Dear Parent,

Due to an increasing number of problems with the provision of hot water, we as an SLT have taken the decision to effectively close the school a week early.  Therefore, from this evening, you will be able to come and collect your child(ren) from QVS and take them home for the holidays.

It is not an easy decision to make but I am fed up making excuses for children having to have cold showers and poor heating.  I have been given an assurance that repairs will take place before the start of next term.

Your child will contact you soon to arrange pick-ups.  I know not all of you will be able to get here tonight so the students can stay until you can get here.

Those children who simply can’t get home due to booked flights etc – I have asked if the community can help here.  It would be ideal if a young person with flights booked next week could be looked after by a friend or a family member who lives closer.  I asked the students to talk to you about helping each other out when necessary.

I’m sorry that this decision has had to be taken and I wish you all a very merry Xmas when it comes.