Update: 19th March 2020

The Secretary of State for Education announced yesterday that schools will close on Friday this week to all but the most vulnerable pupils and those pupils whose parents are 'key workers'.
This is a national closure and the vast majority of school aged children in the United Kingdom will be at home from school.
From Monday we will be offering provision in a reduced number of centres to these pupils. There will be much to organise to make this work, for example transportation for pupils who require it.
Centres will be contacting you to find out your job roles and we will then be in further contact if you are on the 'key worker' list as defined by the government. (We are expecting this to be released soon) If you think this may include you then please get in contact with us.
Other pupils will remain at home and there is work on our website for them to access and other work ahs been sent home.
You will be able to contact someone from the school every day via Marywood Centre (Primary pupils) or Kings Centre (Secondary pupils).
If your child is entitled to free school meals you will receive further information about how we will support you in due course.
This is as much as we know at the moment and I would ask that you are patient as this comes together. 

Coronavirus – Covid19 Parent information page

We will use this page to communicate with parents during the Coronavirus – Covid19 pandemic.

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18th March 2020

Thank you for your support during this difficult time for all of us. I know that you are as worried as we are about the current coronavirus outbreak. I am sorry that we have had to reduce some provision for pupils due to staff shortages. This is going to continue to be challenging in the coming days and weeks.

We are doing our best to stay open for as long as possible, however we are also preparing that we may need to close some or all centres in the coming days as staff levels become unsafe. We have multiple staff across the school currently self-isolating or undertaking social distancing for various reasons. There are also a lot of pupils in the same position.

As you will be aware the government guidance (see below) has recently changed regarding how to delay and mitigate the impact of Covid19. This is having an immense impact on schools across the country as we battle to stay open and provide the best education we can.

As the advice stands:

  • if you live with others and you or one of them have symptoms of coronavirus, then all household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill

  • for anyone in the household who starts displaying symptoms, they need to stay at home for 7 days from when the symptoms appeared, regardless of what day they are on in the original 14 day isolation period.

  • if you have coronavirus symptoms:

    • do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital

    • you do not need to contact 111 to tell them you’re staying at home

    • testing for coronavirus is not needed if you’re staying at home

    • wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds, each time using soap and water, or use hand sanitiser

if you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home, or your condition gets worse, or your symptoms do not get better after 7 days, then use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service. If you do not have internet access, call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999

Pupil work

Over the next 2 or 3 days we will be sending out individual work packs to pupils. These are to be used in the event of a closure. The work set can also be found on our website on our Home Learning.   If there is a prolonged closure, we will continue to update this page and you can download or print off work from it.

Pupil contact

We will be continuing to make contact with families and pupils throughout any closure period. This will be undertaken by staff from centres on a regular basis. We will be checking that pupils and families are healthy and safe and if there is anything we can support with.

Pupil attendance

Attendance will not be affected by deciding to stay off to self-isolate or undertake social distancing as long as you let us know and the reasons why. The government have issued guidance to schools to make sure that pupils and families are not negatively impacted.

We know that pupils will become poorly during this time with ‘ordinary’ illness such as sickness bugs. You should continue to keep pupils off for these and let the centre know accordingly.

Useful links

Government guidance  

Other useful info

Coronavirus – What you need to do       

Safeguarding information for parents

Guidance for self-isolation      

Citizens Advice


Mental Health support