Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Statement from the Trust (19/3/20)

19th
March 2020

Dear Parents and Carers 

Thank you for your understanding and support during this time of uncertainty.  Rest assured that staff in the Wessex Learning Trust are here to support as much as we can.

The government last night said
that schools will close to learners on Friday evening (20th March
2020).  However there are two groups of
learners that may still continue to
come to school:

  1. Children of Key Workers – NHS staff, delivery staff, police drivers, (teachers/educational support workers) etc.
  2. Vulnerable children – those who have an EHCP or have a social worker allocated to them.

The first group we will not know
who they are, the second we do already. 
We will contact all parents /carers asking them if they feel they work
in a ‘key role’.

Once we know how many learners we
can expect in school each day we can then work out a staffing model to support
those learners.

Each school will have set work for
their learners to complete between now and the end of the usual Easter holiday. This will have been set either on
virtual learning platforms or by paper packs of information.  In the event of closure that extends beyond
the Easter holiday, we will update you with how to access the next set of
learning. 

Families in our schools who are
supported by external agencies or with whom we have worked very closely due to
a variety of vulnerabilities will be contacted by school staff on a regular
basis throughout the period of closure. 
Likewise we are setting up procedures regarding the reporting of
safeguarding concerns.

We have been told today that we
can expect changes to be taking place to SATs, GCSEs, BTECs and A Level
examinations.  We do not have the full
detail of this yet, other than learners will get the qualifications that they
need and deserve.

Exam boards are working closely
and tirelessly with Government to establish exactly how this will look. 
We absolutely appreciate what an incredibly difficult and anxious time this is
for particularly Year 6, Year 11 and Year 13 learners and their families. We
will do everything within our power to support you with the right information
as it is released to us.

Yours sincerely

Gavin Ball

Chief Executive