WHAT VIRTUAL LEARNING TAUGHT US
The need for schools to close due to the pandemic has highlighted the vital role that schools play in caring for children as well as helping them learn. Our parent, pupil and staff surveys showed that the online learning provision offered at The Hampshire School Chelsea during lockdown was enjoyed by pupils. However, they have also highlighted the value of naturally occuring discussions and interactions that take place between children. These interactions in classrooms, between lessons and over lunch play are vital to childrens' personal development and an essential element in the education of all students.
The pandemic encouraged us all to think more creatively about ways of communicating, as well as applying the tips, tricks and technological progression in our repertoire of teaching strategies. We have taken all of the feedback we received from our surveys on board and continue to use it to improve. We have been encouraged by the widespread appreciation in our community at the speed of adaptation to online learning occurred. As expressed most generously by one of our parents:
“The preparation for the sudden closure, as well as the accommodation for our child’s needs, were remarkable”.
87.5% of parents stating that Lockdown 3 exceeded the quality of the virtual provision in Lockdown 1.
Remote learning is now an important part of our armoury against a pandemic, or similar threat, for continued education and sustained school improvement. ‘Back to better’ initiatives that draw on as many positives as possible from this unprecedented period, will empower children to learn effectively both in schools and at home.
The Hampshire School Chelsea entered The Bellevue Spelling Bee Competition, giving all pupils in Years 3-8 the opportunity to sharpen their competitive edge by taking part.
The competition started among year groups, before whittling down to a winner of each key stage. The overall winner from Year 3 and 4, from Year 5 and 6 and from Year 7 and 8 went forward to the inter-school semi-finals. We finished the semi-finals with not one, but THREE finalists; the only school to have one semi-finalist in every category, what an achievement!
It goes without saying that the whole school was impressed with how well the children performed. As a community, we cheered them on from our screens whilst the pupil’s peers made posters to encourage and motivate them.
FINALISTS IN THE ISA AWARDS
This year, the Hampshire School Chelsea entered three categories at the ISA Awards.
1. ISA Junior School of the Year Award
2. ISA Award for Excellence in Pupil Personal Development
3. ISA Award for Innovation in Pupil voice
These awards annually celebrate the successes of independent schools, recognising the quality of provision in independent education across the UK.
We were proud to be shortlisted as finalists in two categories out of over 550 entries from across the country. The Hampshire School Chelsea was the only London school to be a finalist for both the ISA Award for Junior School of the Year and ISA Award for Innovation in Pupil Voice. We were also the only school from the Bellevue Education group to hold the title ‘finalists’. These awards offer an incredible opportunity to celebrate the success of staff, parents and pupils within our community.
As a school that prides itself on its community care, respect and resilience, it is our great pleasure to congratulate the worthy winners: St Christopher’s School, Epsom; for the Junior School of the Year Award and DLD College London for the Award for Innovation in Pupil Voice.