SCHOOL CLOSURE – 24th March 2020

24th March 2020

Dear Parents/Carers


The situation with the Covid19 pandemic changes every day and you will all have seen the address from the Prime Minister last night that described the UK as being under a state of emergency.

The guidance from the government I sent yesterday emphasised that:

‘If children can stay safely at home, they should, to limit the chance of the virus spreading. (19th March) Many children and young people with EHC plans can safely remain at home’(22nd March).

I know many parents/carers have already made the decision to keep their child at home. This morning I have a total of 80 absent staff, and I am also aware that all special schools locally are now closed.

The Prime Minister’s message was clear. The ‘lockdown’ and state of emergency would be in place for at least 3 weeks when it will be reviewed. This is to protect all of us and to prevent a serious health emergency that will mean the NHS will be overwhelmed and causing deaths that might have been preventable.

As a school we cannot meet the ‘social distancing’ recommendations of Public Health England. This means we believe that our pupils are safest at home.

Therefore, with the governors and the leadership team we have come to the difficult decision that we must close Parkwood Hall as of the end of today. We will also be unable to staff and run our usual holiday programme, Treetops.

I know this will cause a challenge for many of our families, but my priority must be for the health of your children and families and the staff team and their families.

We will be sending work packs home with the children today.

My hope is we will be able to open again after the Easter Break. We will be in touch in due course if we are able to do so.

We will continue to update you daily via the website and schoolzineapp.

If you need to contact us during the period we are closed email us at:

Thank you again for your continued support in these exceptional circumstances.

Anna Mansaray, Principal