Schools in Eastwood and Kimberley ‘delighted’ to welcome back pupils after months in lockdown
It is the end of months of homeschooling this week, as schools across Eastwood and Kimberley welcome back pupils following the coronavirus shutdown.
Along with the buzz of seeing friends again and getting stuck in with new school work, students are faced with a number of new safety measures to comply with.
Before returning to face-to-face lessons, all students at Hall Park Academy in Eastwood were required to return a negative lateral flow test for Covid-19.
Students will be asked to complete two more lateral flow tests in the coming weeks before being provided with a home-testing kit to continue testing at home.
The students are also required to wear a face mask whenever they are inside the school building, including in classrooms.
Despite this, the return marks a big step on the road to post-pandemic normality.
David Crossley, headteacher at Hall Park Academy, said: “We are delighted to welcome students back into the classroom. I want to thank parents for all their support during this period of partial school closure.”
Similar safety measures are in place at The Kimberley School as pupils return to classroom life.
Andrew George, headteacher at Kimberley School, said: “Thank you so much to everyone who supported us by getting so many students tested before they returned to school.
"This is helping make school a safer place for students, staff and their families.
"As we return it is important that we do not become complacent. Our priority is to get students back into school and to keep them here – we can only do this if we all continue to work together.”
The headteacher also addressed concerns about GCSE and A-level grades in light of the disruption to studies over the past year.
Mr George said: “We do understand what an anxious time this is for students. I think they can be reassured that the whole school system is determined to work together to ensure they achieve the grades that reflect their ability and that they are not penalised because of the pandemic.
“The most important thing students can do at the moment is continue to work hard in lessons and to complete all the work that teachers set them to the best of their ability.”