School Closure Update – 17.03.2020

17 March 2020

Dear Parent/Carer

I am writing to update you on the current situation.

Yesterday, the Prime Minister set out the country’s response to the Covid-19 threat and the steps that we all must take to safeguard each other and the most vulnerable. Today, the college saw a significant decline in attendance of students and staff as recommendations of Public Health England were put into practice.

The rapidly evolving situation is a significant concern to us all and we are doing our best to manage it. However, it is with regret that if we are to prepare for further restrictions and with the loss of a proportion of staff, we cannot operate the college as we would normally.

We are therefore looking, over the course of the week, to get as many students into college so that we can to help them understand how to access home learning and support from their teachers. This will not negatively impact on Year 11 students, but it does mean that Year 7, 8, 9 and 10 will once again face some disruption.

Therefore, as of tomorrow, the college intends to operate the following routine:

Wednesday 18th March 2020 – Years 9, 10 and 11 only

Thursday 19th and Friday 20th March 2020 – Year 7, 8 and 11 only.

This will safeguard the provision for Year 11 students. Additionally, it will ensure that all students will have been briefed on home learning solutions, accessing email and online learning.

This is a highly unprecedented situation that is moving at a pace that means all are struggling to manage the situation. In these trying times, we are having to make decisions often without being clear on the direction nationally or the duration of difficulties. This solution ensures that students are best placed to access the considerable quality of work that staff have been preparing over the past two weeks.

Finally, please continue to keep up to date with developments and potential changes via MyEd and the website.

Sincere apologies for the disruption and thank you for your continued support.

Yours sincerely,

Mr G R Potts

Headteacher