2020 was a year like no other at our school. Whilst the children of our amazing key worker parents still attended school each day, the rest of our girls, from Reception to Year 13, moved to our fully live Guided Home Learning programme during the Summer Term, where our teachers could guide 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 were totally immersed in their learning and created fantastic work, showing exceptional resilience.
Year 11 to 13
For our Year 11 and 13 girls, a bespoke and enriching curriculum, which we have called ‘Teach Unleashed’, was designed to encourage independent learning and build the skills they will need for university and A Level studies. Each department created standalone modules, which played to the girls’ strengths and made the most of being unleashed from the restrictions of Exam Specifications. This truly was a broad and exciting curriculum to engage our older girls at a time when they had to adjust to an exam-free summer.
Keeping the community spirit alive
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 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 responses to these daily tasks, such as our #homehaikus, have been incredibly creative.
Since returning to school in September, we have made sure all girls have access to a device and have been fully trained in Microsoft Teams to ensure that they are able to hit the ground running with our fully live Guided Home Learning programme.
With further school closures announced at the start of 2021, we are more than ready and well prepared to face whatever the next few months brings, together.
"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