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Extra school closure days in June

We have decided to have two exceptional closure days: on Monday 3 and Tuesday 4 June 2019.

School will be closed to students on these two days.

This is happening so that our staff can have additional training on our curriculum. We are working hard to further enhance our curriculum offer, taking account of recent developments in education research and the increased rigour and challenge in Key Stage Four.

Curriculum development is a continuous process, and as a forward-thinking school we will continue to develop the best schemes of learning, lessons, resources and opportunities beyond the classroom for all our young people.

We understand that closing the school, and in particular the impact this may have on students’ learning time, may appear counterintuitive, but we are committed to long term change and development for the good of all of our students. Our aim is to provide them with greater depth of knowledge and skills, academic success, and better life chances. We have taken this missed learning time into account with our planning and delivery of lessons throughout the remainder of the academic year.

If your child is in Year 11, you may be concerned about the support in place for them during the exam season. 
As will be the case for the duration of the exam season, we are committed to providing Year 11 students with revision and preparation support in school. We will write to parents and carers of Year 11 students in the summer term to outline this programme, and our expectations of Year 11 students during the school closure days.

If your child is in Year 10, you will be aware that the planned school closure days coincide with the period during which Year 10 students undertake their work experience placements. Please be assured that students’ work experience placements will not be impacted by the school closure days and the work experience programme will run as normal.

Please do get in touch with us if you want to discuss any aspect of these arrangements. Thank you for your support as we continue to make the changes needed for our students.