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SFG College to remain shut and lessons go online

News / Mon 30th Oct 2023 at 04:09pm

THE CHIEF executive of SFG College has written to parents telling them that pupils will not be returning to the school.

The full letter from Helena Mill is below

Dear Parents and Carers,

This morning, BMAT staff and senior representatives from the Department for Education were on site for a walk-through inspection of the facilities at Sir Frederick Gibberd College. While significant improvements have been made, more work needs to be done in order to ensure that the site is better prepared for winter, and the necessary improvements are completed.

Therefore, following consultation with the DFE, in order to prioritise the welfare of students and staff, we have been left with no choice but to move year 8-11 education online, starting from Wednesday 1 November, at 8.50am. Teaching staff will be delivering a full timetable of live online learning during this period.

This is a very big change and one we would not make unless we had to, but it is clear that the safeguarding and welfare of the children must come first. The DFE is ultimately responsible for the buildings on site, and the move to online learning will give their contractors the necessary time to ensure that the facilities for our school are safe and fit for purpose from the winter onwards. It is our ambition to reopen the school site for face-to-face learning on Monday 13 November. We shall confirm if we can go ahead with this start date by the middle of next week. We will also provide you with an update later this week on how the work is progressing.

The education arrangements of our Year 7’s will not be changing; they will remain at Mark Hall Academy.

There are some key points to make online learning work as well as possible:

A grocery voucher will be provided to all pupils to the value of £30, helping to cover the cost of food for the period of online learning.

Student welfare remains our top priority during this period. The pastoral teams will be in touch with pupils to provide support, and students are encouraged to speak to their Head of Year if they have any concerns. The safeguarding team will be conducting home visits to any vulnerable pupils during the period of teaching being delivered online.

BMAT staff continue to work in an incredibly difficult environment to ensure we are able to deliver the best possible education to the pupils of SFG. We all remain grateful for the support the wider SFG community has offered the teaching staff, and I would like to thank parents and carers once again. As always, if you have any questions at all, please email [email protected].

This is a difficult time, and we are working very closely with the DFE, the local MP Robert Halfon, and Harlow Council to ensure that work is completed and that the SFG community has a safe place to learn.

Many thanks,
Mrs. Helena Mills

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3 Comments for SFG College to remain shut and lessons go online:

Luke Burton
2023-10-30 19:11:54

Giving £30 to all pupils to cover food makes a lot of sense. I'm glad to see it isn't being means-tested and it being essentially cash too. BMAT doing the best they can in the absence of leadership and accountability on the part of Robert Halfon and his DfE.

John Curry
2023-10-31 11:23:54

Should have got DIY/SOS to come over from the Latton Centre. Might have been finished by now!

David Forman
2023-10-31 11:26:42

Is BMAT going to compensate parents who would normally work part-time, but now have to stay at home to look after their children?

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