THE Woodroffe School in Lyme Regis has remained open during lockdown for a small number of students.
The school has been keen to support the wider community, as well as children of key workers and vulnerable students during these challenging times.
Staff are now looking ahead and making preparations for when more pupils are allowed to return to school.
In the latest school newsletter, headteacher Dan Watts said: “Whilst the school has only been open to the children of key works and our vulnerable students, we have done our very best to ensure that all our regular methods of communication remain open.
“Let me take this opportunity to thank you again for the support you have given the school during this difficult time. We have worked incredibly hard to ensure that we have supported the ongoing education of our students, whilst the school remains closed.
“In May we celebrated National Thank a Teacher Day. I am very grateful for the way our staff have adapted to this new way of working. It has been an incredible team effort, and everyone has played their part. The students are very fortunate to have such a dedicated team, focussed on their educational success and individual well-being.
“In addition to our teaching staff, I would also like to thank our wider staff body for what they have done and continue to do to ensure that school is able to function effectively during the lockdown period.”
Supporting the local community
Mr Watts continued: “During the school closure period we have continued to ensure that those in need have been supported. Our free school meals programme has continued and has allowed for weekly collections, local deliveries for those with mobility issues, vouchers and in-school meals for those attending our provision for vulnerable children.
“For the past three weeks our partnership with LymeForward, which runs Lyme Regis Foodbank, has enabled us to provide locally-prepared and locally-cooked frozen meals to families in need. I am extremely grateful for their support during this time.
“Having moved to an online learning platform to ensure the continued education of our students, there has been a need, where possible, to support those without access. As a result, we have loaned school devices to those most in need of our support.
“Despite the government announcement of computer equipment for disadvantaged students almost two months ago, we are still waiting for them to arrive.
“The knowledge of our support programme led to one anonymous local donor giving five new laptops to the school, no strings attached. It is amazing to see how communities have come together during this difficult time to support those in need.
“During lockdown, I have shared repeated messages and information about the support available for those experiencing mental health-related issues. All students at The Woodroffe School have access to Kooth (www.kooth.com), a free online counselling service available to our young people.”