Following our lobbying efforts, the Department for Education (DfE) has this evening (Thursday, February 25) confirmed to BSA that boarders can return early to the UK.
The DfE statement says:
I can confirm that boarders are able to return to the UK early in order that they can serve the required quarantine period before school starts on 8 March.
Arrangements for their quarantine should be in place before they travel and these arrangements must be in accordance with the arrangements for red list and non red list countries as laid out in Schools coronavirus (COVID-19) operational guidance (publishing.service.gov.uk).
Conversations with the devolved administrations are ongoing.
Please contact the BSA team if you require any further information.