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Updated – 19 March 2020

Update on academy closures and coronavirus (COVID-19)

Following the government’s latest guidance on school closures, we would like to take this opportunity to update you on the current position.

As you can appreciate, this is a fast-evolving situation and we currently do not yet have detailed responses to all questions parents and carers may have, but are working swiftly to alleviate concerns and keep you updated as quickly as we can.

Free School Meals (FSM)
Today, we will be writing to all of our parents/carers in receipt of free school meals to assess the demand for this service and to develop an action plan to offer meals to our most vulnerable students. We expect this to be in place for Monday, 23 March.

Childcare for key workers
We are exploring arrangements to enable us to offer essential childcare to children of key workers. A definitive list of those who are classified as key workers will be published by the government today. We will be contacting all parents/carers separately, requesting you to self-identify as part of this identified group. You will be sent a link to an online form to complete, in order to request this childcare provision where it is needed. We expect a childcare provision to be in place for Monday, 23 March.

Re-opening academies for specific groups
It may not be necessary to re-open all academies within the Diverse Academies Trust. This means that some children may be offered childcare or access to a packed lunch collection service in a different academy to the one where your child normally attends. Demand and locality will be a key factor in this decision making. We will update you on the locations as soon as possible.

Summer examinations
For our parents/carers of those students who were expecting to sit their examinations this summer, we share your concerns. We are expecting further government information to follow tomorrow, Friday 20 March, and will update all parents/carers as soon as we have clarity.

Help prevent the spread of coronavirus
Public Health England’s advice on protecting yourself and your family from the virus can be found by visiting

If you suspect a member of your family has contracted the virus, please follow guidance from the NHS here:

The education and welfare of our children remains our top priority. Thank you for your continued patience and understanding as we work to respond to the government’s latest advice for schools.

Mrs H Widdup, Senior Principal
Mr M Pennington, Principal

Updated – 17 March 2020

Immediate academy closure – coronavirus (COVID-19)

A parent of a student within The Holgate Academy has had confirmation that they have contracted COVID-19, as a result we will be closing the academy from 12pm today.

This closure will be up to and including the 3 April and will continue throughout the Easter break. We will continue to review the situation, but our current expectation is that we will re-open on Monday 20 April.

We have made this decision in the interests of the health and wellbeing of all students and staff, following advice from Public Health England.

As we are facing an unprecedented situation, we will be monitoring the situation closely. We will keep parents and carers regularly updated about the closure and all updates will be posted to this page.

General academy information on the coronavirus outbreak, including links to important government information, can also be found here:

Access to student learning resources

Our main priority is to ensure that during the closure period, the impact on the education of our students is minimised as much as possible. In preparation for this, all students across all year groups will have access to learning resources and homework for each of their subjects.

At The Holgate Academy, resources can be accessed by visiting Weduc or Sharepoint using your usual login details, where resources have been loaded to the digital library.

If you have not enrolled on Weduc, please check your emails – including ‘junk’ boxes – for a Weduc enrolment message or alternatively you may have received an SMS.

You can access online resources via the links below:



Students without access to the internet or a home computer must contact 0115 9632104 and we will support with providing paper-based learning resources.

If you need help to get on Weduc, please email

All students should aim to follow their normal timetable as closely as possible to ensure they remain on track with their learning. This is particularly important for students who are approaching formal summer examinations.

Summer examinations

For those preparing for their summer examinations, Ofqual (Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation) have advised that we should continue to prepare for exams and other assessments as normal. We will keep you up to date with any changes and will be following the advice given by the government and relevant bodies.

Contacting the academy

During the closure period, should you have any questions about student work or if for any reason you cannot login or access resources, please contact the academy by using the general office email and we will endeavour to get back to you as soon as possible: or via telephone: 0115 9632104

For emergencies and urgent enquiries, our main academy phone lines will be diverted to an off-site member of staff. We will aim to answer these as soon as possible, but please be advised that our normal response time may be affected.

Parental support in ensuring students remain on track during this difficult period is much appreciated.

Yours faithfully,

Mr M Pennington