Local MP for Basingtoke, Maria Miller was invited to visit Brighton Hill Community College by Headteacher, Chris Edwards to see the social distancing measures put in place to ensure that the eligible year groups could return safely.

During the visit Maria and Mr Edwards  discussed the current situation and how COVID-19 has affected different year groups 

Maria said,“The staff have worked hard throughout the pandemic to make sure that pupils have the material they need to continue their learning at home.

And it was great to see how the measures put in place by the school have encouraged the safe return of eligible year groups. The eligible year group pupils told me that they were relieved to be back in school finding it helped their motivation and learning.

The 85% attendance rate amongst the Year 10  group is a strong indication of the level of confidence felt by staff, pupils and parents in the measures put in place for their safe return.

Headteacher, Chris Edwards commented; “ "We are absolutely thrilled to be welcoming back so many of our Year 10 students to Brighton Hill Community School. 

We have been able to devise a system to allow us to safely host around 90% of the year group across each week and there is no doubt that the face to face contact has been vital in ensuring that these young people are able to continue their remote learning with a renewed confidence and resilience. 

It has felt like a big step back towards the normality which we all crave and I am extremely grateful to our whole school community for the support we have received since lockdown began, to ensure that our students have been able to continue to flourish despite these difficult times."