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.

KS4 Results 2014


KS4 Results 2014

(LOP- Levels of Progress)

First  Entry

Best Entry

5 A*-C including English and Maths



A*-C English



3+ LOP English



4+LOP English



A*-C Maths



3+LOP Maths



4+LOP Maths



2C grades in Science

(excludes BTEC)















If the same criteria were used as applied to school performance indicators in the previous year, 2012, the results for 2014 would be 58% 5+ A*-C including English and Maths, representing an improvement of 6% on 2012.

Ethos & Values

The atmosphere is of a small and specialist school, and the focus is exclusively on academic achievements and individual progress. The absolute requirement is that excellent behaviour and co-operation are maintained. This includes wearing smart and correct uniform, adherence the Chaucer Code of Conduct, and good attendance and punctuality. Whilst boundaries continue to be firmly held, the school also enjoys the benefit of a community ethos, brought about by a high teacher-student ratio: adults know individual students’ strengths and personalities very well and how and when to intervene to support them.

The Chaucer School Commitments state that we expect everyone to:
• Respect the right of everybody to learn
• Approach learning with a positive attitude and frame of mind
• Be responsible or their own actions
• Treat each other fairly and with kindness
• Speak and listen to each other politely
• Show pride in their work and our school
• Keep the environment clean and tidy

Whilst the school is marking the end of its history, the imperative is securing the best for the current students, epitomised by the energy, drive and commitment of the staff team. 

The Chaucer Technology School Classroom Code

• Be on time and ready to learn
• Follow adults’ instructions
• Be positive and purposeful about your learning
• Always try your best
• Remember that everyone has the right to learn in every classroom

Equipment for Learning
Students must bring to school:
• pens, dark blue or black and red
• pencil
• ruler
• sharpener
• Student Planner*
• Conduct Card*
• a book for silent reading
• PE kit
*to be issued on the first day of term in September

In addition, the following items are desirable:
 - maths set, including a calculator
 - aprons for Art and Food
 - coloured pencils
 - highlighter

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