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Critical worker list and updated arrangements at present

Overnight, the Government have issued a list of who they deem to be ‘critical workers’ in order to respond to COVID-19. Please see below for the direct link:


I cannot stress enough that the critical message in this guidance is:

To ensure that if children can stay safe at home, they should, to limit the chance of the virus spreading Wherever possible, children should be kept safe at home and only those children who absolutely need to attend should do so. The fewer the amount of children making the journey to school, the lower the risk that the virus ca spread and infect more vulnerable individuals in wider society’


Therefore, please consider keeping your child at home; school is the final option. We aim to be open but we cannot emphasise enough that we are available for those that absolutely need to attend.


 This is an offer to parents and carers, and there is no requirement to send your child to school if they do not need or wish to do so. We are working under the guidance of the Local Authority, and therefore you need to be aware that the provision offered may not be located at our school. If you think you may be eligible, please follow advice from the previous letter and either screenshot  your work ID, payslip, contract or website information which lists you as a staff member, and email it to, outlining what provision you would like and which days. Alternatively, pop into the school office and give this information to Mrs Jeffcoate.


School will close on Friday and we will notify you when it will reopen to provide the reduced provision offer for certain pupils, as we will need some time to organise this change in provision. Some families will receive an offer to attend the school during this period of wider closure. Only families with an offer of a place should attend the school. We are restricted to the number of places that we can offer, in order to protect our staff and the children who attend.


Offers will be made on a tiered system, which is outlined below. If you are offered a place, we will notify you. We will need to know what provision you will need so that we can ensure we have enough staff cover.





Tier 1 ( in no particular order)

Tier 2 ( in no particular order)

Tier 3 ( in no particular order)

Tier 4 ( in no particular order)

  • Doctors
  • Nurses
  • Midwives
  • Paramedics
  • Social Workers
  • School staff
  • Nursery staff
  • Care workers
  • Machine workers producing medicines/ medical personal protective equipment
  • Support and specialist staff as part of medical administrative support who categorically cannot work from home
  • Food distributors
  • Food processors
  • Food delivery driver
  • MOD civilians
  • Police and support staff
  • Contractor and armed forces personnel who are critical to the delivery of key defence and national security
  • Fire and Rescue service



  • Workers responsible for management of the deceased
  • Health and social care supply chain workers
  • Support and specialist staff as part of medical administrative support who could work from home
  • Food sale
  • Those involved in the production, distribution, sale and delivery of hygienic and veterinary medicines
  • Oil, gas, electricity and water (including sewerage) workers
  • Waste disposal sector workers
  • National Crime Agency staff
  • Border security
  • Prison and probation staff
  • Other national security roles including those overseas
  • Those running the justice system
  • Air, water and road workers
  • Freight transport working through COVID-19 responses
  • Telecommunication staff, including call centre staff for 999 and 111 critical services
  • Specialist education professionals who aren’t school based
  • Civil, nuclear and chemical workers
  • Network operation and field engineering workers
  • Payment providers
  • Charity workers providing support and relief in relation to COVID-19
  • Religious staff
  • Journalists providing public service broadcasting
  • Broadcasters providing public service broadcasting
  • National and local Government administrators delivering essential public services such as the payment of benefits
  • Rail Passenger workers
  • Essential financial services provision (including but not limited to) banks. Building societies and financial market infrastructure)
  • UT and data infrastructure and primary industry supplies to continue during the COVID-19 response
  • Postal services and delivery workers





We are awaiting further guidance from the Local Authority, so as soon as we have any further information, we will pass this onto you.

I would like to say a huge thank you to those parents who have offered support and kind words. These are completely unprecedented times, and we are trying to make sense of constantly changing landscape. We are working hard to do what we can to support our families, and your support is very much appreciated.