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Urgent response required – COVID-19 temporary educationarrangements

Dear Parents/Carers

Ref: Urgent response required – COVID-19 temporary education arrangements

 Thank you for your on-going support in these very challenging times.  I will write more fully over the next few days with more detailed plans over the way ahead however I am writing quite urgently to seek your response over critical worker status.   

As you will already be aware, the Government announced yesterday that schools in England are to close tomorrow until we are advised to reopen.  I forecast that this will be the situation for a substantial period of time. 

The Government also requested for schools to stay open for the children of ‘key workers’ and for vulnerable children (either in receipt of an Educational Healthcare Plan or being supported by specific external agencies).

Following this announcement, I am working closely with all schools in the Poynton, Disley and Adlington areas, following guidance to identify a local and collaborative response. (Potentially, this may be a local central ‘hub’ school) 


The Local Authority has identified the following ‘key worker’ groups below:

  • Emergency Services
  • Essential NHS staff
  • Social Workers
  • Military
  • School transport
  • Education/settings staff
  • Essential Adult Services
  • Food Delivery/Transport


At the request of the Local Authority, if you qualify as a ‘key worker’ AND would like to secure a place for your child within an educational setting, please e-mail no later than 1.30pm today (Details of proof of eligibility will follow later).

You need to let us know the following information:

  • Your name
  • Role
  • Name of Organisation

Further information for parents/carers of children in receipt of Free School Meals will follow later.


Yours faithfully

Mr David Waugh

Head Teacher

Poynton High School & Performing Arts College

Yew Tree Lane, Poynton, Cheshire SK12 1PU

01625 871 811