Dear CTK Community,

I hope you are all staying safe and keeping your spirits up.

Thank you for all your efforts today and yesterday. It is a strange time for our community but it is great to see us all working together to make sure that we are all supported and continuing with our education, even if it is in a different format. Teachers have been letting me know how engaged many of you are with the work that is being set for you – thank you.

By now, you will have seen my letter to inform you that, due to the Government’s announcement last night and extremely low pupil numbers, we have unfortunately taken the decision to fully close the school from today. This decision was made in the best interests of the safety of our staff and pupils. As the school office is now closed and all staff will be working from home, can parents please direct any queries via email to: and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

I know some pupils had some initial problems accessing their work but hopefully we have managed to sort out any issues by providing you with all the information that you need and we will continue to do so over the coming days. Teachers are continuing to plan and set work for you. Try to do what you canIyou can do most of what is set that is great but please don’t worry that you’ll be in any sort of trouble if you cannot do something. We will understand. Just continue to ask your teachers for help.

As Miss Cunningham said in her email to pupils this morning, the most important thing to recognise is that this is a marathon not a sprint – as long as all of us are trying to do our best then over the weeks we will achieve what we need to. Do not worry if one task or thing you are trying to do doesn’t work, it’s the overall combined effort that counts.

Please be patient with your teachers. They will try to respond to your emails and provide feedback when they are able to. It is going to take us all a while to settle in to this new way of working.

As well as your school work, you may want to find other things to keep you occupied. Try reading a book – not because you have been told to do so but because you want to. There are lots available online for free. How many of you tuned in to Joe Wicks at 9am on Youtube today for his daily exercise class? (I believe that some of our teachers have been doing this too!) Sixth Form students have been rising to the ‘poetry’ challenge set by Mr Welsh and there were lots of responses to the quiz emailed out by Mr Goodenough yesterday.

We will continue to set you challenges and pass on anything that we think will be of interest to you as the days pass.

Please make sure you follow us on social media. Our social media accounts are as follows;
Twitter @ctksouthport
Instagram @ctksouthport and @ctksixthform
Here we are sharing the following;
– Regular school updates and letters
– Weekly challenges
– Thoughts for the day/acts of kindness
– Events (news, TV programmes to watch)
Most importantly, please follow the new government instructions on social distancing. These do not stop you going for a bike ride, jog or walk once a day in this lovely spring fresh air but you need to keep your distance from others and must not be meeting up with people you don’t live with.

Remember our CTK Way. This is a time when we really need to be displaying those characteristics and values that are so important to our community. 

Stay safe and be kind,

Mrs Wheeler

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