| Head's Blog

The Spring Term at Sherborne House has started – but not necessarily in the way that we had all imagined. We hope that everyone has had a good first two weeks. It is testament to you our pupils and parents and the superb staff that this switch has happened so quickly. Much work went on behind the scenes to prepare for the start of term and our dedicated team have ensured that we are able to provide blended learning for all our pupils. Whilst some key worker children are learning in school, we are also teaching remotely to those who are at home. As always, the children have risen magnificently to the occasion and it is wonderful to see all their smiling faces, either online or in the classrooms.

Now that we have returned to full-time online learning, our provision means that we can continue to provide a high-quality educational experience. We also recognise that learning from home will not always be straightforward with multiple family members needing to work and study simultaneously in the same space. Please do contact us if you have any issues that we can address together.

That said, it can be hard to take stock of all that has happened since the beginning of term and that continues to unfold around us as try to guide each other through this time. I recognise that the last 11 months have affected us all, pupils, parents and staff, in different ways and there may have been moments of light as well as darkness for many. Our pupils are resilient, collaborative, creative and spread happiness and joy but all can experience things that may seem a challenge.

I am acutely aware that this lockdown may well leave some of our remote learners struggling with a sense of disappointment that they can’t be back in school and a feeling of isolation that they are not with their friends. All of us – teachers and parents as well as children – have our wobbly moments at times like these but it’s not always easy to express these feelings openly. So, we’re proud and pleased that so many of our pupils have the confidence and the trust to share their concerns and worries with classmates and teachers as well as to offer empathy and support to those who are struggling. Accepting that ‘it’s ok not to be ok’ has helped bring our already close-knit community even closer. I do feel that it is times such as these where we as a community demonstrate our strength. SHS is a wonderful community that supports each other.

Thank you so much for your kind words and continued support. Please stay safe.

Mark Beach