Fully open again

It was so good to be open for all children on Monday. Understandably, there was some apprehensive faces early in the day- it is after all almost 3 months since most of the children had been in school- but very quickly that re-assuring sound of children enjoying being their learning and playing with their friends was resonating around school. Academic, social and psychological recovery will undoubtedly take some time, but it was wonderful to see over 98% of children in school each day last week.

There is a very odd almost surreal atmosphere around schools when they are only partially open. I am sure that I am echoing the views of everyone in hoping that it is doesn’t happen again this academic year- nor indeed any in the future.

Of course, in the last couple of weeks, we have been working hard to ensure that the return to full opening was as successful as possible. As well as planning for best teaching and learning to take into account that most children had been working at school for so long, we had reviewed and changed our risk assessment to do all we can to keep everyone in school safe.

One of the things that I have really missed as Headteacher has been our Assembly each Friday when we celebrated children’s success and achievements. It was a highlight of the week for many, including myself. I do hope that before the end of the academic year we are once again able to do so- I really miss seeing the pride on children’s faces when presenting certificates, badges and award in front of 400+ children.