We are very proud of the way our community responded to the COVID-19 pandemic. 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 the lockdowns, the school was open for the children of critical workers. We didn’t merely provide fun activities: we keep 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 has also previously 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.

Whatever the future brings, we’re ready. We have recruited extra staff to ensure our maximum class size is 18 (and very often less than 15). Should there be further lockdowns, we will be ready to launch our virtual school again. Red House has been challenged over the last year but, like our children, we have been resilient and adaptable. Whatever the future brings, we will get through this together.

With best wishes

Dr Rebecca Ashcroft