St Leonards Connected
As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, teaching and learning in the Summer Term was delivered via our online learning platform, St Leonards Connected. Our pupils continued with their normal timetables, joining Google Meet lessons, completing and then uploading work to the virtual learning environment, as well as participating in sporting challenges, virtual instrumental lessons, virtual assemblies, and even virtual Prizegiving ceremonies to mark the end of term. During this period, and throughout the summer holidays, the school has remained open, albeit on a significantly reduced scale, to care for the children of our key worker parents.
Safe Return to School
We have now returned to our school campus, in line with Government advice and guidelines, and are delivering a full. five-day teaching programme with an adapted co-curricular programme. In addition, we are continuing to provide teaching and learning via St Leonards Connected for those pupils who are unable to return to school because of social shielding or travel restrictions, or who are self-isolating.
At St Leonards, our return to school has been guided and governed by the following key principles to manage the risks associated with Covid-19:
- Increased and frequent hand hygiene;
- Good respiratory hygiene;
- Zero tolerance of symptoms;
- Maintaining good ventilation throughout our campus facilities;
- Appropriate and additional cleaning regimes;
- Reducing student contact and mixing;
- And appropriate social distancing between staff and students.
The outworkings of these principles include the following procedures and measures:
- Hand sanitiser stations in buildings and personal supplies of hand sanitiser;
- Temperature checks before pupils and staff enter school buildings each day;
- Rigorous cleaning and disinfecting of key areas and common touchpoints;
- Wiping down of teaching areas before and after each class;
- Bubble groups for teaching and learning, and within the boarding community;
- Mandatory wearing of face masks for pupils and staff when moving around the campus;
- One-way systems through school buildings;
- Reduced mixing between boarding and day pupils;
- Avoidance of large student gatherings, such as assemblies;
- Staggered mealtimes;
- And no uniform for the time being, to enable more frequent washing of clothes.
In addition, we are offering enhanced on-site healthcare provision with an additional auxiliary nurse and counsellor, and the Medical Team are wearing medical grade PPE when providing care. Isolation facilities are also in place, should they be required.
Before the Autumn Term started, we ran a two-week landing programme for our international boarding pupils to enable them to safely quarantine.
This information is summarised in the infographic below.
Boarding Schools' Association Charter
As a school, we are proud to adhere to the promises contained within the BSA Covid-Safe Charter, which can be accessed via the hyperlink above. The adoption of this charter demonstrates our continued commitment as a school to the wellbeing, health, and safety of our pupils and staff - which are of paramount importance, and, as ever, are our primary concern.
Key Points of Contact
Whilst the majority of pupils are delighted to be back at school, we understand that for some pupils the current circumstances will be unsettling and distressing. Our pastoral staff are more than happy to speak with any St Leonards family - there is no concern that is too big or too small. Please do get in contact with us, and we will endeavour to put your mind at rest and implement a support structure that will enable you to transition back to life at school or feel more comfortable at school. In the first instance, please contact the following members of staff:
Day pupils: Mr Andrew Durward, Deputy Head (wellbeing) - email@example.com
Boarding pupils: Mr Gerry Young, Deputy Head (boarding) - firstname.lastname@example.org
All information correct 8 September 2020. This page will be updated regularly.