update 12th May

Hanley Castle High School remains closed.

Following the Government's announcement earlier this week Hanley Castle, along with other secondary schools nationally and locally, remains closed for the time being.

The school is continuing to provide childcare for the children key workers and vulnerable children, who meet the criteria set out in the following guidance:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision

I know that some parents will be disappointed that the school is not yet expanding its provision to include more children. However, we are following Government guidance which is based on scientific advice. The transmission rate of coronavirus has not yet fallen to a level which makes it safe to reopen secondary schools. To do so prematurely would place the children of key workers, the vulnerable children, and the staff who are caring for them in school at unacceptable risk, as well as risking pushing up the transmission rate again in the wider community.

The Government has stated its aspiration that students in Years 10 and 12 might receive some face-to-face support from their teachers before the summer in order to supplement their learning at home. However, this will be dependent on 'further progress' in reducing the transmission rate of coronavirus.

I do hope that this provides clarity and reassurance to both parents and our students at this critical time. I know that we are all hoping for a return to normality as soon as possible.

My very best wishes

Lindsey Cooke

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