Thursday 19th March 2020
Dear Parents and Carers
Further to the most recent announcement from the Secretary of State for Education, the Government has announced that, for most UK students, schools will be closed from Monday 23rd March onwards. This means that Friday 20th March will be our last day.
We will continue to provide supervision for ‘vulnerable students’ (those with a social worker involved with the family); ‘EHCP students’ (those with special educational needs); and students of ‘key workers’ (as defined by the Government). However the vast majority of students will now be learning from home.
Whilst I understand this school closure will cause disruption for you and your family, we have robust plans in place so that your child can continue their education during this time. As always we are committed to ensuring that our students receive the best possible education and will be working hard to minimise the impact of this closure on your child education. Information on how to access Home Learning Packages will follow, this will be communicated via email to the students.
- From this point on all children will be working at home online, except those students outlined above.
- Where there is no access to the internet, students have either been given, or can come in to collect their home learning package on Friday morning. If you are unable to do this, please let us know and we will post one home.
- Arrangements will be put in place for students eligible for a free school meal; we are awaiting guidance on this and will update you as soon as we are able.
- Please complete this online form if you are a key worker and therefore requesting student provision during this time.
✓ Students who will need this provision will complete the same learning packages as those learning from home; there will not be normal lessons
✓ Our capacity to offer this provision will be continually reviewed and may therefore change
This is an unprecedented set of circumstances and advice and guidance from a range of agencies is evolving almost hourly. We will update our websites and communicate via email when we have any further information so please check these regularly. We will endeavour to ensure that we communicate on a regular basis; please understand that we have reduced capacity at the moment and we would be grateful for you only contacting the school with urgent enquiries, especially in the immediate future.
We appreciate these are very worrying times but would urge all parents and students not to worry. King Henry will be different in the coming weeks-delivered virtually wherever we can- but the same care, commitment and love of learning will still be there.
Thank you for your continued support.
Mr D Deehan