COVID-19 Coronavirus – Information for Parents

Following the directive from the Government on 18th March 2020, Thorpe Hall School closed close on Friday 20th March and remains closed until further notice.

The school is open for children of critical workers and vulnerable children only. In order to follow the Government’s urgent guidance on social distancing, unless you are a critical worker, the school can not offer you school-based learning.

The most current government response to Coronavirus can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus or here https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers

Below are answers to some of the questions you may have. This page will be regularly updated.

Will the school be closing? The Government has announced that all schools, colleges and early years settings will be closed to everyone except children of critical workers and vulnerable children from Monday 23rd March 2020, as part of the country’s ongoing response to coronavirus. As such, Thorpe Hall School is now closed for all pupils except for children of critical workers and vulnerable children.

What do I do if I am a critical worker or if my child is vulnerable and I want my child to continue attending school? The Government has identified critical workers and vulnerable children here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision . The purpose of this is so that critical workers are able to work during the current crisis on the front line, without the worries of childcare.

We asked all parents to inform us if their employment fits into the categories listed by 9:00 am on Friday 20th March 2020.  If your situation changes please contact sec@thorpehallschool.co.uk.

How will you keep in touch with us while school is closed? We will keep in regular contact with parents by email (Whole School) and Class Dojo (Lower School and Nursery) every school day.  Please ensure you check for messages. Andrew Hampton’s daily messages to parents can also be found here.

How will the school deliver a continued education to my child in the event of a closure?  Emails and Class Dojo messages have been sent to all parents outlining our remote provision. For more information, see this page

Will my school fees be affected? There will be no change to the fees payable for pupils in Lower School and Upper School for any period of school closure due to Coronavirus, as outlined in our terms and conditions below. As Nursery fees are payable on a flexible pay-per-session plan, there will be no charge during the period of closure.

  • “14. Force Majeure (i.e, circumstances beyond our control)
  • (a) In this Contract “force majeure” shall mean any cause beyond a party’s control (including, for the avoidance of doubt, acts of God, war, riot, civil commotion, compliance with any law or governmental order, rule, regulation or direction (including that of a local authority), accident, fire, flood, storm, pandemic or epidemic of any disease, terrorist attack, chemical or biological contamination).
  • (b) In the event of a force majeure arising which prevents or delays the School’s performance of any of its obligations under this agreement, the School shall forthwith give you notice in writing specifying the nature and extent of the circumstances giving rise to the force majeure. Provided that the School has acted reasonably and prudently to prevent and/or minimise the effect of the force majeure and subject to clause 14(c), the School will have no liability in respect of the non-performance of such of its obligations as are prevented or delayed during the continuance of the force majeure. The School shall endeavour during the continuance of the force majeure to provide educational services (including by providing appropriate educational services remotely).
  • (c) Subject to Clause 14 (b), if the School is prevented from performance of all of its obligations as a result of force majeure for a continuous period greater than six months, the School shall notify you of the steps it shall take to ensure performance of the agreement and you shall then, following receipt of such notice, be entitled to cancel the agreement on written notice and without giving a term’s notice or paying fees in lieu. “

Where can I find more information?

Public Health England – https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/public-health-england

World Health Organisation  – https://www.who.int/