Most pupils in school if allowed

Most pupils who are allowed to attend school are still going but measures have been put in place to cope, a Telford headteacher said today.

Year six pupil Emily Hanlon
Year six pupil Emily Hanlon

Headteacher Kirsty Parkes said 95 per cent of pupils still able to go into Millbrook Primary School, in Leegomery, under the government’s current coronavirus restrictions, have been attending.

She said: “In school we’ve got critical worker and vulnerable children provision.

“Our nursery has remained open. We’ve got a bubble made up for reception, a bubble for year one and two, another for three and four and separate provisions for year five and six.

“Our attendance figures are running at 95 per cent.”

She said the school had also launched online learning, with physical learning packs being delivered to homes.

There are staggered hour-long sessions on Microsoft Teams every day for children in reception through to year five.

Funding from the school and Hadley & Leegomery Parish Council has helped to pay for laptops for year six pupils, allowing them to access three hours of online learning a day.

Year six pupils at Millbrook Primary School in Leegomery

Further laptops have been given to the school by the Department for Education.

Kirsty said: “We’ve been focusing on pupil wellbeing so part of the learning packs have wellbeing activities.”

She said the school had been coping well with the numbers of pupils physically attending and had safety measures in place.

Year six pupils at Millbrook Primary School in Leegomery

Meanwhile, staff are also regularly accessing lateral flow coronavirus tests.

Kirsty added: “We are quite fortunate we are a large primary school.

“We have got a good staffing base.

“The only issue that arises is if staff are unwell. That has thrown up a few curve balls. It has meant staff have had to be flexible.”

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