National Lockdown

Last night, the Prime Minister announced a national lockdown, with schools scheduled to be closed to all but vulnerable children and the children of key workers, until at least after the February half-term.

All of our schools will now be moving to online learning and we will be in touch with you shortly to provide details on how to access that content. For those of you who do not have access to the necessary technology for accessing online content, each of our schools are working to obtain DfE provided devices and will be distributing these to those who need it as quickly as possible. At Sprowston, Mr Chapman leads on Remote Learning. If your child does not currently have access to a device on which they can access remote learning, please contact Mr Chapman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For those parents/carers who are key workers and/or who care for a vulnerable child, your child’s school will be in touch to provide you with further details. At Sprowston this rota has already been set up and provision will start from today. If there is a change in your circumstances and you need your child to access this provision but you have not already booked this, please contact Sam Wickham, PA to the Head on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

At present, it is not clear whether there will be a return to the previous voucher scheme for those children who receive free school meals. Whilst we seek clarity on that matter, please contact your child’s school if you require a free school meal and they will arrange provision. At Sprowston, Mrs Norman has been in touch with those families who are eligible for free school meals. If you need to contact Mrs Norman, please do so at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

It has also been clarified that not all exams will go ahead in the summer. However, there is no further information at this point and we will contact you with further information as it emerges. We have been told that the vocational exams planned for next week will go ahead as planned.

This is clearly not the news that any of us would have wanted and we appreciate the challenges that online learning creates for all pupils and for their parents/carers. With that in mind, alongside the provision of learning material we will do everything we can to work with you and support you to ensure your child continues to achieve a positive learning experience throughout the lockdown period.

Yours sincerely
Don Evans
CEO