Back Face to Face

11 Aug 2020

Our face to face lessons resume this weekend (New Mills only) to mark the start of the 20/21 academic year. (Glossop classes are to resume Sat 12th Sept).

We have put a huge amount of work into ensuring that the transition from 5 and a half months out of school, back into a learning environment is a smooth one and will be ensuring that the safety, wellbeing and mental health of our students, parents and staff is placed high up on the agenda for our return.

We look forward to unleashing potential with our Take Part community. Please take a moment to review the below.

Let’s Take Part!

Important info before Take Part classes resume

Arrive wearing uniform and ready to begin the lesson

  • Take Part T Shirt
  • Black leggings/trousers
  • Black Socks
  • Black Trainers/pumps
  • Dance uniform (mid week dance classes only)
  • Take Part Hoodie – optional but may be necessary on colder days as windows and doors will be open for optimum ventilation sessions will be outdoors where possible

What to know when you arrive at Take Part

  • Arrive 10 minutes before your class starts, any late arrivals will not be permitted as they will hold up the entire bubble from entering class
  • If for any reason you are going to be late please contact:

Cathryn – Head of Take Part, New Mills 07847 704746

Leanne – Head of Take Part, Glossop 07305 081721

  • NEW MILLS ONLY: Students will be signed in and collected from the FRONT CAR PARK – off Church Lane by a member of Take Part staff, and escorted in their bubble to their classroom.
  • NEW MILLS ONLY: Parents cannot leave their car or enter the school building, and are therefore asked to drive around the one way system to exit the car park.
  • GLOSSOP ONLY: Parking instructions to follow.

What to know during lessons

  • Their bubble will remain together in the same room. Tutors will come to them.
  • Students will get help and time to change their dance shoes, if required (Take Part staff will wear a face covering as per government guideline).
  • Members of Take Part staff will escort students to their private lessons
  • Social Distancing will be adhered to at all times between students and staff.
  • There is a designated COVID First aider and child safe guarding officer on site at all times.
  • Optimum ventilation will be ensured in each room. If the class can be taught outside it will be, weather permitting.

What you will need to bring to each lesson

  • A bag big enough for:

lyric sheets/poems/scripts/coats/shoes/water/packed lunch these cannot be shared with anyone else and will need to be brought with them for each lesson.

  • Outside Coat.
  • Outside Shoes.
  • Bottle of water.
  • Dance shoes (if required).
  • Packed lunch (if required).
  • A smile.

What happens after lesson has finished?

  • NEW MILLS ONLY: The entire bubble will be escorted via a member of Take Part staff to the top rear car park nr Science Block where they can be collected and signed out.
  • NEW MILLS ONLY: Follow the one-way system to exit the car park via the electric gate.
  • GLOSSOP ONLY: Parking instructions to follow.

What will we do if we suspect a child or member of Take Part is showing signs or symptoms of COVID-19?

If we suspect that a member of Take Part (student or staff) is showing signs or symptoms of COVID-19 our responsibility is to immediately isolate the individual, arrange immediate collection of them from the premises (by parents etc) and advise them to contact their GP or NHS 111 by phone as soon as they get home. At this stage, it would be advisable to undertake a deep clean of the room prior to any other classes taking place.

The NHS will likely request the individual to undertake a COVID-19 test. 

If this test is positive, the HPA (Health Protection Agency) will contact you directly and advise you of the next steps. In line with the DfE guidance this will likely be as follows;

– Where you have been operating bubbles or groups and social distance of 2m+ has not been maintained the isolation of ALL children and staff in the same bubble or group, as the individual who tested positive, for 14 days

If the test is negative, the individual may carry on as normal and return to class. We would need proof of the negative result. 

Wearing a face covering or face mask in schools or other education settings is not recommended. 

Face coverings may be beneficial for short periods indoors where there is a risk of close social contact with people you do not usually meet and where social distancing and other measures cannot be maintained, for example on public transport or in some shops. This does not apply to schools or other education settings. Schools and other education or childcare settings should therefore not require staff, children and learners to wear face coverings. Changing habits, cleaning and hygiene are effective measures in controlling the spread of the virus. Face coverings (or any form of medical mask where instructed to be used for specific clinical reasons) should not be worn in any circumstance by those who may not be able to handle them as directed (for example, young children, or those with special educational needs or disabilities) as it may inadvertently increase the risk of transmission.

The majority of staff in education settings will not require PPE beyond what they would normally need for their work, even if they are not always able to maintain a distance of 2 metres from others. PPE is only needed in a very small number of cases including:

  • children, young people and students whose care routinely already involves the use of PPE due to their intimate care needs should continue to receive their care in the same way
  • if a child, young person or other learner becomes unwell with symptoms of coronavirus while in their setting and needs direct personal care until they can return home. A fluid-resistant surgical face mask should be worn by the supervising adult if a distance of 2 metres cannot be maintained. If contact with the child or young person is necessary, then disposable gloves, a disposable apron and a fluid-resistant surgical face mask should be worn by the supervising adult. If a risk assessment determines that there is a risk of splashing to the eyes, for example from coughing, spitting, or vomiting, then eye protection should also be worn

With the above in mind, it is likely that Face Coverings are not appropriate for the activities you are delivering or for the age group that you are working with. This would apply to both the staff and children or young people.

NOTE: If you are working in an environment where adults are present and they are not undertaking exercise or activity where a mask would impact them (such as a parent accompanying their toddler in class, adult drama classes etc) then they should be required to wear a mask in line with guidance when participating in the activity and whilst moving around the venue. If you are in an area of ‘lockdown’ all children and adults aged 13+ are required to wear a mask when arriving at, departing or moving around the venue.


Please be on time collecting your child. The timetable has been designed to allow for all social distancing, pick ups, drop offs, sanitizing of classrooms, and walking one way systems to allow for one bubble at a time. Bubbles cannot be mixed, and every second counts to ensure everything runs smoothly and effectively.

Written Authorisation

We need written permission for any students wishing to come to Take Part classes unaccompanied by an adult.


We kindly ask if your child is displaying any COVID like symptoms or has been instructed to self isolate, they do not attend the lesson. COVID like symptoms include:

  • Temperature above 37C
  • Continuous cough
  • Loss of taste or smell, or if things taste or smell different to normal