Contextual information for Higher Education providers:
Melksham Oak is comprehensive school serving the market town of Melksham with a population of approx..28,000. Some pupils come from areas of the town which are categorised as being the most disadvantaged areas in Wiltshire. The school has approximately 1250 pupils and a 6th form of 130 students. The curriculum offers academic and vocational courses and a range of extra-curricular opportunities in order to cater for the wide range of pupils. Most 6th form students gain places at university with 14% going to Russell group universities, other students go onto apprenticeships or directly into employment.
COVID 19 implications for current Year 13 cohort.
On Monday 23rd March Melksham Oak Community School closed due to Government guidelines. By the end of that week 6th form students without access to IT resources were identified and plans were put in place to loan them school laptops to support their continued studies. The school ordered and bought our 6th form Bursary students’ laptops to support them and these were delivered over the Easter break.
From 29th March students were being set remote learning work by their KS5 teachers and a limited number of live lessons were delivered. After the Easter break students were being set online, video-ed/narrated and live lessons using Teams. Regular work was being set for students during this period which followed the subject specifications and for preparing students for possible examinations. The uptake in accessing this work varied from student to student depending on their circumstances but overall the work was well received.
From 15th June until we broke up for the Summer holidays on 17th July, approximately 80% of our Year 12 students came into school to support and enhance the remote learning taking place. We worked with them on their mental health, team building activities and study skills in readying students for Year 13.