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Dear Parents and Carers,

Follow the Prime Minister’s announcement this evening, we are writing to inform you that Bishops Waltham Infant School and Bishop’s Waltham Junior School will be closed tomorrow for all pupils.

Teachers are currently preparing their resources, in line with our blended learning/remote education plans, and these will be uploaded ready for children to access from tomorrow morning.

The school will continue to be open for vulnerable and critical worker children from Wednesday 5th January.. Our Local Authority have asked us to wait until they issue advice regarding number limit and eligibility for these places.

We will contact parents of those children who we believe are classed as vulnerable to confirm a place for your child/children tomorrow (Tuesday). You do not need to contact us unless you believe that your child/children meet the definition of a vulnerable child and you have not received a phone call by 3pm tomorrow.

To ascertain numbers, if you believe that your child/children fit the definition for a critical worker place then please complete the following online form by 10am on Tuesday 5th January


Please Note: Completion of the form is not a guarantee of a place, and all parents who have filled in a form will be contacted by the end of the school day tomorrow.

Whilst we recognise that many families may have a need for childcare, we are required to restrict our provision to those children described in the official guidance, in order to keep the numbers in school as low as possible. School closure is primarily a means of limiting the spread of coronavirus in educational settings and the wider community. It was made very clear in tonight’s announcement that if you can do your job at home then your child should be home with you as schools are a ‘vector of transmission’.

Please accept our apologies for the late notice and for any disruption that this sudden change to our plans has caused to you and your family. We do not receive any prior notification of school closure from the government and receive the news at the same time as the rest of the population.

Please be reassured that, as always, we are on the end of the phone should you require any support. Thank you all for your support and understanding. Until we can come together once again as a community, please take care and stay safe.


Kind regards

Mrs Ginene Riches & Mr Darren Campbell

Headteachers of Bishops Waltham Schools


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