DUNBAR Grammar School’s headteacher has described her pupils as “absolutely incredible” after “a very unusual term”.

Youngsters at the secondary school are currently on their Easter break after a term which saw them firstly studying at home and then on a phased return to school.

Claire Slowther, headteacher, said that the last few months had been “challenging” for both students and families.

After the holidays, pupils will return to a traditional, full-time timetable.

Claire Slowther, headteacher of Dunbar Grammar School, has looked back on an unusual term

Claire Slowther, headteacher of Dunbar Grammar School, has looked back on an unusual term

Speaking before the schools broke up for the holiday, she said: “Heading off into the Easter break, I am immensely proud of how the entire school community has risen to the many challenges over the past three months and I would like to thank you all for your perseverance and adaptability.

“Our students have been absolutely incredible. I believe that they have shown great resilience, positivity and determination.

“Teachers have been updating me throughout the term on student progress and sending me examples of student work.

“I have been blown away by the effort and care students at all stages have put into their studies.

“Working at home and motivating yourself is a challenge and I am so proud of how Dunbar Grammar School students have coped.

“Through chatting to them over the past few weeks, I know many have a renewed appreciation for school and I know how they are all looking forward to coming back full-time after the Easter break.”

Mrs Slowther went on to thank parents and carers for their ongoing support, as well as recognising the “hard work, commitment and care” of her staff.

She added: “Teachers enter the profession as they love working with young people.

“Working online with our students has not been an easy task and I am so grateful to our enthusiastic, dedicated and adaptable staff team.

“I know that they are very much looking forward to returning to teach all of their students after the Easter break.”