Sir William Borlase's Grammar School

The 2020 lockdown

I am absolutely bowled over by the school’s response to an announcement that was made only yesterday evening at 8pm.  I cannot imagine any other school in the country responding so quickly and so positively to the Government’s latest U-turn on school closures and national exams.  To react in that way overnight, and to have a whole system in place by the following morning is beyond impressive, as was the calming delivery of arrangements to a group of year 13 students who are naturally upset and frustrated by the latest news.

The impact of the COVID 19 outbreak had a massive impact on education in England during the 2019-20 academic year.  Schools were closed on 20 March and only re-opened, in a limited fashion, late in the summer term.  At Borlase, we moved quickly to develop an approach to the continuation of school life in an online environment: Borlase@Home. 

The school was able to stay together, but in a virtual environment.  Assemblies, lessons, academic societies, competitions, sixth form induction, choral rehearsals, sports activities, charity work and much all continued, keeping our Borlase community spirit.  You can see what we got up to on the Borlase Official YouTube Channel and on our Twitter feed.

I just wanted to say a heartfelt thank you and well done to all of you at school for managing this enormous transition with such success. What a huge effort must have been involved from every member of staff - the senior leaders, teachers and support staff to make this happen. All this whilst taking care of the needs of your own families and loved ones - I hope you are all feeling rightly proud of what you have achieved.