School Closure

School Closed

Update: 19/03/2020 – 11:02

School Closure Information

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Dear Parents/Carers,

I would like to thank you again for your valuable support of the school, particularly in recent weeks during the escalation of COVID-19. I must also commend the resilience, maturity and conduct of our wonderful students at this challenging time. They have been truly excellent. Furthermore, the approach of our staff team has been outstanding. They have worked tirelessly to maintain the highest possible standards of provision and pupil care in these unprecedented circumstances.

We hope for a return to normal routines as soon as possible but, as you will already be aware, the prime minister yesterday announced school closures throughout the UK. Therefore, for the vast majority of pupils, the school will be closed from Monday 23rd March 2020 until further notice. The school will remain open to all pupils in Years 10, 11, 12 and 13 until Friday 20th March 2020. The school will aim to accommodate children of key workers during the school closure, for as long as this remains sustainable in terms of staffing and school access. If you are a key worker who falls into any of the categories listed below, and you are concerned about making childcare arrangements for your son or daughter, please email the school urgently on info@cardinalhume.com. Please write KEY WORKER as the subject of your e-mail. Provision will also be made for the most vulnerable children; parents and carers of these young people will be contacted individually. In the email, please include:

  • name and year group of pupil
  • your job title and place of work
  • a contact telephone number

If you do not intend to send your child to school because you already have childcare provision, there is no need to e-mail the school. If you do intend to send your child to school, it is essential that you email the school for safeguarding purposes. It is crucial that we have information in school about who will be attending.

We will aim to provide limited canteen facilities for pupils who do attend school. If this is not possible, we will inform you as soon as possible.

All pupils attending school must wear full school uniform and bring their basic equipment/planner. Below is a list of key workers/areas of work:

  • NHS
  • Police
  • Fire
  • Education/teachers and other staff required to work in schools
  • Prison service
  • Probation service
  • Social care
  • Highways
  • Drivers for essential deliveries (e.g. supermarkets, pharmaceutical)

If you feel that you are a key worker and will be unable to arrange childcare, but your area of work is not listed above, please e-mail the school as outlined above for clarification.

Please do not send your child to school without notifying the school that they will be attending.

Pupils can now access resources to enable them to work from home via the school website. To view these resources, they should go to the homepage of the website (www.cardinalhume.com) and then click on the link to the Learning from Home portal which has been recently created. Work for Years 7, 8, 9, 10 and 12 is organised by subject. For Years 11 and 13, there are study materials for all course aspects, as well as a folder for each teaching group where classroom teachers will deposit work for pupils to complete. If requested, pupils may submit responses to their class teacher using the school e-mail system. However, pupils will not receive individual marks for their work during the closure.

The prime minister also announced that exams will not take place as planned in May and June. The government will work closely with Ofqual on ensuring that qualifications are awarded fairly and consistently, but specific details about how this will be achieved are not available at present. I will, of course, keep parents and pupils updated on this crucial matter. My advice to those pupils who were due to complete exams in the summer series is to continue to prepare for these important assessments.

For urgent enquires during the closure, please e-mail info@cardinalhume.com. Please do not try to contact individual members of staff.

We are aware that for some families, school is a source of a guaranteed meal for their child. We are currently putting in place measures to ensure that funding is directed towards those who are entitled to it. Parents and carers of those entitled to free school meals will be contacted separately.

Our contingency planning also extends those pupils who are accessing additional pastoral support for mental health and wellbeing. We would like to take this opportunity to remind pupils about the on-line mental health service ‘Kooth’ which is free and confidential. This can be accessed at www.kooth.com.

Please continue to follow the advice of Public Health and the government in the days and weeks ahead. This is a very difficult time for everyone in our school and wider community but the following words from Cardinal Basil Hume will hopefully offer some perspective:

“I believe that we have a duty to look frankly at the social conditions around us and to work to do what we can to address the specific needs which we find.”

Yours faithfully,

Mr. B. Robson

Acting Head Teacher

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