Sir William Borlase's Grammar School

The 2020 lockdown

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.

As we begin the 2020-21 academic year, we are confident that the measures we have put in place to protect against the spread of the virus will enable us to remain safely at school, but we know we are ready and able to move back to the Borlase@Home environment should we need to.

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.