Learning hub set up for Sidmouth school children for Easter holidays

Sidmouth College Principal Sarah Parsons. Ref shs 39 18TI 1973. Picture: Terry Ife

Sidmouth College Principal Sarah Parsons. Ref shs 39 18TI 1973. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

A local learning hub has been set up for the children of keyworkers for pupils at Sidmouth College and Sidmouth Primary School.

The decision to set up the hub was made on account of the small number of children requiring supervision during the holidays.

The college remained open to support the children of keyworkers up to the Easter holidays and then will be open again for the summer term.

Sidmouth College principal Sarah Parsons said: “I am very grateful to all the staff who enabled the college to remain open before the Easter break and who will continue to do this for the summer term.”

Mrs Parsons said since the schools had been closed to the majority of pupils, they had been setting home learning lessons online, providing feedback to students during the school day to enable them to continue to make progress.

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Mrs Parsons added: “I have been incredibly proud of both our staff and students during what is undoubtedly a challenging time.

“The quality of the work that the students were producing during the first week of home learning was excellent, and the time and dedication that teachers have put into not only setting high quality work but also the communication with students and parents has been first class.

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“It is in times of challenge that everyone pulls together and once again I have been overwhelmed by the support and feedback that the college has received from parents.

“The challenge of home learning is not to be underestimated and it is vital that all of our students continue to receive the high level of education which has become the expected daily diet of every student at Sidmouth College.”

Mrs Parsons said they would also have updated plans for the transition process into the college, for the new year seven students and sixth form pupils in September, to ensure students feel as supported and prepared as they would normally.

She added: “I would like to end by extending my gratitude to all those who are acting in keyworker roles and supporting us all through this unprecedented time.”

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