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Brighton Journal | 31st May 2020

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Blatchington Mill School to shut for one month

Blatchington Mill School to shut for one month
Kat Hoare
  • On 17th March 2020

Blatchington Mill School is the one of the first secondary school in Brighton and Hove to announce it will close from the end of school today due to the Corona virus Covid-19. Students will finish this afternoon and then not return to school until the end of the Easter holiday break on Monday 20th April.

Ashley Harrold, Headteacher stated in an email to parents ” This is the most difficult decision I have made as Headteacher – I know this will impact us all.  It is not a decision that has been taken lightly or without consultation with the Local Authority, who are aware of our decision and the implications of it”

The main reason for the sudden closure was the change in advice to self-isolate, which meant that they could not ensure there would be enough staff, which included vital cleaning staff for the school.  Numbers at the school have already reduced due to current guidance , but this and the need to protect vulnerable students and teachers meant that it was necessary to close the school.

Mr Harrold confirmed that learning would continue via remote learning and that plans had already been put in place for work to be set and marked via email and the schools SIMS app. He confirmed that pupils would receive work electronically at 08.30 am each day and that it was important for pupils to get feedback on their work.

It was not clear yet about the situation with the GCSE exams that Year 11 pupils are due to sit with some starting Stage Production practical exams next week.

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