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Wellingborough School


Agile operations planning to keep the school safe


For Wellingborough School, agile planning, fl exible delivery and the ability to adapt quickly has been key to keeping the School community COVID safe. Despite benefi ting on arrival from some excellent advance planning, it was clearly going to be a very diff erent fi rst year. So, what has had to change? What has been completely new and what have we learned?


Richard Spiby Deputy Head (Operations) Wellingborough School


What had to change? Bubble integrity for each year group quickly became key to minimising transmission. As well as encouraging students to keep left in transit and new one-way systems to reduce transmission risk, simple measures such as coloured year group lanyards have enabled staff to reinforce bubble integrity. Classroom seating plans and meticulous register keeping, has


allowed us to minimise the numbers of close contacts requiring to self-isolate at home, following a positive test.


26 ALL THINGS BUSINESS


In every school, lunch provision drives


timetables, duty rotas and much more. By erecting a huge marquee on the tennis courts, Wellingborough School was able to double its dining capacity, to achieve the social distancing required and still maintain bubble integrity. The Catering team have been remarkable, adapting to a non-contact lunch delivery whilst still providing a three-course off ering each day. Even the ‘exam-style’ seating now seems routine,


although it remains humbling to see little people in Reception taking it in their stride. Additionally, adapting the Grab and Go Breakfast and Tuck Shop has ensured critical weekly access to chocolate and waffl es, whilst playground equipment rotas in the Prep School have ensured no one misses out. Wellingborough School’s excellent pastoral


system is organised vertically, with older students guiding younger pupils. But COVID and year group bubbles required the school to reorganise completely, with each year group provided with a dedicated space. Tied to this, pastoral staff have


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