Unavoidable closure of Years 8 & 9 – Tuesday 5th April 2022

Dear Parents/Carers


School is closed to Year 8 and Year 9 pupils on Tuesday 5th April 2022.

Pupils are to undertake online learning at home on Tuesday 5th April and return to school on Wednesday 6th April 2022.


Due to ongoing staff shortages due to COVID-19 related illness, the usual seasonal absence and difficulty recruiting agency staff to help support with cover, I have had to take the decision to close to Year 8 and Year 9 on Tuesday 5th April and revert to online learning.  This is due to the impact on these particular year groups with the number of lessons that require covering.  The Chair of the IEB and the Local Authority are aware and support this decision.


This decision has not been taken lightly.  Although the legal requirement to isolate has been removed, it is still recommended by Public Health Wales.  Therefore, we are currently still asking staff and pupils to isolate for 5 days after a positive lateral flow test.  Positive test results must be reported on-line, and official notification of positive results should be provided to the school.


Work will be put into ‘Google Classroom’ so that pupils can access their subject work remotely. For information regarding blended learning or how to access ‘Google Classroom’, please see the school’s website.


Your child should follow their school timetable and undertake their usual 5 lessons a day.  It is essential they follow their timetabled lessons.  Work will be linked to what is currently being taught in school to support their learning, so it is important that they undertake the work so that they don’t fall behind.  There is no need to print anything and your child’s class teacher will monitor their progress.  Senior staff will liaise with class teachers to ensure that pupils are completing the work set.


I am reviewing staff absences daily to attempt to reduce the disruption to year groups.  Any messages to parents/carers will continue to be sent via text, Class Charts and social media. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the school.


Yours sincerely


Mrs D Gill

Executive Headteacher