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Headteacher's Update - Tuesday 5 January

The following update from the Headteacher was emailed to parents and carers on Tuesday 5 January:

Dear Parents and Carers

Following yesterday evening's announcement by the Prime Minister, I confirm that further changes have been made that affect the planned reopening of our school.

Vulnerable students and children of key worker families are permitted to attend school from Thursday 07 January. Parents/carers of these students will receive an email later today with details of this provision.

The school will be closed to all other students until at least February half-term. Remote learning will take place for all year groups from Thursday, in the form of live lessons and/or activities set on our learning platform (Myvle). This week, live lessons will be prioritised for exam groups.

All students and parents/carers will receive an email this week with information regarding remote learning. Students across all year groups are asked to check emails regularly for further guidance.

We heard last night that formal examinations will not take place this summer in their current format. We await further details about this and will update you as soon as we can. In the meantime, students in examination groups will continue to learn remotely. An email will be sent today regarding the summer examinations, Year 13 mocks and this month's vocational examinations.

Preparations for our mass Covid-19 testing programme are now complete. However, our plans are currently "on hold" following the announcement of a national lockdown.

As always, we will continue to keep you updated as further information becomes available.

Regards

Gary Peat
Headteacher