Academy closes until further notice due to ‘extensive staff shortages’



A Staffordshire Moorland school is closed due to staff shortages caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

St Edward’s Academy in Leek will be shut until further notice, it was confirmed this morning.

In a letter to parents the academy’s principal said:  “It is with regret that I have had to take the decision to close the Academy from Thursday March 19.

“This has been a very difficult decision but is one I have been forced to take due to extensive staff shortages following the updated self-isolation advice provided by the Government on Tuesday and wanting to maintain the health and well-being of our whole community.

“I am very aware that Academy closure will create considerable problems for many in our school community and, for this, I can only apologise.

“We will remain open today, Wednesday March 18, as normal and there is no need to collect children early from school.”

Work is going to set for pupils via the Go4Schools website.

A number of other schools in North Staffordshire also closed to some pupils due to shortages of staff.

Leek High School is closed to Year Nine and Year Ten pupils until the end of the week.





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