During these uncertain times our primary consideration is to support our school community to keep safe and well. In view of the rapidly changing and unprecedented circumstances, we have been forced to make a partial closure decision earlier than anticipated.
With effect from tomorrow, Thursday 19th March we will be closed to students in years 8 and 9. If students in year 8 and 9 have not already collected the books they need, school will be open for them between 3:15 – 4:00pm on Thursday 19th March for them to collect their books or folders from the classrooms where their books or folders are stored. Teachers will be around to help them find the work they need.
For our youngest students in year 7, school will be open only for the children of keyworkers if childcare is required, however their curriculum will be collapsed so that we can staff those classes appropriately. All other Year 7 students can attend school between 3:15 – 4:00pm on Thursday 19th March for them to collect their books or folders from the classrooms.
All after school clubs and revision sessions have been cancelled with immediate effect.
Year 10 students must attend school for their English Literature lessons only, travelling to and from school only for this lesson each day.
Year 12 students must only attend school for lessons in subjects that are being examined in summer 2020 i.e. AS Biology, Psychology, Core Maths and EPQ. Travelling to and from school only for lessons in these subjects each day. All other year 12 students will remain at home and study remotely.
School will remain open to years 11 and 13 and we will make every effort to ensure these classes have specialist teachers where available.
Year 7, 8 and 9 internal examinations will not take place for now, and are likely to be rescheduled later in the year. Students should focus on trying to complete all the work that is set by their teachers, using the other resources sent in our last correspondence when they can.
Covid19 will be causing you similar concerns within your own area of experience and family circumstances. We are all following the government guidelines or advice as it becomes available, making the decisions our family needs to stay safe and well. At school we need to prioritise the support for the students and families of those who have exams this year to ensure they are not disadvantaged and maximise opportunities to get the best results they can in their summer examinations.
We are in the process of producing appropriate resources to support remote learning and lines of communication to sustain a possible longer period of closure for all students. There is extensive curriculum support already available via our usual school web-site and online platforms, which our students are familiar with using. The school also has GCSE Pod which is an excellent resource for all students from year 9 to year 11 with instructions on the school website for this. Clear guidance for students and parents to support remote learning has been, and will continue be, issued via parent/carer email to help support students learning at home.
The school remains open for staff. Any queries should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
This is an unprecedented situation and we thank you for your patience and understanding in these highly unusual circumstances. The situation will be closely monitored daily, and updates will be sent via parent/carer mail. You can also follow us on the Schools’ Twitter feed @AlderbrookSch
Please take care of yourselves, and each other.
Dr Janette Smith
Year Group School Closure Summary
Year 7 : School Closed – except for the children of Key workers if required Books / folders may be collected Thursday 19/03/2020 between 3:15-4:00
Year 8 : School Closed – Books / folders may be collected Thursday 19/03/2020 between 3:15-4:00
Year 9 : School Closed – Books / folders may be collected Thursday 19/03/2020 between 3:15-4:00
Year 10 : Only attend School for English Literature lessons
Year 11 : Attend School
Year 12 : Only attend for AS examined 2020 lessons
Year 13 : Attend School