In its penultimate week of term, Wallingford School held a ‘Virtual Sports Day’ for the first time in history. Although it wasn’t the real thing, students and staff were phenomenal, recording themselves engaged in the various set challenges:

After receiving our Duke of Edinburgh licence in March, we have launched the Bronze Award with Year 9. The award is a superb opportunity for the students to develop a new skill, improve on something physical, give back to the community through volunteering and complete a two-day expedition. University admissions tutors and employers alike welcome applicants having completed the scheme, as it shows that young people have had to show initiative, creativity and leadership in completing the four different skill areas for their award.

Challenge presents opportunity here at Brightwell School and there’s no doubt that this has been an incredibly challenging time for everyone. Our dedicated and community-serving staff team have ensured that our school has always been open,  and it has been a privilege to provide what school and the wider community has needed throughout this time.

Many of us remember the anticipation and the joy that accompany a school Sports Day. From watching a parent nervously as they compete in the parents' race to hoping desperately that the rain holds off just a bit longer, sports days are a key part of our time at school.

For Brightwell cum Sotwell CofE Primary School in Oxfordshire, like many others, lockdown has not only disrupted traditional teaching but also the usual rhythm and fun of key school events. In order to keep children's spirits high and permit these important milestones for their pupils, the school decided to switch up their usual Sports Day for a new and virtual format.