Coronavirus – 17 March 2020
I am writing to you today in response to the change in government advice regarding actions that should be taken to contain the spread of the Coronavirus. Currently the school remains open, however, this may change soon, and I am writing to you to inform you about the actions we are taking to ensure that, at this extremely challenging time, the welfare and education of our young people is safeguarded.
Trips, Events, After School Activities and Fixtures
Until further notice all trips, visits, after school events, fixtures and detentions will be cancelled. The government has advised that we avoid all ‘unnecessary’ social contact and we are therefore cancelling all activities that fall outside the necessary business of school management.
In the event of a school closure education will be primarily offered online using Microsoft Teams, which can be accessed through a link on the school’s website. We will send guidance to parents and children this week. Work will be set by teachers, where possible, daily, using the pattern of the term time school timetable.
Most students in year 11 and 13 are now at the end of their syllabuses, meaning that normal revision and examination practice activities can get underway. Students have a revision plan, detailed feedback and a wide variety of resources that have been given to them by their teachers.
Currently it is too early to speculate as to the possible impact the Coronavirus will have on this summer’s GCSE and A level examinations series. We will keep you and your child up to date with details when we have them. Students in year 11 have been assigned a mentor member of staff, who will be in regular contact to ensure that you have all that you need.
All our students will bring home exercise books, textbooks and study guides to support independent learning if they do not have access to online materials. During school closure you can also pick up resources for your child from the school office at the times outlined below.
A guide explaining our remote learning system will be sent out to you and will be put on the website.
Future Updates and Contact
As you will appreciate, the situation is changing rapidly, and we will continue to act on any guidance in the best interest of those in our community. We will provide you with regular and frequent updates as events unfold, through the school app, social media and the website.
If you have any questions or concerns relating to these matters, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or through the school main phone number 01772 795428. We will respond as quickly as possible.
During a period of possible closure, the school office will remain open from 10am-2pm Mon-Fri during term time. We will be available if you have questions or concerns, or if you need help or support. The school will continue to stand proud at the centre of its community.
I do hope that we will, in time, see a turn for the better in the national and international picture. For now, I thank you for your patience and understanding.