5th January 2022


I am sorry to report that we are once again experiencing high levels of employee absence. This week, on average, there have been over 25 teaching or support staff absent each day. In addition, nearly half of the canteen staff are currently unavailable for work. Furthermore, we have a real paucity of supply teachers to call upon, which is further limiting our options. As you can appreciate, this is putting unsustainable pressure on the school. The staffing is an ever shifting picture and is very difficult to pre-empt what might happen, or what each day will bring. As a result, I have decided to enact a contingency plan that will require students in Years 9 and 10 to stay at home on the following dates this week:

Thursday 6th January Year 10
Friday 7th January Year 9

Students will be provided with work via the ‘Online Provision’ Google classroom, details of which can be found below:

Key Stage 3 (Years 7-9) – joining code: z7lhfao
Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11) – joining code: xd7vydi

In addition, each subject areas has its own Google Classroom on which additional resources can be found. Please be aware that students will not be directed to specific work. They are expected to locate and complete tasks appropriate to their year group and on topics that they may have been studying. Staff are not expected to provide further instructions, as they are either off ill, or will be teaching classes in school.

Please be assured that this decision has not been taken lightly and I thank you in advance for your understanding and support. We sincerely hope that we will be in a position to teach all students, face to face, in the very near future.

With kind regards,

Adrienne Burnett, Head Teacher