Mayor praises detailed measures for school re-opening
Yesterday (Tuesday 22 September) the Mayor of Tenterden, Cllr Mrs Jean Curteis, paid a socially-distanced visit Homewood and three other TST schools – Tenterden Infant School, Tenterden C of E Junior School and St Michael’s Primary School – and was full of praise for the detailed planning which has gone into the safe re-opening of the school.
Cllr Mrs Curteis started her fact finding tour at Homewood, where she herself was once a student, to hear at first hand from Principal Jeremy Single and TST CEO Sally Lees how the epic re-opening task had been achieved – from reconfiguring the school site and restructuring the school day to the high level of logistical organisation needed to reinstate school bus services. She was also impressed to learn of the meticulous work being done on a daily basis to keep all Trust schools open in the face of continuing challenges.
“I am incredibly impressed by the work that has happened and is continuing to happen at our schools,” said Cllr Mrs Curteis. “The task has been a mammoth one, so I am equally impressed that this hasn’t led schools to take their eye off the ball when it comes to student achievement, development and welfare. With challenges still continuing, the dedication demonstrated by both teachers and support staff deserves our thanks and congratulations.”
The Mayor also congratulated Mrs Lees on the Trust’s recent success in winning £2.6m in Government improvement grants for eight building refurbishment projects, the first of which is already underway at Homewood with the replacement of the roof of one of its teaching blocks.