posted Mar 19, 2020, 4:58 AM by Caroline O'Donoghue
At 5.15 pm yesterday, the Secretary
of State for Education gave a public
statement that all state funded schools
in England would be closed from the
end of the school day on Friday.

He also indicated that all the GCSE, AS
and A-Level examinations due to take
place this summer, have been suspended;
and that students would be credited for their
learning in some other way.

Having indicated that all schools would
be closed, he then indicated that they would
be expected to remain open for the children
of key workers and for those in various
vulnerable categories - providing a safe place
and access to meals.  We are expecting a
definition of 'key worker' today from the
Cabinet Office.  It will take time to determine
the nature of this provision.

Although we have been anticipating such an
announcement, and prepared for various
scenarios, the limited details so far released raise
considerably more questions than answers.
You will all have your own legitimate concerns
and queries.

The Secretary of State gave no undertaking
that schools would be expected to sustain
a pattern of normal learning during the closure;
rather that any available staff would be expected
to support other frontline efforts.  Our school
response is to remain open for as long as
we are able.

Thank you for your support and for your
patience in the meantime.

For tomorrow, pupil attendance is expected
to continue as normal within the COVID-19
Public Health England guidance.

Mrs L A Nelson