We write following this evening’s announcement by the Prime Minister.

Most students will now not be attending school until after February half term at the earliest, which will obviously have a massive impact on our students and families.

We will communicate again as more information is released by the Department for Education, particularly regarding GCSEs and A Levels this summer. With the cancellation of these exams, we will be issuing more information to Year 11 and 13 as soon as we can, but in the meantime we ask you not to worry. We will do everything we can to enable our students to get the results they deserve and their hard work will be recognised. At time of writing this letter, it has not been confirmed whether the public exams due to take place in the next two weeks will go ahead, so we will communicate with relevant students as soon as we know.

In the short term, this evening’s announcement will not impact our plans for remote learning for all students from tomorrow, 5th January. Students should log onto Microsoft Teams and follow their normal timetable. As some staff have this evening been left with no options for childcare tomorrow, with some primary schools remaining shut to organise critical worker provision, please understand that some teachers may not be able to offer remote teaching, but will still organise learning activities for their students.

The school is open tomorrow as planned, to vulnerable students and children of critical workers who have signed up for onsite support for their online learning.

We will write to you with more information as soon as possible, and thank you for your continued support in these very challenging times.