Hartlepool students take quick result Covid tests as leaders look forward to going back to school
Hundreds of pupils at a Hartlepool secondary school have taken Covid tests ahead of going back to class next week.
All 1,300 students at High Tunstall College of Science have been having the lateral flow tests this week which give results in just 30 minutes.
It is part of preparations as schools across the town look forward to welcoming youngsters back on Monday, March 8.
Staff at High Tunstall in Elwick Road have also been testing themselves for the virus at home.
Pupils will be tested twice more in school following their return before being provided with home tests later.
Headteacher Mark Tilling said: “Over three days all 1,300 students will have been offered the test.
"It’s gone really well.”
He added he is looking forward to a return to face-to-face learning after more than two months following January’s lockdown.
Mr Tilling said: “I can’t wait to see the young people come back through the gates and get on with learning again which is what we’re here to do.
"I think we’re all tired of the restrictions.”
He said most lessons will be held in single classroom bubbles except for some technical and vocational subjects, while break and lunch times will be split to reduce the risk of spreading or catching the virus. Face coverings will also be encouraged.
Clavering deputy headteacher Neil McAvoy said children should be being praised for the way they have adapted and worked hard throughout the pandemic and partial closure.
"We continue to praise them for their perseverance and determination and remind them that they can tackle any challenge that life may throw at them,” he said.
“We know that our children are desperate to get back to reconnecting with their friends; have space and time to play and be active; continue to develop academically, physically, creatively, socially and culturally; and – what we long for – to have the ‘full’ Clavering experience.”
Mr McAvoy added the school will take a flexible approach to help children’s return to class that allows its leaders, teachers and support staff to mould and adapt the curriculum to pupils’ needs, and will put their wellbeing at the forefront of any decision and action.