[20/03/2020] Information for Key Workers

Definition of Key Workers

Key workers have now been defined by the Government. Therefore, those parents/carers who this applies to must email to inform us of the days that we are to expect your child on site. Ideally, this email needs to be sent to this address by 12 noon each Friday with the following information.

  • Child’s Name;
  • Parents’ occupation and place of work;
  • Days in school for the coming week or period of time (depending on prior knowledge of shift patterns etc.);
  • How they will travel to the academy – preferably dropped off and signed in at main reception.

However, for those parents who have already contacted the academy regarding provision can you email and confirm your requirements for week commencing Monday 23 March as soon as possible.

We will operate a skeleton staff to ensure provision is in place for these students over the coming weeks/months as we too aim to operate a system of social distancing for our staff, whilst running the academy.

Please note the most recent scientific advice on how to further limit the spread of COVD-19 is clear. If children can stay safely at home, they should, to limit the chance of the virus spreading.

That is why the government has asked parents to keep their children at home, wherever possible, and asked schools to remain open only for those children who absolutely need to attend.

It is important to underline that schools, colleges and other educational establishments remain safe places for children. But the fewer children making the journey to school the fewer the children in educational settings, the lower the risk that the virus can spread and infect vulnerable individuals in wider society.

Schools are, therefore, being asked to continue to provide care for a limited number of children – children who are vulnerable and children whose parents are critical to the COVID-19 response and cannot be safely cared for at home.

If you are a ‘Key Worker’ but have other childcare capabilities, such as a partner who does not work, a partner who is not a key worker, or is able to work from home, please do not apply for this as spaces will likely be limited as the situation evolves. In addition, they should only come into school when the key worker parent is at work. This will enable us to keep our own staff safe too.


Students will follow their school timetable as far as is possible, completing work set by their teacher via Class Charts (but not necessarily their member of staff). Classes may be supervised in mixed age groups due to limited staffing. They will be supervised completing the online learning activities that have been set. Free School Meal children will be provided with a ‘grab bag’ as we will have no catering facilities. These will also be available to purchase by other students for £2.25 or alternatively you may provide a packed lunch. A small number of classrooms will be opened due to a shortage of cleaning staff. We will be located in the sixth form building only, the rest of the campus will be on lockdown.

Students should not attend if they, or anyone else in their household, is self-isolating.

Please follow the link to see the full list: Guidance for schools, childcare providers, colleges and local authorities in England on maintaining educational provision.

Yours sincerely,

Kate Kell
Acting Head of School