COVID-19 Information

Summer Term 2021

With restrictions beginning to ease, there seems to be light at the end of the lockdown tunnel, and we look forward to, what we hope, is an uninterrupted Summer Term.

Durston House has coped exceedingly well throughout the pandemic. The Control Measures we have in place, to avoid infection and to deal with any cases of it, have proved successful. However, we have always been aware that it would not be a matter of ‘if’, but ‘when’ we would be affected by cases. It highlights for us the need to remain vigilant in our prevention measures – social distancing, hand washing and sanitizing, cleaning, use of face coverings in Years 5-8, twice-weekly testing for staff and boys in Years 7-8 (further test kits will be furnished once the term gets under way). No doubt, too, many of you have chosen to obtain kits and carry out your own testing at home, within your families. If boys, staff and parents work together to maintain a strict prevention regime, we should be able to keep school open and functioning as it was before the holidays.

At Durston, we adhere to the Government guidance for the operation of schools. Its latest update requires the continued use of
face-coverings in Years 7-8; since the whole of Main School is classified as one ‘bubble’, all boys in Middle and Upper School will continue to use them. Although guidance does not recommend nor require that younger boys wear face coverings, if they choose to do so, they may.

We will continue to update you about the operation of school life as the term progresses.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Travel Information

Please take note of the following Government advice: