UCAS COVID-19 Statement
Our Sixth Form is a flourishing provision serving a significant proportion of students that use the bus to get to school. As in all schools our students’ backgrounds are varied, however most of our students were presented with significant geographical isolation during the enforced school closure. The rural nature of our student population also presents issues with reliable Internet access, potentially restricting their ability to access their work via our platform Satchel:One and online lessons via Microsoft Teams.
The Warriner School closed as a result of coronavirus on Monday 23rd March and did not fully reopen until September. We began a programme of remote learning for students that involved teachers using Satchel:One and Microsoft Teams to set work for students. At this point we were unable to offer virtual lessons.
During the initial school closure students were given work to complete at home and contact was maintained with their tutor on the Microsoft Teams platform.
The week commencing the 15th of June, students were able to return to school for a partial timetable where they were taught in classrooms for only 20% of their ‘normal’ contact time. Students who were unable to attend school at this time could stream lessons live through Microsoft Teams. Although the majority of students adapted well to these circumstances, the loss of face to face contact time with teachers was challenging. Students also missed out on planned educational trips and conferences, and there was an impact on our programme for supporting UCAS applications and preparation for aptitude tests.
Our end of year examinations were postponed and mock exams will now be held in November.