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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: Thursday 19th March 2020

Dear Parent/carer

 

TODAY – Thursday 19th and TOMORROW Friday 20TH  March: The school is CLOSED to pupils in years 7,8 and 9

Yesterday we informed parents that we had to make the decision to CLOSE the school today and tomorrow for years 7, 8 and 9.  We recognise that this may have caused significant disruption to families, but these are unprecedented circumstances, which we could not have foreseen.

TODAY – Thursday 19th March: The school is OPEN to pupils in years 10,11, 12 and 13

We are continuing to follow the UK Government’s policy of keeping schools open with the staffing and resources we have available for today and Friday 20th March 2020. We are only able to partially open to accommodate these years.

TOMORROW – Friday 20th March: The school is scheduled to be OPEN to pupils in years 10,11, 12 and 13

The school is currently scheduled to be OPEN and we will continue to assess our ability to do so during the course of today, Thursday 19th March. Only in the event of a closure will we inform parents.

 

Kirsty Williams, Education Minister’s statement on summer examinations 2020

Since yesterday’s school letter to you and after the end of school we were informed in the early evening of Kirsty Williams, Education Minister’s decision about cancelling the summer examinations for 2020. We are aware that this decision is causing anxiety for pupils, parents and staff alike. However, at this stage we do not know the criteria for the assessment arrangements. Once we have been informed of these, we will let everyone know. Please see the Minster’s statement by clicking on the following link below.

Summer examinations 2020 – Kirsty Williams, Education Minister Wednesday 18th March 2020 https://gov.wales/written-statement-written-statement-summer-examinations-2020

Monday 23rd March onwards: The school will be CLOSED to all pupils for at least four weeks

All schools in Wales were informed yesterday lunchtime of the Minster’s decision to close schools after Friday 20th March for an extended period of at least four weeks. Please see the Minister’s statement below and BBC news media report by clicking on the following links. We will update parents when we know about re-opening times.

 

School Closures – Kirsty Williams, Education Minister, Wednesday 18th March 2020

https://gov.wales/statement-minster-education-kirsty-williams-school-closures-wales

BBC article on schools in Wales closures, Wednesday 18th March 2020

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-51947148

Please see continued recommended information reference links below

UK Government:  https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response

Welsh Government:  https://gov.wales/education-coronavirus-advice

Public Health Wales:  https://phw.nhs.wales

WJEC Exam Board:  https://www.wjec.co.uk

 

We will continue to keep you informed and your full support is very much appreciated.

Alyson Mills and Huw Jones-Williams

Co-Interim headteachers