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This morning, I have addressed all staff about the partial closure of the school beginning on Monday, 23rd March, 2020. My speech to them explained the ambitions of the school in the coming weeks and months:

  • Keeping the school open and accessible for children of ‘key workers’ and vulnerable students.
  • Facilitating all students ‘working from home’ on ‘Show My Homework’.
  • Ensuring that we can support the idea of ‘working from home’ for as many staff as possible.
  • Showing compassion, understanding and empathy to those who are not able to work for a variety of reasons.
  • Following the appropriate regulations regarding all aspects of safeguarding, health and safety, HR practices and other statutory frameworks the Academy must comply with.

My colleagues and I have developed a ‘Teaching Plan’ for students of key workers and vulnerable students, which incorporates the use of our teaching staff and key pastoral support. There is a separate form being sent home and available on our website which needs to be completed and returned next Monday at 8.30am. Further information and a letter to parents can be accessed on the ‘coronavirus’ section on the school website.
Following the announcement of the cancellation of exams for Year 11, 12 and 13, I visited all Year 11 students in their classes, whilst our Head of Sixth Form, Ms Tattum, spoke with Year 12 and 13. We were able to provide reassurance for the future in these uncertain times. The school will remain a source of support for all our school community. Updates for parents will be available on our website and Twitter page.
Our weekly newsletter will continue through this difficult time. Like you, we hope for a speedy return to normality. My thoughts and prayers are with all of our community. God bless you all.

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20th March 2020 – Vol 36 | No 25