COVID-19 - School Closure

20th March 2020:

Government statement regarding exams - https://www.gov.uk/government/news/further-details-on-exams-and-grades-announced

Thank you for all of your kind messages and patience throughout the last few days as we have tried to make arrangements in a very difficult and unprecedented situation. 

Going forward next week, the school office and switchboard will be closed so please do not ring and leave a message as we cannot guarantee that this can be collected.  Please use the main school email address for general communication, this is office@crgs.co.uk, and teachers can be contacted individually by email as normal.  Please bear with us if there is a delay in coming back to you, we will respond to you as soon as we can.

We plan to send a weekly email to parents, so please look out for this in your in boxes.  Students should check their school email addresses daily as this is the method by which teachers will set work and homework.


19th March 2020:

Dear Parents and Carers

You will now be aware that as part of the national measures to combat the spread of Coronavirus, the UK government has taken the decision to close indefinitely all state schools in England from the end of the school day on Friday 20th March 2020.  This means that Colchester Royal Grammar School will be closed from Monday 23rd March 2020 onwards, and until we are given permission from the government to re-open.

Earlier this week I gave you details of our contingency plans to provide an education for your sons and daughters remotely.

Each department has a contingency plan to enable the education to be delivered during a school closure.  This will largely, but not solely, involve emailing work at the start of each day for the classes that would normally run during that day.  Most departments have on-line resources including textbooks and presentations on Moodle that students can access.  Homework will be set but only online marking will be used.  Teachers will not be expected to collect this and mark it, although it remains an important aspect of the students’ work.

Students should check their school emails at the start of each day.  They should keep to the normal school timetable of lessons and carry out the work during the times allocated, including homework as usual.

Parents/carers should ensure that their children follow the timetable as instructed, and that the work is completed.  Teachers will be available to answer any questions during the lesson times via email, and we are currently considering whether any conference style of resource can be employed to improve the provision.

We are intending to run the end of year exams for Years 7-10 and Year 12.  We will communicate the method of examination in due course.

Of course, we will continue to refine our contingency planning and update you as often as we can on this.  Parents should make sure that they check their emails daily, as this is the method by which we will send updates to you from myself, class teachers or the school office.  It is important that we hold up to date contact details for you.

During this period of school closure:

• Pastoral concerns should be directed to your child’s tutor or Head of Year in the first instance.
• Safeguarding concerns should be directed to Mr Adams, Mrs Chandler, Miss Byrne and Mr Ratcliffe.
• Academic concerns or questions should be directed to the class teacher and then the relevant Head of Department.
• If parents need to contact the Senior Leadership Team, they should contact:

Year 7 - Mr Chart-Boyles

Year 8 - Mr Chart-Boyles

Year 9 - Mr Adams

Year 10 - Headmaster

Year 11 - Mr Livingston

Year 12 - Mr Harvey

Year 13 - Mr Livingston


All staff can be contacted by email by using the same format i.e. initialsurname@crgs.co.uk e.g. jtompkins@crgs.co.uk 

The UK government has said that schools should remain open from Monday 23rd March 2020 for students whose parents are keyworkers, and for students that have a social worker, have an Educational Health Care Plan or are in receipt of Free School Meals.  Therefore, the school will be open to these students only, for supervised self-study of the work that is being set by subject teachers.  There will not be active teaching of the timetable at this time.  If you believe that your child meets these criteria and you want them to attend school, please complete the online form (emailed) by 12 noon, Friday 20th March.

We will then send on to you by email the specific arrangements for your child.

I appreciate that this is a particularly anxious time for Year 11 and Year 13 students as we wait to hear from the exam boards regarding the implications of the government announcement that GCSE and A level exams will not take place in May and June.  I will send on information to you all as soon as we receive this.

Up to date Coronavirus information and advice can be found of the NHS and government websites:

My very best wishes to you and your families to keep well and safe during these difficult times.

Kind regards

J R Russell
Headmaster

Useful Links 

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection