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Willersley Castle: Monday

Wallersley Castle 2022

Day One

As everyone knows, a school trip starts with the journey - and on our luxury coach this morning there was nothing but big smiles. Of course we're going to miss you all but it will be more than worth it!

Our home for the week

Just approaching the castle we knew we were going to have a wonderful time - imagine living here for a week! We didn't have long to gaze at our surroundings though - before long we'd had our welcome meetings and moved on to our first activities: Fencing and Initiative Exercises.

Fencing & Initiative Exercises

We were straight into activities – for the initiative exercises we soon realised that cooperation and listening were key skills, along with good communication of course.

In fencing we had to wear protective clothing, and learn particular moves before we could start. It’s not as easy as you think.

It’s no wonder we were all ready for our evening meal (which was delicious).

Night Walk

We finished our evening with a night walk - head torches and lamps on hand. We thought it may have been spooky but in fact it was wonderful - we loved seeing the castle glowing in the evening light.

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Following Boris Johnson’s 8pm announcement we now know that as of midnight tonight the country has entered a new period of Lockdown, a Lockdown that includes the closure of school. 

School will be open for the children of Key Workers and for pupils who are deemed vulnerable. All pupils will be provided with work in order for them to keep learning. 

Tonight’s announcement was very short notice for you as parents and also for us as a Staff. Tomorrow, by 11am there will be three tasks on the school website for each Class to complete as their Tuesday learning. However, School will be closed to ALL pupils tomorrow. 


Staff, however, will be in school preparing for the rest of the Lockdown. Through tomorrow we will prepare school to make it safe for Key worker pupils and vulnerable children to return. 

We will send out a form for you to apply for a place in the Keyworker Bubbles and we will let you know more about how children will be learning remotely. We will do our very best to re-open to Key Worker children and vulnerable pupils by Wednesday. 

I am aware of how difficult this is for you all, School closing creates a multitude of problems for everyone but data surrounding this awful disease dictates that this is a necessary step. As ever, the safety and health of everyone must be a priority. 

Thank you for your continued support and we will be in frequent contact over the next few days. 

Many thanks

Claire Halstead