We as an organisation are facing increasing pressure due to staffing availability in all roles and responsibilities across our school. However, we remain fully committed to ensuring that key workers are prioritised throughout this unprecedented time by doing everything we can to help families in these turbulent times.  The key worker list which has been published overnight is extensive and potentially we will not be able to cope with the number of children who could arrive on Monday morning. This is not business as usual.

Rather than deciding which parents to offer this provision to, we have openly asked you to inform us of the days you would need provision for, as well as your key worker status. Please would you communicate to us verification of your key worker status unless you have provided this previously.  We would urge you to only send your child to school if there is no safe alternative. This is the first principle of the government’s guidance, where provision in school is the last resort. We, as a school, can only do what we can do within the resources that are available to us. We too have families and loved ones to consider as well as our own health and wellbeing, endeavouring to follow government guidelines about reducing movement and social contact.

If your place of work is closed we will not expect your child to attend.  If there is another parent or carer working from home we would expect your child to remain at home, thereby reducing movement and social contact.

Although we will do our very best to ensure that your child continues to learn.  The provision in school will be unlike the normal school curriculum.  Your child will be expected to wear a full school uniform.  Students will be following the online curriculum set by their normal teacher and would be expected to bring into school any paper-based resources they have already been given.  We will not be able to provide specialist teaching, including practical activities.  The students will be in mixed year groups. The usual school behaviour policy rules will apply.

We are working to an incredibly tight timescale to achieve this provision and we would ask all parents to show patience and understanding in this extremely challenging situation.

Please take comfort in the reassuring words provided by Joe Maggs, S. Peter’s Chaplaincy team.

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Phil 4:6-7, NIV).