SCHOOL staff are set to deliver free resources in their ongoing commitment to keeping students kitted out for remote learning.

Ormiston Rivers Academy will operate a mobile resource drop-off where staff will visit every village on the Dengie Peninsula to provide free stationery and resources to those who need it.

The school deployed its school minibus to deliver everything from food to sanitary supplies.

Maldon and Burnham Standard: Donna Byford, Student Support Advisor and Harry Simpson, Apprentice Student Support AdvisorDonna Byford, Student Support Advisor and Harry Simpson, Apprentice Student Support Advisor

The delivery team included student support advisor Donna Byford and ex-student Harry Simpson, who joined as apprentice student support advisor in September last year.

A total of 400 exercise books, 600 pens, 600 pencils, 200 rulers, 150 protractors, 100 notebooks, 25 rucksacks, 150 pencil sharpeners and 100 erasers were handed out, all free of charge.

The school has also launched a welfare programme with weekly calls to every student to offer mental health and wellbeing support, with more frequent calls available for those who need them.

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Principal Emma Baker said: “Despite the challenges the lockdown brings, we remain committed to ensuring we are supporting our students, their families, our staff and our wider school community in every way we can.

“As a result, we are taking a holistic approach to our provision, which not only includes ensuring our students have the tools they need to engage with their education online, but also that they feel appropriately supported with the right food and emotional support.

“I’d really like to thank everyone in the community for their continued support, and the school staff for their tireless work.

"I’m so proud of what we have managed to achieve as an academy – it’s a real testament to the commitment of our dedicated staff.

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“Whilst many of our students might be working remotely during this period, we all remain very much connected to one another, and this remarkable endeavour is just one of the ways the Ormiston Rivers Academy family is showing support during a challenging time.”