24 Jan

Good evening,

Following every attempt made to keep school open tomorrow, it is unfortunate that this is now not possible.

Concerns regarding the safety and well-being of staff, parents and pupils travelling to school, have increased during the day. In addition, early decisions taken by other schools and nurseries on closure, has meant that we do not have an adequate number of staff available to safely open.

Therefore, school will be closed for pupils and staff tomorrow.

All of our Academy Schools will be closing.

Text messages have already been sent to parents that have explained this closure. Although I feel that the right decision has been made, I have a genuine concern about well-being of our staff, pupils and parents. I know that we are all managing our lives with so many things going on all at once.

With this in mind, the directive for all tomorrow, is to work ‘where possible’ and to spend the rest of the day doing something that you love as a family. Pupils have plenty of individual learning materials to get on with. I am keen that time can also be spent enjoying the benefits of a rare day away from schooling due to snow! I am sure that alongside some work, the building of a snowman in the garden is a most brilliant use of time!

Well-being is a phrase that is used regularly in education, but the phrase means nothing, unless it is substantiated through actions.

As Headteacher of this wonderful school, I will be carrying out my responsibilities tomorrow but I will also be finding some time to enjoy the snow with my children!

It is highly likely that school will reopen again on Tuesday. A text will be sent tomorrow afternoon to confirm this.

With every best wish,

Mr Crehan