5 January – Closure Update

Dear Parents / Carers,

Yesterday evening at 8pm, we all heard at the same time that schools in England would be closed until after February half term at the earliest, to all but the most vulnerable pupils and the children of critical workers. 

On Tuesday 5th February we have phoned out to all families of children deemed to be vulnerable.

Children of critical workers are permitted to attend school to allow their critical worker parent to work. A list of government defined critical worker roles is included below for you. If you believe that this applies to you please email school stating your job, your child’s name and class and what days you would like to request to send your child on. When you know your shift patterns please let us know the days that you require.

If your circumstances change and you become furloughed please let us know that you no longer require the place. 


Critical workers list

  • Health and Social Care Professionals
  • Education
  • Key Public Services e.g. Religious leaders, Broadcasters & Journalists, Funeral personnel, Justice system
  • Local and National Government
  • Food e.g. Production, processing, sales & distribution
  • Public Safety e.g. Police, MoD, Fire & Rescue, Prison & Probation staff
  • Utilities Communication and Financial e.g. Banks and Building Societies, Oil, Gas, Electricity and Water. Postal service, waste disposal. 

If you think that this applies to you and you would like to take up a place to enable you to work, please email school and once we know numbers expected we will try to bring in the children of Key Workers as soon as possible. 

Staff permitting we will also try to run the before and after school provision at the usual cost for the children of critical workers. Please book this in advance.     

School lunches can be available for children attending school because they are either vulnerable or from the family of a critical worker. If the child is entitled to free school meals they can still receive this in school if they are attending, if you wish to purchase a school meal this is also possible. Otherwise please send your child with a packed lunch. 

Children in school will be working in classrooms on the same activities that children working at home will be set. 


We hope that this makes things clearer and apologise for the rushed nature of this letter as stated earlier we received the news last night at the same time as you did.

Yours sincerely

Steve Stafford