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From the Headteacher

Following the Government’s announcement on Wednesday, King Edward VI School will be closed from Friday 20 March until further notice.

Via our recent emails to parents and carers, we have provided full detail on how we expect our students to continue with their work during this closure.  Please check the ‘Students’ section under ‘Essentials’ for links to the online systems we are using for this, and other information about home learning.

More generally, the government have asked all parents and carers to follow these key principles:

  1. If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be.
  2. Parents should not rely for childcare upon those who are advised to be in the strict social distancing category such as grandparents, friends, or family members with underlying conditions.
  3. Parents should also do everything they can to ensure children are not mixing socially in a way which can continue to spread the virus. They should observe the same social distancing principles as adults.

We are open for the education of children of key workers or those children who are vulnerable.

If you are a designated ‘Key Worker’ and your circumstances change over the weekend, requiring you to send your child to school on Monday, please email to let us know.

We send our very best wishes to our entire school community at this difficult time.

The guidance we have from the government on maintaining provision during closure can be found here:

We have received advice from the Department for Education that scammers are asking parents who believe that they may be eligible for free school meals to send them their bank details so that they can check eligibility. Parents should not respond to such emails. Suffolk County Council’s free school meals team will never ask for personal bank details.

Free School Meals Information Letter – April 2020

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‘Key workers’

Following the letter sent home to all parents and carers on Thusrday 19 March regarding our provision for students of key workers during school closure, below is the definitive list. Please use the link in the letter to inform us if you fall into one of these categories and would like your child to come to school from Monday 23 March

Letter to parents School Closure 19/03/20

Health and social care

Includes but is not limited to doctors, nurses, midwives, paramedics, social workers, care workers, and other frontline health and social care staff including volunteers; the support and specialist staff required to maintain the UK’s health and social care sector; those working as part of the health and social care supply chain, including producers and distributers of medicines and medical and personal protective equipment

Education and childcare

This includes nursery and teaching staff, social workers and those specialist education professionals who must remain active during the COVID-19 response to deliver this approach

Key public services

This includes those essential to the running of the justice system, religious staff, charities and workers delivering key frontline services, those responsible for the management of the deceased, and journalists and broadcasters who are providing public service broadcasting

Local and national government

This only includes those administrative occupations essential to the effective delivery of the COVID-19 response or delivering essential public services such as the payment of benefits, including in government agencies and arms length bodies

Food and other necessary goods

This includes those involved in food production, processing, distribution, sale and delivery as well as those essential to the provision of other key goods (for example hygienic and veterinary medicines)

Public safety and national security

This includes police and support staff, Ministry of Defence civilians, contractor and armed forces personnel (those critical to the delivery of key defence and national security outputs and essential to the response to the COVID-19 pandemic), fire and rescue service employees (including support staff), National Crime Agency staff, those maintaining border security, prison and probation staff and other national security roles, including those overseas


This includes those who will keep the air, water, road and rail passenger and freight transport modes operating during the COVID-19 response, including those working on transport systems through which supply chains pass

Utilities, communication and financial services

This includes staff needed for essential financial services provision (including but not limited to workers in banks, building societies and financial market infrastructure), the oil, gas, electricity and water sectors (including sewerage), information technology and data infrastructure sector and primary industry supplies to continue during the COVID-19 response, as well as key staff working in the civil nuclear, chemicals, telecommunications (including but not limited to network operations, field engineering, call centre staff, IT and data infrastructure, 999 and 111 critical services), postal services and delivery, payments providers and waste disposal sectors


It has also been confirmed, in separate guidance that children will be eligible to attend school even if just one parent or carer is identified as a “critical worker”.


For the most up to date information and advice on the Coronavirus please refer to the Government or NHS websites:

Department for Education Coronavirus Helpline:

Helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education.
Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday), 10am to 4pm (Saturday to Sunday)

To All our Year 11 and Year 13 students

We would love you to stay in touch with our school so that we can keep you informed of future events and news and, of course, celebrate your next steps and future achievements.

We always welcome former students at King Edward VI and the opportunity for you to share your experiences going forward would be of interest and help to the students that will come after you.

Just click on this link to stay in touch… Future First


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