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FURTHER UPDATE - 20/03/2020 - From Monday 23rd March 2020 the school will be closed for all year groups. Mock examinations will not take place for Year 12, 11 or 13 students.

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UPDATE-20/03/2020-From Monday 23rd March 2020 the school will be closed for all year groups. Mock examinations will not take place for Year 12, 11 or 13 students. Key workers form is attached below.

20th March 2020

Dear Parents/Carers

From Monday 23rd March 2020 the school will be closed for all year groups. Mock examinations will not take place for Year 12, 11 or 13 students.

Early this morning the Government shared their list of Critical Workers for whose children schools should remain open.

This list can be found by clicking on the links further down in this letter.. It is broad and you should take time to check it carefully to understand if your role is considered critical to the Nation’s response to the virus. If one parent is classed as a critical worker, then you are entitled to send your children to school. 

The government guidance is that parents follow the first principle of keeping their children at home if at all possible from Monday onwards and to only send them to school if there is no safe alternativeEvery child who can be safely cared for at home should be. This is an offer to parents and carers and there is no requirement for parents and carers to send their children to school if they do not need or wish to do so. 

The most recent scientific advice on how to further limit the spread of coronavirus is clear. If children can stay safely at home, they should, to limit the chance of the virus spreading.

If you are a critical worker, and you cannot keep your child safe at home whilst you are at work, please could you complete and return the attached form to us and return it with your child on Monday if they are coming into school. Pupils should report to the desk in the School Hall at 9am with this signed authorisation from parents.

We have been asked what the students will be doing if they are entitled to continue attending school and this will depend entirely on numbers. Once we have an accurate idea of numbers we can confirm what we will be offering. Please understand that the government expectation is that it is child care not education. We will do our best to ensure it is as educational as possible within the limits of our resources. If we are able to provide a dining hall service over this time it will be limited.

The full government guidance concerning this can be found here;

We will be contacting families with children who fit the vulnerable learner’s category personally on Monday to establish if you will require the support of school.

Your faithfully

H. Pattar

Headmaster