During the current lockdown measures our local High Schools have responded in the most amazing and creative of ways. Since Boris Johnson announced the closure of schools to most pupils on 20 March, our local schools have remained open to provide support and childcare for vulnerable families and for the children of key workers on the frontline, maintaining their education and well-being and trying to ensure that life can remain relatively normal for those children.
Schools have been helping their students to create routines at home to try and keep them fit and healthy both physically and emotionally at such a difficult time. Teachers and school support staff have been setting work online, delivering work to those pupils who do not have access to online learning, phoning and checking on students’ welfare and delivering food parcels. They’ve also been encouraging their students to keep in touch and try and stay positive, setting them challenges to do at home, asking them to share their efforts on school social media pages and even making videos of staff with messages to keep the students and their families smiling!
All of our local high schools namely, Burscough Priory Academy, Lathom High, Ormskirk School, Our Lady Queen of Peace, St Bede’s, Tarleton Academy and UpHolland High, have looked to support and work with their school communities in any way they can, but particularly as the shortage in PPE equipment has become more acute. As of today, our local high schools have provided over 4000 pieces of PPE equipment to our hospitals, clinics, the prison service, GP surgeries and Care Homes in West Lancashire, including protective visors, goggles, lab coats and scrubs bags.
Jane Galbraith, Headteacher at Lathom High School and Chair of West Lancashire District Heads, said ‘We are so proud of this amazing community effort. Everyone in our local schools is constantly adapting to the challenges we face as a country at the moment and they are doing a brilliant job to support and sustain our district’.