19th March 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,

With further developments all the time I need to update you once more on our provision tomorrow and then next week, after the ‘closure’ of the school.


Friday 19th March

School will be open to Years 7, 8, 10 and 12.


Monday 23rd March

Subject to further clarification today and/or tomorrow, school will be open from Monday to supervise students in certain categories – children of ‘key workers’ and vulnerable students (children supported by Children’s Services and children with EHCP plans). We await details of what a key worker is and the process by which they will be identified. We will also be provided soon with a definitive list of the children supported by Children’s Services to the qualifying degree.

We will be in touch as soon as possible to ask parents if they believe they fall into these categories and want their child to come to school next week.

I am sure you will appreciate that the school has a duty of care towards students and staff on site and we need to make school as safe as possible for this provision; in order to do so, we will need to restrict the service to those who qualify by the as yet unannounced criteria.

Please note that students who are supervised in school during the period of closure will not be receiving conventional lessons. The school will be open to supervise them as they undertake the same work as students who are working from home via our online provision.

Please also note that some parents who fall into these categories may still wish to keep their child at home – there is of course no suggestion that attendance is compulsory. Once we know more about the categorisation of ‘key workers’, we will ask you to let us know if you qualify and wish to make use of this provision from Monday – this will be essential to inform our planning.

You will appreciate that we do not know enough at the moment to be any clearer than this; we await the Government’s further pronouncements.


I will be communicating separately with the parents of boys in Years 11 and 13 a little later this evening to share the information that was provided during our brief assemblies earlier today. As I am sure you can imagine, these were very emotional affairs. The boys were magnificent in the circumstances and I was so proud of their response in such tumultuous times.

Ian Cooksey

Published on 19/03/2020

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