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.”


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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.

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Contact Kat Hopps on 020 8477 3789 or at kat.hopps@archant.co.uk

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