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School closure for Year 8 only

Due to the extreme high levels of staff absence today, I have had to make the very difficult decision to close the school to Year 8 only. The decision is made in light of safeguarding and the duty of care that we have of our students to ensure their well-being and safety at all times. I offer my sincere apologies to parents for the short notice, but we have literally tried every avenue to cover our staff shortage including contacting other schools.

I will monitor staff absence and will inform you as soon as possible if I have to close to other year groups throughout the week. Please can I ask that you keep an eye on our website or facebook / twitter for such notices. We will also send a message by text and parentmail, as was sent at 7.30am to all parents of Year 8 students this morning.

Thank you for your patience and support at this very difficult time.

Mrs Copeland