Stratford school partially closes at “short notice” due to religious festival

Chobham Academy

Chobham Academy - Credit: Archant

The primary principal of a 1,800-pupil academy has apologised to parents about the school’s partial closure today for Eid al-Adha.

Chobham Academy, based in Stratford’s East Village, is closed for nursery, reception, Year 1 and Year 2 pupils.

Parents were given three days notice of the decision in a letter on Friday by primary principal Mark Elms.

In the letter, he said the closure was “due to a high number of staff requesting leave for religious observance”.

He wrote: “Please accept my sincere apologies for the short notice which could not be helped and for the disruption to the beginning of the new academic year.”

You may also want to watch:

The school remains open today to all students in Years 3, 4, 5 and 6.

The Harris Federation, which runs the academy, declined to comment.

Most Read

Are you a parent? What do you think about the decision to partially close Chobham Academy?

Contact Kat Hopps on 020 8477 3789 or at

Become a Supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Become a Supporter