Please refer to the ‘News‘ tab for the latest updates regarding provision and school open or closure status.

Please feel free to use the ‘Contact‘ tab to email the Centre with any concerns or questions and a member of our team will respond accordingly.

Christchurch Learning Centre has put a comprehensive plan in place in order to minimise risks associated with COVID-19 for staff, pupils and visitors at each of our sites.  However, should you or anyone in your household develop any of the following symptoms please notify CLC immediately.

  • a high temperature – taken with a thermometer reading above 38°C
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot, for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours
  • a loss or change to sense of smell or taste – this means they cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different from normal.

In addition the Department for Education Coronavirus helpline is available to anyone in education who has questions. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline by phone on 0800 046 8687 or by emailing . Their opening hours are from 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday). Alternatively, please call the Learning Centre on 01202 471410.

Asymptomatic Testing

Following government guidelines, Christchurch Learning Centre has implemented asymptomatic testing for all pupils and staff. Pupils and staff are required to complete home COVID-19 tests twice a week on a Monday and Thursday morning before attending school. Results should be uploaded to Apptavi as well as the NHS test reporting site. On-site testing is only available in extenuating circumstances, please contact the centre should you require this for your child.


Click here for a guide on how to record your result on Apptavi.

Support for families forced to isolate

Public Health Dorset is asking everyone to take part in regular rapid testing to identify cases early and prevent onward transmission. Tests can be obtained online or from a local pharmacy. For anyone identified as a close contact or has symptoms and needs a PCR they can be accessed here.

The Government offers a £500 financial support package for people self-isolating or having to take time off work to look after a child in isolation. To get a support payment, you must live in England and meet all the following criteria:

  • have a unique NHS Test and Trace 8-digit identifier number or have an email from school/college saying you/your child needs to self-isolate
  • you’ve been notified to self-isolate on or after 28 September 2020
  • asked to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace either because you’ve tested positive for coronavirus or have recently been in close contact with someone who has tested positive
  • be employed or self-employed
  • are unable to work from home and will lose income as a result
  • be currently receiving Universal Credit, Working Tax Credit, income-based Employment and Support Allowance, income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, Income Support, Housing Benefit and/or Pension Credit

Make a claim within 28 days of the first day of your self-isolation.

Further information can be obtained here.


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What to do when… Action needed When to return to school

My child has COVID-19 symptoms.


Do not come to school.

Your child should self-isolate for 10 days or until negative test result is received.

Get a COVID-19 test.

Inform school immediately of result.

Test result is negative.


My child tests positive for COVID-19.

Do not come to school.

Self-isolate for 10 days.

Inform school immediately of result.

Not before 10 days.

Even if they have a cough or loss of taste/smell. These symptoms can last several weeks after the infection has gone.

Someone in the household has COVID-19 symptoms.

Your child should continue to come to school.

Household member to get a COVID-19 test.

Your child should continue to attend school.
Someone in the household tests positive for COVID-19.

Your child should continue to come to school.

Positive household member should self-isolate for 10 days.

Your child should continue to attend school.
NHS Test and Trace has identified my child as a close contact of a confirmed COVID-19 case.

Your child should continue to come to school

Your child should take a PCR test and only self-isolate for 10 days if there is a positive result.

Your child should continue to attend school unless the test is positive. If the test is positive your child should not return to school for 10 days

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