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Request for critical worker place

Request for critical worker place – URGENT response required by 5pm today (Tuesday, 5th January 2021)


Following last night’s late announcement of school closures for most pupils, we have managed to open today for critical workers pending making further arrangements from today.


I have had a number of emails from parents requesting places but am not able to process these individually. If you believe you are a critical worker, please read the notes below carefully to check and complete the response form here:


You will need to ask your employer to write to us to confirm that your role is critical to the coronavirus (COVID-19) and EU transition response.


We have opened seven year-group “bubbles” for vulnerable pupils and children of critical workers. We will be able to take a maximum of 15 pupils in each bubble and will prioritise for places based on the following criteria:


1.    Vulnerable pupil
2.    Both parents are critical workers
3.    One parent is a critical worker


Once allocated a place, we would like pupils to attend every day from 8.30 until 3.00. 


I apologise for the short time-scale involved and thank you for your co-operation.

Best wishes

Penny Simpson



Critical workers 
Parents whose work is critical to the coronavirus (COVID-19) and EU transition response include those who work in health and social care and in other key sectors outlined in the following sections.


Health and social care
This includes, but is not limited to, doctors, nurses, midwives, paramedics, social workers, care workers, and other frontline health and social care staff including volunteers; the support and specialist staff required to maintain the UK’s health and social care sector; those working as part of the health and social care supply chain, including producers and distributors of medicines and medical and personal protective equipment.

Education and childcare
This includes:
•    childcare
•    support and teaching staff
•    social workers
•    specialist education professionals who must remain active during the coronavirus (COVID-19) response to deliver this approach

Key public services
This includes:
•    those essential to the running of the justice system
•    religious staff
•    charities and workers delivering key frontline services
•    those responsible for the management of the deceased
•    journalists and broadcasters who are providing public service broadcasting

Local and national government
This only includes those administrative occupations essential to the effective delivery of:
•    the coronavirus (COVID-19) response, and the delivery of and response to EU transition
•    essential public services, such as the payment of benefits and the certification or checking of goods for import and export (including animal products, animals, plants and food), including in government agencies and arms length bodies

Food and other necessary goods
This includes those involved in food:
•    production
•    processing
•    distribution
•    sale and delivery
•    as well as those essential to the provision of other key goods (for example hygienic and veterinary medicines)


Public safety and national security
This includes:
•    police and support staff
•    Ministry of Defence civilians
•    contractor and armed forces personnel (those critical to the delivery of key defence and national security outputs and essential to the response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and EU transition)
•    fire and rescue service employees (including support staff)
•    National Crime Agency staff
•    those maintaining border security, prison and probation staff and other national security roles, including those overseas

Transport and border
This includes those who will keep the air, water, road and rail passenger and freight transport modes operating during the coronavirus (COVID-19) response and EU transition, including those working on transport systems through which supply chains pass and those constructing or supporting the operation of critical transport and border infrastructure through which supply chains pass.


Utilities, communication and financial services
This includes:
•    staff needed for essential financial services provision (including but not limited to workers in banks, building societies and financial market infrastructure)
•    the oil, gas, electricity and water sectors (including sewerage)
•    information technology and data infrastructure sector and primary industry supplies to continue during the coronavirus (COVID-19) response
•    key staff working in the civil nuclear, chemicals, telecommunications (including but not limited to network operations, field engineering, call centre staff, IT and data infrastructure, 999 and 111 critical services)
•    postal services and delivery
•    payments providers
•    waste disposal sectors

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