Posted on: January 5, 2021
Dear Parent / Carer,
Last week, I wrote to you following the Government’s announcement just before the New Year about when students would return to school this term.
I am sorry to be writing to you again so soon on this subject. However, as you may have seen, the Prime Minister last night announced a new national lockdown because of rising infection rates of Covid-19 and to try to prevent the further spread of the virus.
As part of this, all primary schools, secondary schools and colleges in England, including OSSMA, are to be closed from today until at least the end of half-term in February, except for children of key workers or vulnerable children.
The Prime Minister also announced that “not all exams” would go ahead as expected this year and that there would be alternative arrangements. He said the Government would set out further details on this at a later date, and when that information is announced, we will update parents of students due to take exams this year. I would add that whatever assessments or work that exam grades are going to be based on this year is yet to take place. Therefore, Year 11 students should still be working hard to achieve as a high a grade as possible.
As you know, we have worked incredibly hard since the start of the pandemic in March to keep our school as safe as possible, and I would like to take this opportunity to remind you of the safety measures in place at our school for those students still in the academy:
For all other students, our academy is closed until at least the end of the February half-term. High-quality remote learning will be provided to make sure they continue to receive a consistent education. We know that this places pressure on you at a difficult time, but your support in helping your child engage with the remote learning packs as much as possible is so important, and we are very grateful for it. We will continue to deliver free school meals to those eligible as we did in the previous lockdown.
We will continue to update you regularly as we did last spring/summer. However, let me know if you would like to discuss this matter or require any support relating to these new arrangements.
I would once again like to take this opportunity to thank you wholeheartedly for your understanding and ongoing support in helping us to manage this unprecedented situation. My best wishes to you and your family.
Mr. N Brennan