School will be closed on Friday 28th January.

As many of you will be aware there are national celebrations planned to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee in 2022. This includes an extra bank holiday and a four day weekend at the start of June.

This takes place during the school summer half term break. As such, schools have been asked to take this additional day of holiday at a different time.

Unfortunately we are not able to take this holiday around the half term itself as this is a formal window for GCSE and A level exams. Similarly, between the Easter holidays and May half term students are busy preparing for these exams. An additional day of holiday would be disruptive for exam classes.

Therefore, having reviewed the school calendar we have decided to take this additional day of holiday in the spring term. Therefore the school will be closed on Friday 28th January.

I know from speaking to colleagues that schools have all taken different approaches to this holiday based on their individual circumstances. I know this has the potential to be frustrating for parents, particularly if you have multiple children in different schools.

However, each school must allocate a day for this holiday and we have tried to identify a time where this additional holiday can be the positive event it is intended to be without creating any anxiety to students in exam year groups.