Posted on: March 16th 2020

Partial Closure

17th March 2020

Dear Parent/Carer,

We have no confirmed cases of Coronavirus COVID-19 amongst the school community.

Following the recent government announcement that changes the self- isolation rules and vulnerable categories, we have a number of staff absent in addition to those that were already self- isolating. 

We now have to partially close the school to specific year groups on certain days. This is to ensure we have enough staff to safely manage the school for all students and maintain the quality provision of education at the school.

  • Wednesday 18th March – Closed to Year 8, and Year 11 will leave the site after P4 (13:30 onwards) and missing their PE lesson.
  • Thursday 19th March – Closed to Year 9
  • Friday 20th March – Closed to Year 10

We appreciate the disruption this may cause to families, but have no choice in these exceptional circumstances. Work will be set via SAM Learning for those students to complete on their closure day.

You will appreciate that things are changing all the time and we may have to revise this plan at short notice. If we need to do this, we will contact you by text and website notifications. We will re-evaluate our staffing levels throughout the rest of the week and continue to work with parents and carers to give as much notice of any further action required.

Parents should also be aware that in order to maintain a safe and orderly school, your child may not be taught by their usual teacher or follow their normal curriculum. Tomorrow we are planning to deliver an introductory session to Yr 9’s on their option choices and processes.

Next Wednesday was Yr 9 Parents/Options Evening, however following the latest guidance to stop non-essential contact we will be postponing this. Details on how parents can receive information to support their child will be shared over the next week.

As you will be aware, some of the Government guidance changed following the press conference held by the Prime Minister at 5pm yesterday. The key aspects of this to be aware of are:

Should you require further information please contact B.Burridge@bridgemary-tkat.org.

It is a very challenging time for the whole school community, and our priority always remains the safety and safeguarding of everybody within it.

Should the Government at any point in the future close the school, we have provisions ready to ensure all learners can continue to work and follow exam courses from home. Please be assured that we are taking this extremely seriously, and are acting in line with the professional guidance.

Thank you for your ongoing support and we will keep you updated with the latest information as we get it from Public Health England and the Government.

Yours faithfully,

Fiona Calderbank

Executive Head teacher