We are very proud of the way our community responded to the COVID-19 pandemic last term.  Within a very short period of time, Red House established a virtual learning platform which was second to none. Numerous parents have congratulated us on maintaining high academic standards whilst also protecting the emotional well-being of the pupils in very challenging circumstances.  Group tutorial, individual calls to pupils and fun activities, all ensured the pupils remained connected and felt part of our wonderful community.

Throughout lockdown, the school was open for the children of key workers.  We didn’t merely provide fun activities: we kept their learning going.  Many of our parents are front line workers and we were pleased to be able to support their tremendous work.  The school also provided a bus service between the local hospitals for key staff and produced PPE equipment for local surgeries; we did all we could to help.

As soon as the government gave the go-ahead, Red House opened for all primary aged children.  Investment in new technology and inventive staffing solutions – including the use of senior school teachers – meant we could invite all the children to join us – and how they loved it.  Over 85% of the children returned which is testament to how much they love school and how much trust parents have in us.

Year 10 also returned, being taught lessons in the core subjects.  The pupils in this year group have been remarkable in their approach to remote learning and we are confident Red House pupils are in a better position than most to face the challenges of next year.

And finally, Years 7-9 returned for much needed tutorial support and a catch up with their classmates.  They’ve seen that the ‘new’ Red House, with one way systems and sanitisers, is still the school they love and we are confident they will transition back into life here with ease in September.

Whatever September brings, we’re ready.  We have recruited extra staff to ensure our maximum class size is 18 (and very often less than 15).  Adhering to the government guidelines at all times, we plan to have all children back full time.  Should there be a second lockdown, we are ready to launch our virtual school once again.  Red House has been challenged over the last few months but, like our children, we have been resilient and adaptable.  Whatever the future brings, we will get through this together.

With best wishes

Ken James
Headmaster