Westminster City School is welcoming back all pupils and students to Palace Street this week, as schools across England re-open following lockdown.
The start of 2021 saw most people staying home, to keep themselves and others safe and helping to curb the spread of COVID-19. Young people at Westminster City School received high-quality remote learning that has been highly praised by parents/carers, while many extra-curricular activities also moved online at this time.
After the February half-term holiday, the Prime Minister announced that schools in England could re-open for face-to-face teaching from Monday 8 March, meaning all at Westminster City School have been busily preparing for this auspicious date.
Returning to Palace Street for face-to-face teaching on Monday 8 March (and being greeted by staff, as in our picture) were Years 7, 8 and 11, plus our sixth formers. Our Years 9 and 10 will return to Palace Street for face-to-face teaching on Wednesday 10 March.
On their return, all our young people receive an induction to update and remind them of our School’s safety protocols and expectations, which include staying in their bubble, being as socially distant as possible and, as part of updated government guidance, wearing face coverings within our School buildings and classrooms.
In addition, as part of the government’s re-opening plans for all schools, young people are expected to have three COVID-19 tests in school.
Headteacher, Peter Broughton, said: “Our plans for re-opening are mindful of the need to keep everyone safe and are supported by a risk assessment which is under regular review. Our planning is also reflective of research around best practice and will continue to be scrutinised by our Governing Body.
“I wish to thank staff and our parents/carers for their support with our re-opening plans. It has been fantastic to see so many people back in our buildings today and I look forward to the middle of this week, when all should be back at Palace Street.”