Headteacher's Message from David Hood, 6th January, 2021

Dear Parents/Carers and Students,

We’ve now had a few hours to digest the news that was announced by the Prime Minister on Monday night – as I am sure you know, we have to move to remote teaching for all students apart from keyworkers’ children and vulnerable children, probably at least up to the half term break. We have spent today starting to build a plan for the changed circumstances.

Please note the following:

Rest of this week

We will be sticking to the schedule I described in the email I sent on 31 December.

  • Tuesday 5 January – On-line lessons start for students in Year 11, Year 12 and Year 13
  • Wednesday 6 January – On-line lessons start for students in Year 9 and Year 10 in addition to Years 11, 12 and 13
  • Thursday 7 January – On-line lessons for students in all year groups.

Miss Saddique has also sent out emails to students giving precise details of lesson timings

From Monday 11 January

We will be adjusting the timetable a bit to make it more “user friendly” for an extended period of remote teaching. We hope to be able to circulate information by the end of the week.

Key worker and vulnerable children

If you would like to request a place in school for your child/ren, please let us know (office@cressex.org).

Free school meals

As previously, we will be setting up a fortnightly food parcel for families that request them. More information about this later in the week.

Remote learning

If your child/ren is struggling to access lessons because of IT or other problems, please let us know.

Students’ welfare

Members of the school’s pastoral team will be contacting students on a regular basis to ask how they are getting on. If you have any concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the school.

GCSE and BTEC exams

It has been announced that exams “can’t go ahead as expected”, but we await more details of what is going to happen instead. In the meantime Year 11 students would be best advised to keep working as if they are going to take exams.

With best wishes,


David Hood