National Lockdown: An update from Turton’s Headteacher

Dear parent,


I’m getting in touch, ahead of the national lockdown, starting on Thursday, firstly to wish you and your families a safe transit through lockdown and to re-assure you that we will continue to implement strong safety measures, in school, to keep both your children and your families as safe as possible during this time.


I also want to mention that we have had a few children, returning to school after half-term, having had close contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid-19. In the majority of cases where students have had to isolate, it is because they have met up with friends in groups outside of school. I must stress that in order to support our ambition to keep school open, students should adhere to the new lockdown rules outside of school. Other than travelling to and from school, they should not meet up with groups of friends. When travelling to and from school they should keep a safe distance from each other and refrain from visiting each other’s houses.


I understand that it is difficult to manage their conduct during unsupervised time, however we are finding that the students are very compliant with the rules in school, as long as they are made clear and explicit. I ask for your support in re-iterating these messages to your child over the coming weeks.


One of our safety measures is that we are restricting the number of visitors to school, which means that calendared parent’s evenings will not go ahead in the usual way. We are currently working on an online platform for parent’s evenings and hope to be able to send you information about this in the next couple of weeks. It may mean a change of date to some of the scheduled events, but rest-assured you will be given an opportunity to talk to your child’s teachers about their progress.


If you have any concerns about your child attending school during lockdown, please get in touch with myself or my deputies: Cathy Bach,; Carole Baily,


All best wishes,

Sam Gorse