20 March 2020



Schools are being asked to continue to provide care for a limited number of children - children who are vulnerable and children whose parents are critical to the Covid-19 response and cannot be safely cared for at home.  We do not yet know whether we will be able to provide this.

Parents whose work is critical to the COVID-19 response include those who work in health and social care and in other key sectors outlined below. Many parents working in these sectors may be able to ensure their child is kept at home; every child who can be safely cared for at home should be.

Please, therefore, follow these key principles:

  1. If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be.
  2. If a child needs specialist support, is vulnerable or has a parent who is a critical worker, then educational provision will be available for them.
  3. Parents should not rely for childcare upon those who are advised to be in the stringent social distancing category such as grandparents, friends, or family members with underlying conditions.
  4. Parents should also do everything they can to ensure children are not mixing socially in a way which can continue to spread the virus. They should observe the same social distancing principles as adults.

If your work is critical to the COVID-19 response, or you work in one of the critical sectors listed below, and you cannot keep your child safe at home then your children will be prioritised for education provision:

Health and Social Care

Education and Childcare

Key public services

Local / national government

Food and other necessary goods

Public safety and national security

Transport (public and freight – NOT private transportation)

Utilities, communication and financial services

For a full breakdown of these key areas, please go to Government Guidance on Key Workers


If you feel that you fit into one of these key worker groups and you cannot keep your child safe at home, please contact school and speak to one of the senior leadership team on 0121 569 7080 by 12.00 pm today (Friday 20th March).