Sunday 17 July, 2022
Dear Parents and Carers,
After careful consideration and a close eye on the weather forecast, we have made the decision that both sites at Reddish Hall are not going to be usuable in the extreme heat that is predicted in the next two days.
The classrooms and halls in the Denstone and Lewis buildings are uncomfortably warm even in the mid-twenties, and the site does not have shaded outdoor spaces. While the Hive has a small number of air conditioned classrooms, the breakout spaces and sensory room are in the centre of the building and do not benefit from air conditioning, or any windows, which means pupils would be restricted to their own classrooms, and would not be able to access movement breaks around the building or outside. The vocational area is also without air conditioning, and with having a metal roof, the building has heated up significantly.
Trips for primary and KS3 (Denstone) have been postponed already due to the extreme heat and will take place at the end of September, so the children will not miss out on these.
The forecast for Wednesday is much cooler! The school sites will be open as usual, and the KS4 (Lewis) trip will go ahead as planned.
A member of staff who works with your child will be phoning after 10am tomorrow to discuss learning from home, and keeping safe in the hot weather.
If you have any queries, please contact The Hive after 8am tomorrow morning, where a skeleton staff will be based on site. The number is: 01615231147. Please note, the office at the Denstone site is not being manned, so phone calls to that number won’t be answered.
We will be working with the facilities team at OFG to look at what can be implemented in all buildings to ensure that we do not have to close the sites in the future due to extreme heat.
Kind regards, and keep cool!
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