MORE than 90 per cent of schools across Worcestershire have now widely reopened for reception and years one and six, along with the children of key workers.
The latest figures from the county council show attendance levels are currently averaging at 15.5 per cent of the proportion of children in school which, although seemingly small, is higher than the national average of 11.6 per cent.
The authority said it was incredibly appreciative of the work schools and other education settings had done since the lockdown began and thanked all staff, students and the Worcestershire Children First team.
Dr Catherine Driscoll, Chief Executive of Worcestershire Children First, said: “Everyone involved in the preparation of the return to school has worked so hard to make it all come together in Worcestershire, and there’s nothing more rewarding than the smiles on the faces of our students and teachers.”
She added both the feedback and figures – down to the collaboration between Worcestershire Children First and the county council – had been positive.
Coun Marcus Hart, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Education and Skills, visited three schools across Worcestershire to see first hand the adaptations which had been made by staff and students.
He thanked the local authority for the amount of tireless preparation work put in and added he would be visiting more schools in the coming weeks.
England’s primary schools reopened for reception, years one and six from June 1 and secondary schools accepted years ten and 12 from June 15.