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Welcome to our school

Reporting Coronavirus symptoms over the holidays


If your child tests positive for coronavirus at any point during half-term, please notify us as soon as possible so we can complete the relevant tracking and tracing process with public health and notify any other children or staff who have been close contacts and need to self-isolate. During half-term you should contact Please don’t call the normal absence line as this won’t be covered during half-term.

Remember as soon as your child or any member of your household develops symptoms, they must start self-isolating immediately and book a test.

Main symptoms of coronavirus are:

•                   a high temperature

•                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 to normal

If you’re not sure whether symptoms suggest that they have coronavirus or an everyday cough or cold, you can consult this online NHS symptom checker:

Please do not send children back to school if any of the following apply:

•                  they have symptoms of COVID-19

•            they, any members of your household, or any close contacts (including extended family or friends they have seen and bubbles at half-term activities and sports clubs) have tested positive for COVID-19

•                  they haven’t completed the full 14 day isolation period requested

If you or your family are affected by COVID-19 and need support locally with things like shopping, getting medication or financial advice, visit:


This special newsletter has been created as guide for parents on reopening the school in September.  It should be read together with this email regarding face coverings.

From the 20th August 2020 we will close down our special COVID-19 webpage and communicate with you more normally, at a hopefully less frenetic pace, via this newsletter, emails and social media – on Twitter @HemelHSchool and on Instagram @HemelHempsteadSchool.

We have not wholesale updated our website to adapt to all the new ways of doing things described in the parents guide, so please do default to that document if you see a contradiction, such as the times for the school day, for example.

May I take this opportunity to thank all of our parents, carers and the wider community for their support and understanding during this most difficult period for the school, for Hemel Hempstead and for our global community.

I am absolutely delighted to welcome you to our website,  as the Headteacher of The Hemel Hempstead School, a successful and popular school which has served this community for nearly ninety years.

This school has in that time continually nurtured young people who achieve enormous success and go on to the very best universities, apprenticeships, careers, and adventures.  This journey is possible because, working in partnership: as carers, parents, children and teachers, we strive for nothing short of excellence for all our students.

We help them to forge a future in which they are the leaders of society, young people who can ‘be, not just seem to be’ because they are formed on a foundation of Respect, Relationships, Responsibility, Reflection and Resilience.  This is what our motto Esse Quam Videri means to us and what we, as a school community, live by every day.

At The Hemel Hempstead School through inspiring teaching, our innovative ASPIRE programme and unyielding standards we help young people to realise the very best versions of themselves, fully prepared to be the leaders and champions of tomorrow.

It is an incredibly exciting time for this school, as our brand-new sports, science and music facilities are now open, and as we continue to expand our numbers, taking a seventh form in each new year and increasing places in the Sixth Form.

I know, as a parent, that nothing is more important to you than to know that your child is going to thrive in a rigorous and challenging, yet fun and caring environment where only the very best is ever good enough for them.  That is why my team of teachers and support staff, dedicate themselves, every day, to that very same goal.

Neil Hassell BEng(Hons) NPQH FCCT
The Hemel Hempstead School