Coronavirus update – school closure to most students
19th March 2020

Dear Families,

Re: Coronavirus update – school closure to most students

Following on from my last update, I am writing to let you know that we have now been instructed to close the school to almost all children at the end of Friday 20th March 2020 until further notice.

As advised by the government, we will do all we can to stay open for the children of key workers (e.g. NHS staff, police, others in frontline services) and vulnerable children.

We are waiting for the government to publish more information on what exactly this means, however, if you are a family where BOTH parents fall into any of the categories identified above AND you intend to send your child to school please get in contact via email on info@tytheringtonschool.co.uk by 3pm on Friday 20th March.

All other children will need to stay at home, so we ask that you do not send your child into school from Monday 23rd March onwards.

Please note that this is a national closure – as you may have heard in the news – so while it is a challenging situation, we are not alone. Whilst I appreciate that this is not ideal, if we do not follow the guidelines, we leave ourselves and our community in a vulnerable position. We’ll re-open fully as soon as we can and will let you know via text, the school website, twitter, PS Engage and all other communication avenues open to us.

Provision for Friday 20th March

Over 20 members of staff are now self-isolating which means we cannot operate as normal. The school will remain open for all students apart from those in years 8, 9 and 10. Year 11 and 13 will have a leavers day assembly in the morning and will then be sent home.

Accessing work while not in school

We will do our best to provide work for our students using Firefly. We will try our best to provide as much work as possible, but you must bear with us during this busy period. During the closure we will contact you via email, update our website and provide further details of work for students to complete.

We are in the process of arranging a programme of phone calls for our most vulnerable families during this time. We will have regular virtual assemblies and I’ll continue with a blog throughout the period of closure. In addition, we will share resources to support the mental wellbeing of youngsters during these exceptional times.

I would like to take this opportunity to express my sadness for our Year 11 and 13 students who face uncertainty about their examinations. They have worked so hard and this is a disappointment to us all. We will fight to ensure that they receive the fairest possible outcome. As we find out more, we will let you know.

Sky News will be filming tomorrow in school throughout the day to get a sense of how comprehensive schools are managing the situation. We will be on the Kay Burley morning show on Sky News.

Should you have any further concerns on this issue please do email me at ebotwe@tytheringtonschool.co.uk

Many thanks for your help and understanding during these exceptional circumstances. Stay safe and I will see you all soon.

Kind regards,
Mr Botwe

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  1. Anne-Marie Vickerstaff

    Thank you for the regular updates, such a sad situation. Stay safe and well everyone.

  2. Can I send our sincere gratitude to you all at Tytherington for your continued support during such difficult times.
    You’ve all worked so tremendously hard with all my children.
    Yes, as a family we are sad for Chloe & Ryan both having Alevels n GVSEs this year. However I have full faith knowing you’ll guide us & help us all through this next phase.

    Please do send our gratitude to all the teachers, support, admin & team at Tytherington .

    Kind regards,
    Nicki, Mark
    Chloe, Ryan, Luke Newbigging
    Yr 8,11 & 13

  3. Thank you for all your support , hope to see you soon
    Gaynor Holmes Naden

  4. Nikki & Ant Russell (Tommy/Darcy/Ruby)

    Sending love and best wishes to all our fabulous teaching staff.
    Stay safe and we will see you all soon.

    Yours gratefully

  5. I’d like to say thank you Mr Botwe, horrible times for everyone and you and the teachers have been amazing.

    Take care of yourself and your family.


  6. Wishing health strength and positivity to all through these difficult times

  7. Thankyou great response to the most difficult of situations imaginable.
    Glad your taking the time to do an assembly for the yr 11’s and 13’s what a way to end their school careers!.

    Let’s hope the government see sense and we can get back to normal somewhere near the beginning rather than end of next term. There’s only so much children should be made to sacrifice.

    Good luck tomorrow – tell them how it is.

    Thanks again we are with you all the way.

  8. CLASS OF 2020 – very emotional day for all parents of Year 11 and 13 students – would like to say thank you to all the teachers for the support they have given to my son over the years.