We’re working with schools and child care providers across the borough to welcome pupils and children back after the summer holidays or following closures due to coronavirus.
Most schools in Barnsley have the same term times and holiday dates.
We know that parents, carers and pupils will have lots of questions about the new term, so we’ve prepared some advice which will help to answer some of them.
Information for students
Find out more about how we can support you with exam results, leaving school and what your options are.
Your exam results
As exams were cancelled because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, students have been given a calculated grade which takes into account a range of evidence, including non-exam assessment and mock exam results.
- Find out more about support with results day or view IKIC school leavers survival guide.
- Find out more about support on understanding your exam results at GCSE, AS and A level this summer, and information about your options for the future.
If you want to go to university but have not yet secured a place, the UCAS website will guide you through finding a place in clearing.
- Find out more information about your next steps after college.
- Visit Not Going To Uni for information advice and guidance on other pathways.
- Find out more about support available with Childline for anyone who is worried or anxious about their results.
Out Targeted Information Advice and guidance team (TIAG) can offer you support after leaving school.
Find out more information about effective job searching, improving your CV and interview skills through Adult Skills and Community Learning.
Information for parents
Our priority is to make sure that schools and early years settings can reopen in a way that protects the health and wellbeing of both children and staff.
We know children's wellbeing is made better from the social interaction and structure that school provides. We believe that it's important for children to go back to their school or early years setting, to avoid lost learning and the significant impact that this may have on their future outcomes.
Making schools safe
All schools will undertake a comprehensive risk assessment, covering staffing levels, building layouts, and other issues that have an impact on safety.
Schools will be working in line with the government guidance for full opening of schools. Essential measures include:
- a requirement that people who are ill stay at home
- robust hand and respiratory hygiene
- enhanced cleaning arrangements
- active engagement with NHS Test and Trace
- formal consideration of how to reduce contacts and maximise distancing between those in school wherever possible and minimise the potential for contamination
Reducing contacts will depend on the school’s circumstances and will (as much as possible) include:
- grouping children together
- avoiding contact between groups
- arranging classrooms with forward-facing desks
- staff maintaining distance from pupils and other staff as much as possible
For more information, please contact your child’s school. View a full list of our schools in Barnsley.
Pupil hygiene and hand washing
Children should wash their hands as soon as they arrive at school and more frequently throughout the day, such as after break times and before and after eating.
Please talk to your child about the importance of handwashing and sanitising, social distancing and the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach when blowing noses.
Read the NHS guidance on how to wash your hands.
Preparing children to return to school
With children learning from home for a long period, it is normal for them to have feelings of worry or anxiety about what to expect when they return to school. Talking about this can help alleviate some of those fears.
Take a look at our advice for preparing children to return to school:
Schools are responsible for deciding their uniform or dress code. Unfortunately, in line with many other local authorities, we do not offer the £150 school uniform grant.
Please contact your child's school directly as they may be able to help with uniform costs. They should be able to offer you advice, whether you're suffering from financial hardship due to COVID-19 or other reasons, or if you're on certain welfare benefits. View a full list of our schools in Barnsley.
Washing school uniforms
Clothes worn at school do not need to be cleaned any more often than usual, and they don't need to be cleaned using methods which are different from normal.
Cases of coronavirus in schools
Do not send your child to school if they're unwell.
Parents and carers will be kept informed of any confirmed cases by their child’s school. The identity of anyone with a confirmed case of coronavirus will be kept confidential.
Do not send your child to school if:
- they do not feel well
- they have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) or have tested positive
- you, or someone in your household or support bubble, has symptoms or has tested positive.
If your child becomes unwell or shows symptoms of coronavirus at school or in childcare, you'll be asked to collect them immediately.
It is vital for all children to return to school to minimise the longer-term impact of the pandemic on children’s education, wellbeing and wider development.
From September the usual rules on attendance apply and all children will be expected to return to school full-time.
Schools will continue to provide home learning support for children who won't be in school, for example, children who are shielding or self-isolating.
If you have particular concerns about your child or another member of the family, please speak to your school. View a full list of our schools in Barnsley.
School applications and admissions
You can find details of how to apply for a school place below:
Schools may not be able to run open evenings as they usually do due to restrictions. Contact your child’s school for details.
View a full list of our schools in Barnsley including contact details for all schools and academies.
Extra curricular activities and childcare arrangements
Schools may offer after school activities to help pupils re-engage with their peers, support vulnerable children and to support parents to return to work. Schools may need to be flexible and build this up over time. Please contact your child’s school directly for more details.
Parents are advised to limit the number of different childcare settings used outside school.
If you use childcare providers or have out of school activities for your children, please check if the providers are carefully considering their own protective measures, and only use providers that can demonstrate this.
If you need to make alternative childcare arrangements, contact our Family Information Service on 0800 0345 340 or email infoFIS@barnsley.gov.uk
Alternatively, you can look for OFSTED registered childcare by using our Family Service Directory.
Your child could be entitled to free school meals if they're in full-time education, and you receive a qualifying benefit. Children who receive a qualifying benefit in their own right are also entitled to receive free school meals.
Find out about travel options when returning to school.
Visit the Travel South Yorkshire website for information and advice about travelling on public transport.
If you can, why not try walking, cycling or scooting to school? It helps you save money, reduce air pollution and include a bit of exercise into your daily life. If your family’s bikes need a check-up, visit the Active Travel website to book an appointment and have a free safety check.
School bus services
Find information about school bus services on the Travel South Yorkshire website.
Home to school transport
We've contacted all of the families that use our home to school transport service to reassure them about the safety measures we have in place from September.
School drop-off and pick-up times
Your child’s school will provide details of the school day, including drop off-and pick-up times. These may vary for different year groups to avoid large numbers gathering outside school.