From Monday 21st September, we will only offer grab bags (sandwich, drink and snack) during school lunch. Despite our best efforts to offer a hot meal at lunchtime, we are unable to do so whilst ensuring social distancing measures between year groups are maintained. Year 7, 9, and 10 students should return to school on Tuesday 22nd September. Students from Progress Group 8E should return on 23rd September.

COVID-19 Response

We have worked hard throughout the summer to prepare for our students to return to school as safely and as stress free as possible.

Do I have to send my child back to school?

The government has said that all students should return to school, unless they are self-isolating and have had symptoms or a positive test result, or because they are a close contact of someone who has coronavirus (COVID-19).

What are you doing to keep children safe?

Students will remain in their classroom and year group bubbles throughout the day, minimising contact. Increased hand washing and use of hand sanitiser is being encouraged, as well as arranging classrooms to have forward facing desks.

Cleaning of classrooms and corridors has been increased and hand-sanitising stations are located throughout school.

Students can bring a packed lunch and water to school. This can be in a bag, which will be kept under their desk. Students should avoid bringing unnecessary items to school.

Full details of the work we have done to keep our families safe is available in our COVID-19 Risk Assessment.

Which entrance should students use and what time do they start?

From Wednesday 23rd September 2020, until further notice, we have changed the start times for all year groups:

YearTimeA Band EntranceB Band Entrance
98:50amUpper yardLower yard
88:40amUpper yardLower yard

What changes have you made to lunch provision?

To further reduce the risk of proximity contact during this pandemic, we will no longer be serving hot meals and students will be required to bring a packed lunch to school or order a grab bag during registration. We have provided facilities for students to enjoy fresh air at lunch time, however to maintain this facility students MUST follow the:

  • Rule of six (small group gatherings only)
  • Keep to the same groups and make a note of which students they have associated with on the way to school, at lunchtimes, and returning home from school
Year & BandLunchLocation
7a/b/c12:15 to 12:45pmEat in classrooms. Exit via COM stairs for trail and sports field.
8a/b1:15 to 1:45pmEat in classrooms. Exit via upper yard for trail and sports field.
9a1:15 to 1:45pmUse reception stairs. Eat in canopy. Use upper yard.
9b12:45 to 1:15pmUse reception stairs. Eat in Heart Space. Use lower yard.
10aDepends on dayUse reception stairs. Eat in Heart Space. Use lower yard.
10bDepends on day Use PE stairs. Eat in Heart Space. Use lower yard.
11aDepends on day Use fire stairs. Eat in canopy. Use upper yard.
11bDepends on day Use fire stairs. Eat in canopy. Use upper yard.

When should Years 10 and 11 students take part in online learning?

In preparation for their exams we have made the following changes to the timetables for some of our Year 10 and 11 students. The students will return home and continue their work online at home via live lessons and Google Classroom.

Students should be logged on at the following times:

DayYear & BandLeave SchoolLogon Time
Monday11B12:15pm12:45pm & 1:45pm
Thursday11A12:15pm12:45pm & 1:45pm
Friday10B12:15pm12:45pm & 1:45pm

How can students make payments?

If a student needs to make a payment at the school finance office they can only do so on their designated year group day:

  • Year 7 - Tuesday
  • Year 8 - Wednesday
  • Year 9 - Thursday
  • Year 10 - Friday
  • Year 11 - Monday 

If a student needs to buy something immediately, such as a tie, they should see their Pastoral Manager.

What should students bring to school?

Students should bring as little as possible to school. Stationary packs, including pencils, pens, rulers, calculators, and books are being provided. These packs will remain in school, to avoid cross contamination between school and home.

Students can take their books home, and staff can also take these home to mark. 

Are face masks needed?

Because Blackburn Central High School is located in an area with increased lockdown restrictions, all students and staff must wear face masks whilst in communal areas and on the corridors, unless they have a medical condition that prevents them from doing so. Face masks must also be worn on public transport. 

Washable facemasks are available to buy from the finance office for £2 each. It is important that they are washed daily after each use to avoid infection.

If a student is ill with coronavirus symptoms in school, anyone looking after them will use appropriate PPE until the student is able to return home.

Some individuals are exempt from wearing a face mask:

  • If they cannot put on, wear or remove a face covering because of a physical or mental illness or impairment or disability
  • Speak to or provide assistance to someone who relies on lip reading, clear sound or facial expression to communicate 

Do students need to wear school uniform?

Students are expected to wear full school uniform, which parents should wash regularly. As the weather gets colder students will need to bring an outdoor coat.

Our blazers and PE tops have been updated with our new school logo over the summer. We are phasing in our new branding, so uniform with our original logo on is still acceptable, we do not expect parents to rebuy. We have also removed the logo from our jumpers, trousers, shorts, skorts, and tracksuit bottoms in an effort to reduce uniform costs.

Can children still do PE?

PE is being offered as normal, but on PE days students should wear their PE kit to school and return home in it. Changing areas are unavailable due to current restrictions. 

Remote Learning

If students have to self-isolate we will switch over to remote learning on Google Classroom. Our onsite and remote learning is seamless so students can always access a high-quality education.

Behaviour Expectations

Our home-school agreement has been updated to include COVID-Safe Guidance. If a student chooses to not follow this guidance the pros and cons will be explained to them, if they still refuse their parents will be contacted and if they cannot reason with their child, they will be sent home and their absence recorded as unauthorised.

We are working within very tight guidelines and have to keep the majority of our community safe.

Parent Visits, Pick Up and Drop Off

Parents must remain outside of the school building during pick up and drop off.

We are unable to have any face-to-face meetings or visits from parents without prior appointment. Please ensure you phone school for an appointment if you need to arrange a meeting.

What if someone in my household is clinically vulnerable?

People with pre-existing conditions might be especially at risk of catching COVID-19 and so the people living with them must take some additional precautions.

If your child is in the clinically vulnerable category, you should seek the advice of a doctor before deciding to send your child back to school or not. If your child is living with someone who’s clinically vulnerable, they’ll still be encouraged to attend school while adhering to strict social distancing.

What if there is a confirmed case of coronavirus (COVID-19)?

If a student or staff member is unwell, they must not come to school and school MUST be informed as soon as possible.

When a student or staff member develops ANY coronavirus symptoms, they will be sent home and advised to self-isolate and arrange to be tested, by visiting NHS.UK or phoning 119. If they test negative, they can return to school.

If the student tests positive their entire year group may need to self-isolate for 14 days.

Our Local Health Protection Team is PHE Cumbria and Lancashire Health Protection Team, Lancashire County Council, Pitt Street Reception County Hall, Preston, PR1 8XB

Grab bags are available for students on free school meals who are isolating, please use this form to order their lunch, and collect from the community entrance of school between 12:00pm and 1:30pm each day.

Wellbeing Support

The Blackburn with Darwen Help Hub has been set up to offer support with any issues that arise during the Coronavirus outbreak. You can phone 01254 588111 9:00am to 5:00pm Monday to Friday or 9:00am to 12:00pm Saturday and Sunday.  You can also fill in the online form at

Other sources of support:

  • Kooth - online support and counselling for young people
  • Childline - counselling support for young people. Call 0800 1111
  • Mind - mental health information and support 
  • Healthy Young Minds - mental health information and support


COVID-19 Response Documents & Policies

Government Guidance