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Update from Jon Whitcombe, Trust Principal -

Secondary Statement

As you will be aware, the DfE has stated that Year 10 and Year 12 students will receive some “face to face” contact with their teachers during Term 6. Currently, we are awaiting guidance from the DfE as to what this means in practice. 

Once the guidance is published we will develop our plans and make the necessary arrangements. On June 1st we will write to you explaining what “face to face” means in practice and we will be in a position to confirm when this will commence. 

Please note that the current arrangements for online teaching for Years 10 and 12 will continue until further notice.

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Telephone : 01227 931300 Email : Office

Severe Weather

Poor Weather Arrangements

The school will remain open unless otherwise stated on the home page of the school website and will only close to students if the site is unsafe.

If the decision is made to close the school we will post the notice on the school's website by 7:00am and pass the information to Kent School Closures who will add to their website, parents can register for alerts on this site.

Heart FM, BBC Radio Kent and KMFM will use the information published on the Kent County Council website to broadcast closures, however we have no control over the speed at which the closures are broadcast, please remember to refresh the web pages regularly. We will also send a text message and email via Edulink to all those parents who have signed up to this service.

The decision to open or close the school will not take into account whether the students can travel to and from school safely as each student has a different journey to make. It is important that parents satisfy themselves that their child can safely make the journey before they allow them to depart.

In the event of conditions deteriorating through the day or if insufficient staff are available to safely supervise the students, it may become necessary to close the school before 3:00pm. In this eventuality we will monitor the transport situation before making a decision based on the best information we have as to whether students should leave school early. Should this occur we will send a text message and email via Edulink to all those parents who have signed up to this service and will also ask students to contact parents using their mobile phones. We will use the school line to contact the parents of those students who do not have a mobile phone in school.  

Public Examinations

Whilst public examinations are taking place, even if the decision is taken to close the school to other pupils, it will remain open for exam candidates.