It has been lovely to see children in classrooms and to hear the sounds of joy in the playground as the school makes those tentative first steps back to normality. We are, of course, far from total normality: desks are arranged to enable distancing, the children in school are operating in defined small groups, signs are everywhere, everything is a little more regimented, and only a quarter of our pupils are back in school. They are nonetheless enjoying the chance to be with their friends and to play, albeit at an appropriate distance.
Assessment results suggest that progress under a whole new style of learning has been very good across the year groups, and I know that our pupils continue to benefit from lessons which are stimulating and engaging. There will be more to come but senior staff and teachers are looking to introduce a programme of cross-curricular learning from which our most senior pupils will benefit enormously and which will bring a little more variety to their academic diet. We are also looking into replicating remotely our Sports’ Days, the Sponsored Walk, Donate a Day, and other end of term events. I remain hopeful that we will be able to hold some live events for our wonderful Year 8 pupils, even if those events have to be delayed to late August.
By the time you receive this Newsletter, those Year 8 pupils will have completed Common Entrance or Scholarship papers. We are very proud of every single one of them.