Dear Parent/Carer


As you are aware, the Academy will be closed for an indefinite period to most students as instructed by the Department for Education. We are however open to the children of those identified by the government as ‘KEY WORKERS’.

Please note that the very strong advice from the government is that as many students as possible should be cared for at home throughout the period of closure.

The full definition of a key worker is available on the Cabinet Office website. In summary it is defined as those who work in:

Health and social care
Frontline health and social care staff such as doctors, nurses, midwives, paramedics, as well as support and specialist staff in the health and social care sector. In addition it includes those working in supply chains including producers and distributors of medicines and personal protective equipment.

Education and childcare
Nursery, teaching staff and social workers.

Key public services
Those required to run the justice system, religious staff, as well as those responsible for managing the deceased, and journalists providing public service broadcasting.

Local and national government
Administrative occupations essential to the effective delivery of the Covid-19 response or delivering essential public services, including payment of benefits.

Food and other necessary goods
Those involved in the production, processing, distribution, sale and delivery of food.

Public safety and national security
Police, support staff, Ministry of Defence civilian staff and armed forces personnel, fire and rescue staff, and those responsible for border security, prisons and probation.

Those who will keep air, water, road and rail passenger and freight transport modes operating during the Covid-19 response.

Utilities, communication and financial service
Staff required to keep oil, gas, electricity, water and sewerage operations running. Staff in the civil nuclear, chemical and telecommunications sectors. Those in postal services and those working to provide essential financial services.

If you fall into any of the categories identified above, provision will be available for your child during the school hours listed below, from Monday 23rd March until Friday 3rd April.

  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday – 8:15am to 3:15pm
  • Wednesday – 8:15am to 2:00pm

In order to support the smooth running of any provision, and to ensure safeguarding procedures are followed, all parents/carers who fall under any of the key worker categories above, must complete the registration form on the website at by 5:00pm on Sunday 22nd March.  

All staff at Thistley Hough Academy are keen to ensure that the education and needs for all students are met, as best as possible, during this difficult time. Staff have worked tirelessly over the last couple of weeks to ensure that all students have access to work, with supporting resources, for the weeks leading up to and including the Easter break.  Arrangements for remote learning at home has been provided to all students and we would urge you to encourage that home learning takes place.

As you can imagine the closure of schools is the first of a range of steps being taken by the government to try to address the challenges that COVID-19 poses and I ask for your patience and ongoing support as we navigate our way through this unprecedented time.

I wish to take this opportunity to wish you and your families well, and to thank you for your cooperation during these difficult times for us all.

Yours sincerely



Jayne Schofield

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