Important update – use of face masks – Indian variant

Dear Parents / Carers

I am writing to you following the recent concerns around the increase in transmission rates due to the Indian variant of the coronavirus. Data shows that it is younger age groups who are far more likely to test positive, although in part this could be linked to secondary-aged children being routinely tested twice a week.

In light of these concerns, I have taken the decision to continue to strongly recommend the use of face masks in communal areas of all our academies. Where it is recommended by Public Health England / the Local Authority, this will also be extended into classrooms. Any colleague or student who wishes to wear a face mask may do so. This is applicable to all staff and secondary-aged students across the Trust. The usual exemptions apply.

Whilst I appreciate many people will be keen to move forward, without using face masks, I believe this decision is in the best interest of all students and staff and in accordance with my duty of care. This position will be reviewed around 21 June 2021, and will have regard to the latest transmission rates and guidance in place at that time.

Yours sincerely

Chris Tomlinson
Chief Executive Officer