THE Woodroffe School had a very positive return following the national lockdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Students returned in a staggered fashion with years 7, 11 and 12 going back to school last Monday, years 10 and 13 on Tuesday and years 8 and 9 on Wednesday.
The phased return enabled the school to support students more effectively and ensure that they were fully up to speed with the changes made to school procedures and processes, designed to keep everyone safe on the full return of all students.
Headteacher Dan Watts, starting his second year in the role, said: “It was great to see our school alive again, with students learning in classrooms amongst their peers and teachers.
“Our school was a very strange place during lockdown, despite being open all the way through, it had a very different atmosphere with a significantly reduced number attending each day.
“There have been many smiles on the student return. Whilst the vast majority are very happy to be back and are adjusting well to a return to school routines, some have found the transition a little more challenging.
“Our new ‘Safeguarding and Wellbeing’ team have been working hard to support these students and ensuring that they able to return to learning confidently in school as quickly as possible.
“Our attendance has been very strong. Nationally 88 per cent of students have returned whilst at Woodroffe our figure has been 96.2 per cent.
“Congratulations to our students on a strong return and thanks to our parents and carers who have provided continued support throughout the pandemic.
“I would like to thank our staff for what they have done to ensure that we could welcome all students back as soon as possible and for the way that they have supported students in their return. This has been a real team effort.”