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Dear Parents/Guardians,

Firstly, can I say a huge thank you for the support you have demonstrated over the past few days. Your kind words of appreciation and support, well wishes to staff team, and understanding of the complex nature of this situation has been brilliant and is very much appreciated. Thank you. I also appreciate your patience in waiting for this correspondence.

We now have several members of our school community who have tested positive for COVID 19.  Unfortunately, I can now confirm that we have 5 confirmed cases of COVID19 - all of these positive tests results are staff members. We also have additional members of the staff team with possible symptoms.

We know that you will find this concerning and we are continuing to monitor the situation and are working closely with Public Health England. This letter is to inform you of the current situation and provide advice on how to support your child. Please be reassured that for most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.

I am extremely confident that my staff team and I have followed all DfE and NYCC guidance and risk assessment fully and carefully.

I have spent the entire day talking to various professionals and risk assessing the situation we find our school facing. As result of this ‘outbreak’ and as a precaution school is to be closed for all pupils until Monday 28th September.  

This closure is not because the children themselves are necessarily at risk, but because all teachers and teaching assistants and myself have been advised from PHE (via me), to self-isolate for 14days from their last time in school. Quite simply, all of our teachers and teaching assistants can’t be in the building for the remainder of this week and all of next week. As I’m sure you will agree I cannot run a school without staff!

Yesterday, I sent parent mails to individual classes explaining whether or not the children needed to isolate. Having spoken to PHE experts this situation has changed. I now can say that as a precaution I am asking on behalf of PHE that the children in the following classes self-isolate as they MAY have had close contact with the staff team members who have tested positive. This is unlikely as we have followed all guidance and protocols, but as a precaution for the safety of the wider community, PHE deem it as appropriate guidance.

Children in the following classes should self-isolate:

  • Reception – Mrs Smith’s Eagle’s class
  • Year 1 -Miss Jackson’s Harrier class
  • Year2 - Mrs Burton’s Kestrel class
  • Year 3&4 - Miss Marshall’s Ospreys class
  • Year 4&5 – Mrs Woodhouse’s Peregrine class


The only class of pupils that PHE have advised do not need to self-isolate is Miss Craven’s Year 6 Red Kite class.

For those pupils who have to self-isolate please refer to the information below.

I know this closure will be frustrating for many of you, and will have big implications on your time, work commitments, childcare etc. I can only apologise for this. However, I have repeatedly said the health and safety of the children, you and your families and my staff has to be at the centre of all decisions. I also can’t run a school without staff – it is totally unpractical to bring in a full complement of supply teachers and support staff who will not know the children and have knowledge of our building, procedures and community, to run the school.

I would like to send my best wishes to my team members who are not well. Thankfully and fortunately, I would like to confirm that nobody is seriously ill.

I am incredibly grateful to my Chair of Governors, Dr Helen Snowden, colleagues from NYCC and more recently Public Health England for their support in responding to our situation and in helping me make the important decisions I have to make.

I would also like to add,  that I am genuinely  heartbroken that after all of the preparation the staff team I made before the start of term and the successful start to the new school year, that I have had to make this decision to temporarily close school. The last thing any of us wanted was for children not to be in school

Despite my extreme frustrations with the testing system capacity, and lack of available capacity within PHE to deal with my calls, I have to say that each individual I have dealt with have been really supportive, helpful and understanding of our situation and have given their expert input and guidance.

Thanks once again for your understanding with this situation – we wish we were not in these circumstances, but have, and will continue to do our very best in these challenging times.

I will be in touch as usual over the next few days and keep you up to date with the situation.


Keep safe everyone,

Kind regards

Jon Watson


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We are liaising with parents  via parent mail and via our new class blogs

Mr Watson/School Blog:

Eagle Class (Mrs Smith):

Kestrel Class (Mrs Burton’s Year 2) :

Osprey Class (Miss Marshall’s Year 3&4)

Peregrine Class (Mrs Woohouse’s Year4&5)

Red Kite Class ( Miss Craven’s Y6)

Harrier Class (Miss Jackson’s Year 1): 

PLEASE follow all guidance on social distancing and keep safe!

Best wishes

Mr Watson  and all of the Carlton staff team

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