Posted on: March 19th 2020


19th March 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

I hope that you are all well during this unprecedented time. Many of you will have followed the latest government announcement last night regarding school closures for all, except children of frontline keyworkers and vulnerable children. In this announcement children with EHCPs were mentioned in the vulnerable category.  Obviously, this effects all of the children at Shenstone School.

Shenstone closed on Wednesday for very good reason. The health and safety of pupils and staff and the complexities and vulnerabilities involved in our special school of trying to navigate the virus spread, along with maintaining safe staff numbers to care for pupils, made remaining open untenable. I am responsible for my pupils and staff and their care and safety is my upmost priority, however I am still struggling to see how I can maintain safety for all, at either school site,  during this time when social distancing guidance alone cannot be reliably enforced due to the nature of our special children.

I am waiting today to discuss the announcement with my own senior leadership team, the regional director for our TKAT trust, as well as those senior education officers in Bexley. I have also been speaking with other special head colleagues to further understand the implications of this announcement for Shenstone School. At the moment the school is closed for the reasons I emphasised. I will update you as soon as I have any additional information to give you.

Safeguarding pupils and staff at Shenstone School is always my top priority and I will not do anything to compromise that. Best wishes to those families who have made the difficult choice to self-isolate at this unusual  time. Thank you to those who have already messaged, your kind words of support mean a great deal to both myself and team. We will keep you updated as and when we know more.