| Head's Blog

And so we reach the end of the school year, albeit one that has made huge demands of us all. Over the last few months the children have been required to adapt to new ways of working, deprived of the routines, the diversions and, above all, many of the people that ordinarily bring structure, purpose and pleasure to their lives. Firstly, it was working in lockdown and then working in socially distanced bubbles and hubs! Parents have also needed to adjust to the constant presence of their children, something which I know has been a source of both joy and occasional friction. And staff have had to discover and deliver new ways of teaching, learning, supporting and encouraging. It has not necessarily been entirely plain sailing but we have come through the tempest in remarkably good shape. The adventure is not quite over and we still have the autumn term to negotiate before the storm is likely to abate fully. But we now have a few weeks ashore before we cast off into seas which should be a little calmer and more predictable than those through which we have voyaged since Easter.

Out of all this has come much that is good. We have learnt to do things differently and some of the knowledge we have acquired will be of value as we plan ahead. An exclusive reliance upon technology as a means of delivering the curriculum is not something we would ever willingly choose. But the lockdown has provided us with an invaluable impetus to re-evaluate our approach and we will be incorporating the best and most useful elements of technology into both our pedagogy and our communications.

Above all, throughout the lockdown period and then through this period where restrictions have been eased, the best has been seen in the Sherborne House family. The children’s resilience and adaptability has been magnificent to behold, as have the flexibility, ingenuity and dedication of staff. The past weeks have also demonstrated the extraordinary levels of support that we as a School are fortunate to enjoy from you, our parents. For all your support, and for everything that you have done to demonstrate your faith in the School and to encourage us during the most demanding days, I am deeply grateful. Thank you.