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Queen Katharine Academy announces partial closure for Year 8 and 9

Queen Katharine Academy on Mountsteven Avenue, Peterborough, has announced it will partially close to Year 8 and Year 9 next week.
Queen Katharine Academy announces partial closure for Year 8 and 9 (Picture Courtesy: Queen Katherine Academy)

The school has highlighted the fact that the closure isn't due to a positive Covid-19 case, but due to the current circumstances, staff absences are much higher than usual.

They explained that Year 9s are asked to stay home from Monday, November 23, to Wednesday, November 25, while Year 8 students are asked to stay home on Thursday, November 26 and Friday, November 27. 

In a letter addressed to parents, headteacher Lynn Mayes said: "Like many schools across the country we are currently facing low staffing levels. We are now aware that this will continue next week and we have had to make further decisions today in the interest of our students’ safety and wellbeing.

"I want to be clear again that this is not as a result of positive cases of Covid-19 in the academy and under normal circumstances, staff absences rarely cause problems and can be quickly solved.

"However, under the current circumstances, schools are facing significant challenges with staff absences much higher than normal. Next week, we will unfortunately need to ask all students in Year 9 to remain at home from Monday, November 23 to Wednesday, November 25 and all students in Year 8 to remain at home on Thursday, November 26 and Friday, November 27.

"This blended approach for Year 9 and Year 8 is very important as it will allow both year groups to receive a mixture of face to face and remote learning, ensuring that the measures we need to put in place are fair for all students. During their time at home, work for students in Year 9 and Year 8 will be set on Microsoft Teams."

Ms Mayes added that all Post 16 students can return to school on Monday, November 23 as usual.