The Poppy Academy Trust
  • The Lockdown Hero Award for Learner and Community Support
  • Fair Field Junior School and St John's Infant and Nursery School
  • Radlett, Hertfordshire

Procative preparations at the Trust began early, to plan what lockdown/home school might look like for the pupils and how to facilitate the best remote learning experience for each school community and ensure the children’s positive outlook during an unsettled period. Google Classroom was set up and children went home with learning packs and a craft kit. Each child planted a sunflower seed to take home as a reminder that we are all still growing together.  Vulnerable families were provided with huge care parcels weekly and the school collaborated with the community including the church and a local bakery.

The schools’ trademark proactive attitude continued and the team continued to make significant achievements with daily uploaded timetables, guides, live lessons, assemblies, intervention groups and support. Parents collected the weekly packs which mirrored online learning, reducing the additional stress of parental preparation. Children had ownership.

Trust events for the children included virtual Zoo trips, celebrating International LEGO day, an Aspirations Week and even a virtual gig for parents!