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Thomas Bennett Community College becomes fifth Crawley school to send students home



The fifth secondary school, Thomas Bennett Community College, has announced that with immediate effect years 7, 8 and 9 are to work from home until further notice.

In a letter to parents the headteacher said that due to a lack of staff available as a result of COVID-19 and self-isolating the school was left with no other alternative than to make this decision.

It was also pointed out that for students remaining in the school that parents should be aware that in order to maintain a safe and orderly school that those students may not be taught by their usual teacher or follow their normal curriculum.

The headteacher added that teachers are available during the term of the closure and will be communicating with students via Google Classroom to provide clear instructions on lessons.


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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