Message from Mr Clarke April 21 – Industrial Action April 27 and May 2

Dear parent/carer,

Over the Easter holidays we were made aware of the NEU’s decision to announce two further days of strike action as part of the ongoing industrial dispute with the government. These dates are Thursday 27 April and Tuesday 2 May.

Due to the close proximity of the summer exam season we have worked on plans this week to enable us to keep the school open for years 11 and 13 along with our vulnerable students, whilst maintaining provision for other year groups who will be working from home.

We recognise that this is a difficult time for all members of the school community and we can assure you that we continue to do all we can to support our students both academically and socially. Your understanding has been greatly appreciated by all colleagues.

All students in years 11 and 13 should attend school as normal on Thursday 27 April and Tuesday 2 May. All normal school expectations will apply on this day and we ask for the support of all parents and carers in ensuring that your child attends at this crucial stage of their school and sixth form career. Students will follow their usual timetables, beginning with registration in form rooms at the usual time. If teachers are in school then lessons will take place. If teachers are not in school then a place for supervised study will be available to students. This will be the hall for year 11 and the theatre for year 13. Students should come equipped for a normal school day, including a fully charged iPad (in year 11). The school canteen will be open as normal, with lunch at 12.30pm.

Students will be aware that some have previously calendared assessments, which contribute to their final grades, scheduled for Thursday 27 April and/or Tuesday 2 May. Please note that these will go ahead as planned.

The arrangements for vulnerable students (in year groups other than 11 and 13) remain unchanged from those on the previous dates of industrial action, with the exception of the morning registration arrangements. This will take place in the Learning Support faculty (rooms G1 and G2).

For students in year 7, 8, 9, 10 and 12, the arrangements also remain unchanged, including the lunch break being from 12.30pm – 1pm (arrangements will be made next week for those students who receive free school meals). Due to the increased number of students and the subsequent supervision required, you may notice a reduced offer in the element of ‘live learning’ (through Zoom). Students should check their Edulink homework in the morning to access the work for both days. Again, links to general educational resources will be posted on Edulink to allow students to access additional work if required.

Thank you again for your continued support.

Very best wishes,

Russell Clarke, Headteacher