Although we still have the children of our amazing key worker parents at school each day, the rest of our girls, from Reception to Year 13, have moved to our fully live Guided Home Learning programme, where our teachers are guiding their learning through live lessons, using Microsoft Teams.
Our girls and staff have fully risen to the challenge of online learning and the dedication of our teachers, in adapting work to suit this new normal, has been superb. The girls are immersed in their learning and creating fantastic work, showing exceptional resilience.
For our Year 11 and 13 girls, a bespoke and enriching curriculum, which we have called ‘Teach Unleashed’, has been designed to encourage independent learning and build the skills they will need for university and A Level studies. Each department has created standalone modules, which play to the girls’ strengths and make the most of being unleashed from the restrictions of Exam Specifications. This truly is a broad and exciting curriculum to engage our older girls at a time when they have had to adjust to an exam-free summer.
Far beyond the lessons we teach, our school is about belonging. We are a community and, before the closures, I explained the importance of this to our girls. During the closures, we have developed ways to stay focused on this vital part of our school, through online assemblies, daily community tasks for teachers and girls, Easter Challenges, yoga sessions, online clubs and virtual choir. The girls responses to these daily tasks, such as our #homehaikus, have been incredibly creative.
"We have been really impressed with the dedication, perseverance and foresight you and your staff have had at such short notice. It is truly remarkable."Parent feedback
"I wanted to drop you a personal note to say a huge huge thank you for the tremendous amount of work you are all delivering to try and maintain continuity. You have all done an outstanding job, way above and beyond any expectations. We are incredibly grateful for the care and passion you have all shown to the girls."Parent feedback