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Remote learning in the senior school

Delivering engaging, online content for all students 

It has been a challenging year for school students through-out the country since the Government first announced in March 2020 that schools would close due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Developing a virtual learning environment for our students amidst ever-evolving restrictions and government guidelines was by no means an easy feat, but thanks to the hard work and dedication of our staff, we are proud to be able to roll out a full, online timetable of live lessons for students at a moment’s notice. 

Here at Redmaids’ High School, digital devices already play a big part in how our students learn. Students have their own iPads which are used as key learning tools in the classroom. The use of iPads combined with our experience of using Teams for teaching during each lockdown has made the transition to online learning seamless for students and teachers, with all lessons now being delivered live via this platform.  

The well-being of our students remains a key focus when planning and delivering our remote learning provision. Lessons have been shortened slightly to allow students to have a break from their screens, tutor times are running as normal enabling tutors to check in pastorally with their tutees, and our PE department are delivering live PE lessons including fitness classes, yoga, and streamed content, encouraging students to keep moving and exercise regularly whilst at home.  

Ensuring our students still feel connected to each other and to the wider Redmaids’ High School community whilst at home is also an integral part of our remote learning provision. School assemblies continue to run online twice a week, teachers are utilising breakout room features and are encouraging students to have their cameras turned on, allowing them to interact with each other and discuss ideas, as they would during lessons onsite.  

For exam year groups, learning remotely may be particularly difficult as it casts uncertainty over summer examinations and how grades will be evaluated. Additional support is being provided for students in exam year groups who are concerned, and online assessments and practice exams are being run virtually to keep these year groups on track with their GCSE, IB, and A Level preparations.  

 In addition to timetabled lessons and where possible, we have continued to run extra-curricular activities for students to take part in from home. From remote collaborative music making, a virtual sports day, and virtual conferences, to the chance to participate in various United World Schools challenges and run or virtually attend Red Talks. We recognise the importance these activities have in allowing students to be creative and pursue additional interests and are working hard to ensure these opportunities are still available whilst the school is closed.  

From student interactive whiteboards to getting to grips with iMovie, the tools available to aid remote learning are constantly developing, with new products and functionality updates frequently becoming available. Our digitally savvy staff have kept their eyes peeled for new products that could enhance our online learning environment, offering training and support to staff and students on how to get the most out of these tools. We will continue to research and trial new online learning tools to ensure we are providing a digitally engaging environment whilst our students are learning from home. 

While we know that our students would prefer to be onsite with their friends and learning face-to-face, we are doing everything we can to support them through the current challenges and uncertainties and will continue to provide an outstanding remote learning provision until we can welcome our school community safely back onsite.   

 

 

 

“Thank you to all the teaching staff and all the valuable team working together at Redmaids’ to make our daughters’ time there as normal as possible in what I’d say are frankly the most bonkers of times. Not an easy feat and not one I envy you.” 

Parent 

“We are so very grateful for all you and the wonderful Redmaids’ team are doing for our girls. Thank you.” 

Parent 

Redmaids' High 
Junior School

juniors@redmaidshigh.co.uk
0117 962 9451

Grange Court Road
Westbury-on-Trym
Bristol BS9 4DP

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Redmaids' High School
Senior & Sixth Form

seniors@redmaidshigh.co.uk 
0117 962 2641

Westbury Road
Westbury-on-Trym
Bristol BS9 3AW                        

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