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January Closure Update

Lockdown January 2021

You will have seen in the news yesterday, that the government has announced a national lockdown which requires all schools to close for all students, except for vulnerable students and those who have keyworker parents or carers.  This closure will be in place until after the February half term break (February 22nd) .

Remote Learning

We will provide online remote education from 5th January for all year groups. This will be as close as possible to the education that your child would receive if they were in school.  All work will be set for the students on our Google Classroom.  All tutors and teaching staff will be delivering tutor time activities and lessons virtually to students following their usual in school timetable.  This week is Week A. 

Please note the username for Google Classroom is your academy computer login followed by

If you are having problems accessing the Google Classroom please contact  Students are expected to be logged into our Google Classroom for 8.30am.  Virtual lessons will finish at 14.50.

If you are logged in already you can select Google Classroom from the ‘dots’ in the top right-hand corner when you have opened Google Chrome.  A user guide is attached for your information. 

Vulnerable and critical worker students

From Tuesday 5th January 2021 students who have parents that are critical workers, or students who are vulnerable, may attend school as normal (definitions of who is considered as vulnerable, or a critical worker are attached) if they wish to.

If you or your child meet the criteria for being vulnerable, or a critical worker, then please email the

school at by ASAP stating the name of your child and their tutor group, and the reason for their attendance in school.  For critical workers, please where possible, send the information from a professional work account.  If you are not sure if you, or your child fall under these definitions, then please contact the school via email at


Access to remote learning

It is important that all students have access to the internet and a suitable device available that will enable them to participate in live virtual teaching.  A suitable device would ideally be a laptop, tablet or PC.  However, it is possible to access the Google classroom via a smart phone.

In order to assist we have a limited supply of devices available to students, along with data SIM cards and WIFI dongles.  If you would like to be considered for assistance please email indicating the issues you are facing.



If your child is unwell, due to Covid-19 or otherwise, and is unable to participate in Google Classroom lessons you must continue to report this to the school in order that you are not contacted by us to check on attendance.  Please email or telephone 01322 623100 and select option 1.

Free School Meals

If your child is eligible for Free School Meals and they are learning remotely you may wish to receive a food parcel.  If so, please email

Thank you for your continued support in keeping our community safe. If you or your child need us during the period that your child is at home please get in touch via 01322 623100 or email 

Yours faithfully,

Gurjit Kaur Shergill



Definitions of ‘critical workers’ and ‘vulnerable pupils’

Critical workers are those who work in:

  • Health and social care
  • Education and childcare
  • Key public services (including the justice system, religious staff, charities delivering key frontline
  • services, those responsible for the management of the deceased, and journalists and broadcasters who are providing public service broadcasting)
  • Local and national government (those who are involved in delivering the coronavirus response or essential public services)
  • Food and other necessary goods
  • Public safety and national security
  • Transport
  • Utilities, communication and financial services.

Vulnerable pupils are those who:

  • Are assessed as being in need, including those with a child in need plan or child protection plan
  • Are looked after by the local authority
  • Have an education, health and care (EHC) plan.

Have been assessed as otherwise vulnerable by the school or LA, including children who:

  • Are receiving support from children’s social care services
  • Are adopted
  • Are at risk of becoming NEET (‘not in employment, education or training’)
  • Are living in temporary accommodation
  • Are a young carer.