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Oriel High School in Crawley closes to years 10 and 12



In his letter the headteacher Philip Stack said:

“We are working hard to remain open, but that brings considerable challenges. Supply staff that we might employ through a supply agency are not available and we have an increasing number of staff who are absent from school. Some members of staff will be away for a fixed period of two weeks because they or a member of their household is showing a symptom and so they will return in the near future.

We also have members of staff who will be in selfisolation for a lengthy period of time because they or a member of their household has an underlying health condition and they are following the instructions from the government and the NHS.

We are now at the point where keeping the full timetable running across all year groups is not possible given the level of staff absence and consequently we are asking Year 10 and 12 students to embark upon home study from this afternoon which will increase our capacity to cover the lessons of absent colleagues with other year groups.”

He added:

“Our priority is to keep the rest of the school running which is asking a great deal from staff who are here, but in addition our subject leaders and their teams are putting together work plans for home study for other year groups should we send another year group home or indeed if we have to close the school. This must be our priority over and above trying to set work individually for a student who is well, but is in self-isolation. I hope that families will understand this approach and the demands it is placing on the staff here.”


Elf Day at Crawley College helps raise money for Alzheimer’s society



Staff and students at Crawley College Group joined other colleges across their group including Chichester, Brinsbury, Haywards Heath and Worthing Colleges – as they dressed as elves earlier this month in support of Elf Day, a festive themed fundraising event for Alzheimer’s Society.

The days helped to raise nearly £1,500 for the group’s charity of the year.

Lisa Humphries, Director of Student Services and Pastoral Support for the Chichester College Group, said:

“Everyone out-elved themselves in support of Alzheimer’s Support.

“We were overwhelmed by the support everyone gave us, raising an incredible amount to kick-off our fundraising efforts for our chosen charity of the year.

“The elves really were out in force on all campuses, from making treats to sell to walking many memory miles and attending virtual workshops to find out more about dementia.

“The support our students and staff gave us was phenomenal, especially our student experience team who organised events at all of our colleges.”

The Chichester College Group will be fundraising for Alzheimer’s Society throughout the remainder of the academic year, with more events planned over the coming months/

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