Response to extreme heat warning – SCHOOL CLOSURE– Online Learning 18th and 19th July 2022
We are aware that the Met Office has issued extreme heat warnings for this area and other areas of England on Monday and Tuesday next week. The nature of our building and school site means that some classrooms typically experience temperatures of 5-10 degrees more than the outside temperature which, in this exceptional heat, would threaten not only successful learning but the health of our students and staff. We know that children ‘cannot control their body temperature as efficiently as adults’ as per the government advice found here.
Like other schools in the area, we have made the difficult decision to move to online learning on Monday and Tuesday of next week and close our school buildings and site. School will re-open for our planned half day on Wednesday as normal, as temperatures are due to return to drop.
On Monday and Tuesday, work will be available to all students via Teams. We ask that all students check Teams each morning to view the learning set. Tutors will be available online during the usual registration period of 08.30 – 09.00.
I do recognise that this change to remote learning will impact students and families and wanted to advise you of our plans as soon as possible. Student safety and wellbeing is always key in our planning and this is not a decision that we have taken without considerable thought.
I thank you for your understanding and support and look forward to seeing students on Wednesday.
We are currently recruiting for various teaching and support staff roles. For further information please look on the Vacancy page, under the School Information page.
In common with schools both locally and nationally we have had recent significant staff absences due to COVID related issues, and these have been growing.
Tomorrow we are due to have 25% of our staff absent from school. With this large staff absence, which we perceive may not improve over the coming days, we are unable to meet our commitment to you that every student receives an excellent education and is supported and nurtured in a safe school.
We had hoped to not find ourselves in this position again but unfortunately I have made the difficult decision to close the school to Year 9 and 10 for tomorrow, Wednesday 30th March 2022.
When not in school, students will be provided with home learning which will be set on Teams no later than the start of lesson times. The remaining year groups must attend school if they remain well.
We intend to review the staffing situation tomorrow, and will keep all families informed of our plans. We will ensure all students can return to school as soon as we are confident we have enough staff available.
Sadly we are not alone in this situation, and we recognise this is a significant decision that will impact you and your family. I apologise for any difficulties that this decision brings.
Thank you for your continuing support.
SCHOOL CLOSURE ALERT TODAY – Due to a Red Zone weather warning the school site is closed. Please see your emails for further information. Learning will continue online.
We are currently recruiting for various support staff roles. For further information please look on the Vacancy page, under the School Information page.
We are currently recruiting for a Receptionist/Administrator and Site Assistants to start as soon as possible. For further information please look on the Vacancy page, under the School Information page.
We are currently recruiting for a Finance Officer, Learning Mentor and a Caretaker to start as soon as possible. For further information please look on the Vacancy page, under the School Information page.
We have a vacancy for a Parent Governor on the Local Governing Body of The Wren School, for more information please go to the Vacancies page under the School Information tab.
We are pleased to invite you to join us on Tuesday 9th November, 5.30 – 7pm, for our Sixth Form Open Event. Come and tour our facilities, meet our staff and students and get a glimpse into sixth form life at The Wren.
Please visit the Letters to Parents & Weekly Bulletin page under the School Information tab for further information regarding students returning to school in September, alternatively please click here.