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Tadcaster Grammar School closes to most pupils

Tadcaster Grammar School is the first in North Yorkshire to announce a partial closure – which includes most years and pupils.

From the end of today the school will be closed to Years 8,9, 10 and 12.

The school posted to twitter earlier today : “Please be advised that the school will be closed to students in Years 8, 9, 10 and 12 from the end of today, Tuesday 17 March 2020.

“A letter will be posted on the school website and emailed to all parents later today.”

In a letter to parents, headteacher Andrew Parkinson, said: “The measures that have been put in place yesterday evening by the Government mean that we are now unable to staff the full timetable and ensure the health and safety of the entire Year 7-13 school population.

“This decision has been made primarily as our staff numbers have reduced to a critical level as a result of self-isolation, and further significant reductions are inevitable.

“We have, therefore, made the decision to close the school at the end of today, Tuesday 17, for Years 8, 9, 10 and 12 only until further notice.

“We aim to deliver the timetable in school as normal, with necessary cover, to Years 7, 11 and 13 until further notice.

“Year 12 should not go to lessons at Sherburn High School until further notice. School buses will run as normal.

“Our planning for remote learning using the Google suite platform is advancing well and we will be in contact again shortly with details about how Years 8, 9, 10 and 12 can continue their learning at home.”

He concluded: “I very much recognise that these are exceptional times and I would like to thank you for your support, cooperation and understanding.”

UK universities are also leaning towards online learning and exams to prevent the spread of coronavirus, but many students nationwide are anxious that this isn’t happening fast enough.

Last week many universities, including the London School of Economics, King’s College London, the University of Durham and Manchester Metropolitan University, announced plans to replace face-to-face teaching with video lectures and online seminars, end term early, or cancel exams.

Last week students had signed petitions urging their universities and schools to make the shift to online teaching and learning as fast as possible.

It is being monitored all the time and the current status of UK schools could change, but for now, the government is advising schools to stay open.

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