Wednesday, 18th March 2020 - Partial School Closure

17th March 2020

As you are aware, The John Roan School has remained fully open until this point and I would like to thank the staff, students, parents and carers for their unrelenting support and understanding at this unique and challenging time.  Advice changes daily regarding coronavirus and we are ensuring the school keeps fully up to date with all the latest developments issued by Public Health England, The Department for Education and government officials.

Unfortunately, due to high staff absence I have made the difficult decision to close the school to students in Years 8, 9, 10 & 12 for the remainder of this week.  This is regrettable, but my priority is the safety and well-being of all students on the school site and the sheer number of staff not able to attend school as they would normally, means this decision has been taken.  However the school will be open to students in years 7, 11 & 13.

Students were all spoken to last week through assemblies led by senior staff and so are aware of our expectations around home learning in the case of school closure.  More details about the work students are expected to complete from home can be found on Show My Homework and we will continue to write to you with any updates around this.

If you are a parent/carer who works in the Health Care industry, please continue to send your son/daughter to school despite the partial closure.  As Headteacher, I feel we need to support the health service at this very difficult time and allowing your child to still attend school is one way of doing this.  Children will join another year group and follow an agreed timetable.  At the point of any full school closure, this provision will be reviewed.  There is no obligation to accept this offer if you have made other arrangements, but please do let the school know in writing if you intend to take up the offer and continue to send your child to school.

Thank you for your continued support of The John Roan School and please do keep in touch with the school with any questions or issues you may have.  We are very keen lines of communication are kept open and parents/carers can contact us whenever necessary.

Please check the school website for daily updates.


Cath Smith

Executive Headteacher