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Academy Letter 18/03/2020

Academy will be closed to Years 8 and 9, with effect from Thursday 19th March until further notice

Dear Parent/Carer                                                                                                                  

As an Academy and wider Trust we have been working hard, in increasingly challenging circumstances, to continue to provide a high quality of education for all of our pupils.

Staffing levels have unfortunately declined due to the Government’s advice about self-isolation and consequently, I am now in a position where I am unable to safely open the Academy to all year groups. Regretfully, the Academy will be closed to Years 8 and 9, with effect from Thursday 19th March until further notice. Should it be unsafe to for your child to be at home during the day, please contact us and we will do our best to accommodate them. Staff remaining in our Academy will be redeployed to other year groups as necessary. Subject to staffing levels or government directives we will remain open for as many year groups as possible, for as long as possible.

Should it be necessary to send further year groups home, it would be likely that it would be in the order as follows: Year 10, then Year 7, followed by Year 11.

Given the possibility of further reductions in staffing, our decision to keep year 7 in the Academy at this point is designed to give parents and carers of our youngest pupils, additional time to put childcare arrangements into place.

Priority will also be given to our examination Year 11, given the need for them to secure strong outcomes this year.

We are currently putting into place arrangements for pupils to continue to learn at home and details will follow shortly.  In the meantime, students can access a range of websites and resources which can be found on the academy website - 

You can keep up to date with the Public Health England guidance on the corona virus at

We will continue to endeavour to minimise the disruption to learning and to maintain the high level of pastoral care in these unprecedented times.

I will keep you updated about further developments via our Academy website and email. If you have any questions about whole Academy arrangements please contact

Thank you for your continued support and co-operation during these difficult times.

Yours faithfully,


Mr L S Newton