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IMPORTANT: school closure information

Dear Parents & Carers


You will no doubt have heard the Prime Minister announce that England is going into a national lockdown again as from tomorrow & that schools will be closed for most pupils. Announcing this at ten past eight in the evening for the following day is typical of the government’s shambolic approach to education during the pandemic.


As a result of such a late announcement, I’m afraid that Woodlands Primary School will be closed to all children tomorrow (Tuesday 5 January). It is impossible to organise critical worker & vulnerable children provision (plus home learning) at such short notice. I know this will inconvenience a great many of you & can only apologise.


From Wednesday 6 January, we will be open for children of critical workers & vulnerable pupils (children who are supported by social care, those with safeguarding and welfare needs, including child in need plans, on child protection plans, ‘looked after’ children, young carers, disabled children and those with education, health and care [EHC] plans).


The message from government is to stay at home to protect the NHS. It is vital that we cater only for vulnerable pupils & children of critical workers who cannot work from home. If you are working from home your children should be at home with you.


It is imperative that anyone who thinks they qualify as a critical worker fills in the survey that I sent out earlier today. We will contact you tomorrow to confirm your child’s place or to ask for further proof of your critical worker status. Do not fill in the survey if you have already completed it. Please complete the form by 10am tomorrow morning (Tuesday 5 January).


This evening, I held a meeting with the other primary headteachers in Formby – the majority of these schools will not be open to any children tomorrow.


We will be delivering home learning through Google Classroom & further details will be sent to you over the next couple of days.


I can only apologise again for such short notice.


Yours sincerely,


KD Williams



J. Mangan

Chair of Governors