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Letter from Mrs Bridges

19 Mar 2020

Dear Parent/Carer
In light of the announcement by the Prime Minister regarding school closure from Friday 20 March 2020, until further notice we wanted to provide you with a brief update.

We will be open as normal tomorrow Thursday and Friday.

We have provided all students and parents with access to our systems, apps and class charts in order to ensure we continue with their education, also so we can check on their welfare during the weeks ahead. 

Further to previous correspondence our staff are continuing to work incredibly hard to ensure that learning can continue remotely during the period of closure. Some students will also be given a physical pack of work by Friday and we will make arrangements for parents of those students who are absent to collect this work from school on Friday.

We are awaiting further information from the government regarding the definition of key workers and vulnerable groups, once we have this information we will act accordingly and provide you with further information.  We will also provide you with further information relating to those students who receive Free School Meals and how we intend to continue to support this over the closure period. 

We have received numerous e mails from our Year 11 students regarding the external GCSE exams.  At the moment we have no more information than the announcement on the TV , as soon as we are clearer we will write to all students and parents.  In the mean time it is business as usual and we will continue with the GCSE Spanish speaking tests .  We need the mock data complete in case this data is required by the examination boards.   We are unable to give any definitive guidance on the school prom either but please do not spend any more money on items for this as we have no idea if and when it will take place.  

Thank you for your continued support and understanding. These are unprecedented and challenging times ahead but we will do everything we can to support you and your children in the coming weeks and months.  Please stay safe and support your children in the home with their education , provide space and time for them to complete the work and try to monitor this as if it was a school day.  We will be sending work matching up to the timetable they have as far as is possible. 
We will also be in contact with you tomorrow to ascertain those parents who are 'key workers' who may require their children to attend a school.  Further details to follow.

You will still be able to contact staff and myself via the school e mail address at any time during the closure period. 
Mrs Bridges