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Outside classroom helps Haverhill school achieve an impressive attendance rate

A primary school headteacher has spoken of her delight with almost 90 per cent of pupils having returned to school.

Last week Westfield Primary Academy in Haverhill saw 314 pupils attending from nursery age to Year 6.

One half of the school returned on Monday and Tuesday and the second half on Thursday and Friday.

Year 6 pupils at Westfield Primary Academy were housed in a marquee
Year 6 pupils at Westfield Primary Academy were housed in a marquee

Older age groups have been housed in a marquee on the school field.

Headteacher Toni Kittle said: “It was lovely to have so many pupils return.

“The last few months have been a very unusual time across the education sector. While we are proud of the home learning programme we were able to offer pupils, it has been amazing seeing so many return.

Ruby McCulloch was 'Most Thoughtful Pupil'
Ruby McCulloch was 'Most Thoughtful Pupil'

“This would not have been possible without the incredible hard work of my staff and the support of parents and pupils alike.”

Westfield offered every child a place for the last few weeks of the summer term and said they were ‘blown away’ to have 89 per cent of pupils return.

Year 6 pupils have been housed in a large marquee on the school field.

They have been able to enjoy a week-long transition programme before they move on to secondary education.

“We have two Year 6 classes who have been housed in the marquee,” added Ms Kittle.

“I think they have found it quite fun to have a very different outside classroom.

“We had a fantastic transition week.

“This included lessons from Samuel Ward Academy, a sports day, an inflatable course kindly donated by Dellar Sports Coaching.

“There was even an Oscars ceremony complete with red carpet.

“Having so many children back has allowed them to quickly adapt to going back to school ahead of September’s planned full return.

“They have been able to finish their term, which will help reduce any anxiety, and see their friends and their teachers – including any new teachers they will have in September.”

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