I am pleased to write this week’s blog from my office knowing that the college is once again fully open with almost all students and staff having returned to our campus.
I am extremely proud that we were one of the minority of schools across the country that opened to all staff and students on Monday 8th March following a herculean effort by our testing team last week.
The team administered over 1400 Lateral Flow tests in a three day period from Wednesday 3rd to Friday 5th March to ensure that the college could open in line with government recommendations.
At the time of writing we have passed the 3500 test completion mark which is an incredible achievement. Hopefully, the early identification of the virus will limit the necessity for larger groups of students having to self-isolate.
It is reassuring to know that the college boasts consent rates for both students and staff significantly above the national average and hopefully this will help to keep infection rates to an absolute minimum.
Whilst it is still very early to become too optimistic, I am extremely pleased and proud of the work we have undertaken to facilitate a testing regime of this scale. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all students, parents/carers and staff for your support with this process.
Today and Monday we will be issuing home testing kits to all consenting students as we aim to provide long term protection against the virus.
The return to college provided me with an opportunity to congratulate Kyas a lead council member in Year 10, who developed a creative piece of work to promote National No Smoking Day. Kyas was awarded the winning entry for the No Smoking Day Challenge which was hosted through the Healthy Schools Manchester initiative.
Unfortunately, approximately 207,000 children in the UK start smoking each year. Kyas wanted to raise awareness of the negative effects that smoking can have on both physical and mental health and wellbeing. Well done to Kyas on receiving his award
Finally, I would also like to congratulate all of the Year 6 students who were informed last week that they had successfully secured a place at Wright Robinson for next year. The popularity of the college has never been higher and I look forward to welcoming our latest Team Wright Robinson students soon.
Take care and stay safe.