COVID-19 (Coronavirus) has had a huge impact on all of us, and the global response to this pandemic is unprecedented. We are all experiencing new ways of working, and there have been both challenges and triumphs. At Woodbridge School, staff, parents and students have all worked together towards common goals, and this has only strengthened our sense of purpose and community.
COVID-19 ‘Emergency Bursary Fund’
Due to the COVID-19 outbreak and the immediate impact on the economy, we, here at Woodbridge School, acted swiftly to support our students and their families, and have put Remote Learning procedures in place for whenever they are required.
Sadly, we now have many students whose parents found themselves simply unable to continue to afford a Woodbridge School education, literally overnight. We know that the coming few months will be extremely tough for a number of our parents so we have set up an ‘Emergency Bursary Fund’ the sole purpose of which is to support any parent who satisfies the criteria for additional assistance.
Remote Learning at the Prep School provides a high quality, age-appropriate, exciting learning experience for students which strikes a happy balance of interactive live lessons via TEAMS in the mornings with class teachers and inspiring pre-recorded lessons via our whole school virtual learning platform (itslearning) in the afternoons with specialist subject teachers. Timetables have been carefully designed to simplify and unify lessons to help make the remote school day manageable and rewarding for all. Students attend two live TEAMS Form times to ‘top and tail’ their digital school day. In addition students have a daily assembly – ensuring the School community stays together in spirit and intent whilst physically apart.
We understand that the uncertainty over the COVID-19 pandemic and external examinations will naturally create anxiety amongst our student body. Some of our students already live with mental health problems and it is possible that this second extended absence from routine and support could exacerbate these or create new ones.
During any period of remote learning our aim is to provide the following:
A full ‘live’ tutor session each week
A drop-in tutor session each week where students can speak with their tutor if they wish
An audio call to each student from their tutor once every two weeks
On top of this, students and parents can speak with their pastoral leaders (Head of Lower School, Head of House, Head of Sixth Form) for further support through the usual channels.