School Closure – message from Miss Hewitt

Dear Parents and Carers,

Following the secretary of state for education’s statement in the houses of parliament this evening, I am writing to you with an update on the current situation.

In order to combat the effects of COVID-19, the government has taken the decision to close schools as of this Friday 20th March. However, as this is now a time of national emergency, schools have been asked to play their part to support our front-line workers.  

In this hour of need, we need to limit provision from Monday to a basic level of care for the most vulnerable and the children of key workers.

We are therefore closing to pupils at the end of the school day on Friday 20th March. This is until further notice. 

This is for all children with the exception of those who are on the frontline of the fight against COVID-19 and for those that are most vulnerable

We will, therefore, be open only for the children of key workers and those that are most vulnerable. This includes the children of those working in the National Health Service, police and delivery drivers or other people identified in due course by the government. 

Vulnerable children includes those that have EHCPs and those that have social workers.

All summer assessments (including Year 6 SATs) have been cancelled. We urge all pupils to understand that continuing to study from home during our closure places them in the best possible position to continue their studies when we get back to school. 

We know that keyworkers will need support during the Easter holidays. We will let you know, as soon as we do, the plan for Easter holiday provision for the children of key workers.

For those families whose children are entitled to free school meals by way of application, we will make arrangements so that this is available to you in some form.

Teachers and support staff in our schools have already prepared resources and made other preparations for pupils to learn at home. These have been sent out with a letter of instruction. We will be resending letters so that you know how you can support your children with their learning.

I will write to you as soon as I can with further details. I know that you will have a number of questions, but I ask you to refrain from asking them until I have met with my colleagues and am able to outline more details about how we might operate. 

I understand that this is a turbulent time. I know that parents may not agree with the decisions that the government are making. I ask that you trust that we are making the very best decisions we can in the face of a national emergency.

These truly are extraordinary times. Thank you for your support as we each play our part in fighting this virus. 

Very best wishes, 

Miss Hewitt