Impact of COVID for UCAS

Gumley House School

Impact of COVID for UCAS

Impact of COVID 19 Statement for UCAS

In line with government guidance, Gumley House School closed to all but children of key workers and vulnerable students on March 20th 2020. There were students in the current Y13 cohort that met the criteria to continue to attend school.

As a result, students were not present in school for 15 weeks of planned teaching time.  Alternative provision was put in place in the form of pre-recorded loom lessons and using the school’s online platform google classroom. All teaching staff worked hard to maintain a rich learning experience, but this could not replace the experience of the classroom where skills can be rigorously developed and misconceptions addressed.

Generally, students engaged well with online provision, but this was a new and different experience for both them and for the staff delivering lessons as it is not an established way of working in our Sixth Form. Technology was a barrier for some of our students who did not have access to laptops or had to share across several family members and so were unable to access google classroom lessons as a result of poor or slow internet connections at home. In some cases, students did not have a dedicated workspace to use as most parents were also working from home, or there were siblings in the house also wanting to access remote learning.

From June 18th for 3 weeks some Year 12 students were offered face to face subject days however not all were able to attend and not all subjects were able to be offered as a result of government guidance to only have 25% of students in school at one time per day. The normal programme of Post-18 Information, Advice and Guidance (including University application