SFCA chair Nick Burnham reflects on the dramatic day school closures were announced, and on what comes next

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SFCA chair Nick Burnham reflects on the dramatic day school closures were announced, and on what comes next

20th March 2020

Nick Burnham, Chair of the Sixth Form Colleges Association and principal of Cardinal Newman College, said:

'On Wednesday night I watched the secretary of state announce the closure of schools and colleges and then emailed staff to say that Thursday would be our last day with our Year 13 students. During the day we had closed to Year 12 as our staff, slowly and reluctantly, started to self-isolate. To be honest I was relieved to make the decision and some of the pressure that had increased over the last 10 days was lifted. 

Along with many principals and heads across the country, I had wrestled with the desire to stay open and serve our students while knowing some vulnerable staff and students would not self-isolate independently without my acting and closing the college.' Read more here.

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