In response to the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, the UK Government took the step of closing schools from Monday 23rd March 2020. During this time, Wolverhampton Grammar School delivered its teaching function remotely (with the exception of children of Key Workers who were able to attend School).
Year 6 returned to campus on Monday 1st June, with the rest of the Junior School (Years 3, 4 and 5) returning week commencing Monday 22nd June. Year 10 and Year 12 were also able to attend timetabled lessons and Years 7, 8 and 9 receive timetabled tutorials with their Form Tutor – alongside work that was set daily by teachers for home learning. The School remained fully contactable and operational during this time.
Wolverhampton Grammar School’s use of technology across every aspect of School life enabled us to deliver lessons, as well as ongoing support, communications and extra curricular activities to parents and all students via the School’s digital portal (Firefly).
All students and parents were already familiar with Firefly and everyone has received guidance and support to help make the most of home learning.
What Distance Learning measures does Wolverhampton Grammar School have in place?
Wolverhampton Grammar School’s use of technology across every aspect of School life enabled us to deliver lessons as well as ongoing support and email communications to our students and parents via the School’s digital portal (Firefly). When it is not possible for students to be present on site for long periods, Wolverhampton Grammar School is committed to ensuring the quality of its education provision is maintained.
All of our families have received a step by step guide to how to learn from home effectively and how to remain in contact with School and their teachers during the enforced closure.
How were lessons delivered?
Students worked to a published schedule and were expected to complete work within specified timeframes – as is usual. They had regular contact with teachers electronically and received feedback on work submitted. The School produced step by step guides for students and parents, including top tips for learning from home, for example:
- The importance of establishing a daily routine to support your learning
- Creating a quiet and comfortable space where you can work successfully at home
- Checking regularly for any online communication from your teacher
- When to take breaks, play and be active
- The need to complete work to show the best of your learning
- The importance of speaking to the adults at home or through School if you need support
How did Wolverhampton Grammar School communicate any news or updates?
We are always in regular contact with our parents, staff and students and we are able to keep our community updated with School news in a number of ways, including:
- Parent and Student Firefly Portal
- Our Social Media channels including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn
- Direct email
- SMS Text Messaging
- The Independent school magazine
If you need to contact School, please email: email@example.com or tel: 01902 421326. Students and parents can contact teachers direct via the Portal.
Prospective families can contact our Admissions Team on tel: 01902 422939 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Old Wulfrunians (former students) can contact our Development Team by telephone: 07584 567685 or email email@example.com
Did end of year exams go ahead?
All examinations (including end of year exams for Years 7-10, GCSEs and A Levels) were cancelled this year. Families of students in Year 11 and Upper Sixth continued to receive regular updates about how the results of GCSE and A Level grades will be determined.
Did the School donate any PPE to the NHS or health care workers?
Yes, the School worked with former student Dr Kapil Vij to supply 233 pairs of safety goggles (from our Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Design & Technology departments) to New Cross Hospital A&E and GP practices across the city.
Students from the School also volunteered to support local food banks, temples and charities. The School was also illuminated in blue and green to help celebrate the work of so many NHS and care home workers and to help remember those who lost their lives during the COVID-19 pandemic.
I have already booked a visit to Wolverhampton Grammar School. Can the visit still go ahead?
At the moment, on campus open events are not taking place and our Admissions team should have contacted you to make alternative arrangements. You can book a place on one of our Virtual Open Events, or arrange a personal visit to our School. Simply contact our Admissions team tel: 01902 422939 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can take a virtual tour of our School, simply click here.
I am interested in sending my child to Wolverhampton Grammar School in September 2020. What do I do?
Families are still enrolling with Wolverhampton Grammar School for September 2020. Simply contact our Admissions team tel: 01902 422939 or email email@example.com. Alternatively, you can register your interest online here and we will contact you with details of our next Virtual Open event, assessment and admissions process.
I am an Old Wulfrunian. Can I still visit the School?
It is always lovely to welcome Old Wulfrunians back to School. We ask that you communicate with the Development team who will be able to advise you further: Telephone: 07584 567685 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
I supply goods and services to Wolverhampton Grammar School, should I continue to deliver to the campus?
Operational staff are still on site throughout the Summer and the School is open to deliveries and post etc. Our Finance team are processing orders and invoices as normal and we will contact you should we not be in a position to receive deliveries etc.
When will Wolverhampton Grammar School reopen?
Wolverhampton Grammar School’s campus is open to visitors throughout the Summer from Monday to Friday, 8.30am-4pm. Our staff are working both onsite and remotely. Simply contact the School tel: 01902 421326 if you wish to visit the campus. Given the dynamic nature of COVID-19, we will continue to follow government guidance given to us.