Letter from the Headmaster on Covid-19

Dear Parents and Carers,

I am writing to update you on the current situation regarding the planned school closure tomorrow.

As you may be aware, the government had asked that all schools close for the vast majority of students from the end of the school day on Friday, 20th March until further notice. However, they have asked schools to remain partially open to support children who are vulnerable and whose families work in key roles. As part of my earlier email I asked that you contact the School to confirm whether or not you are employed as a key worker so that we can make appropriate arrangements to educate your son/daughter for the foreseeable future. A definitive list of key workers will be issued by the government later on today and we may update you further on this tomorrow morning.

In the meantime, members of staff have prepared work for all year groups on Doddle and Moodle and this should be available to access via the School website as from tomorrow.

The absence of a number of staff has resulted in my asking for Year 9 students to remain and study at home tomorrow and for the foreseeable future. BTEC groups in Years 12 and 13 in both Business Studies and Sport and Exercise Science should also work at home as from tomorrow due to staff absence.

Tomorrow's timetable has also been modified to take account of staff shortages and, as a result there will be a shortened lunch break from 12.30 to 1.15 pm and an early finish for the School at 3.20 pm. Buses have been asked to come early and if you normally collect your child from the School playground the gates will be open from approximately 3.00 pm.

As a result of lack of provisions, we have postponed the CAFOD Family Fast Day tomorrow and a normal breakfast bar and full lunch service will be available.

I will update you tomorrow once I have further information from the Department of Education about future plans. I know that both Year 11 and Year 13 students have been devastated today about the news of public exams being cancelled and I hope that I will be able to provide some clarity as to their progression into the Sixth Form and higher education some time tomorrow. 

Thank you for your continued support and understanding during this very difficult time. I am keeping you all in my prayers.

Yours faithfully,
K Williams