During these uncertain times, whilst steering through the current pandemic, it is crucial that we evolve as a school to ensure our pupils are fully supported both emotionally and intellectually. At St Thomas', we are committed to ensuring that our pupils receive that help, by providing excellent teaching and support both online and at school. In addition to providing a programme of full-time online learning and high quality education enabling our children to get back on track, we recognise the value of providing our children and their families with emotional support to alleviate the pressure that inevitably accompanies a national lockdown. Our dedicated Leadership Team and teaching staff make regular contact with our families, offering advice and guidance where needed and putting measures in place to support those in need.
We recognise that learning from home will not always be straightforward, with multiple family members needing to work and study simultaneously in the same space. Following our survey in the summer of 2020, we were able to identify which children needed IT support; this resulted in the purchase of 21 pupil laptops both DFE and privately funded.
Pupils in Early Years and Key Stage One use Tapestry
Pupils in Key Stage Two use Microsoft Teams and Seesaw
For comprehensive information on remote education and how we support our pupils, please refer to the Remote Learning Information attachment below and to our Remote Learning Policy.
Feedback from our Parents
"You guys are doing such a terrific job!!"
"Thanks for all your hard work to make home schooling interesting and easy to follow."
"Hope homeschooling is going as well for you as it is for us. Our daughter is loving the zooms and getting to see her friends' faces."
"I have been so impressed that on Monday evening straight after the announcement you and the school were on top of it and emailed work out for the children ready for Tuesday morning."
"The format of the online English and Maths lessons are working really well for us, it means even when I am in meetings myself I can have my son doing some work."
"Thanks again, the efforts of you and the school in being as ready as you possibly could are much appreciated!"
"Thank you so much for all the work being uploaded. It is making home schooling a lot easier!"