Key Stage 3 – Lower School Closure

Dear Parent,

I am writing to inform you that the school is going to close to Key Stage 3 (lower school) students for the remainder of this term with immediate effect. Over the course of the weekend and this morning, there have been 20 positive cases across the Year groups and several staff have also tested positive. I have just been advised by Public Health England that this is the most appropriate course of action in these circumstances.

School will remain open to students whose parents are key workers. Guidance on which occupations constitute Key Work can be found here. If you click the following link, you can let us know if you are a key worker and intend to send your son/daughter to school tomorrow:

For students who remain at home, provision will be made for them via Google Classroom and staff will endeavour to ensure the digital offer is of a good quality. Students will have plenty of school work to do and there will be opportunities to access live streamed and pre-recorded video lessons. If you need support with computer access, please email

I am sure staff will be keen to enable students to participate in all sorts of Christmas related activities online, as would normally be the case in school.

I know this will represent a huge inconvenience for many of you and students will be disappointed about not being able to attend school. The only solace I am drawing from the situation is that if students do isolate at home for the next two weeks, it will increase the chances of you and your families enjoying a safe Christmas, as in school transmission preceding the break will not be an issue. I do appreciate this veiled advantage does not provide complete cover as other family members might have levels of exposure. I also know it still does not compensate for the upset and inconvenience this decision might well cause.

I will take this opportunity to thank your son/daughter for the fantastic contribution they have made since starting with us in September. Our Key Stage 3 students are a real credit to the school and they have just ‘got on with it’ in the face of all the measures we have put in place in 2020. I do hope that 2021 will see a return to normal in order that your child is able to truly thrive during their time with us.


If you have any questions, in the first instance, please email your son/daughter’s Year Manager as follows

Mrs Briggs – Year 7 Manager:

Mr King – Year 8 Manager:

Mrs Wilkes – Year 9 Manager:


Kindest regards,

Simon Swain