At 5.15pm yesterday, the Secretary of State for Education gave a public statement that all state-funded schools in England would be closed from the end of the school day on Friday.
Having indicated that all schools would be closed, he then indicated that they would be expected to remain open for the children of key workers and for those in various vulnerable categories – providing a safe place and access to meals. We are expecting a definition of ‘key worker’ later today from the Cabinet Office. We will later send out another letter asking you to help us identify our key workers.
Although we have been anticipating such an announcement, and prepared for various scenarios, the limited details so far released raise considerably more questions than answers.
The Secretary of State gave no undertaking that schools would be expected to sustain a pattern of normal learning during the closure; rather that any available staff would be expected to support key workers.
The leadership team will be working, to clarify what this announcement means for our school, for our pupils and for you. I will send further information later today when the key workers list is released.
Thank you for your support and for your patience in the meantime.
Dr Valerie Daniel