Following on from my last update, I am now writing to let you know that we have now been instructed to close the school to almost all children after this Friday (20th March) until further notice.

As advised by the government, we will do all we can to stay open for the children of key workers (NHS staff, police, social workers). We will be individually contacting by phone all families who fall into the groups highlighted by the government. We are waiting for the government to publish more information on what this means, but it would help us in the meantime if you could let us know if you think your child may fall into one of these categories as you are a key worker. We’ll be in touch again as soon as we are sure who this does apply to.

All other children will need to stay at home, so you will not be able to send your child into school from Monday onwards unless you are asked to bring them in by the school. You cannot unfortunately legally make that decision yourself as the point of this is to have few children in school as possible to hopefully stop the spread of the virus.

Please note that this is a national closure – as you may have heard in the news – so while it is a challenging situation, we are not alone. We’ll re-open fully as soon as we can and will let you know when this is by email, text, and posts on our Website, Facebook and Twitter.

What we’ll continue doing while your child is at home

Your child’s learning is of course important to us, so we’ll continue to help them to learn. As the letter said yesterday your child’s class teacher will be contactable via their school email address between 9am and 12:00 every week day and 1 to 3.30pm (Monday to Friday). They may not immediately reply due to their own childcare issues but will get back to you in a timely manner. Initial work was sent home yesterday by class teachers and from Monday 23rd March work will then be posted on the website on Monday afternoon by a teacher from your year group for Tuesday and Wednesday and then on Wednesday afternoon for Thursday, Friday and Monday – there is a page for each year group. If you find it difficult to access the work we will be printing some packs out for each year group which can be collected from the main reception on a Tuesday morning betweem 9 and 10. Packs can also be collected on Thursday morning between 9 and 10.

If your child usually receives free school meals we will also be in touch with more information about how we will continue to provide this with support from a scheme that the government is working on.

This is as much as we know right now and we appreciate your continued patience with us as we deal with this ever-changing situation. We understand that this latest news will have an impact on you and your family and it’s far from ideal, but we’ll continue to keep in touch with any updates as the situation develops.

Thank you again for your continued support, and we will be in touch with more information when we can.

Yours Sincerely,
Deborah Sanderson
Executive Head of School