Tuesday 6th December 2022


Dear Parent / Carer,

Advance Notice of Move to SJF City Way: January 2023

As you know, work has been progressing at speed on our whole school rebuild on City Way. (Please see our website, https://stjohnfisher.school/new-build/, for a flythrough of the design).

I am writing to share the exciting news that the City Way site will be opening to students by Monday 30th January 2023. This is ahead of schedule, and I am incredibly grateful to Wates, the company delivering the build, who have worked so hard to make sure that we can move out of our present facilities earlier in the winter season than planned. I am also very grateful to our staff and governors, who have done so much to get us to this point.

In order for our staff to pack up to move out of Ordnance Street and Maidstone Road, and into City Way, there will be a period of time during which students will not attend school and will instead access learning resources at home. The only exception for this is planned external exams, which will go ahead as normal. Final details are being confirmed, but I wanted to give you as much notice of this as possible, as we anticipate that students will need to work at home for some of the time between 16th – 27th January 2023. (Please note that students’ attendance will be unaffected by this closure, as they will be marked as ‘working from home’ on our registers).

I apologise in advance for any disruption this may cause. As you know, we will keep the school open wherever possible, but this is a once-in-a-generation, unavoidable closure that will mean our children finally have the educational facilities that they deserve.

I will write again to you in the coming weeks once the plans have been finalised. In the meantime, I wish you and your family a reflective Advent.

God Bless,


Mrs. Lennon