Critical workers and vulnerable students

Waverley School remains open to children of critical workers and vulnerable learners

We have compiled a summary of who is a child of a critical worker or which of our students are considered to be vulnerable. 

IMPORTANT: this information has been taken from the Government website last updated on the 8th January 2021. For the most up-to-date information, please click this link:.


Vulnerable children and young people

  • Children who are assessed as being in need under s.17 of the Children Act 1989 including:
    • children and young people who have a 'child in need' plan
    • children with a child protection plan
    • looked-after children
  • Children who have an education, health and care plan (EHCP).
  • Have been identified as otherwise vulnerable by educational providers or local authorities, and who could therefore benefit from continued full-time attendance, including:
    • children and young people on the edge of receiving support from children’s social care services or in the process of being referred to children’s services
    • adopted children or children on a special guardianship order
    • those at risk of becoming NEET (‘not in employment, education or training’)
    • those living in temporary accommodation
    • those who are young carers
    • those who may have difficulty engaging with remote education at home (for example due to a lack of devices or quiet space to study)
    • care leavers
    • others at the provider and local authority’s discretion including pupils and students who need to attend to receive support or manage risks to their mental health

Should you be unsure of whether your child is classed as 'vulnerable', then please contact the the school for further guidance. 

Children of critical workers

Parents/Carers of children whose work is critical to the coronavirus (Covid-19) and EU transition are considered to be critical workers. A list has been compiled below.

Children with at least one parent or carer who is a critical worker can go to school or college if required, but parents and carers should keep their children at home if they can. 

Key public services

This includes:

  • those essential to the running of the justice system
  • religious staff
  • charities and workers delivering key frontline services
  • those responsible for the management of the deceased
  • journalists and broadcasters who are providing public service broadcasting

Utilities, communication, and financial services

This includes:

  • staff needed for essential financial services (including bank, building societies, and financial market workers).
  • workers in the oil, gas, electricity, sewage, and water sectors
  • workers in the information technology and data infrastructure sector.
  • key staff working in civil nuclear, chemicals, and telecommunications services. 
  • workers in the postal services and delivery.
  • payments providers.
  • workers in waste disposal sectors. 

Transport and border

This includes those who keep:

  • air
  • water
  • road
  • rail

passenger and freight transport modes operating. 

This includes those working on transport system through which supply chains pass and working in response to the EU transition. 

Public safety and national security

This includes workers within:

  • police and support staff
  • Ministry of Defence civilians.
  • contractors and armed forces personnel (those critical to the key defence and national security, and essential to the response to Covid-19 and EU transition).
  • fire and rescue services, and support staff
  • National Crime Agency staff
  • those maintaining border security, prison, and probation security roles.

Food and other necessary goods

This includes those involved in food:

  • production
  • processing
  • distribution
  • sale and delivery
  • essential provision for other key goods (for example hygienic and veterinary medicines).

Local and national government

Those within administrative occupations that are essential to the effective delivery of:

  • Covid-19 and EU transition response.
  • Essential public services such as payment of benefits and checking of goods for import and export. 

Health and social care

Includes but not limited to children of parents/carers who are:

  • doctors
  • nurses
  • midwives
  • paramedics
  • social workers
  • care workers
  • frontline health and social care staff including volunteers
  • support and specialist staff required to maintain the UK's health and social care sector
  • those working as part of the health and social care supply chain including: producers and distributors of:
    • medicines
    • medical equipments
    • personal protective equipment (PPE)