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Important information - School Closure

Dear parents


Further to the announcement made by the Minister of Education today Oldcastle Primary School will close early for the Easter break on Friday 20th March at normal time. Firstly, we would like to thank you for your support during this unprecedented time and for the work of the staff at Oldcastle who have been exceptional in the most challenging of circumstances. 


Over the next 2 days the school will operate on a reduced capacity due to staff absence.  Therefore if you can make alternative childcare arrangements we ask you to consider this at this stage.  


Those families that require school as normal we will endeavour to ensure we provide a broad and rich curriculum as it is every other day.


Should we be unable to maintain opening we will of course let you know at the earliest opportunity.  Based on the information we have as of this evening we can continue to operate normally until this Friday.


We have been working to provide learning for all children while away from school. Please keep an eye on our usual media feeds for information on how to access this for your child/children.  We anticipate this being up and running by Monday 23rd March. Children can log onto their Google account via any windows / apple based search engine by logging onto the website www.google.co.uk.  Please contact us if you need help.


We appreciate this will be a concerning time for children and families and if you need ongoing support during the period of closure please email ask@oldcastleprimary.co.uk 


We know that there will be specific concerns around some groups of pupils: 


Free school meals - at this stage we have no further information on local authority arrangements concerning free school meals.  We will update you as soon as we have further information.


SEN - if your child has special educational needs Miss Hodgson will continue to provide support to these families.  If you have any specific concerns please email ask@oldcasteprimary.co.uk and put SEN in the title.


We would encourage parents to keep in touch with us during this period of closure via ask@oldcastleprimary.co.uk so please feel free to contact us if you would like to discuss anything relating to the school or your child.


With best wishes at this difficult time,


Jeremy Malessa-Thompson and Clare Davies 

Head Teacher and Chair of Governors


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