Rugby MP sees how town's schools are adapting to social distancing measures

Rugby MP Mark Pawsey has visited two of the town's schools to firsthand how staff and pupils are adapting to the challenges posed by Covid-19

Tuesday, 7th July 2020, 4:24 pm
Updated Tuesday, 7th July 2020, 4:26 pm
Rugby MP Mark Pawsey observes a socially distanced lesson by Mr Payne at Rugby Free Primary School.

Both Rugby Free Primary and Secondary Schools have welcomed back many more pupils since June 8 and last week welcomed MR Pawsey to see the new arrangements in action.

During the visit, students at Rugby Free Primary School showed off their home learning system that has attracted over 2,000 interactions per day across all pupils.

There was also an opportunity to meet with many of the 76 per cent of children who are attending school from Reception to Year 4, see the ‘learning bubble’ arrangements and hear how delighted children are to be back in school with their friends.

At Rugby Free Secondary School, discussion focused on the challenges pupils have faced during lockdown and the steps taken by the school to ensure that there is a singular focus on recovering the learning lost during lockdown by students, particularly those entering the critical first GCSE year for the school.

Mr Pawsey said: “I was delighted to visit Rugby Free Primary School again to see how Rugby’s newest secondary school has adapted to the challenges we have faced from coronavirus.

"It was also my first opportunity to visit Rugby Free Secondary School since the new building was completed.

"I was encouraged to hear how the staff and children at both schools have made adjustments and thrived during the lockdown.

"The commitment of everyone I met to return safely to learning on site and the importance placed on this by children was particularly good to see.”

Brenda Mullen, CEO of Learning Today, Leading Tomorrow said: “It was an honour to host Mr Pawsey on his first official visit since the lockdown restrictions were eased.

"Staff have worked relentlessly to open our schools safely to as many students as possible, as soon as possible.

"It’s humbling to work with a staff and leadership body which has worked so tirelessly to protect both our children’s safety and their education.”