Coronavirus Update

Posted: 24th March 2020

Maintaining Our Pupils’ Education

Whilst this is a time of uncertainty, we have been anticipating and preparing for the continued learning of all pupils, and all staff at the School are doing everything they can to maintain high quality resources and guidance for children to work on, and enhance the education and pastoral welfare of all our students. The following summarises the plans we have put in place:

1. Our students have been directed to establish a daily working routine, and to follow their normal School timetable of lessons.

2. Lessons, tasks and activities will be posted on Show My Homework by 9am each day during term time. In addition, where possible, teachers will be using Microsoft Teams to live-stream lessons. All students and staff have access to this via their School email and password.

3. All students are expected to complete “classwork” and homework in the usual way.

4. Completed work can be submitted to teachers for marking by School email. Assessed work will be returned to students via email.

5. Weekly PSHE activities and resources are being made available to all students.

6. We will conduct weekly assemblies online via video using Microsoft Teams.

7. Led by our English Department, students are all encouraged to contribute to the “Covid Chronicle” – a student led publication showcasing work that has been completed by students throughout the week.

8. Virtual House events will also be happening.

This is a worrying and upsetting time for everyone, including our students, and so to protect the wellbeing of every student, and maintain the high-quality pastoral care our families have come to expect from Mount House, all form tutors will be maintaining personal contact with pupils by phoning them three times a week during term time.

To reduce the risk of the spread of the virus, we continue to implement an increased and sustained programme of sanitising and cleaning of the School to maintain meticulous hygiene standards, and we will undertake an additional thorough deep clean of the School over the Easter break.

We are extremely proud of our School community in how they have dealt with the uncertainties, and we thank you for your on-going support throughout these challenging times. If we pull together as the supportive community we are, we can together ensure that our children make the best use of their time at home.

With best wishes

Ian Davies