Our school has endeavoured to support the children of key workers, along with all students. Staff members are working hard to deliver their lessons remotely, using new and creative methods.

Key workers are praising their school for enabling them to do their vital work.

Along with all other schools in the country, Vita et Pax Preparatory School, in Southgate, has opened its doors to pupils whose parents are key workers.

Each day, ten pupils are attending school and working with two teaching assistants – on a weekly rota - and headteacher Allana Gay.

Dr Arani Ananda, parent of Aravind and Myuri, said: “Being part of the Vita et Pax School feels like being part of an extended family, which looks out for each other in times of need.

“So, when the Government announced the school closures, I was very grateful our school organised the key worker provision at such short notice. We are well aware of the sacrifices the teachers and support staff are making in order to provide this service.

“Knowing our children are safe and looked after has meant I have been able to help many more patients during these challenging times. The school’s support has been invaluable and has had far-reaching positive impacts on the wider community.”

Elenie Aird, mother of Thomas, said: “The school have been incredibly on the mark in their responsibilities and care to the children. Their level of preparation anticipating school closures meant that days before the schools were ordered to close, online distant learning platforms and accounts were already set up, the teaching staff had already organised the children’s workbooks and additional resource materials they would need to take home. “The detail of the teaching via videos, presentations and access to resources provided has been truly impressive. My son’s teachers have been on hand via instant message responding almost immediately.” Parent Holly Marler, mother of Mimi and Trixie, said: “Miss Gay and the teachers have been so wonderful during this time; the girls have been really supported.

“The fact the school has kept its amazing caring community during this is great. We have a huge respect for the work they do.”

Year 5 pupil Angelina Fennessy was also keen to praise her school and said: “Our learning through ClassDojo is a very good way of transporting schoolwork to everyone’s houses. It is very good because all my lessons are very similar to being at school.

“All the teachers have been very supportive and even though we are at home, we still are getting the support we need through video messages and Zoom meetings.