As you know, we are all facing extraordinary challenges at this time and the situation is placing pressure on all parts of society. Our staff have been doing all they can to keep our Academies open, or partially open, since this crisis began and we would like to pay tribute to their remarkable commitment. They have been extraordinary and we will continue to play our part over the coming weeks.
As you may be aware, the Government made several very important decisions yesterday evening (18th March) about schools. There will be further detail to follow but I wanted to ensure you had as much information as possible as early as possible.
The first is that it has advised schools in England to close, except for certain groups of children, from this Friday afternoon (20th March) onwards as a further measure to prevent the spread of the COVID-19. No date has been set for when schools will re-open for all students.
From Monday, the school will continue to be open for the following groups of students:
For students in these groups, we have also been asked to remain open through the Easter Holidays and we will do our best to achieve this. From Monday 23rd March and through this period, our school will provide care for these children.
As soon as I have more information on the above groups, I will share it with you and will then ask for parents/carers who fall within this remint are accepting the provision to contact the Academies.
Children who do not fall into the groups listed above should remain at home with appropriate care.
For the remainder of this week the Academies will operate as usual.
The second key announcement is that tests and exams will not take place this summer. For children and young people, who have worked so hard to prepare for their SATs, GCSEs or A levels, this may be upsetting, and we sympathise with them. At the same time, we understand the decision the Government has made and we are reassured that children’s grades in GCSEs and A levels will be awarded on the basis of moderated assessment, in conjunction with the exam boards and Ofqual. This means that the hard work students have done will be rewarded. It may not feel quite the same, and nor is it, but they will receive grades that will progress them on to the next stages of their lives.
We will continue to provide home learning resources for your child which are accessible through the Academy websites http://www.ocpia.co.uk or http://www.ocpja.co.uk.
In the meantime, 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.
Mr P. Reid, Head of School
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