School Closure - Updates from the Headteachers

Letters issued by the Headteachers on Friday 3rd April 2020

Home Learning Expectations          Letter to Year 11 Students          Letter to Students in Years 7-10

Letter to Parents from the Chair of Governors

Isolation at school - 23-27 March 2020

A report on what the students who are still coming into school every day during the closure have been getting up to…….


‘Isolation, empty class rooms, empty halls, empty playground. Silence! The only sound we can hear is the birds singing. We often wish for peace and quiet but now we have it, it seems too much!

The buildings are silent, like empty mausoleums. The playgrounds almost look like the exercise grounds you see in prison films when the prisoners are still locked inside. A sad sight because, up until just a few days ago, they were filled with noisy students playing football……

But all is not lost!

Our parents are Key Workers and we are still coming into school every day. We call ourselves ‘The Isolation Team’! Made up today of  Tru, Dan, Josh, Archie, Zack and myself, we are doing fine. We’ve been happy, completing all our activities and creating friendship bonds that will last until we leave Calthorpe.

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We have been very productive, getting our school work done, doing Science experiments, playing badminton, painting, singing, working out with the Body Coach and, of course, enjoying the canteen meals which have been specially provided for us. For all of which we are very grateful.

We thought you might enjoy a few photos of our week in isolation!’

Report by Lillie
Photos by Dan

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Access to Calthorpe Park School during the period of school closure

Please be aware that from 24th March 2020, access to the school will be via the side Service Road. 

All other external gates will remain locked.

Supervised activities for students attending school will be held in the Art and Technology Block and adjacent sports area. 

Friday 20th March 2020

A temporary farewell……..
We just wanted to take this opportunity to say a heartfelt, but temporary farewell (not goodbye!) to all our wonderful students who we will miss hugely in the weeks to come.
Many staff and quite a large number of students will be in school during this period of closure but, without the full ‘Calthorpe community’, life just won’t be the same!
We reserve a special au revoir, good luck and thank you for all of our wonderful Year 11 students. We hope to welcome you all back to Calthorpe Park before the end of the Summer Term, but these are uncertain times and we simply don’t know what lies ahead. We certainly expect to see almost all of you at the Prom in September.
You have been the most amazing year group and the way you have conducted yourselves over these past few days, and especially, the way that you have coped with the shock of a  potentially sudden and premature end to your school career, has been hugely inspiring. You have set a standard of resilience, responsibility, care and integrity that will be a model for future years.
Please do not worry about your GCSE grades. We know how steadfastly the vast majority of you have worked. We know that most of you simply wanted the opportunity to sit exams to show just how talented you are. Sometimes, however, life sends you a curve ball and your ability to bounce back stronger, more resolute and even more accomplished is what defines you as a person. We know you are the kind of young people who will find strength in adversity and flourish in the future.
We will be issuing regular updates, as and when we get more information, and please do not hesitate to contact us with questions or even news about what positive things you are getting up to. We would love to hear from you.
In the meantime, look after yourselves, your families and each other. Even in these days of self-isolation and social distancing, we can still help each other and change the world for the better.
With very best wishes
Martin Amos and Melanie Hooper
Head Teachers

Thursday 19th March 2020                    

Dear Parents

You will be very aware of the Prime Minister’s announcement this afternoon that from this weekend schools will be closed to all but certain student groups. These are challenging and uncertain times and this is an unprecedented action by central Government. Ministers have still to clarify certain requirements of this closure.

It will then take us some time to fully introduce our plans and to ensure that all of our community is appropriately briefed. Over the next couple of days, we will be contacting all parents with details of the arrangements that will be put in place by Calthorpe Park to support our young people in their learning and wellbeing. This will include how to access the already substantial bank of resources prepared by our staff for self-study.

In the meantime, we look forward to seeing all students who are well and not self-isolating in school on Thursday and Friday.

Thank you for your support.

Latest information updates from the Head Teachers:

Status of planned trips and events - updated 23rd March

Letters issued by the Headteachers on Thursday 19th March:
Home Learning Arrangements (whole school)                Y11 Parents                 Y11 Students

Self Isolate or not? - updated 17th March

Exam Information - listed 13th March

Headteachers Blog of 6th March

Letter from the Governors - listed 17th March

Home Learning work area for students - our staff have worked really hard to provide study resources for students, and the area is now available to access on Moodle here.  Students can access the relevant year group area by using their usual school computer log in details.  Further work can also be found within subject areas in Moodle too.