Coronavirus update – Monday 23rd March 2020

I would like to start by thanking you for following the guidance given nationally for students only to come to school if there is no other way of them being looked after at home. This has enabled us to keep the staffing levels manageable going forward from today.

We have sent an organiser to students and we ask that they fill this in every day. You will note that it allows them to adopt and maintain a positive routine and it also asks them what they will do to help their families around the house!

Over the weekend there were more than a few students wanting to use our fields or playgrounds to play games. The clear advice from the government from Friday afternoon is to stay at home and not to mix, even in small groups, and to maintain social distancing therefore please ensure that your children do not come to the school site. One or two parents have asked me to reiterate that students should not be in groups out of school anyway as this negates the reason for the schools closing in the first place. I realise it is difficult for young people and all of us at the moment but we need to maintain our social interaction virtually over the few weeks ahead.

There is little further information about exam results nationally since last Friday. In the meantime, I have put a link below as it will hopefully answer the many questions you have until further clarity is given.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-cancellation-of-gcses-as-and-a-levels-in-2020/coronavirus-covid-19-cancellation-of-gcses-as-and-a-levels-in-2020#will-the-past-performance-of-the-school-be-taken-into-account-when-devising-the-calculated-grade

I intend to send you an InTouch message on a weekly basis unless new information arises. In the meantime, stay safe and look after each other.

Kind regards

Alan Henshall

Headteacher

(message timed at 15:45 on 23 March)