcare and Residential Settings

The government is closely monitoring the spread of the Ebola virus in West Africa, and is taking action at home and abroad.

The overall risk of Ebola to the UK remains low. However we understand that people may be concerned where there are children, students or staff returning from or visiting Ebola-affected countries.

Public Health England (PHE), in conjunction with the Department for Education, has produced advice for schools, colleges, childcare and residential settings to ensure people are properly informed about the Ebola virus. This can be found on GOV.UK.

Advice for parents/guardians

Parents/guardians should not be unduly worried about the possibility of their children catching the Ebola Virus. You may wish to use the following key points from the Public Health England advice to reassure them:

  • The risk of Ebola arriving in the UK is low and to date there have been no cases of Ebola Virus Disease being contracted in the UK.
  • Any person arriving in the UK having travelled from any Ebola affected countries will be screened. If they are free of symptoms they are not infectious so there should be no restrictions on their school attendance or normal activities.
  • It is not possible to catch Ebola from a person who is not showing signs of being infected. It can only be caught by direct contact with the blood or body fluids of a person who is ill with the disease.
  • There is no reason why your children should not continue to attend school or their early years setting as normal.

Further information on the Government's response to the Ebola virus can be found on GOV.UK.

Post-16 Information Evening 22.10.14

Please click here to read the letter posted to all parents/carers on 16.10.14 from Miss King, Head of School, regarding the Post-16 Information Evening at 6pm on Wednesday 22 October 2014.

Chaucer School Exam Results 2014

Results Summary

Year 13 results showed an improvement on last year with average scores per entry up by half a grade. The vast majority of our students from Year 13 have secured their desired university place or are able to continue with their plans for further training and employment. We wish them all the best for the future.


The GCSE results are very pleasing. The 5+ A*-C. Including English and Maths is up by 6% from last year, if the same criteria are applied to counting results. However, even more pleasing is that Chaucer has done very well compared to other similar schools according to the government's new performance indicators, demonstrating that the school made overall sound decisions about the curriculum we delivered and around the policy of early entry in Maths and English. Our students can be proud of their achievements and should go on to post-16 studies with confidence. 

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