More South Wiltshire schools partially closing

More South Wiltshire schools partially closing

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 4:29pm 17th March 2020. (Updated at 11:45am 18th March 2020)

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Amesbury's Stonehenge School and Downton's Trafalgar School are among those making changes to their lessons due to Covid-19.

Both schools have said the partial closures are due to staff having to self-isolate, rather than direct cases of coronavirus.


They're asking students in certain year groups to stay at home throughout this week: 

  • Year 9s are asked to stay at home on Wednesday (18th March)
  • Year 8s do not attend on Thursday (19th March)
  • Year 7s please don't attend on Friday (20th March)

The school's also said that students whose parents work in the NHS are welcome to attend school if it would otherwise mean them being absent from work.

Trafalgar School - Downton (Mike Draper) (4)
Downton's Trafalgar School will have some partial closures over the next few days


They've said they also have a number of staff needing to self-isolate.

At the moment, they're asking Year 9 students to stay at home on Wednesday (18th March).

Headteacher Stewart Roderick said:

"Our intention is to rotate through year groups (except for Year 11) to minimise the impact on any one year group.  This may well change depending on the capacity that we have as we move through the next few days.  
"These are difficult times and we very much appreciate your support and understanding as we all try to adapt to each new challenge as it arises."

South Wilts Grammar School (Mike Draper) (1)
Girls in some year groups at South Wilts Grammar School are being asked to stay at home


They've made a few changes to their lessons at Stratford Road for the rest of this week: 

  • Year 9s are asked to stay away on Wednesday (18th March)
  • Year 12s are asked to work from home on Thursday (19th March)
  • Year 10s can stay at home on Friday (20th March)
Bishop Wordsworth's School, Salisbury
Bishop Wordsworth's School in Salisbury will be partially closed for their boys


The school has asked all students in Years 7, 8 and 9 to stay at home, with lessons set for them online.

Any pupils in Years 10 - 13 with the symptoms flagged up by the NHS are asked to self-isolate too.

Headmaster, Dr Stuart Smallwood said: 

"I apologise for the domestic complications that this will inevitably cause, but trust that you understand why we have to take such measures. By limiting the number of boys on site we can reduce the danger of cross-infection and ensure that the site is safe, and at the same time we are ensuring that education is continuing for the boys who are on formal examination courses."


Pupils from Year 8,9 and 10 are being told not to attend school on Wednesday (18th March).

Students from Year 7 and 11 should attend as normal.


Year 8 and 9 students will have to stay at home on Wednesday due to staffing issues.

In a letter to parents Head Nicola Bull explained the reasons behind closing year groups.

"Closing for particular year groups allows us to re-deploy teachers of those year groups to help keep Year 10 and 11 at school and studying for their GCSEs. We will try to keep Year 7 here too, as we know some of you work in healthcare and would probably not want to leave your Year 7 child on their own at home. "

The school has also thanked parents for their cooperation and support.

Other school closures in place in South Wiltshire and West Hampshire can be found on our school closure page.

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