School doors might be closed to most students at the moment, but Rudheath Senior Academy is doing its bit to support the community.
After the school was contacted by an NHS worker to see if it had any personal protective equipment going spare, science technician Dr Phil Baker handed over more than 200 pairs of goggles from the school’s science department, on April 2.
And with just the children of key workers allowed through the school gates during the coronavirus lockdown, Rudheath Senior Academy is one of a number of schools to have launched online lessons for the rest of its students.
The school has set up classes via conference call, meaning youngsters can keep on top of their learning and stay in touch with their teachers from the comfort of their own home.
Julie-Ann Wilson, head of science at Rudheath Senior Academy, said: “We have set up a virtual school with Microsoft Teams in record time.
“All classes for children in all year groups now have video conferencing going on, with videos being streamed to the students.
“There are assessments going out, the work is coming back to us and we are able to give feedback to them online.
“We are even have having virtual staff meetings – it is amazing.”
Youngsters who do not have access to the internet at home are also being supported with books and learning materials to keep on top of their work without a computer.