Guiseley School is a high performing mixed secondary school in the North West of Leeds. It is fully comprehensive and students’ destinations range from apprenticeships to Oxbridge. The Sixth Form has approximately 220 students studying across a range of academic facilitating subject areas. Academic achievement is high with 25% of grades regularly being A*-A and the school consistently achieves a positive Level 3 value-added score. 

Students at Guiseley School were on lockdown from March 20, 2020, until June 15, 2020. During this time all teaching was delivered via Microsoft teams. The content and lessons were of high quality but the subject matter had to be carefully chosen so that students were able to work in isolation whilst also understanding the concepts involved in each subject. Lessons were presented using a combination of video recordings, written information and written tasks. Students submitted work and feedback was given via teams.  

In total, nine weeks of teaching time was lost during this period. The students also lost valuable assessment periods including a period of mock exams in May,  which had in previous years been used as an assessment marker. This period of mock exams would have been used to help determine predicted grades in October 2020. 

Students were able to access a limited amount of face to face lessons for a five-week period from 15 June until 17 July. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, students were limited to attending one lesson per subject per week. Whilst this allowed students to be taught in small groups and cover work at a faster pace, one lesson was not enough time to teach all of the required subject content. 

Students returned to a full teaching timetable in September. During their lessons staff have been working to make sure that any misconceptions are addressed and to continue teaching the rest of the courses. This effort has been hampered by individuals or groups of students in the same bubble having to isolate for two week periods.