IMPORTANT: Schools closure information for Parents

20th March 2020


Dear Parents/Guardians

Coronavirus Update

As you will be aware, The DfE has announced school closures from this afternoon for the overwhelming majority of students.

The Government has published a list of ‘key or critical’ workers in public and supply services and schools have been asked to remain open for the children of these people and for vulnerable students, (i.e. those with Education Health Care Plans or who are known to Social Services).  The DfE expect only 10% of pupils to be in schools from Monday.

A rota of staff will be put into place to supervise these students to undertake work we have already issued on Show My Homework.  We will not be teaching lessons or providing individual tuition and there will be no extra-curricular activities.

Please consult the list which has been published in the media, and on the Gov.UK website.  We will also publish it on our website and if you fall into one of the categories of ‘key worker’ and need your son to attend the College please do the following:

Please email my Secretary Mrs Cook on returning the pro forma attached to this letter with your son’s name and Form, your mobile number, your job title and employer and work contact details.  Please provide this information to Mrs Cook by Saturday 1.00pm.  Please also confirm that you are the sole ‘key worker’ parent of your child or that both parents are ‘key workers’ as places will not be available to those students who can be looked after by a non-key worker parent or partner.  The purpose of the school closure is to drastically reduce the number of children in schools, not provide general childminding.

It appears that school 611 and 612 bus services will be running as normal next week, with a Sunday service for the public buses.  Our Caterers will provide a lunch service on Monday.  This will continue if there is sufficient demand, otherwise your son will need to bring a packed lunch to school.  Your son must attend in College uniform, prepared for his normal timetable (Monday Week B).

Year 11

Most of our students are naturally disappointed by the news that GCSE exams have been cancelled.  We do not currently know how students will be assessed but we suspect it will be via teacher assessment and coursework.  We will update you when the DfE have published their methodology for deciding grades.

Students should retain their exercise books, homework and timed assignments, extended essays, Mock Exam scripts and coursework as these might be required as evidence to confirm grade awards.

After Easter we will be sending home preparation work for the start of Year 12 and 6th Form courses to all Year 11 students.  They should complete this in their 5 chosen courses.  Further details will be sent home after Easter.

Year 13

We are disappointed that Year 13 has been cut short and will fully support our students in their UCAS and Further Education and Training applications.

Students should retain their notes, files, assignments and Mock Exam scripts as these might be required as supporting evidence, including in the event of grade Appeals.

Easter Holiday

We will inform you of our plans for the Easter holiday, scheduled from 6th-19th April, in due course.

Home Learning

Please remember that staff will be setting assignments in each subject in accordance with your son’s normal timetable and our Show My Homework platform contains the online resources you will need.  It is the responsibility of parents to ensure that your sons complete the assignments that have been set.  There is a wonderful array of learning resources on the BBC and other learning websites and this break provides a perfect opportunity for your sons to read and research widely!

I will keep you updated regularly regarding future developments.

We appreciate that this is a difficult time for many parents and families and we are committed to continuing to support your sons.


Yours sincerely


R S Duggan