ADVERTORIAL: West Buckland School is ready, whatever happens

With schools around the UK now reopened and children of all ages having to get used to a new regime of hygiene and ‘bubbles’, the focus for most schools will be on ensuring all pupils are up to speed with their learning.

To that effect, West Buckland School’s Personalised Learning department will be working with those who either found online learning more challenging or who have recently joined the school from areas where they were less well supported during lockdown.

West Buckland’s quick response to lockdown and subsequent adoption of a full timetable of online learning was widely praised and the envy of many schools in the South West.

However, despite its overall success with 93% of parents being very happy with the online provision, some children found online learning challenging. A lack of face-to-face interaction and classroom environment, together with dubious internet speeds in some areas, proved difficult for a few.

In addition, the school has welcomed over 70 new students this month, from schools around the country, who have had varying amounts of online learning during the past six months.

To counter this, the school’s active and vibrant Personalised Learning Hub is on hand for support, offering small group sessions in core subjects, together with the Language For Life programme focusing on literacy and study skills. At this time, there will be a focus on making sure all students are up to speed with their studies.

The school’s virtual open days offer the chance to ‘tour’ the school, meet the headmaster and senior staff, and take part in a live Q&A session
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However, the Personalised Learning Hub is an active department all year round. The support starts in the Prep school and continues throughout the school. In Years 10 and 11, support lessons continue to work on literacy and numeracy, whilst also giving students the opportunity to have extra time for GCSE study and as exams approach, to access support with revision and exam strategies.

Outside of academia, the school has managed to weave in a very varied and active extra-curricular programme this term. Working carefully within social distancing guidelines, the students will still be able to play rugby, football, hockey and tennis as well as use the swimming pool and enjoy outdoor activities.

While none of us can predict what the near future holds for us, West Buckland is ready to switch seamlessly between online or face-to-face learning if needed, while maintaining a personalised education for each individual student.

To find out more or register for one of the school’s upcoming virtual open events, visit West Buckland School’s website.

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