THE headteacher of the Woodroffe School in Lyme Regis has emphasised the importance of pupils’ continued engagement with online learning and has praised staff for their efforts during the latest lockdown.
It comes as the government announced yesterday (Wednesday) that students would not be returning to the classroom after February half term and schools would not fully reopen until March 8 at the earliest.
In his latest newsletter, Woodroffe School headteacher Dan Watts said: “It has been a very strange start to the spring term and one which has proven to be quite different to what we had planned for.
“Our school has remained open for the children of critical workers and those deemed to be vulnerable. We have had many more requests for support this time round and are doing our best to accommodate those in need.
“Assistant head Miss Hutchings is doing a fantastic job in coordinating our onsite provision. If you are in need of support, please contact Miss Hutchings or your child’s Head of Year.
“Our remote learning continues to develop under the guidance of assistant head Mr Vincent. Students will be receiving a mixture of remote learning tasks and live/recorded lessons where appropriate.
“Recently our tutor team completed their home calls, making contact with students, as part of our welfare support. Should you need assistance with technology and/or internet access, Mr Vincent will be able to help following contact with your child’s tutor.
“We have supplied lots of laptop devices for home learning and supported families with access to increased data, please ask if you need some support.
“I am sure, you will have seen some of the work being completed by our wellbeing team. They have recently launched Twitter and Instagram accounts to offer support to students and families.
“The team are in school daily and are on hand to support those in need. Please refer to the documents shared on social media and through direct email home for further information.
“Our staff continue to do a fantastic job and have produced some wonderful activities for students to complete during the latest lockdown. It is important our students continue to engage with their remote learning, sticking to good routines and submitting their work through Teams.
“It is really important during these challenging times that we are able to celebrate some positives. I am extremely pleased to report that student offers for places at university are beginning to flood in.
“Yet again, our students are gaining places at some of the top universities across the country and have chosen to study some fascinating courses. We wish them all the best for their future studies.
“Miss Keaney and her team in the sixth form continue to do a great job in supporting students with their options for post 18 education and employment. Should you need any further support here, please contact the team directly.
“On Monday, January 18, West Dorset MP Chris Loder spoke in the House of Commons, offering his gratitude to the way that those in education had consistently adapted to the ever-changing situation regarding educational provision.
“It was particularly pleasing for Woodroffe to get a special mention as one of the schools that has “totally gone above and beyond in delivering education to our children”.
“A particularly encouraging message and one which means a lot to all those at Woodroffe. We would like to extend our thanks to Chris for his continued support of our school since his appointment.”