Dear parents and carers,
I have now completed a full risk assessment about whether we can open school during the forthcoming industrial action by the National Education Union.
As I result, I can announce that school will be open only to Sixth Form (years 12 and 13) on February 1st.
This is because we will not have enough staff to ensure that all students are safe and educated in school on that day. We will only have the capacity to open for a reduced number of students. We have prioritised year 12 and 13 because they have exams on that day and because those year groups have suffered more disruption to their GCSE exams than others.
All Sixth Formers will be required to attend. They will receive some of their lessons and will spend the rest of their time working independently on their independent study logs. Sixth Form exams will run as normal on the day.
In order to minimise the disruption to children’s education, work will be set on Google classroom for years 7 to 11.
Years 10 and 11 will use GCSE Pod and Seneca to practice what they have already learned and to plug gaps in their knowledge.
Years 7, 8 and 9 will have work set for some core subjects subjects, on Google classroom.
It is to be hoped that this industrial action has some positive impact on long term quality of education of young people in Britain and that the current dispute can be solved without further industrial action.
In the meantime, the school has sought to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of the industrial action on our students.
Thank you for your understanding.