Re: Announcement of school closures as of 3.10pm on Friday 20th March

Further to this announcement, I can confirm that Shirebrook Academy will close at 3.10pm on 20th March to all students except those who are the children of ‘key workers’ (definition to be confirmed by the government), those children who have an allocated social worker and those identified as being our most vulnerable.

Students who attend school will have a planned day of activities, delivered by staff from the academy. The academy building will be open between 8.30am and 3.30pm with normal school day lessons and break times. Please note only the front entrance will be open for students. Johnsons have informed us that buses 524 Langwith & 135 New Houghton. Pleasley and Glapwell will continue to run as normal, however, if this changes we will let you know. There will be a limited school meal offer or students may bring their own packed lunch as normal. Students entitled to a free school meal will have a meal provided.

All other students should follow their normal timetable at home as far as possible, accessing work set by their teachers on SAM Learning, GCSE Pod, the school website ‘work for closure’ section or via printed materials that have been sent home with students. If you do not have access to the internet and need more printed resources, please call the school and we will send resources home. The Government has announced that they will organise a voucher scheme for students entitled to Free School Meals who are at home, we will let you know as soon as we receive details of this scheme. The announcement stated that schools would continue to operate this approach until further notice.

With regards to students in Y11, the announcement also clarified that students in these year groups would not take their examinations this May and June and that their future pathway at Post 16 would not be impeded because of this decision. I am sure that further clarity about what that actually means in practice for students will be released over the next few days. We appreciate that this may well have left our students bewildered and uncertain. They have worked so hard and all deserve to gain good results this summer. The Government is committed to ensuring that students will not be disadvantaged by this decision.

I will, of course, continue to communicate with you on a regular basis, giving you the latest updates and the implications for our young people.

Could I please ask, if you have not done so already, that you email Belinda Norman if you believe you meet the ‘keyworker’ criteria and you wish for your child(ren) to continue to attend school.

If you have any further questions about these arrangements, then please do not hesitate to contact us.

Yours Faithfully

Mark Cottingham