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3 April 2020

Gateshead schools will remain open over the Easter holidays, including Good Friday and bank holiday Monday, to help key workers do their essential jobs. This support is only for vulnerable children and children of parents who are identified key workers. If you are a key worker and haven't needed to send your child to school but your situation changes, please contact your child's school directly.

24 March 2020

All schools are closed until further notice, except to vulnerable children and children of critical workers.

Vulnerable children include those who have a social worker and those with education, health and care (EHC) plans. It is expected that vulnerable children will attend school, so long as it is safe to do so.

Critical workers include NHS staff, police, farmers and food retail workers. A full list can be found on the website. Critical workers do not have to send their children to school if the child can be safely cared for at home. If alternative care can be provided, children should be kept at home to help limit the chance of the virus spreading.

Not all schools will remain open. Children may need to attend a different school during this time.

For further information, read thegovernment guidance on the closure of educational settings.

18 March 2020

Following the latest Government guidance, all schools will close their doors from the afternoon of Friday 20 March for most children, for the forseeable future. The Government has asked schools to make specific provision for vulnerable children and those children of key workers, for example health, care and the police.

We are awaiting further guidance on the exemption in relation to vulnerable children and the parents who are identified as key workers.

17 March 2020

Cardinal Hume Catholic School - partial closure

Years 7, 8 and 9 will not attend for the rest of the week due to staff shortage. School remains open for years 10, 11 and VI form. More information is available on the Cardinal Hume school website.


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