SCHOOLS from a trust are moving to a hub model in three locations to provide childcare after they have reduced their numbers during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Rivers C of E Academy Trust has set up the hub for its schools which will enable it to continue to support its pupils and parents and try to minimise risk to staff from the coronavirus.

Kate Brunt, chief executive of the trust said: “After much liaison and very low numbers of pupils in each of our schools this week, all 11 Rivers schools unanimously agreed that moving into a hub model would be the best and most viable option for the safety of our staff and pupils. It will also help to ensure that we can remain open and provide support for our critical workers and vulnerable pupils for as long as possible throughout this difficult time.”

Due to the “fantastic” response from parents, the schools have minimised their numbers which will enable them to move to a hub approach.

Mrs Brunt added: “The government guidelines are very clear and whilst we are committed to providing the essential child care service for our parents who are key workers, we are very mindful that ensuring only those children with have no other option for care should be placed into this service.

“There will always be an element of risk for all adults and children working in our schools at this time, however we have ensured there are numerous precautions put in place to minimise these.”

As from Monday there will be three Rivers schools operating during this time - St Peter’s in Droitwich, Northwick Manor in Worcester and Heronswood in Kidderminster.