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Partial closure: notice for Tuesday, 3rd November

We will only be open to year 11 students on Tuesday, 3rd November.  

Dear Parent/Carer,

I am writing to advise you that our staffing levels within school have reached the point where we are unable to remain open to all year groups.  This is due to numerous factors, including COVID-19 and self-isolation.

This means that all aspects of school life are affected, from teaching and covering lessons through to site security and staff duties.  Keeping children safe is always paramount for St Anne’s.  I have discussed this with our Chair of Governors, Bob Berry, and our CEO, Mark Mountcastle.  

Consequently, we will only be open to year 11 students on Tuesday, 3rd November.  Here is what will happen next. 

1.  Tomorrow morning, the Senior Leadership Team will meet and discuss staff absence levels and work out if we can safely accommodate another year group onto site the next day.  

2.  If we can open to another year group the next day, then we will write to you clearly outlining this by 2pm.

3.  If we can’t open to another year group, we will also communicate this to you by 2pm.

You should expect a daily communication around this now.  I would strongly encourage you to download the School News app, as this will push a notification to your phone.  You can follow the instructions for this by following this link:  St. Anne’s R.C High School - Our new app!

Work will be set remotely on Microsoft Teams for these year groups in line with their current studies in school.  

Students in years 8 and 10 do not need to self-isolate as they are not being sent home because of a positive case.  Students in years 7 and 9 need to continue to self-isolate in accordance with previous communication.

Staffing levels are forecast to recover somewhat by Wednesday, but this is obviously an ever-changing scenario with absence rates.  

My sincere apologies for any worry or inconvenience this may cause for you and your families.

Yours in Christ

Dan Wright

Headteacher