Wondering which of the Kent primary schools will not be re-opening in January to all pupils as planned?
Today the government has announced that in order to help contain the community transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19), some of the primary schools across the country will not be re-opening to all students, as planned in January. The list of schools includes primary schools in Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge & Malling and Sevenoaks.
Provision will be made for vulnerable children (including those with an EHCP) and children of critical workers, (parents whose work is critical to the coronavirus response) to attend school.
Nationally, all secondary schools, middle schools and FE providers have been asked to deliver a phased return to education from January 4.
Here’s the full list of local authorities where this guidance applies (for them not to re-open to all students from 4 January) – including Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge & Malling and Sevenoaks. You can also view and download the full list and guidelines here.
There isn’t clear info in terms of when the primary schools on the below list will re-open to all but it will not be before 18th January…
The list of Kent primary schools as well as the other areas across the UK which will not re-opening in January to all pupils as planned:
- Barking and Dagenham Barnet
- Hammersmith and Fulham Havering
- Kensington and Chelsea Merton
- Newham Richmond-Upon-Thames Southwark
- Tower Hamlets
- Waltham Forest Wandsworth Westminster
- Epping Forest
- Castle Point
- Southend on Sea Thurrock
- Tonbridge and Malling
- Tunbridge Wells
- Milton Keynes
- Three Rivers
Let’s hope this is going to be for a short time while Covid levels are reduced and the vaccine is rolled out.
It looks like we will be continuing our daily walks locally so if you are looking for inspiration, check out this blog post with 35+ family friendly walks in Kent and East Sussex or this post about our favourite family bike rides as well as 14 fab playgrounds around Tunbridge Wells. Oh and 30 things to do at home with the kids!
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Do you think the primary schools around Tunbridge Wells should hold off opening to all students? I tend to think it is the right decision, though I know it won’t be easy for anyone.
Hopefully it will reduce the spread of the virus and we can all return to normal life at some point soon. Let me know what you think in the comments below?