Coronavirus update 19th March

Last night the government announced that from tomorrow all schools and Colleges must close until further notice. This means we will not be reopening as planned on Monday 20th April. At this stage we cannot say when we will be reopening other than it will be in line with government advice. We are communicating individually with our students deemed vulnerable by the government yesterday, to ensure that both their learning and their welfare is being safeguarded during this extended closure. Equally, we will respond to the government’s advice in relation to the children of key workers, once these have been identified.

The government also announced that all A Level and GCSE examinations will be cancelled and that final grades for all A Level GCSE and Vocational courses will be determined in a different way this year. At this stage we do not know what this different way will be either. In such an uncertain context, we believe the best strategy is to continue learning from home, as planned and as directed by your teachers, for the foreseeable future. As the picture becomes clearer about the how the government will award final grades this year, we will send out further communication, including about any further learning and/or assessment requirements.

These are difficult and challenging times for everyone. Please try to remain calm. The government have promised that none of you will be disadvantaged by these decisions, and by the way in which they do decide to award final grades. We have to trust that this is the case and, even if remotely, keep working together for the very brightest future for each of you

As always, stay safe. Social distance, self-isolate or self-quarantine, and continue to hand wash rigorously, to stay healthy. And most of all: stay positive.

Angela Williams