Updated guidance on Coronavirus for students, parents and staff
The Studio School is now closed
Following advice from the Department for Education, we have closed our three school sites, North Liverpool Academy, Liverpool Life Sciences UTC and The Studio School to delay the potential spread of Coronavirus.
This is an evolving situation and we will continue to follow the guidance from the UK Government and public health authorities and will share information with students, parents, staff and visitors. Please refer to this page for accurate and updated advice about the coronavirus and our response at the Northern Schools Trust. We will update this page regularly with more information as it becomes available. You should also refer to the following sites for the latest official information and guidance:
- NHS: Coronavirus information
- Public Health England: Coronavirus Q&A
- Public Health England: Self-isolation information
- Public Health England: Stay at home guidance
- UK Government: Guidance for educational settings
- UK Government: Find out the steps the UK government is taking
- World Health Organisation: Find out more about Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)
We appreciate that there is a lot of panic and speculation so do take your information from the reliable sources rather than social media where possible.
If you have any concerns about your health you should use the NHS 111 website initially, or if you have no internet access then contact the free NHS 111 telephone helpline. Check the NHS website for the latest official advice.
Accessing school services
This page will be updated throughout the week with other ways that you can access and stay up-to-date with college work.
- Student Email
- Google Classroom
- Show my Homework
- Online learning resources to follow
If you do not have access to wifi/ sufficient data in your home, or should you prefer to use paper based resources, please do get in touch by calling us on 0151 230 1330 and we will make alternative arrangements for learning packs to be sent to you to use.
External examinations update
We can confirm that the assessments and examinations this year will not go ahead, however we have been assured that all students will get their qualifications. Details are still emerging on this decision and we will of course update when we have more information.
Advice for parents
During this uncertain time, routines and structures are essential.
Please ensure your child maintains a healthy sleep pattern and work with them to allocate sufficient time for studying during the day. We advise that you break this down into manageable chunks; stick to the school’s timings to help you with this.
Below are a few web resources you may use for additional support.
- How to give your kids stability when Coronavirus closes school – Quartz
- How to talk to your children about Coronavirus – UNICEF
- What if Coronavirus means your kids are stuck at home? – The Cut
- How working parents can prepare for coronavirus closures – Harvard Business Review
Please make sure you check the medical advice and guidance, should you feel unwell and follow the advice given around self-isolation and treatment. You can find additional information on the NHS website.
Your wellbeing and mental health
This is a stressful time so we must remember to support mental health and wellbeing of our young people as well as physical health. Maintain contact with friends and family by phone and email. Open windows, exercise where possible and create structure to manage your days at home effectively. This is a temporary situation and it will pass.
CAMHS has produced this useful Secondary school wellbeing booklet, which you can download here.
If you have concerns at any point about your child’s mental health you can use the Kooth portal to access free, safe and anonymous online support for young people. (www.kooth.com).
Comprehensive list of resources:
KOOTH – Free, safe and anonymous online support for young people
YPAS – Emotional and mental health support for young people/ 0151 707 1025/ [email protected]
CHILDLINE – Advice and support on numerous subjects, including but not exhausting , home and families, relationships, LGBT+chi / 0800 1111
Careline/ Social services
Urgent concerns regarding the safeguarding of a child
Liverpool social services referral – 0151 233 3700
Knowsley social services referral – 0151 443 2600
Sefton social services referral – 0345 140 0845
Cheshire west and Chester social services referral 0300 123 7046
Warrington social services referral – 01925 443322
If danger is imminent call the police on 999
If your child’s mental or emotional state gets quickly worse or they experience a mental health crisis or emergency, you should contact Alder Hey Hospital Emergency department directly or phone 999 for an ambulance.
Free school meals and financial support:
We are working hard to ensure we support families during this difficult time and we appreciate the additional financial pressures some may face as a result of the school closure.
We have a number of measures in place to offer additional support.
If you have any concerns or would like to talk to the team in confidence about emergency hardship funds and student bursaries, please do get in touch by calling us on 0151 230 1330 or emailing [email protected]
Keeping in touch:
We are maintaining a skeleton staff in our schools to oversee the safety of the building and ensure a thorough deep clean of all spaces.
Our main telephone lines will be manned during school hours if you need to reach us urgently.
We ask, where possible, for you to check the website and our social media channels first. We will add future updates and ensure it is maintained with the latest information during the closure.