18th March 2020 – An update following the government announcement of school closures
We are sure that many of you will have heard the latest update from the Prime Minister and the Secretary of State for Education earlier today in which they announced the next steps for schools in England. In accordance with the latest advice, it is clear that Merchant Taylors’ School will close to the majority of children at the end of the school day on Friday until further notice. We will continue to be open for children of key workers.
We are expecting to receive further information this evening from the Department of Education, including the precise definition of key workers. Accordingly we will be sending out a further communication tomorrow, in which we will also explain in more detail how we intend to operate during the closure, particularly with regard to academic lessons and pastoral care. We will also be asking key workers to let us know whether or not they wish us to look after their children or whether they would prefer them to remain at home.
We are sure that many of you will also have taken note of the announcement regarding public examinations not taking place in May and June. OFQUAL has tonight said the following: “We welcome the certainty that the Secretary of State’s decision not to hold exams this summer provides in these challenging circumstances. We will now work urgently with the Department for Education to work through the detail of this decision and to provide more information as soon as possible.”
We will continue to engage with OFQUAL and will share further information with you once we receive it.
These remain uncertain times, but we are committed to working with you to continue to support your children in the best way we can.
For clarity’s sake, we can confirm that we will remain open to all pupils until the end of the week. Thank you for your continued support.
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The Department for Education has launched a Coronavirus helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education.
Staff, parents and students can contact the helpline in the following ways between 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)
Phone: 0800 046 8687
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