Headteachers Letter – Covid 19 Update 13.5.2020

Dear Parents and Carers


Government Update on Covid 19


Following the Prime Ministers address on Sunday 10 May 2020, schools across the UK have been provided with preliminary guidance as to what the rest of the academic year might look like for our pupils.


A summary of the headlines are as follows;


  • From June 1 2020, Primary Schools to re-open for some pupils in smaller class sizes.
  • Secondary schools will remain closed at this time.
  • If deemed safe to do so, Secondary Schools may partially open towards the end of the academic year to support Year 10 students only.
  • It appears unlikely that Years 7-9 will return to school before September.


Contingency Planning for Longhill High School


As a school, our top priority is the safety of the students, staff, your families and the local community. The leadership team and governors are working hard to ensure that we have an extensive plan in place for when we are able to partially/fully open. We will only allow the school to reopen if we are satisfied that is safe for us to do so. We will keep you updated on the plans for Longhill High School.


Current Provision


We remain open for vulnerable students and children of key workers, but only where there is no other option of childcare. The priority remains to minimise contact with others to reduce the spread of COVID 19.


Home Learning


It is important that your son/daughter is engaging with the school, their teachers and the work set, as this will support them to succeed when they return to school. Not all of our students are engaging in online learning as much as we would like and I understand this can be difficult but it is important to keep encouraging them to try and ultimately succeed.


We understand this can be difficult, but our teachers are available remotely to offer the support they need during these exceptional circumstances. It is essential that you as a parent/carer are actively encouraging your child to continue with their learning as much as possible.


This time away from school is likely to be approximately six months and that has the potential to have a significant impact on future qualifications and academic success of your son/daughter. We must work together to limit the negative impact and that is by actively engaging with the online work. At the same time, I encourage you to take care of you and your families health and wellbeing; please have a look at the wellbeing newsletter that we are sending out weekly.


Finally, we will keep you informed with the latest government guidance as soon as it is available. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact school staff.


I hope that you and your families are safe and well.


Stay safe,



Kate Williams



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