School Closure – released 18/03/20

Dear Parents,

School Closure

As many of you will now be aware it has been announced by the Prime Minister this evening that schools will be closed until further notice for the vast majority of students from Monday 23rd March. However, in order to allow key workers to carry out their vital work and to support more vulnerable children many schools will remain open to a limited number of students. Bideford College will be committed to doing this.

We are aware of who our vulnerable students are as these students have been defined by the government this evening as those with an Education Health Care Plan and students in families where a social worker is supporting the family. However, we are not always aware of the occupation of all our parents. Therefore we would be grateful if you could email tomorrow your child’s head of house if you require the support of the college in order to be able to go to work in order to undertake roles that are vital to the infrastructure of the community. Whilst we are awaiting the list of occupations to whom this applies, key workers have been outlined at this point as:

  • NHS Staff
  • Police
  • Armed forces personnel
  • Children of Social Workers
  • Children of care workers
  • Supermarket delivery drivers
  • Children of teachers

This information will be clarified further by the government in the next few days and we will continue to share any information with you as it arrives in school.

If you are a worker in one of these categories please contact:

Coleridge: Mr Cope – rcope@bidefordcollege.org

Brunel: Ms Luke – cluke@bidefordcollege.org

Hepworth: Mr Cross – tcross@bidefordcollege.org

Arthur: Mr Skinner – sskinner@bidefordcollege.org

Farwell: Mr Gibbins – wgibbins@bidefordcollege.org

We are acutely aware that this is a very worrying time for our students who were due to sit GCSE and A-level exams this year. Whilst this evening we have no details as to how these students will be awarded grades I want to offer my assurance that as soon as this information is available I will update all those who are affected.

We know that parents and students will have many questions and will be anxious at this time. We will share any further information as it comes in to college. However, the expectation at this point is that on Monday we will see children in the categories described above in college, unless you have made alternative arrangements. The government has stated that these arrangements should not involve people over the age of 70 years or people with underlying health vulnerabilities.

Please be assured that the college will do everything it can to support the community at this difficult time.

Dr Claire Ankers