Dear Parents and Carers,
I am sure that many of you will have seen the Prime Minister’s address to the nation last night, and his indication that it may be possible to implement a phased re-opening of schools from 1st June, starting with pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 in primary schools. The Prime Minister then gave an indication that for those students taking exams next year (our current Year 10s), they would receive ‘some’ time in school before the end of the Summer term. This is part of the government’s conditional plan which it says will remain under regular review.
Like you, I only saw the announcement last night and I am unable to answer the many questions that you may have about when and how we will reopen the school at present. I am awaiting more clarity and information from the government about what this means for our schools, and in the short term nothing has changed – we continue to provide education for students of vulnerable students and critical workers at Sprowston Community Academy. Our provision of work continues as per our website and the update from Dr Evans previously. We would like to thank you all for your support with that and the many fantastic examples of work we have had sent to us.
We are dedicated to the well-being and education of your children and we are all keen to get pupils back into school. None of us want to see the empty classrooms for a day longer than they need to be. However, as the headteacher, the first priority has to be the safety of everyone in the school community – students, parents and school staff.
Please be aware that, if the national guidance (once known) cannot be safely applied in our school, I will retain the power, along with Boudica Schools Trust to make decisions regarding the safety of pupils and staff based on our own risk assessments.
I will be working with the Trust over the next few days to look at if, when and how it might be possible to re-open. I will of course keep you informed over the coming days and weeks once I am able to do so.
While, like the school staff, I am sure you have many questions today, I do want to remind you that nothing will change immediately; we now have to take time to think carefully about what this means for Sewell Park Academy and how we can get the school open in a way that is safe for all.
Thank you for your continued support at this challenging time.