Dear Parents and Carers 
We have had a another pupil test positive for Covid-19 and so following the advice of the local health protection team we have closed the Key Stage 4 classes in the main school as they are one 'bubble'.  Those pupils and staff will need to self-isolate now. When I liaise with the local Health Protection team we become the NHS 'Test and Trace'  or the NHS Covid-19 app. The following of these self-isolation rules is crucial to the prevention of the spread of the virus and I am grateful for your support with this. I have added the self-isolation rules with this message.
At the same time we are experiencing severe staff shortages across the school and are having to close or partially close a number of classes to maintain safety. 
This has disrupted class plans for Christmas celebrations and I am afraid that many of the planned activities will not be able to take place now. I can only apologise for the disruption and thank you for your patience and support as we try to manage these challenging times and try to prevent the spread of the virus.
The Government announced yesterday that we could use our Inset day planned for Monday 19 April to close next Thursday rather than Friday. We feel this would be a sensible thing to do to try to minimise the possibility of infection and self-isolation extending into the time allowed for families to get together for Christmas.
School will therefore close for the Christmas break on Thursday 17 December at the usual time. We will re-open for children on Tuesday 5th January 2021.
Best wishes

How to self-isolate

You must not leave your home if you're self-isolating.
•    do not go to work, school or public places, work from home if you can.
•    do not go on public transport or use taxis
•    do not go out to get food or medicine, order it online or by phone, or ask someone to bring it to your home
•    do not have visitors in your home, including friends and family, except for people providing essential care
•    do not go out to exercise, exercise at home or in your garden if you have one.