拥有35所小学的Oasis Trust创始人Steve Chalke表示，该信托计划将从6月1日开始接纳更多学生入学，因为他说为学生提供重返校园的机会是“常识”。
In England, despite widespread criticism, the Government expects pre-school children to be able to return to early years settings, and for Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 pupils to be back in school, from the start of next month.
Young children could start returning to nurseries and primary schools in England from June 1, with the Government aiming for all primary school pupils to go back for a month before the summer holidays.
The Government has also said secondary schools and colleges should aim to offer some “face-to-face contact” with Year 10 and 12 students who have key exams next year during the summer term.
A final decision on whether to go ahead with reopening schools is expected to be taken by the Government on or before May 28 after the most up-to-date scientific evidence has been reviewed.
Ministers have came under growing pressure from councils, predominantly by Labour-run local authorities in the north of England, who have ruled out a wider reopening from June 1.
It is likely that local authority-run primary schools in England will look closely at what their council has to say before deciding whether to reopen on the first week of June.
A number of councils, alongside teaching unions, have been calling for the scientific evidence underpinning the decision to reopen schools in England to be published, which is now expected on Friday.
Academies, which are state schools that are not run by councils, could follow the advice of their local authority, or they may make their own decisions on whether to stick to the Government’s time scale.
But already a number of chief executives of academy chains have said schools must reopen soon to avoid “irreparable” damage to vulnerable children.
Steve Chalke, founder of the Oasis Trust, which has 35 primary schools, said the trust plans to admit more pupils to its schools from June 1 as he said it is “common sense” to create an opportunity for pupils to return to school.
Some private schools may consider keeping children in Year 6 at home when schools reopen more widely, an independent school chief has suggested.
Christopher King, chief executive of the Independent Association of Prep Schools (Iaps), which has more than 600 members, said he expects the vast majority of members in England to reopen to more pupils from June 1.
But he said some private schools may decide to remain closed to Year 6 pupils who can continue their virtual learning at home.
Mr King also warned that it may be difficult for some independent schools to open if they are located in local authorities advising against a June 1 reopening.