An update from Jill McGregor, Trafford Council’s Corporate Director of Children’s Services

Posted by on June 9, 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

Apologies for the very short notice, but after receiving an update from Jill McGregor, Trafford Council’s Corporate Director of Children’s Services at 9.30pm last night, I felt I should share the information with you as soon as possible.

Following the late publication of the regional position on Friday, in respect of the change in the R value in the North-West, the council met yesterday to discuss the opening of schools in Trafford.  During their meeting they considered a number of local factors more specific to Trafford.

The communication yesterday evening has “strongly advised” that we do not open for more pupils on Wednesday 10th June, but instead reopen on Monday 15th June at the earliest.  

After a discussion with our chair of governors, Mr Wood and consultation with our SLT, we have made the decision to follow Trafford’s advice and delay our reopening until 15thJune, or later if further advice is received, as long it is safe to do so.

In order to review and consider any issues that schools may have, Trafford will be meeting with Headteacher Cluster Leads and Union representatives today to share their position statement. This information will then be fed back to all headteachers and I hope to gain a better understanding of Trafford’s data.

This will impact our Year 6 pupils many of whom were looking forward to returning to school tomorrow.  I sincerely apologise for the late notice given to our Y6 families, as I know many parents will have work commitments and the children will be excited about seeing their friends this week.

Please note that school remains open for registered Key Workers’ children and those in vulnerable groups, as it has been throughout the lockdown.

Please be assured that we will do everything we can to enable Year 6 pupils to return to schools as quickly as possible, but our priority has to be that it is safe to do so for staff and pupils.

Yours sincerely

Antony Dutton