Dear Parents and Carers,

As you will already be aware from previous communications, on Sunday evening we became aware that a member of our primary staff cohort had tested positive for COVID 19. At that time, in line with guidance from Public Health England and the Department of Education we began seven days of close contact lateral flow testing for all identified close contacts, including your child.

Unfortunately, over the past 24 hours, 2 more members of the primary cohort have also tested positive. I have spoken again with Public Health England and as a result I have made the decision to close the primary cohort of our school to allow self isolation.

On site primary provision will be closed for 10 days.

It will re-open on Monday 1st February when your child should return to school.

To ensure your child can continue their learning at home, the following measures will be in place:

  • Your child will be provided with a work pack of learning to complete. In addition, there are learning resources available on our school website. These will be delivered by hand to your home address in line with social distancing safety measures.
  • Vouchers will be provided to support the provision of healthy, balanced lunches for your child. These will be posted to your home address.
  • Your child’s learning mentor will telephone you each day to support you and your child with learning and wellbeing and answer any questions you may have.

I know you will understand that closing the school site to our primary cohort has not been a decision I have taken lightly; I believe it is the best way to keep our whole school community safe and learning during the ongoing pandemic.

I am very proud of the way my staff and students have risen to the COVID 19 challenge so far, and I have no doubt they will continue to do so.  We are looking forward to welcoming your child back to school after this self isolation period is complete. In the meantime, I thank you for your ongoing support as we continue to work together to do the very best we can for all our students in these unprecedented times.


Sarah E Gregory