Fleetwood High is doing a good job of helping pupils through Covid crisis
Fleetwood High School has been given a gold star for the way it supported pupils through lockdown and their return to classroom learning.
The accolade comes in a report from the Office for Standards in Education who visited the school as part of a national programme to see how schools generally are coping during the Covid-19 crisis.
During the visit the inspector noted: "Leaders have adapted the personal, social, health and economic education curriculum to prioritise pupils’ mental health and well-being."
It was also acknowledged that the high school has: “Enhanced their remote education provision. The school explained that their online resources align as closely as possible with subject curriculums. Pupils who are absent are using these to keep up with their work.”
The school’s attention to detail to support new Year 7 students who may have struggled during lockdown was also highlighted, with inspectors highlighting that: "Staff are providing additional support to help these pupils get back on track."
They were also impressed with the way the school has been helping the local community as well.
The design and technology department provided hundreds of pieces of PPE to the NHS. In addition to this, the school has distributed food parcels, vouchers and prescriptions to those shielding within the community. Many students have also been volunteering their time to initiatives like the local food bank.
Headteacher Richard Barnes,said: "Despite the fact that the school continues to face unprecedented challenges, it’s amazing to see how our staff keep going above and beyond to support our students and our local community.
In a bid to help pupils keep on top of their studies, the school has appointed extra teachers in English and maths from the start of the term to provide additional ‘catch up’ sessions for thos who may have fallen behind during the lockdown.
Mr Barnes added: "Supporting the learning and development of our students is at the heart of what we do here at Fleetwood High School.
"Our commitment to promoting academic success following these grave challenges is unwavering, and it is great to see that Ofsted has acknowledged this in our recent short report."