Due to the current trend in the rates of the variant COVID 19 and the potential health and safety concerns this presents, the School will closed for the rest of this week and we will update parents on Friday 8th Jan 21. . We will be opening for vulnerable and critical workers only. Email if you have any questions . If you have changed your address or mobile number please email or call the school.
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Letters for translation

4th January 2021


School temporary closures


Dear Parents and Carers


I hope everyone has kept safe and well over the Christmas break. It is with a heavy heart that once again we have had to make the difficult decision to close Maytree Nursery and Infant School’s doors for the majority of our children in order to protect our school community.


It is clear that the current situation is very different to when we broke up. Southampton is in Tier 4, the infection rate is much higher than ever before and the new variant of the virus appears to be significantly more transmissible. I’m sure, like me, you have been keeping an eye on the news to see what the Government’s view is on the safe re-opening of schools. I am in an exceptionally challenging position as I am balancing the safety of the staff, children and families alongside our determination to ensure that all our children get the best education they deserve.


With our school community at the heart of every decision we make, we will be reopening on Tuesday 5th January for critical workers and vulnerable children only for the first week back.


This decision has not been made lightly but given the evolving situation regarding scientific and union advice, unknown staffing levels and LA guidance, we have made the difficult decision to close for the first week back in order to review our safety measures, staffing levels and teaching options for our children and community.


I can only apologise for the lateness in the decision.  I realise this is extremely short notice and can only apologise for the inconvenience this may cause. 


We have already asked if you are a critical worker and have contacted parents where provision may be available for children in school.


This means all other children will now need to engage with home learning and your child’s teacher will be contacting you on Tapestry.  It is your responsibility to engage with home learning and to support your child so I ask that you let your teacher know if you are not able to access this.  Home learning packs will also be made available for collection.


YN 9.00 -10.00 from Nursery Garden.

YR 10.30-12.30 from Nursery Gate

Y1 10.30-12.30 from Derby Road Gates

Y2 10.30-12.30 from Northumberland Road Gate



All children at home are expected to continue with their online learning, please contact us if your child is experiencing difficulties with this. Any further information and or queries please don’t hesitate to email  


Free school meals

If your child is eligible for free school meals, they will continue to receive these while at home in way of a food box, which will be delivered. We will be in touch with more information on how we will provide these. 



I hope you can understand and support the decision the school has made to protect our school community and apologise again for the lateness in the decision.


Stay safe


Best wishes




Jan Goatley





10th September 2020


Dear Parent or Guardian,


Following the letter we recently sent you about COVID-19 saliva testing at the school, I’m pleased to be able to share more details with you. Testing for pupils at Maytree School will start in the week commencing 21 September 2020.


Children will do a test every week for four weeks starting on Tuesday 22 September for Years 1 and 2, and Thursday 24 September for Years R.


We will be giving the children a special lesson in school the day before they take their tests so they can learn about how the test works and how regular testing can help keep them and their community safer.


Children will then bring their test kit and labels home from school the day before their first test as well as a leaflet giving step by step instructions. They will be given enough sample pots and labels for the five weeks of testing. It is important that your child takes the test when they wake up - before they have anything to eat or drink and before they brush their teeth.


Once the sample has been labelled and bagged, your child will need to bring it to school with them and put it into the big plastic box at the entrance as they go into the school building. The tests will be collected and taken to the test centre on the same day. Test results will be returned in the next 24-48 hours and you will receive a text message telling you the result of your child’s test.


If your child tests positive, everyone in the household must start isolating immediately. The programme team will contact you and ensure you get the help and advice you need.  Please note that this test is for screening children who do not have symptoms of COVID-19. If your child does have COVID-19 symptoms they should not attend school and you should order a test through or by calling 119. 


If your child is absent from school or forgets to bring in their test, they can bring it in the next day – their teacher will tell them where to take their sample pot. The school will have some spare packs to hand out to anyone who loses their sample pots but we would encourage you to keep them somewhere safe as spares are limited.


Important information about your data

To enable the partnership running the Covid-19 Testing Programme between Southampton City Council, the University of Southampton and the NHS  to deploy the test kits to the school and to manage the collection of samples from schools, our school will be sharing contact details of pupils and their parents or guardians, as well as staff, with University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust.


As you know from our school’s Privacy Notice   we are very serious about protecting the personal data of all members of our school community, and we will maintain this approach in relation to this data sharing. To ensure that your data is used lawfully and remains safe, we have consulted on our participation in the programme with lawyers and the Information Commissioner’s Office[1]. We will only be sharing limited contact details.


The Privacy Notice for this COVID-19 Testing Programme has been included with this letter. Please do take the time to read this. If you have any questions or would like to exercise your right to object to this data sharing, please call the contact centre on the number below.

You should find answers to any questions on the testing programme on where there is also a web chat service. Alternatively, you can call the contact centre on 0808 196 2282 (lines are open Monday to Sunday 8.30am to 5.00pm).


While this testing is not compulsory, I would urge all of you to take part. Knowing who has COVID-19 is vital to stopping its spread, and regular testing will help us keep our community safe and keep our school open.


Yours sincerely




Jan Goatley








Dr Debbie Chase  Interim Director of Public Health, Southampton City Council


Keith Godfrey      Professor of Epidemiology & Human Development, MRC Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit, University of Southampton. Honorary Consultant, University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust.



                   to translate this letter in your language


[1] The Information Commissioner’s Office is the UK’s data protection regulator – visit



The second week saw us welcome Cantell secondary and Swaythling primary schools to the project, which means we now have all our schools submitting samples to the programme.

LifeLab educators supported both schools by training teaching staff in delivering

sessions about the saliva testing programme. The aim of the lessons are to engage students through interactive and hands-on experiences to better understand the science behind the programme and the wider public health messages, like why wearing face coverings and washing hands help stop the 

spread of the virus.

In this week's newsletter we hear a bit more from both schools along with  students from Cantell who filmed their own demonstration of how to do the saliva test. We also find out more about what happens to your saliva sample after you drop it in the collection box, and get all the latest facts and figures from the project and wider Southampton community.


Look out for how to earn a £20 Amazon gift voucher by taking part in feedback opportunities about the project, we want to find out what you think about being part of this unique programme.



4 IS THE Number of schools that have submitted samples so far

83% Percentage of students tested

92% Percentage of staff tested

198  Volume of saliva tested in mls



         The saliva testing programme got off to a great start at Cantell School this week.

After weeks of planning we distributed over 1100 testing kits to our students    and 150 to our staff. The response from our community has been amazing. Overall, over 85% of our students who have been in school returned their  sample this week and in two year groups (Yr7 & 8), over 90% returned their   test. This response exceeds our expectations and can be attributed to the high profile we have given the project in school and the excellent ‘virtual’ teaching sessions that LifeLab have delivered this week to all of our students. As a result of these sessions our students have a greater understanding of the science behind the virus and the crucial role that testing can play in reducing outbreaks. We will be trying to keep the momentum going this week with more activities in tutor time that will be led by our staff.







A g u i d e t o p e r f o r m i n g t h e t e s t a t h o m e

Year 11 pupils from Cantell school got in on the act and decided that they were going to film a video to show how to complete the saliva test for students at secondary school. The saliva test is much easier and quicker to perform than the more common swab test which is why we want to use this project to see how we can roll this test out on a wider scale.



The aim of our project is to see whether saliva testing can be rolled out across wider school communities so we are trying it out with a smaller group first.

That's why we want to hear from you to see if we can do anything differently or better.

We're keen to hear from teaching staff, our student participants and their families about their experience of taking part either through an interview or in a focus group. Those who are selected to take part will receive a £20 Amazon voucher as a 'thank you'. To find out more please email Daniella Watson (


Swaythling pupils get hands on in class


Staff and students at Swaythling primary school have enjoyed taking part in the engagement lessons this week. These are based around an Escape Room. The pupils loved the padlocked bags and everyone had great fun trying to work out  what  the  code  might  be!  Reading  the  stories  also  proved  to  be  a good starting point for lots of discussion. One of the highlights for the children was using UV torches to examine their hands as part of the interactive activity to demonstrate how easily germs can spread. This was followed up with an activity involving glitter, where pupils got hands-on with learning how face coverings can stop the spread.



YOUR QUESTIONS                   

If you have a query about the project, please visit the Southampton City Council (SCC) webpage: You can use this page to contact SCC via webchat or you can use the freephone number: 0808 196 2282. Normal hours are 7am to 7pm, Monday to Friday (plus weekend opening during peak times).

Shorter opening hours may apply from mid-October.

  W h y a r e t h e l a b o r a t o r i e s a t t h e A P H A b e i n g u s e d t o c a r r y o u t t h e s a l i v a t e s t i n g ?

When we initially started the saliva testing project, we needed access to laboratories and staff with the expertise, equipment and quality

assurance processes in place to rapidly begin testing. The laboratories needed to have capacity to do the testing, so that this test did not affect the NHS testing capacity at all, and the laboratories also needed to be local, so that we could get the samples delivered quickly. The APHA have been a fantastic partner in this process - read more at their blog post here: h ttps://

  W h a t s h o u l d I d o i f I f o r g e t t o b r i n g m y s a l i v a s a m p l e t o s c h o o l o n m y t e s t i n g d a y ?

Just do your saliva test the next day you can. You don't need to find a sample pot at school and do one, as you won't have the correct labels to

stick on your pot and without those the laboratory can't match your sample to your details.

  I f s o m e o n e t e s t s p o s i t i v e - d o t h e y n e e d t o g o a n d g e t a n N H S t e s t ?

No, if a person receives a positive test on the saliva test, there is no need to get a confirmation test - the result from this test is accurate and will

be fed into national data and into the NHS Test and Trace programme















Change in last 7 days




Don't forget, it is never too late to join in. Even if you missed dropping your first test in you can still take part in the rest of the programme by sending in a sample this week.





Privacy Notice Covid 19 Testing Programme


Important – Your Personal Information  


Read our privacy notice below to find out how we’ll use and protect your personal information.  We will only process your personal information or your child’s personal information in compliance with Data Protection Legislation.  


Where possible, your or your child’s test results will be added to your medical record. Only your or your child’s GP and other authorised NHS staff, Public Health England, NHS Test and Trace staff and the local Health Protection Team can access your or your child’s test results.  No-one else will be able to see your or your child’s personal test results.  


Privacy Notice  


The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has commissioned the piloting of a coronavirus (COVID-19) testing programme (‘the Programme’) in Southampton.   


This Privacy Notice explains how personal data (information about you or your child) collected as part of this Programme will be processed (collected, stored, used, and destroyed).   

Data controllers and purposes for which your personal data will be used  

At different points in the process, organisations have been commissioned to process your or your child’s personal data and may therefore have Data Controller status for the purposes of Data Protection legislation in deciding what information is required and how it needs to be used to deliver the Programme.   


Each organisation will require a different level of information about you or your child, but all will use the minimum necessary to do what they are required to deliver their part of the Programme.   

Data Controllers for the Programme responsible for looking after your or your child’s personal data and using it properly to deliver the Programme are:  

  • The NHS (including University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust, Southampton Primary Care Limited, Southampton City Clinical Commissioning Group, NHS Test and Trace and the local Health Protection Team) for:   
  • hosting the database on NHS secure servers which receives the registration data and test results for linkage to your or your child’s medical records  
  • providing call centre assistance (test follow up and clinical enquiries)  
  • analysing samples through an NHS-approved testing lab  
  • sending out your or your child’s test results by text message to you  
  • sharing your or your child’s test result data with your GP, the local Health Protection Team and NHS Test and Trace service if your or your child’s test result is positive to initiate contact tracing, and to other parts of the health and care system for monitoring and planning actions in response to COVID-19  
  • gathering feedback to inform improvements that could be made to a full end-to-end testing process  
  • GP surgeries – for:   
  • linking test result data to your or your child’s GP record so they can plan what care you or your child needs  


  • Southampton City Council (with advice from its Public Health Team) – for:    
  •  providing call centre assistance (general enquiries) and web chat service
  • registering participants and uploading data to the registration database


  • University of Southampton - for:   
  • sending invitations to participate in the Programme to its employees and students  
  • uploading data of participants to the registration database
  • fulfilment of test kits (printing address labels)   
  • organisation of transport logistics (drop-off and pick-up of testing kits)  
  • arranging for analysis of samples through an NHS-approved testing lab  
  • gathering feedback to inform improvements that could be made to a full end-to-end testing process 



When is personal data being collected? 


We collect the data you provide us with when you have:  

  • completed the registration form or your data is downloaded from the relevant school or University system  
  • if you choose to ring up the enquiry call centre about your participation in the Programme so we can check your identity and help with your enquiry 
  • taken a test producing a positive, inconclusive, or negative result  

What personal data is being collected? 


The details we may collect and process for you are:  

  • first and last name  
  • address, including postcode  
  • mobile phone number  
  • email address   
  • date of birth  
  • sex as registered at your GP  
  • your test results (only accessible to you, and forming part of your medical record, by authorised NHS staff, including your GP, the NHS Track and Trace service and the local Health Protection Team to initiate contact tracing)  
  • your GP surgery   
  • your NHS Number 
  • for students, your course details
  • for pupils, your parent or guardian’s name, your school and your class 

How will my personal data be used? 


Your details will be used to:   

  • register you or your child and record your or your child’s participation in the Programme  
  • match your or your child’s contact details with health data stored by the NHS 
  • deliver test packs to you at your home address, if necessary
  • communicate with you about the Programme 
  • contact you if you are the parent or guardian of someone under 16 who is participating in the Programme  
  • contact you with your test results by text message   
  • contact you relating to a positive or inconclusive result to collect other medical information about your health relating to COVID-19  
  • contact you to resolve any questions you might have about the Programme  
  • phone you if you consent to being asked about your experiences on the Programme 
  • phone you to gather feedback to inform improvements that could be made to a full end-to-end testing process 


Where is my personal data stored?   


Your data will be stored within the United Kingdom.  

Is my personal data kept private and secure?  


We have legal duties to keep information about you confidential. Strict rules apply to keep your information safe and comply with Data Protection Act 2018, the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and organisational Data Protection policies.   


The NHS database used to store your personal data linked with your health data is held securely on NHS servers and access to this information is tightly governed, in line with Data Protection requirements.  


How long will my personal data be kept?   


The information processed by the NHS is kept for as long as it is required to provide you with direct care and to support NHS initiatives to fight COVID-19. Information held for direct care purposes are stored in line with the Records Management Code of Practice for Health and Social Care 2016. This means such information will be held for up to 8 years before it is deleted. Any personal data gathered as part of this Programme for other purposes will be deleted at the end of the Programme.  


What are my rights?  


By law, you have a number of rights as a data subject and this testing programme does not take away or reduce these rights.  

You have the right to contact the Data Controllers to ask for the following:   

  • to be informed about the data held about you   
  • to access the data held about you   
  • to have the data held about you edited or updated where it is inaccurate or incomplete   
  • to request that data held about you be erased   
  • to request that the use of your data be restricted   
  • to object to the use of your data  


What is the lawful basis for collecting, storing, and using my data?  


Data protection law requires us to have a valid legal reason (‘lawful basis’) to process and use your Personal data.   

The NHS’s lawful basis for processing your personal data are:  

  • GDPR Article 6(1)(e) – the processing is necessary for the performance of its official tasks carried out in the public interest in providing and managing a health service  
  • GDPR Article 9(2)(i) – the processing is necessary for reasons of public interest in the area of public health  
  • Data Protection Act 2018 – Schedule 1, Part 1, (2) (2) (f) – health or social care purposes  


Other organisations involved in processing your data are doing so with an agreement in place with DHSC or the University of Southampton to provide that service, or with a lawful basis of their own.   

The University’s lawful basis for processing your personal data for operational delivery of the Programme is legitimate interests.

The Schools (Mount Pleasant Junior (including students/staff based here who are registered at Springwell School), Maytree Infant, Swaythling Primary and Cantell School - all members of the Aspire Trust) lawful basis for processing your and your child’s personal data is   GDPR Article 6(1)(e) – the processing is necessary for the performance of a task carried out in the public interest.



How can I find out more information or raise a complaint? 


If you would like to raise a complaint about how your personal data is used as part of the Programme, you can phone the Enquiries team at: 0808 1962 282. Depending on your query, it will be forwarded to the relevant Data Controller to resolve your issue. 


Please contact each Data Controller if you want to know more about their lawful bases for processing your personal data for their role in delivering the Programme. Links to each Data Controller’s privacy policy are below, which contain contact details for their Data Protection Officer. 


Queries for the University of Southampton can also be sent direct to More details and the University’s Data Protection Policy can be found at:   

Queries for Southampton City Council can be sent directly to More details and the Council’s Data Protection Policy can be found at  


Queries for the Schools can be sent to the Chair of the Aspire Trust


You may also complain to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) if you believe that your personal data is handled in a way that is not lawful. See its website at