Sir Frederick Gibberd College announce new teaching arrangements for next term

Education / Wed 23rd Aug 2023 at 07:00pm

FOLLOWING the closure of the Sir Frederick Gibberd College building, the school and its sponsoring trust, BMAT Education, have sent a letter to parents outlining how each year group shall be educated.

A spokesperson said: “We are glad to say this has gone out earlier than expected. Everybody responding to this situation – staff, suppliers and the Department for Education – is working at pace.

Our guiding principle is to restore in-person learning as soon as possible. We strongly believe that is best for the pupils’ education and welfare and most supportive of parents and carers.

To that end, Year 7 will start term from Wednesday, 6th September, and shall be educated in the short term at another of The Trust’s schools, Mark Hall Academy. A free bus service from the Sir Frederick Gibberd site will be provided.

Term for Years 8-11 shall start on the existing Sir Frederick Gibberd site during the week commencing 11th September. In the short term, the solution will be high quality aluminium- framed spaces. These will be a full suite of classrooms, with windows, carpeted floors, fully- functional IT, furniture and all the required educational resources. Toilets, catering, and a sports space will also be provided. We are sorry it is not possible to start term earlier for these year groups, but we are working at speed to execute a plan which works.

Our GCSE students will be transported by coach to other Harlow secondary schools for specialist science and DT subjects.

The plan is to consolidate the full school community on-site in temporary accommodation buildings, from mid-November. The precise date will be communicated as the plan progresses.

“The BMAT Education Trust Leadership would like to again thank all the Trust and School staff, as well as the team at the Department for Education, and our partners at Harlow Council and Essex County Council for all the hard work that has been put into delivering this plan at such speed. We would also like to thank parents and carers for their supportive comments and patience in this difficult situation which has affected them as well”.

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9 Comments for Sir Frederick Gibberd College announce new teaching arrangements for next term:

2023-08-23 20:33:11

My son lives in Katherine's and been told to go mark hall just got prepared for a big life change no way is he travelling all that way fine me stewards is .5 mile away your problem your fault on the cheap my boy does not have to leave 90min early and 90 min late traffic in Harlow is crap already why does he deserve this it's not his fault anyone agree

2023-08-23 20:55:48

They have a free coach that takes them from sfg to mark hall and back after school. Totally agree with you Mart , the new year 7’s just starting senior school should of been the year that stayed at sfg in the temp built classrooms. It’s a big step from junior to senior school as it is, now getting moved . How unsettling for the children, Even if it is supposedly only meant for couple months. They need to look at the years and change them.

2023-08-23 22:04:08

Thank you my son has diagnosed sleep disorder not us as parents fault can you imagine that this is going to be now a nightmare (not just us) may have to quit my job rather than get fined this is madness #i love my job?

Martin j
2023-08-23 22:06:49

Thank you my son has diagnosed sleep disorder not us as parents fault can you imagine that this is going to be now a nightmare (not just us) may have to quit my job rather than get fined this is madness #i love my job?

2023-08-24 06:49:54

Guys stop moaning. It is not the schools fault. It’s not for ever, it sounds like a huge headache for ALL. Just be thankful!

2023-08-24 07:24:39

OMG - Need to stop mosning, not schools fault, it’s the naff builders that have mucked up other projects, government got solution sorted very quick well in advance of school term so no disruption, putting plenty of transport on at their cost too, it’s only a few mins up the road, it’s not another town or city! People need to get a life and stop moaning at something so trivial, there are worse things in life that could happen, if mine was at that age and not still in infant years I’d be very grateful for all they are doing in the short term!

Kim Oconnor
2023-08-24 09:36:05

People don't realise when you have a disabled child, any disruption is very unsettling to there routine...new surrounding, new people..ect... .. This is all down to cheap labour, cheap materials, and not properly trained work men.. you can not train a bricky in a few weeks,,,like what's happening now,,, it's a life long trade....... this starts at the bottom, all the way up to the top,,, to government, to councils....all at fault...

Rach shay
2023-08-25 12:56:36

I guess they have done it because years 8-11 no the school year 7 are new and it seems going to a school that is already established for a few months will enable the teachers to focus on them more. I agree it’s not nice for them especially having to transition from junior to secondary but it is not sfg fault and they will all travel together and hopefully not long and they will all be together

Mike Price
2023-08-25 18:22:47

Why was the building not subject to proper inspections at frequent intervals during build time. Private home owners doing any building have to have work signed off at various stages. Why was not ‘due diligence’ given to contractors business affairs before contract given? Someone in Government needs to be held accountable for this fiasco

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