You will no doubt be aware of the government’s announcements yesterday regarding the North East moving into Tier 4, and further changes to arrangements for the start of the new school term. These are due to the rapidly increasing numbers of people testing positive for Covid-19, especially the new variant which spreads more easily and which has particularly affected people in the South East but which is spreading across the whole country. Once again, schools were not given any advance warning of these changes which is why we are having to make these further changes at such short notice, and can only apologise for any confusion this may be causing.
The key changes that have been announced are that all year groups will now be staying at home and learning remotely for the first week of term, except those students in Years 12 and 13 who have their exams in BTEC Health & Social Care and those students in Year 11 who have their BTEC Music exam – these exams will be going ahead in school.
The purpose of this delay is to give schools more time to try to get mass testing set up in school before students return. We will provide further information about when and how Churchill Community College will be running this mass testing once we have received further details later on next week..