As we finish college for what would traditionally be the final Half Term holiday of the academic year I cannot help looking back at the last few months without an immense sense of pride coupled with thoughts of what might have been.

Traditionally at this time of year we would have been counting the silverware following our numerous sporting individual and team successes. I am acutely aware that we had many teams already placed in regional, county and national finals in a variety of sports and I share our student’s disappointment that these look unlikely to take place.

We also for the first time had a team in the STEM national finals and I am particularly upset that we will not have an opportunity to witness another Wright Robinson first.

Our Year 11 students would now be weeks into their external examination season and our year 10 students would be fully established in their prefect roles. Our students in years 7, 8 and 9 would be enjoying the summer term and the different activities that this presents, with many looking forward to forthcoming trips in some cases to other European destinations.

That said whilst I think it is important to recognise the aforementioned it is equally important not to dwell on these matters.

Indeed, I am immensely proud at how the Wright Robinson Community has come together and supported each other throughout this pandemic.

Our parents have admirably taken on the additional role of teachers and our students have demonstrated that they are responsible, independent learners who have a desire to learn and succeed.

My staff have illustrated their professionalism, dedication and versatility finding a way to continue to provide some form of education for our students despite the unique circumstances.

Indeed, in these unprecedented times we have all faced situations that we had previously never comprehended but we have remained resilient and found ways to make things happen, as opposed to ‘lying down’ and accepting defeat.

As a college we have always impressed upon our young people the need for resilience, teamwork and being the best that we can be and in the current climate these qualities have shone through.

I have seen examples where our students and their families have been helping the more vulnerable members of their communities. They have checked on those ‘self-isolating’, shopped for neighbours and helped out with charitable causes. In addition, we have many parents who are key workers operating on the frontline and I commend you.

Strong networks of students have developed through social media platforms, networks where students are helping and supporting each other working together to achieve a common goal.

As a college we have undertaken many community projects including making and supplying protective equipment and ‘scrubs’ to hospitals and care homes; providing information and help to support positive mental health in the community and delivering supplies to local foodbanks in partnership with FareShare to name just a few. We have also ensured that all of our students who are eligible for free school meals have received their entitlement and conducted hundreds of home visits to provide support to families when and where required.

This week I have written to the parents/carers of students in all year groups outlining the current situation and our proposed plans for the future in light of the recent government announcements.

I appreciate that there will always be certain levels of anxiety with regard to what the future will bring particularly in relation the gradual reopening of schools. Please be assured that we will continue to strive to make decisions that are in the best interests of everyone, with the health, safety and wellbeing of students, their families and staff at the forefront of all considerations.

To those celebrating Eid al-Fitr this weekend I hope that you enjoy the festivities despite the current restrictions. I would encourage all of our students to take a rest from their studies during the next week and I wish you all the best for the holiday period.

Take care.

Mr M E Haworth



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