Head teacher tells us why he’s proud to be Pakefield
PUBLISHED: 10:19 17 July 2020 | UPDATED: 10:19 17 July 2020
Pakefield High School head teacher Anthony Walker tells us why he’s so proud of his inspiring staff and dedicated students.
Firstly, thank you to all of our staff for the phenomenal work during our school closure – students have been able to study their full timetable with live feedback from their teacher for each and every lesson.
Following our record GCSE results last year, our students have continued to enjoy a broad and challenging curriculum throughout lockdown; staff in all subjects, including PE, technology and the creative arts, have inspired our students with novel and innovative activities.
Parents have expressed their thanks that we have provided routine and structure for their children from day one and that, in addition, we have made almost 8,000 welfare calls to our families and delivered free school meals personally to those in need amidst national delays.
Last September we introduced our unique coaching system where students are provided support in small groups of 12 with a “check in, check up and check out” model. Continuing this approach through lockdown has helped us to celebrate the wonderful contribution our students have made to their community, including letters and cakes to thank NHS workers, help for their neighbours, and many fundraising events.
Our Year 10 students have responded magnificently to the face-to-face sessions we introduced to supplement their remote learning – over 90pc of those who are able to have attended, appreciating their teachers’ precision and focus in ensuring they are “Year 11 ready”.
Sadly, we have not yet been able to say a formal goodbye to our current Year 11 students. We haven’t cast them adrift though; we have provided preparation activities to help them in their run up to college and are planning a special event to celebrate their time at Pakefield as soon as we can.
In the meantime, we are making sure that they can collect their results in person in August and have support from their coaches and other staff who know them well.
As we look forward to the return of all our students in September, our “new normal” will ensure that our students work safely in “bubbles” and that they continue to be successful through access to a challenging and broad curriculum.
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