Biddulph high school have announced a partial closure for some students from tomorrow.
Those students who are not taking GCSEs will not be required to attend school following a shortage of staff who are now self-isolating.
A letter to parents said
“It is with regret that I have had to take the decision to close the school to Year 9, Year 10 and Year 12 (except for those taking exams this summer in BTEC subjects, Further Maths, German, Resit Maths and Resit English), with effect from Wednesday 18th March, due to extensive staff shortages following the updated self-isolation advice provided by the Government yesterday. We will remain open to students in Year 11 and Year 13 in addition to those mentioned in Year 12. This will create considerable problems for many in our school community and, for this, I can only apologise.
The school will remain closed to these students until further notice. When we are able to reopen to these students, we will inform you via our communication routes as detailed later in this letter.
Students in Years 11, 12 and 13 who are due to sit external examinations in May and June will have additional concerns as they seek to best prepare for these tests. For these students I can only direct you to the statement provided by the examinations standards agency in England, Ofqual.”