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5th January 2021

Dear parents and carers,

Re: lockdown and remote learning  

Since I wrote to you yesterday circumstances have changed significantly. As the country has moved into tier 5 and a lockdown, only vulnerable students and the children of critical workers are to attend school in person from Wednesday 6th January. All other students are to remain at home and to engage in their remote learning.

I have attached a reminder of who counts as a vulnerable student or a critical worker to the end of this letter. Should you wish your child to access this provision, please complete this online form.

Our remote learning provision

As you will be aware, schools are required to have a remote learning plan in place so that any child who cannot attend school because of COVID-19 does not miss out on their learning.

Our remote learning provision has been developed with our students and their families in mind taking into account feedback and the experience of students and staff to date. We believe that this strategy works best for the children at our school.

A summary of our remote learning plan is below.

Our approach takes into account the multiple demands placed upon families at this time for example access to devices and demands on parents.

What you need at home

Students will need access to a laptop, computer or a tablet and, where possible, should have a quiet space where they can work without interruption.

We have provided a large number of laptops and SIM cards to families to facilitate remote learning where there has been a need. In addition, we have today sent out a Google Form to all students for them to complete informing us where there is a need for a laptop or internet access.

What we expect from your child

It is important that students engage with home learning. The timetable for your child is in the school planner or via the SIMS parent app.

What you can do to help

We appreciate that our school closure will present some challenges for you. We kindly ask for your support so that we can continue to provide high-quality education for your child during this time.

We do not expect you to watch your child all day, and we would not expect parents/carers to get involved in remote lessons in place of our teachers. However, it is helpful if you can take an active role in your child’s learning by asking them about their day and what work they have done.

Our top tips:

Please keep in touch with us and do let us know if you are having any difficulties with remote learning, or if you have any questions. You can contact us through

Thank you for your continued support and please stay safe.

Yours sincerely,


Paul Woods






A reminder of the definitions of ‘critical workers’ and ‘vulnerable students’


Critical workers are those who work in:

Vulnerable students are those who:


If you are not sure if you or your child fall under these definitions, please contact the school on


Vulnerable students and the children of critical workers who wish to attend school should arrive in full school uniform at 8.40am on Wednesday 6th January through the main school entrance. They will follow the same curriculum and timetable as usual, as will students learning from home.