Monday, June 22, 2020
Oldbury Wells opened its doors again last week for Year 10 and Year 12 pupils. The government has directed schools and asked that only Year 10 and Year 12 return to the classroom at the present time and that only 25% should be there on any one day.
"It has been wonderful to see our pupils again face-to-face," said Miss Thomas, Principal Deputy. "During shutdown, our staff have worked very, very hard to ensure that pupils are given decent work every day following the proper timetable. A virtual lesson lacks the personal interaction and discussion that a classroom brings. It is the face-to-face aspect of schooling that we have all missed."
Turn out at Oldbury Wells was an excellent 80% for Year 10 and 88% for Year 12 on the first week of re-opening. These figures are much higher than the figures quoted nationally for primary schools when they re-opened for some year groups earlier this month. We can explain this high turnout for two reasons: the pupils want to get back into school because they want to do well and have examinations next year; and pupils and parents are confident with the safety arrangements in place alongside smaller-sized classes.
Mr White, Assistant Headteacher (Welfare) said, "We felt it was so important to get the pupils back into school now that we are allowed to. It can be an isolating experience for young people to work from home for so long. We are very aware that some pupils returning will need some support to adjust and we are ready to give them the help they might need."
The Prime Minister has announced his intention to re-open schools in September, but the regulations and instructions for secondary schools have not yet been published. "We await the government's instructions for what they want us to do in September. Pupils, parents and staff will probably all agree, that as soon as we can do it safely, then we should return to classroom teaching. All of the schools in our Trust (TrustEd Schools' Partnership), have opened as requested in line with national expectations over recent weeks," said Mrs Godden, Executive Headteacher.
The TrustEd Schools' Partnership is made up of four local primaries (Alveley Primary, Castlefields Primary, St Leonard's CE School and Stokesay School) and two secondaries - Oldbury Wells and Church Stretton. Church Stretton School similarly opened its doors to over 80% of its Year 10 pupils last week.