In this section we will share with you the latest updates regarding COVID-19. Updates made to this page will be in line with the information that we receive from the Government or Public Health England.

Vaccines for young people

The COVID-19 vaccine is now available to young people aged 12 and above. For healthy 12-15 year olds, the vaccine will primarily be delivered in school by the local school age immunisation service.

Resources available to support young people, parents and carers

COVID-19 vaccination programme for children and young people guidance for parents

Testing resources

Twice weekly rapid COVID-19 testing remains a vital tool in keeping the virus under control. To help encourage students to continue to test at home, please see our folder full of testing resources including FAQs , letter templatestraining , leaflets and posters

Alec Reed Academy Guidance  
Further information about Covid-19 cases in the borough:                                 
  • Please click HERE for national lockdown guidance 
  • The Dormers Wells Opportunity Network (in conjunction with colleagues from the Ealing Family Information Service and the School Partnerships and Enrichment Team) has created the following document about some of the services available to support families, including providing help with essentials such as food and finances, click HERE for more information.
Updated guidance for parents and carers on educational settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

We have updated our guidance for parents and carers on what they need to know about early years providers, schools, and colleges during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

The guidance can be found here:

Letters to Parents - COVID-19

All correspondence from the academy can be found under our Letters to Parents section here.


How To Order Uniform - Click & Collect

Government Coronavirus Action Plan

The government coronavirus action plan sets out what the UK has done to tackle coronavirus (COVID-19), and what they plan to do next.

The situation is constantly reviewed, and action informed by expert science and advice, guided by the Chief Medical Officer and the Chief Scientific Adviser.

The action plan can be found here:

Ealing council have dedicated coronavirus pages where families can access updates on the virus as well as  access services and support:
  • Family Services Directory can be found via the link below  

  • Or via the Local Offer website

  • COVID 19 Support & advice from Hillingdon Health and Care Partners (HHCP)

The importance of hygiene

You can reduce your chances of being infected or spreading COVID-19 by taking some simple precautions:

  • Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water. Why? Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses that may be on your hands.
  • Everyone should also wash hands after using toilets and travelling on public transport.
  • Wash your hands more often for 20 seconds with soap and water, here is a short clip from the NHS for guidance: 

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Lateral Flow Tests - Explained!

ARA’s Subject Lead in Biology, Mr Cooper, has put together an explainer video on the Covid home testing kits – check it out for some interesting facts about the test kits!

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Department for Education Helpline

The Department for Education coronavirus helpline is available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687


Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)

Please note, the line is currently experiencing high volumes of calls and the helpline apologise for any wait that you may experience. 

Where to find the latest information

Updates on COVID-19:

Useful links for you & your families 
  • Glasspool Trust is a UK wide grants giving charity that provide one off grants to individuals.
  • Save the Children run a grant programme called Eat, Sleep, Learn, Play! For low income families, this programme provides beds, white goods, toys and books to children who are disadvantaged and in need.
  • The Family Fund gives grants to families raising disabled and seriously ill children aged 17 and under.
  • Health through Warmth is an initiative set up by NPower to assist vulnerable people in England and Wales who have long term, cold related illnesses and need assistance to fund and install heating and insulation in their homes.
  • The Trust helps families and individuals living in fuel poverty, or who are struggling to pay for their gas and/or electricity. They award grants to clear those debts. The Trust also offers help via Further Assistance Payments to clear other priority household debts or purchase essential household items.
  • The British Gas Energy Trust has a particular focus on fuel poverty, helping those who are struggling to pay for their consumption of gas and electricity get back on their feet and remain debt free going forward. In exceptional cases the Trust can also help with other priority household costs and items.
  • The Family Holiday Association provides holidays for parents and children who experience disadvantage as a result of poverty.
  • Action for Kids supports young people with physical and learning disabilities through the provision of mobility aids, employability training and family support.
  • Caudwell Children provide equipment, treatment, therapies and family support for disabled children and their families across the UK.
  • Family Action have both welfare and education grant programmes to help address the needs of disadvantaged families and individuals that struggle to afford basic needs and to pursue educational and employment ambitions.
  • Marvellous Family Grants are for families facing financial hardship while caring for a seriously ill child. 
mental health & wellbeing 

Advice for parents and carers on looking after the mental health and wellbeing of children or young people during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak can be found here:

You can also find a few resources linked below with some more information and guidance on mental health & wellbeing:

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