Dear Parents and Carers,
As I am sure you are aware, the Prime Minister last night announced the details of a new national lockdown which will come into force at 0:01am on Wednesday 6th January. The announcement included direct instructions for schools and I am writing to you to confirm how this latest lockdown will affect the education of your child in the coming weeks.
Please note that the information in this letter replaces all the instructions sent out in my letter dated 31st December 2020.
Under the terms of the lockdown, schools are closed to all pupils with the exception of those identified as ‘vulnerable’ and the children of critical workers. All other students will learn remotely during the period of the school closure. It is anticipated that this period of closure will last until the end of the February half-term holiday (i.e. until Monday 22nd February) but this date could change depending on the pressures on the NHS caused by the Covid pandemic.
The government guidance on the occupations which are defined as ‘critical’ can be found here. If your current job role meets the definition of ‘critical’ and you wish to apply for an in-school place for your child, please complete this form on the school website. You should complete this form even if you have already completed the form requesting a place for the first two weeks of January.
Information regarding the school’s provision of remote learning for the students who need to remain at home during the period of closure can be found here.
Important Information for Year 11 Students
The information originally provided here was superseded by the letter available on the link below
Free School Meals
We will also contact parents and carers later this week to confirm the school’s arrangements to support those families whose children qualify for free school meals.
I once again apologise for the disruption to your child’s education and to the impact that school closure has on each family. We will continue to make every effort to provide a high-quality curriculum for your child and to minimise the impact of their prolonged absence from school.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding this information contained in this letter, please do not hesitate to contact me.