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'We can't wait to welcome students back' say education chiefs in Haverhill

Educational leaders in Haverhill expressed their excitement at the prospect of welcoming students back after the Government announced that schools will fully reopen from March 8.

Andy Hunter, headteacher at Samuel Ward Academy, said: “We are looking forward to welcoming students back to school.

“Our priority will be to make sure that our school is as safe for all of our community as it possibly can be.

Samuel Ward Academy headteacher Andy Hunter
Samuel Ward Academy headteacher Andy Hunter

“During the first week, we plan to continue our remote learning offer so that students who have been tested can go straight to the classroom while those that haven’t can continue to learn from home while they wait their turn.

“We’re all impatient to get back, but I know that parents will agree with me that it is worth taking the time to do it right.”

David Maguire, headteacher at Coupals Primary Academy, said: “We welcome the news that pupils will be returning to school on March 8.

Coupals Primary Academy head teacher David Maguire and some pupils pictured when a new defibrillator was fitted at teh school. Picture by Gooderham PR
Coupals Primary Academy head teacher David Maguire and some pupils pictured when a new defibrillator was fitted at teh school. Picture by Gooderham PR

“Our pupils have worked amazingly during the period of remote learning and have been fantastically supported by parents and families at home and staff for those who have been attending school throughout.

“As we return, schools now have the benefit of both operating, and reopening, schools during a pandemic.

“Our focus will continue to be on keeping our pupils, staff and community safe while delivering opportunities for learning and social interaction in the most normal way possible.

“Additional factors such as regular staff testing will continue to help make our school environment safer for our community.

Tim Coulson
Tim Coulson

“We can’t wait to see our pupils back in the classroom learning and interacting with their friends and are confident that pupils will pick up exactly where they left off back in December.”

“Children’s resilience continues to be awe-inspiring and we have no doubt that they will take the return to school in their stride.”

Tim Coulson, chief executive of Unity Schools Partnership, which runs the majority of schools in Haverhill and many others in Suffolk and Essex, said schools within the trust were looking forward to fully reopening from Monday, March 8.

Mr Coulson said: “We are delighted that we will be able to welcome back all children and that they will be able to see their friends and resume their studies.

“We have been very impressed at how well children have engaged with the work provided for home learning and we are very grateful for all the support provided by their parents and carers.

“Staff across all our schools have done an amazing job in juggling in-school lessons for vulnerable and keyworker families and offering a comprehensive home schooling programme.

“We now look forward to welcoming all pupils back.

"We plan to help children make up lost learning time over the next year and will look to make effective uses of the Government’s additional support, including additional tutoring for disadvantaged through the trust’s recently established tutor agency, SP Tutors.”

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