Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information & Guidance

Ascent schools are all currently open to families of key workers and our most vulnerable young people. For those children not coming in to school, we are providing a range of learning activities on line or through learning packs. Our leadership teams and tutors will be in contact with families over the coming week to ensure all is well-please don’t hesitate to ask if you need support with anything.


Coronavirus Information & Guidance

The Government has asked schools to close and for parents to keep their children at home during the Corona Virus pandemic, and schools to remain open for only children of key workers and those who are most vulnerable and deemed to be safer at school. The Government has provided a list of key workers which is summarised below;

Health and social care

Front line health and social care staff such as doctors, nurses, midwives, paramedics, as well as support and specialist staff in the health and social care sector. In addition it includes those working in supply chains including producers and distributors of medicines and personal protective equipment.

Education and Childcare
Nursery, teaching staff and social workers.

Key public services
Those required to run the justice system, religious staff, as well as those responsible for managing the deceased, and journalists providing public service broadcasting.

Local and national government
Administrative occupations essential to the effective delivery of the Covid-19 response or delivering essential public services, including payment of benefits.

Food and other necessary goods
Those involved in the production, processing, distribution, sale and delivery of food.

Public safety and national security
Police, support staff, Ministry of Defence civilian staff and armed forces personnel, fire and rescue staff, and those responsible for border security, prisons and probation.

Those who will keep air, water, road and rail passenger and freight transport modes operating during the Covid-19 response.

Utilities, communication and financial services
Staff required to keep oil, gas, electricity, water and sewerage operations running. Staff in the civil nuclear, chemical and telecommunications sectors. Those in postal services and those working to provide essential financial services.

For all our other young people there is a range of learning activities provided by each academy as well as a wealth of resources from the Government and the BBC online.

Please see links below;


Implementing social distancing in education and childcare settings

What to do if someone you share a home with has signs of coronavirus

Guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection 

Guidance of protecting people most likely to get very poorly from coronavirus (Shielding)

Help children aged 2 to 4 to learn at home during coronavirus (COVID-19)

Help primary school children continue their education during coronavirus (COVID-19)

Help children with SEND continue their education during coronavirus (COVID-19)

Key Contact Details

Ascent Trust

Carolyn Morgan
Mobile: 07717 494437

Michael Little
Mobile: 07795 436684

Portland Academy

Sharon Common
Head of Academy
Mobile: 07795418938

Barbara Priestman Academy

Rachel Hargreaves
Head of Academy
Mobile: 07741271232

Hope Wood Academy

Adele Pearson
Head of Academy
Mobile: 07415565542

Ash Trees Academy

Wendy Coates
Head of Academy
Mobile: 07464547389