AN ANDOVER school has received thanks from high places after a former senior army officer visited to speak to staff.

Lieutenant General Sir Freddie Viggers recently visited Harrow Way school to thank the teaching team for supporting students and parents during the pandemic.

He was visiting on behalf of the Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire, Nigel Atkinson Esq, who was keen to show their appreciation and gratitude for the extra effort and commitment made by so many in the ducation sector.

Commenting on his trip to Harrow Way, Sir Freddie said: “You and everyone who works at the school – teachers, administrative and support staff – have done your utmost to give students the opportunity to continue their education during the last difficult 18 months. I am sure that students and families appreciate your determination to provide these young people with as normal an adolescence as possible in testing circumstances; your commitment to them is exception.”

During the numerous nationwide lockdowns Harrow Way delivered the school curriculum through remote learning ensuring all students could continue their learning.

Commenting on the challenge headteacher Michael Serridge said: “Our priority was to ensure that no student’s education was compromised by the restrictions imposed during the lockdowns.

"Our team of teachers and support staff were incredible in completely adapting the way we delivered lessons. Moving on to a new academic year it is wonderful to have a full school and see students enjoying the complete Harrow Way education experience.

"As much as we mastered remote learning, nothing beats a busy, lively school.”