PARENTS of pupils at Kingsbury Green Academy have given a thumbs-up in feedback about how their children felt going back to school after a year of lockdowns and virtual learning.

The school, which is part of the Royal Wootton Bassett Academy Trust, asked parents to fill in a survey on how their children were coping with life back in the classroom.

More 86 per cent of parents said their child had settled back into school life and 85 per cent reported that their child felt safe.

Head teacher, Jason Tudor said: “Like all schools students and staff have faced unprecedented challenges during the pandemic, and we have been keenly aware that many children could struggle to adjust to coming back into school full time after so many months of home-learning.

“My colleagues have worked tremendously hard to make sure that school feels like a secure, enjoyable place to be, while ensuring that the students are stretched to be their best selves.

“It’s a tribute to how effective teachers and all the support staff have been in making return to school as smooth and safe as possible.”

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Eighty per cent of the parents said that their child was satisfied with extra-curricular activities and clubs at the school, while 77 per cent said their child was making good progress.

Mr Tudor said he and his colleagues were delighted and reassured by the response from parents.

A spokesman for the school added: “Parents of students who joined the school in Year 7 this September reported that their children had very positive experiences.

“Those whose children had attended the Kingsbury Green Academy summer school gave it 4.65 stars out of five and overall 93 per cent of parents said their children had settled in well or very well to their new school.”

One parent said “The transition has been brilliant” while others said they were impressed by the school and always find it helpful.

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Mr Tudor added: “School life at secondary level is very different from life at a primary school, and our summer school is a great way of introducing students to those changes, as well as to each other.

"Students are best able to learn, try new things and develop their talents when they feel supported and happy, so it’s rewarding to learn that all the efforts that go into making that happen are paying off.”