This year’s school leavers need something to look forward to, yet with schools closed, exams cancelled and leavers proms extremely unlikely, there’s not much that students can be optimistic about when it comes to their final year at school.
When Schools reopened in September 2020 no one expected that come the start of 2021 we would still be under tight restrictions because of the covid-19 pandemic. Granted, it was far from an ordinary school year with students asked to wear face masks, bubble up into classes that cannot mix on campus and the constant risk of self-isolation when a classmate tests positive. But whilst it wasn’t school as normal it was still school with pupils able to see their friends and teachers able to teach their subjects.
As we write this blog at the start of February 2021 a huge majority of the ~7million UK school students are being homeschooled. Isolated from their school mates and their teachers, learning at the rate normally expected is a huge challenge. Schools and their teachers are doing an astounding job given the circumstances, providing a mix of on and offline learning together with supporting the children of key workers. Then there’s the amazing parents and carers that are trying their best to home school their families. Everyone is struggling, but everyone is doing their best, and we can only applaud that.
For those pupils in their last year of school, this is a particularly sad state of affairs. The final year of school is often the happiest, a time to celebrate the success of the last few years and look with optimism towards the future ahead. For 2021 there is still much to celebrate and be optimistic about, but the celebrations themselves will remain muted.
End of school celebrations such as proms is unlikely to happen this year, although creative virtual proms may be the order of the day. But how can students look back on this extraordinary year in the future? We’ve been making leavers hoodies since 1998, some say the original and the best, and who are we to disagree! But this year we felt that our leaver’s hoodies would possibly mean more than ever, so what could we do differently to mark this very different year?
Introducing the Lockdown Leavers Hoodies
Introducing the lockdown leavers hoodie designs. A selection of special designs to remember the class of 2021. Our designers have come up with five new unique designs which maintain the classic hallmarks of our normal leaver’s hoodies but with a choice of design elements which will remind people that 2021 was far from a normal year.
These designs, of course, won’t be for everyone, some will prefer to go with a normal design and block out all knowledge that 2021 even happened. But for those looking to celebrate leaving school in a lockdown year, look no further than these special designs.
However the school year ends, we wish all 2021 school leavers the very best of luck!