Cornovirus Update 17th March 5:30pm

Dear Parent / Carer,

Covid 19

Thank you for your ongoing support in what are difficult and unprecedented times.

We have increased our range of measures to reduce social isolation and all off-site trips are currently not going to happen, annual reviews will be held by conference call, and we continue to support students’ understanding of the events and to keep themselves clean.  Today we adjusted the timetables to ensure all students were learning all of the time.  This meant that some learners, especially in subject learning areas, had a slightly different timetable experience.

The advice from Monday evening has changed, so that if anyone in your house is presenting with a new persistent cough and/ or a high temperature all people in that house should self-isolate for 14 days.  This means that I have a significant number of staff unavailable for work. This includes the nurses who support the college.  This will become more complicated in the coming days.

In addition, I have staff who have underlying health conditions, which means they should self-isolate soon. This will also present huge challenges.


Animus Students:

Therefore, from Wednesday 18th March Animus students (students in classes Anna/ Claire, June or Sandy) classes are closed. This is because many young people in these classes have complex health needs, are immuno-compromised, and they need to be socially distancing themselves and need specific staff who are specifically trained for each student.  I also do not have nursing cover in case of any on site health problems.  We have prepared activities to support ongoing learning for these young people and the class teachers will be in contact to discuss how this will be cascaded to you.  I appreciate this will cause implications for families; however I need to keep students and staff safe.  This is in line with many other special schools.


Subject Based learners:

For Wednesday 18th March, the following will apply due to reduced staff numbers: The college will be closed to Year 9 and 10 learners in Avatar (9PH, 9JS, 10EA), Marvel (9SG) and Da Vinci (9CR, 10GF).  Please do not send these students in.  This will allow Year 11 to continue with exam subjects and coursework, and will allow year 7 and 8 students to be in college, as they cope less well with changes to their routines.



Open as normal.


Sixth Form:

Open as normal.


At the end of Wednesday, I will review where we are with staffing and any changes to the guidance from Public Health England, Department for Education and West Sussex County Council.  I am trying to ensure as a community we do the right, safest thing by all members of our community.  I appreciate that different decisions have an impact on different people and in different ways.

One of the elements we need to do is ensure we focus on how we can support families who work in public services.  If you are an employee of the NHS, emergency services or armed forces please can you speak to reception to inform them of this fact.

I will also be sending a letter to those on Free School Meals tomorrow.

If anyone wishes to discuss any aspect of this with me, I am available from 9:00am until 10:30am tomorrow (Wednesday).  Please make contact by telephone via reception.

Your ongoing support is much appreciated, and I wish to thank families for how supportive they have been and how wonderful the staff team have been.


Yours sincerely,





Phillip Potter



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