As the end of yet another remarkable academic year draws to a close, we reflect on the challenges and successes that have come our way and marvel at the way in which, once again, the entire school community has come together.

The lockdown experienced in the spring term saw more than 40,000 live lessons delivered remotely across Laurus Trust schools, which is an absolutely phenomenal amount and was made possible thanks to the hard work of so many people. Teachers, support staff, parents, carers and of course the students themselves all played a vital part in the delivery and success of our online lessons, and we could not be prouder of how everyone has pulled together.

The determination and positivity which everyone has shown throughout this extended period of disruption is incredible and the hard work displayed by our students both at home and in school is to be commended.

Despite all the uncertainty, the return to school in March was fantastic and so much has been achieved during the spring and summer months.

We were delighted to welcome author Alex Sheppard to Didsbury High School for an online visit as well as representatives from the construction and engineering industries, talking about career opportunities and the various routes into them. A number of students took part in the National Reading Champions Quiz, and we held our first ever Physics Week in school, which included virtual trips to CERN and Jodrell Bank.

We now hope and look forward to a more settled term when we return in September but all that’s left for now is to thank you all for your continued support and wish you a happy, safe and well-deserved summer holiday.