End of Term Arrangements

11th December 2020

Dear Parent,

You will be aware that the government has announced that schools can alter their calendar to end term a day early. I think this announcement is too little, too late and puts schools and families in a potentially difficult position.

I have decided that the college will remain open on Friday 18th December. It will be a non-uniform day and on this occasion we will not be asking for a student contribution. During morning registration students will take part in a Virtual Christmas Liturgy. Lessons one and two will be as normal and students will then spend the final lesson of the day with their form tutor. The college day will finish at 12:35pm as planned and school buses will be available to transport students home.  I would ask that you encourage your child to make their way straight home and not to make plans to go with friends into town.

There are several reasons why I have come to this decision;

  • Many parents have just returned to work after a period of lockdown and further disruption would, I believe, be unhelpful and unwelcome.
  • Many of our feeder primary schools are remaining open and I am conscious that if parents have children in both primary and secondary schools they will potentially be left having to arrange childcare at short notice if the college were to close.
  • The college has just had a teacher training day on Friday 4th December.
  • Our caterers have organised stock and staffing and closing would cause disruption and waste.
  • Lessons are planned and students do not need additional disruption.
  • Confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in the college remain very low with our last partial bubble closure occurring on the 16th November.

I hope this gives you an insight into how I came to this decision and as always if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me at the college. I will be sending out further information next week in relation to how confirmed COVID-19 cases are to be reported during the holiday period.

Yours sincerely,

Greg McClarey