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Schools trust eyes June 15 re-opening for West Norfolk secondaries, but no decision yet




The body which runs most of West Norfolk's secondary schools says it will make a decision next week on when they might re-open.

Bosses of the West Norfolk Academies Trust (WNAT) say they have drawn up plans for students facing GCSE or A-level exams next year to begin returning to the classroom from June 15.

But they will not make a final decision on implementing those plans until next Monday.

Springwood High School in King's Lynn.. (34662994)
Springwood High School in King's Lynn.. (34662994)

That is also the day when the group's primary schools are currently due to open to pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 classes, after that process was put on hold last week.

WNAT sponsors four secondary schools in the borough – Marshland High in West Walton, Springwood High in Gaywood, Smithdon High in Hunstanton and St Clement's High in Terrington St Clement.

Its current plan is for Year 10 students at all four schools to receive what it describes as "mentoring sessions", while Year 12 students at Springwood will have lessons, but not a full timetable.

WNAT chairman Roger Livesey said the plans were based on current government guidance.

But he added: "We would like to stress that the health and safety of our students and staff is paramount and this is why we will not make a final decision until June 8 after consulting with our staff."

Executive headteacher Andy Johnson said letters had been sent to parents of all Year 10 and 12 students to explain the plans.

He added: "We have been making plans for some time about how to provide for children and to maintain social distancing as numbers increase.

"All options have been considered, including changes to the classroom structure, cleaning regime, and pattern of the school day.

"In approving our current plan to increase secondary provision, the Trustees were acutely aware of their responsibilities to our staff and our students and have taken a cautious approach to opening at this time."

The trust has also said that current arrangements for vulnerable students and the children of key workers will continue until the end of the summer term in July.



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