SCHOOL bosses have been praised for helping vulnerable students during the lockdown.

Priti Patel says Templars Academy has done an "amazing job" supporting children who have difficulty accessing food and technology since the pandemic began in March.

The Witham MP's comments came after she visited the school, which is based in Cressing Road, Witham.

School bosses have had work packs delivered and food boxes hand delivered on a regular basis to vulnerable pupils from the start of lockdown.

Food bank vouchers for families and Free school meal vouchers for those who qualify have also been provided by Templars.

The school says it will continue to provide support for its pupils throughout the summer holidays.

Speaking after her visit, Ms Patel said: "Templars Academy’s comprehensive programme of support for vulnerable children during the pandemic lockdown has been hugely impressive.

"I am particularly pleased to see that the attendance of vulnerable children has increased from 41 per cent to 77 per cent and has been increasing every week.

"The teachers here have done an amazing job under unique and very challenging circumstances. The results are a great tribute to their efforts.

"The focus must now be on getting all children back to school in September and I was really impressed with the hard work that has been done to prepare the school for the return.”