Great Horwood Church of England School keeping morale high during lockdown

Great Horwood Church of England (CE) School have been adapting to life during the pandemic.

Tuesday, 23rd June 2020, 10:26 am
The 'new normal'

They have been doing a fantastic job of keeping in touch with pupils, organising 'Google Hangouts', making sure that school kids remain stimulated during the lockdown.

Regular weekly calls to parents are also part of the Great Horwood school communication strategy and safeguarding is ensured by follow up calls to any parents whose children didn't make the google hangout, just to check they are OK.

Headmistress Paula Shaw said: “It is completely bedlam but the kids have loved it! It’s a chance for them to talk to their friends as well as their teachers.

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"Encouraging them to keep ‘muting’ and avoid talking all at the same time, has been interesting!

There has been much deliberation on when schools should return following the coronavirus pandemic.

The plan for all primary school years in England to go back to school before the end of term was dropped by the Government earlier this month.

There had been an aim for all primary pupils to spend four weeks in school before the summer break.

However Great Horwood are doing a great job in keeping their kids motivated, happy and willing to learn.

We spoke to one of the parents, Gaynor Dietsch, who said: “The children look forward to these calls so much, Great Horwood has done a marvellous job of staying connected and making sure the ‘friendly family atmosphere’ that the School is loved for remains.

"We are all trying to keep buoyant during lockdown, and these calls really help."

The school is currently taking applications for places in September.

If you are interested, call Paula Shaw on 01296 712622 for a friendly chat. She can even arrange a virtual tour.