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Staff behind a food bank launched at Samuel Ward Academy in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic have praised the kind-hearted community for their support.

The Haverhill school started the foodbank last month to support local families and were inundated with donations from local companies and staff members.

Unity Schools Partnership is delighted to announce that two of our schools have been appointed to support other schools in using educational technology.

Thomas Gainsborough School and Coupals Primary Academy submitted a joint bid and were chosen as ‘EdTech Demonstrator’ schools by the Department for Education.

A school teaching assistant is celebrating after winning a top art award.

Trudy Harman, who teaches at Glemsford Primary Academy’s nursery, submitted a pastel drawing of her dog, Fergal, for the national Jackson’s Painting Prize.

She admitted she was shocked to discover she had been named the winner of the People’s Choice Award.

Whether you are a student at home or still in a classroom or a staff member teaching remotely or opening a school building on Good Friday, we are working in unprecedented times.

I write this as most students enjoy the final few days of their Easter holidays and staff prepare for a new, but very different, school term.

I write this as we approach an Easter holidays, the like of which we have never experienced.

Some of our schools will remain open to cater for a handful of keyworker children – and I know they all want to do their bit to support others.

This is typical of the ‘above and beyond’ attitude displayed by all our schools during this time of great uncertainty.