Summer 21 - Covid updates
We come to the end of the first fortnight back after the Easter holiday and I’m pleased to report how well the students are approaching their time in school.
Our Year 11 cohort are managing the demands of the upcoming assessments with focus and maturity. These are being held in the Sports Hall from Wednesday and are one of the final pieces of evidence we will use to calculate their grades. We believe we are getting the balance right on this: there are fewer assessments compared to a normal exam season, they are shorter and cover a smaller range of the course. Doing them this way means all students see the questions we have chosen at the same time and they will only have one assessment per day, at a time when most will have the subject in their timetable. The students are being brilliant and I’m hugely impressed with the way they have worked since returning in March.
Around the rest of the school the students have been impressive, still taking on board all the Covid restrictions that we continue to employ. We long for the time when these will ease up, yet for the moment we are happy to do our part in the societal effort to reduce the transmission of the virus. Our staff are still teaching ‘nomadically’ and doing their very best to keep the learning vibrant and engaging.
Assemblies recently have focussed on being open-minded and looking at the world through other people’s eyes. There is a tangible sense that our student community are being calmer and more accommodating of each other, yet we need to keep building this every day.
We always appreciate the support you offer and the feedback you give. It is an important time for families who have applied to secure their place in September, so if you are yet to do so, please confirm your child's place soon to help us with our planning. Esher High School continues to grow from strength to strength and we look forward to welcoming a new Year 7 cohort soon.
I hope you enjoy the long weekend.