Please note that all schools will close as of Friday (20th March 2020), until further notice. I cannot specify how long this will be as we are in an unprecedented situation. The government will tell us when schools will re-open.

You can read the Secretary of State’s comments via this link:

Firstly I should like to thank the staff at St John’s who have been magnificent – they have shown huge amounts of dedication and committed to educate, support and care for all of our children, particularly during these difficult times.

The children have also been amazing. They are a credit to you all and please thank them on my behalf.

Work for children

We have prepared a pack of work for all of the children to take home which provides a two week timetable and all of the resources which they will need. I hope that you find these useful. We shall send these packs home today with the children. I would ask all parents who do not have these packs to collect these from the front gate from 9.00 – 9.30am and then from 3.00 – 3.30pm on the 20/03/20. If you are self-isolating please DO NOT come in to the school, please email the school to let us know. We will try to send these out, however we may not have the resources to do this if there are hundreds of packs to send.

Please look at the school website for updated information with regards to school closure and any related information.

 School is open for children of key workers and vulnerable children

The government have announced that schools, colleges and early years settings will be closed to everyone except children of key workers and vulnerable children from Monday, as part of the country’s ongoing response to coronavirus.

Children who do not fall into these groups should remain at home with appropriate care.

 The school will open on Monday to pupils who:

  • are the children of key-workers;
  • have special educational needs with an Education and Health Care Plan (EHCP);
  • have their own social worker as part of a Child Protection Plan or Child in Need plan.

 A full list of key worker categories will be published by the Cabinet Office shortly (hopefully today). Examples of these workers include NHS staff, school staff, police, delivery drivers or others in front line services who need to be able to go to work. Vulnerable children include those who have a social worker and those with Education, Health and Care Plans.

Key worker

Please let us know as soon as you can if you are a key worker who requires schooling during this time – we do not know who you are unless you tell us.

If you work for; NHS staff, police, school staff, delivery drivers or others in front line services please let us know as soon as you can.

Please email the school office if you wish to bring your child in please and provide your child’s name, class and the nature of your key-role (eg. nurse, NHS delivery driver etc.)

Vulnerable families

We shall contact our vulnerable families with this offer. We are ready and prepared to welcome your child to school.

 Own clothes

If your child is attending school - I would ask that they attend school in their own clothes so that they are not identified or labelled by others.

School meals

Schools have also been asked to provide meals or vouchers to children eligible for free school meals. We are in the process of purchasing vouchers for these families and we will contact you as soon as we can.

The government has stated that they will  put in place a national voucher system as soon as possible, we will let you know what these arrangements are as soon as there is more information from the government. 

Office staff

Please understand that the front office will be incredibly busy arranging these matters and so may not be able to respond to general queries. I appreciate your understanding.

Aktiva extended day provision from 7.45am – 6.00pm

Aktiva, our extended provider, will continue to deliver extended provision for children of key workers. We have been in contact with Aktiva and they are continuing to provide extended services at St John’s from 7.45 – 9.00am breakfast club – 3.30 - 6.00pm afterschool club - only for children of key workers and vulnerable children. You will need to book this extended provision through Aktiva’s website NOT THROUGH THE SCHOOL – you can find the link here:

A final note

Many of our children may be very scared by the comments, news reports and discussions they are hearing. They may also feel our tension and anxiety even if they have been shielded from news reports and mass media panic. The time spent at home can be an opportunity for families and loved ones to strengthen loving bonds and to support each other. The unity and togetherness families share during this time will be remembered fondly by the children long after this situation is over. These are important gifts we can provide for our children.

Thank you for your continued support and understanding

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