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The Robert Napier School

Sixth Form Study During Lockdown

The Robert Napier School is a non-selective, mixed secondary school in Gillingham, Medway, an area where approximately 32% of students attend selective grammar schools. The school serves a highly deprived area of Medway, with 49% of the roll being classed as disadvantaged and a significant number of students from feeder wards that are in the bottom 10% of deprivation in the country.


Due to Covid19, The Robert Napier School was closed to all Year 12 students from 17th March 2020 with teaching continuing via remote learning only until 15th June. To accommodate the varying needs of staff working from home, the focus shifted to retrieval practice tasks and only minimal new teaching of specifications. Using Teams, students were delivered various combinations of tasks, depending on subject, such as live lessons, quizzing through Forms, narrated PowerPoint presentations, and worksheets. 


From June 15th, students were provided with a blended learning approach, with students continuing to receive remote learning, but additionally being offered one 90 minute face-to-face session with each of their subjects, to act as a consolidation lesson for remote learning. 

No formal assessments in controlled conditions took place during this time. 


Upon reopening of schools in September 2020, Year 13 students at The Robert Napier School returned to a full timetable in school, without any formal assessments until October. There have been some extended staff and student absences due to self-isolation, and in these cases students have been offered remote learning resources, where possible.