Update at 8.30pm - Monday 4th January 2021

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School News

We are sorry that Ewell Castle School is now closed until February half-term at the earliest. We will make provision for essential critical worker children, as per-the previous lockdown.

 

Senior School

Online learning for Senior School pupils and provision for Senior School children of critical workers  begins on Tuesday 5th January.

Prep School

Online learning for Prep School pupils begins Wednesday 6th January.  Face to face provision for our Nursery children begins Wednesday 6th January.  Provision for Prep School children of critical workers begins on Wednesday 6th January.

 

Please follow our School Twitter accounts @ECSPrep, @EwellCastleUK and @EwellCastleHead for the latest updates.

We will await announcements from Ofqual regarding the arrangements for Year 11 and Year 13 GCSE, A-level and BTEC grading and results. For now, Year 11 pupils and Year 13 students should attend Teams revision sessions as previously notified. Further news on the January mocks will be shared with pupils, students and families in those year groups as soon as we receive it.  Thank you for your ongoing support.

 

 

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Following the Government's press briefing on Wednesday 30th December, the School's Senior Leadership Team will shortly be updating the School community on the plans for pupils to return to School for the Spring Term.   An email will be sent to parents and guardians by the end of the day.  Thank you.

 

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Further to the new Government guidance on a staggered start and mass testing from January 2021, I am writing to update you on our plans so far.

We have agreed that:

Years 11, 12 and 13 will go ahead with their mock exams in School as per the timetable already shared with parents
Years 7-10 will have remote learning from Tuesday 5th to Friday 8th January, returning to School on Monday 11th January.  Further details to follow nearer the time but plans are already in hand.
Prep School children (from Nursery to Year 6) will come into School as usual from Tuesday 5th January.  Please note that your child will be expected in School even if an older sibling is receiving remote learning in the Senior School. 
 

We are discussing plans for the mass testing of staff and Senior School pupils and will be in a position to update you further once we have more details from the Government in due course.  This is likely to include provision for children of key workers and vulnerable children. 

As mentioned in my end of term letter, if you are able to travel abroad this holiday, and I know many of us are unfortunately not in this position this year, please do ensure that you observe the Government’s guidelines for returning travellers to safeguard our School community as we return for the new term in January.

I hope this clarifies our current plans and as I am sure you will appreciate that further details will need to follow as the we receive more clarification.

In the meantime, I wish you all a healthy and happy Christmas and New Year.

Best wishes

Silas Edmonds

Principal

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