Covid-19 outbreak | Portsmouth High School

Covid-19 outbreak

Covid-19 safety in school

Portsmouth High School welcomed pupils from all year groups back into school in September in line with government guidelines.

Extensive Covid-19 control measures have been put in place to protect the safety of children and staff aligned to current advice from the government and their official scientific advisers.

The following Covid-19 safety procedures are applied in school which include:


Extra handwashing facilities are situated outside on all sites so pupils can wash their hands as they enter the school gates and throughout the day as they move between lessons


Senior School pupils and staff wear face protection when moving around the site and staff teach wearing visors


Covid-19 safety signage is located around the school to remind staff and pupils of the importance of social distancing and adhering to one-way systems


Classes are kept in ‘bubbles’ to avoid cross contamination


Alcohol hand gel and antimicrobial surface cleaner is available at multiple points around the school


Extra cleaning rotas ensure all locations of the school are kept clean after use


Our Covid-19 risk assessment gives a detailed analysis of all the safety procedures in place to keep pupils and staff safe on a daily basis in school:

Whole School Risk Assessment for Covid-19 Safety December 2020

Guided Home Learning

During the first lockdown due to Covid-19 when schools were closed, Portsmouth High School continued a timetable of education via Guided Home Learning. Students registered each morning online and were expected to work in a similar nature to their timetable and complete work as if they were in school. Teachers were available during lesson times to support students and to provide feedback.

Firefly, our Virtual Learning Environment, was used as the central distribution point for remote learning containing links to all the relevant systems students may use and is a central point of contact for school work.