Spalding secondary schools welcome back 70-80 per cent of Year 10 and 12 students, heads confirm
Between 70 and 80 per cent of students allowed back to secondary schools in South Holland before the summer holidays are attending classes, head teachers have confirmed.
The Lincolnshire Free Press contacted all six schools in the area with Years 10 and 12 students to find out how many had come back for classroom tuition with their teachers.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson had announced at the end of May that schools could invite students sitting GCSE (Year 10) and A-Level (Year 12) exams next year back into school from June 15 for what he called some "face-to-face contact time" before the end of term.
Lucy Conley, executive head teacher of Spalding Academy, confirmed that about 70 per cent of the school's 196 Year 10 students had returned to classes, in addition to those whose parents are key workers or considered vulnerable.
"Both schools in the South Lincolnshire Academies Trust, being Bourne Academy and Spalding Academy, have been open throughout this period of lockdown for key workers' children.
"Additionally, both schools have been open from June 15, following government guidance on bringing back 25 per cent of the Year 10 and 12 cohorts at any one time, with Year 10s returning in both schools and Year 12s at Bourne Academy too.
"Attendance has been positive, with approximately 70 per cent of students at Spalding Academy returning and around 80 per cent at Bourne Academy.
"Students attending school for critical, face-to-face learning have found their experience very positive and their conduct and dedication to work has been exemplary.
"This time with students who will be taking exams next year has given us the opportunity to review any gaps in knowledge and understanding of topics in different subject areas.
"We have also offered our students in all year groups extra catch-up days in school, particularly those falling behind, and these sessions have also been well-attended and well-supported by parents."
Spalding High School headmistress Michele Anderson confirmed that 75 to 80 per cent of students are attending classes, with a total of 150 students in Year 10 and 127 in Year 12.
Martin Smith, interim assistant director for education at Lincolnshire County Council, said: "The number of children returning to school continues to rise steadily, with 17,000 children now back in the classroom.
"Secondary schools are open to Years 10 and 12, but are only allowed to have 25 per cent of eligible pupils in school at any one time.
"Currently, attendance rates are around ten to 15 per cent of all pupils in those year groups.
"For those children not in school, there are a range of resources available to help them continue their education at home.
"However, being at school with their teachers will undoubtedly help them learn more effectively.
"We continue to work closely with schools to help them maintain a safe environment for staff and pupils and support the phased return of further young people over the coming months."