KNUTSFORD Academy headteacher James Whittaker has welcomed back students from years 10 and 12 into the school.

Year 10 and 12 students started to return to school from June 15, initally for a session with their Form Tutors but more recently for some lessons in their chosen subjects.

To enable the lessons to take place, several changes have had to be made to the operation of the school.

These include compulsory handwashing routines and a one-way system. All classrooms are set up with desks two metres apart and staff have received specific training to help them prepare and deliver these lessons.

Despite attendance being optional, there has been a very positive response with the majority of students choosing to attend.

Mr Whittaker said: "I have been so impressed with how both the students and staff have adapted to our new working environment which is substantially different.

"It has been an incredibly busy period of time for staff at the school with teachers having to set and assess work online, deliver online ‘Live’ lessons to an increasing number of Year groups and come into school to teach Year 10 and 12.

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Science teacher Andy Mason taking a class

"At the same time, additional staff in school have provided daily support for students whose parents are key workers.

“I would also like to express my sincere thanks to parents. We have received great support and an incredible number of positive comments from them.

"They have recognised the extraordinary efforts that our staff have made to ensure the continued delivery of education for their children.”

The school is now starting to prepare for the new academic year in September when it is expected all year groups will return.

The government is due to share further details and guidance on this in the coming week.