23 February 2021
This statement provides an update following UK Government confirmation of schools
reopening as well as the latest on the UK vaccine roll-out.
We can confirm that following the UK Government announcement on 22 February, in line with all other
UK schools, the four Kings schools in the UK will reopen for in-person teaching from 8 March. Outdoor
school clubs will also resume from this date.
All health and safety policies and procedures previously in place at the schools will of course be readopted and strengthened as required. In particular, face coverings will now be required for both
students and staff during lessons and in all communal places within school.
In accordance with Government policy, all students will be tested three times at school – on the first day
back and then twice more, 3-5 days apart. Students will then be given two rapid tests each week which
they will take themselves in their accommodation, with support from Kings staff or their host families if
required. All Kings staff in school or accommodation will be tested weekly.
Any student testing positive from the rapid test will need to self-isolate and take a full PCR test. If this is
negative, the student will be able to come out of self-isolation and return to school. Otherwise the full
self-isolation period will be required.
Of course, any student needing to self-isolate either before or during their course will be able to continue
their learning via online lessons. They will be fully supported throughout the quarantine period, as
detailed in previous updates.
UK vaccine roll-out
The UK Government has announced a significant acceleration of the vaccine roll-out programme.
The entire UK adult population are now targeted to be offered the vaccine by the end of July 2021,
two months earlier than originally planned.
As of 23 February, over 18 million people in the UK had been vaccinated. This represents over one
third of the UK adult population.
We will continue to communicate relevant updates as soon as new information becomes available.