We have been waiting for an “imminent” government announcement on schools in England but do not want to delay any further and give parents insufficient notice to act.

NB – If the government do make any decision that changes the following announcement then we will adapt our approach and be in touch.

Unfortunately, due to significantly reduced staffing levels, we are having to follow the same path that many schools across the country have already gone down.

Consequently, the school will close for students from Years 9, 10 and 12 from Thursday 19 March.

This closure will run until Friday 27 March in the first instance.

We are looking to keep students in Years 7, 8, 11 and 13 in school so that younger children who more likely need daily supervision can be looked after, whilst older students facing exams maintain their preparation in lessons.

It is clear that many parents are already taking the decision to isolate their children independently and when we are notified through the usual channels we are not pursuing this.

The reasons for this partial closure will be self-explanatory to many parents, but they are tied to issues related to safety in terms of supervision, keeping the site clean and hygienic, and providing food via our canteen.

More additional details on working at home will follow shortly.

Matt Allman, Headteacher, said: “Many of us have friends and family working in the health care sector and we want to support them as much as we can. Unfortunately, we are reaching the end of the line in school and we are very sorry that we are taking this step.”