A message from the Governing Board – 24th March 2020

Dear parents, carers and students 

We write this message to you all, faced with a situation that many of us have never experienced in our life times.

As a Governing Board, we wish to express our sincere thanks to our senior leadership team, teaching staff, cleaners and everyone that has been involved in keeping our schools open and our children safe and educated until the guidelines issued by the Government meant they were no longer able to do so.

Today, saw our schools opening only to the children of key workers. Plans are in place to ensure the safety of these children and their families. We appreciate that this may cause some families difficulties, but we have to be seen to follow the guidelines issued daily and often we only learn about these at the same time as you do.

The Governing Board would like to express our thanks to all of our pupils and their families/carers for their understanding at this difficult time.

We understand that you are facing the difficult situation of juggling working from home and home schooling your children. Please realise that the majority of the Governors are either teaching staff, at the Federation or other schools, or are parents, just like you. So we understand and appreciate what you may be going through right now. 

Thanks to the teaching staff across the Federation, all of the children should have access to resources to help you with this. There are many links appearing daily on social media to help you with this and enrich the learning experience.

We want to express our thanks to all staff members of the Federation, whose dedication and commitment has ensured the children were able to continue normally for as long as possible.

We would also like to take this opportunity to remind you that the closure of the school was a Government and not a school based decision. This is to ensure the safety of all of us at this challenging time. 

We appreciate that this is a difficult and scary time for us all. So please remember, the Federation is doing all it can to ensure that the children of key workers are cared for and educated so that their parents can care for you, remembering that the safest place for children is at home. 

Our usual policies still apply and we will not tolerate the abuse of our staff, especially when they are putting themselves and their families at risk to enable key workers to provide their services to you. This includes verbal and written aggression, as well as physical. 

As a Governing Board, we ask that you listen to the Government advice that is being updated on a daily basis. This is not a holiday, this is a necessity to stop the spread of this virus.

Please keep your children at home or at the recommended distance from others until this has passed. 

We look forward to seeing all of our students back, safe, well and unaffected by this virus as soon as possible, when the Government inform us it is safe to open. 

Stay safe and healthy. 

The Federation Governing Board