West Sussex schools are now closed for the summer holiday, having remained open for specific groups of children throughout the lockdown period.
Pupil attendance in West Sussex schools has been higher than the national average throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. This has allowed face-to-face tuition to continue safely for the those children who have been in school.
Schools have also provided online provision packages for those children remaining at home. We thank all schools, including our maintained schools and special schools, as well as academy and free school partners for the tireless work of teachers and all school staff. We also thank the children and parents for their hard work and patience during this challenging time.
The government's plan
It is the government’s plan that all children and young people, in all year groups, should return to school and college full-time from September. Being in school is hugely beneficial to a child’s educational progress, wellbeing, and wider social development.
Schools have been undertaking extensive planning for this full return with the support of West Sussex County Council. This planning will continue over the summer and schools will liaise with parents and carers on their new arrangements. The Education and Skills Team continue to work on supportive resources for schools to manage challenges in full re-opening, including:
- health and safety
- Public Health advice
- curriculum guidance and materials
- wellbeing provision.
Keeping you updated
We recognise that some parents will have questions on how this will happen and how schools will be ensuring that their children will be safe on the return. Some parents may be anxious to know how schools will be responding to children who may be nervous about the return and how they will be supported in catching up in their learning.
During the summer we will be updating this section of the website with information, useful resources and support available to children, parents and carers in preparation for the start of term in September.
This will include support for pupils who will be receiving their GCSE and A-Level results and arrangements for school transport and catering.