CHAIRMAN of governors Christina Burgess has thanked all the staff at Holmes Chapel Comprehensive School for their commitment during the coronavirus pandemic.

She said: "The next months will be testing and will require considerable resilience and creativity if the quality of education for our students is to be maintained.

"Everyone is working to make distance learning effective for all students and already so many have ‘gone the extra mile’.

"The governors are also grateful that so many parents are co-operating with teachers to support their children at home and are adapting to a new way of life.

"Although we cannot meet physically, be assured that governors are supporting staff, students and parents in spirit, and we are confident in the ability of our community to meet the challenges ahead."

Headteacher Denis Oliver said: "It has been less than a week since we followed government instructions and closed the school to all but the children of key workers, but it has meant fundamental changes to the way we live, learn and interact with other."