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Closure To All Pupils: Information

Mar 19, 2020

Closure To All Pupils: Information

Thursday 19 March 2020


Dear parents/carers,

Re: Coronavirus update – school closure to most pupils

Following on from my last update, I’m now writing to let you know thatwe have been instructed to close the school to all children after this Friday (20 March 2020, 3.15pm) until further notice.

The Local Authority will provide identified ‘Educational Settings’ which will remain open from Monday 23 March 2020 to help serve the needs of childcare for Key Workers (e.g. NHS staff, police, other frontline services) and those in vulnerable groups. This is just for Early Years and Primary school children only.

All St. Julie’s students will need to stay at home, so we ask that you do not send your child into school from Monday onwards.

Please note that this is a national closure due to the global pandemic, so while it is a challenging situation, we are not alone. We’ll re-open fully as soon as we can and will let you know when this is via ParentPay, letter and the school website .

Year 11 and 13 students

All Year 11 and 13 students with outstanding coursework/non-examination assessments will have their timetable collapsed on Friday 20 March so that they can complete their assessments. Very limited information has been provided by the exam boards at this stage, however, we want to make sure that any assessments outstanding can be completed to the highest standard, pending further guidance from JCQ (Joint Council for Qualifications).

The Year 11 BTEC Digital and Information Technology qualification can be completed at home and submitted to your daughter’s subject teacher via email or . The deadline for this will be Monday 20 April.

What we’ll continue doing while your child is at home

Your child’s learning is of course important to us, so we’ll continue to help your child to learn. Please find attached a list of online resources which your daughter can access from home. An electronic version is also available on the school website. Your daughter also has full access to the VLE and she will be able to access all resources for each of her subjects and qualifications. Alongside this, your daughter can send messages to individual staff via the VLE if she needs helps with any questions, resources and/or materials.

During this time, please encourage your daughter to get into a daily routine of learning at home. She should be completing school work for at least five to six hours per day. The range of resources available will ensure your daughter can continue to learn and support her education in preparation for when she fully returns to school. Please also use the hyperlinks in the e-bulletins and school website to contact school directly. All direct email addresses for Curriculum Leaders, Progress Leaders and the Leadership Team can be accessed via the school website.

If your child usually receives free school meals we will also be in touch with more information about how we will continue to provide this, with support from a scheme that the government has just announced.


Please refer to the separate Safeguarding letter which outlines the support systems for students and parent/carers to continue to access.

What we won’t be able to go ahead with:

  School trips

  Breakfast or after-school clubs


  Internal exams or tests

This is as much as we know right now and we appreciate your continued patience as we deal with this ever-changing situation. We understand that this latest news will have an impact on you and your family and it’s far from ideal, but we’ll continue to keep in touch with any updates as the situation develops.

If you want to get in touch to share any concerns, please don’t hesitate to do so via the feedback form on the school website

And remember: if you or your child feels ill and you want to know what to do next, please use NHS 111 online.

Thank you again for your continued support, and we will be in touch with more information when we can.

Yours sincerely,


Mr T Alderman

Some guidance about online resources for learning can be found here.