Covid-19 - Update letter to parents/carers 31st December 2020

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Thursday 31st December 2020

Coronavirus (Covid-19) - Update for Parents/Carers

Dear Parents/Carers,

I hope that you and your family have had a good Christmas and that you all remain fit and well.

I strongly suspect that you are aware of the government’s announcements yesterday that change the way in which the start of term will commence.  I hope to outline our plans in this letter so that you have enough information for the next few weeks.

The start of term will now run as follows:

Monday 4th January

  • The only students who will be allowed into school this week are those invited for critical worker/vulnerable student school (CWS) or those who are sitting an external exam.  There will be no face-to-face lessons in school this week. 
  • Students in all year groups will be set work online for the lessons that they would have on Monday 4th.  There will be no live google meet lessons on Monday.  This is the same as the plan sent to you before Christmas, but now applies to all year groups.

Tuesday 5th – Friday 8th January

  • CWS will continue on site.
  • All year groups will have live lessons following their normal timetables.
  • This will work on an adjusted timetable to coordinate all of our work as follows:

Tutor Period

08:45 – 09:00

Lesson 1

09:15 – 10:05

Lesson 2

10:20 – 11:10



Lesson 3

11:35 – 12:25

Lesson 4

12:40 – 13:30



Lesson 5

14:20 – 15:10

  • Examinations that are scheduled will go ahead as planned in school.

Week commencing Monday 11th January

  • Years 11 and Year 13 will be back in school for face-to-face lessons.  CWS will remain in school for other year groups.
  • Live google meet lessons will continue for students not in school following the timetable above.

Week commencing Monday 18th January

  • Currently the plan is that all year groups will be back in school.  If that is so, then we will revert to the normal in-school timetable that students have used this year.


As you know from my previous letter, setting up the testing regime in school remains a significant challenge.  We now have a clearer idea of the staffing needs that we have in order to make this function and have answered a number of the logistical questions.  I attach a copy of an advert for the staff that we require for those of you who may be interested or know someone who is.  Please do encourage them to respond as quickly as possible.  We will determine the speed of the implementation dependent upon the response that we receive.

I hope that is sufficient for now to allow you to approach next week with some degree of certainty.  Please feel that you can email over the next few days if questions or issues emerge: or the main school email address,   Otherwise, there will be staff in school at the start of next week to help you with any support that you need.

I wish you all a positive, safe and happy new year.

Best wishes.

Yours faithfully,

Mark Woodlock