City of Norwich School

Climate change protest march – Friday 15th March

We are aware that a second protest over the issue of climate change is planned in several towns and cities, including Norwich on Friday 15th March and that students are being encouraged to take part during the school day.

This protest differs from the first in that it will be a march from the Forum to the Castle. Once again, I have met with students to discuss how this will be organised and the consequential impacts on the students that may take part.  While I still recognise the strength of feeling over this issue, I have a duty of care to ensure the safety of all students and cannot consent to students missing out on important learning time.

Therefore, it is important, to verify requests, that we receive explicit written consent via email by the end of Tuesday 12th March, ( that you wish your child to attend the protest march, so we will not prevent them from leaving school. However, the absence will be noted as unauthorised and parents and carers will be responsible for their child’s safety and welfare during this time. A slip will be issued to students by their form tutor. Any student who tries to leave site without parental consent will be truanting and sanctioned in line with the school behaviour policy.

We would urge students against walking out of school on this day. It is extremely disruptive for a school to have to deal with unauthorised absences and students will be missing out on important learning time.

NB If the permission email is not received by the end of Tuesday 12th March, students will not be able to leave site.  As before, students will be expected to return to school as soon as the protest ends.

Ms J Philpott