Families praise Sunderland schools for going above and beyond during pandemic
It goes without saying that school staff have been a lifeline to Sunderland families during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Whether your children have been learning from home or able to attend class in person, they would have been lost without the support of their school’s staff during an academic year filled with ever-changing restrictions and uncertainty.
Every single member of staff involved in supporting our young people across Sunderland and beyond deserves our heartfelt thanks.
We asked you to shine a light on your child’s school, and tell us what they have done to help your family during the tough times.
Here are just some of your messages shared to our Facebook page:
Louise Dalzell: “Thorney Close Primary School. My son’s teachers have been brilliant, the school has done a great job during these lockdowns.
"Not only through teaching support but also offering technology to those that needed it with kit/WiFi access. Massive well done to head teacher Mrs Jones and all her teaching/support staff.”
Amanda Mather Bulmer: “Broadway Junior School. Amazing support to pupils and parents can’t thank them enough.”
Kevin Smith: “Highfield Academy have gone above and beyond and have supported all students and staff through these tough times. Thank you.”
Emma Leadbitter: “Sunningdale School have been absolutely amazing. There honestly couldn't do anymore more. The staff are definitely going above and beyond.”
Ashleigh Robson: “Definitely Columbia Grange, staying open this time and making sure we were all ok in the initial lockdown with great communication.”
Haeshi Thushi: “Redby Academy have been amazing. The teachers have gone beyond to support the students. Postcards were sent to appreciate students’ work, and weekly visits to give hampers to those students who have done their best.
"The way the teachers and staff encourage the kids are outstanding. Feeling blessed to be part of Redby Academy. Massive thanks to them. Hope their support gets recognised.”
Claire Taylor Wood: “Hill View Infant Academy and Hill View Junior Academy have been amazing. Both my children have received brilliant support from the wonderful teachers at these schools!
"We can’t thank them enough for everything they’ve done.”
Maz Angela: “Southwick Community Primary School have been amazing! Very supportive to children and parents with amazing rewards and excellent feedback. Can’t thank them enough! Fantastic.”
Amanda Bewick: “Castletown Primary School. They all deserve a medal and a pay rise, they have gone way beyond the keep our kids safe.”
Samantha Abbie: “Grange Park Primary School have been outstanding throughout this pandemic! The support that they have shown and the way they have gone above and beyond is just amazing!
"I cannot thank them enough for what they have done for not only my children but all the children that attend the school.”
Katy Owen: “A massive shout out to ALL schools. Staff in every school have adapted to new ways of working at the drop of a hat and followed guidance that has changed constantly and they've done it with the best interests of their students the whole time.”
Gina Curry: “I think every school that's been opened throughout this pandemic deserves a massive mention, not only teachers but kitchen staff and cleaning staff.”