Trinity term 2020
The start of a new term would normally see pupils, students and staff working together once more, yet Trinity term 2020 has begun with all at Westminster City School away from Palace Street.
As the UK’s lockdown to curb the spread of COVID-19 is extended, our young people and staff are staying home to protect themselves and others, using online platforms and electronic devices to keep up with their studies and to keep in contact with each other.
As our School’s regular welfare checks are undertaken and, where possible, many extra-curricular activities are now offered online, high quality remote learning is continuing for all our young people. We are looking to evolve these plans further, so will update pupils, students, and parents/carers in due course.
Mr Peter Broughton, Headteacher, explains: “Our excellent online learning, which has been praised by parents/carers, is not only consistent with our School’s academic expectations, it also ensures our pupils and students can structure their day and remain engaged with their studies. This helps in supporting and encouraging their mental wellbeing at this challenging time. In addition, maintaining learning under lockdown will also make the eventual return to school much smoother for all.”
For Years 11 and 13, who would have sat GCSE and A Level examinations this summer, Westminster City School staff will be providing additional transition work to prepare these young people for their future. With over 90% of our sixth formers having applied to start university this autumn, our Sixth Form teachers are helping students understand the changes and challenges of undergraduate learning. For our Year 11, staff will be encouraging pupils to further understand their post-16 options, including providing bridging modules for numerous subjects which allow pupils to see the differences between Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5 learning.
Mr Peter Broughton added: “While life is dramatically different for all at this time, I remain proud of how our online learning continues to replicate the buzz of classroom learning.
"Trinity term 2020 may not have started as any of us would have predicted but there is a great deal to be hopeful about as our young people continue on their academic journey, away from Palace Street but taught, supported and guided by Westminster City School staff.”