Headmaster's Message 12th February

Dear Anselmian parents and students,


we have now reached the end of a challenging half-term. We recognise the demands that remote learning has made upon you and hope that you will be able to enjoy the next 2 weekends, and perhaps some time next week, with your sons. We are pleased by the way that the overwhelming majority of our students have engaged with remote learning, despite inevitable logistical and technological challenges, and there has been widespread evidence of good progress. I am confident that any student who follows his teachers' instructions, attends all lessons on line and completes all tasks to the best of his ability will make good progress.


We know that no schools will re-open before March 8th, beyond current provision, so remote learning will continue after half-term. We expect a ministerial announcement about the initial re-opening of schools on 22nd February, which might also provide some information about the award of GCSE, A level and BTEC grades for our Year 11 and 13 students. We will forward such information when we receive it.


We will resume remote learning on Monday 22nd February from 8.45am. Year 7 parents will have the opportunity to speak to their sons' Form Teachers and Head of Year , Mrs Evans, and Pastoral Deputy Headteacher Mrs Cubbin, at our Year 7 Pastoral Parents Evening from 3.30-6pm on Wednesday 24th February using our School Cloud system. Details of how to book your appointments have been emailed to you, with the link. Please note that you do not need to speak to both Mrs Evans and Mrs Cubbin! It is likely that we will deploy School Cloud for future Parents Evenings this year, with plans being developed for Year 11 and Year 13 events. The exact dates, and those of the 2nd set of mock exams for both Years, will be dictated by the timing of the re-opening of schools, see above.


As we reflect on the progress of remote learning, which is likely to continue for some Year groups after 8th March, the staff clearly believe that students will get the best out of online lessons if they have cameras and microphones switched on, as this facilitates dialogue with teachers and is more immediate and interactive than written comments on chat bars. Please encourage your sons to respond to this constructive advice, irrespective of his age! The initial self-consciousness soon wears off! Although we would much rather have the boys in school they are learning important independent learning skills that will be invaluable to them in the future in Higher Education and employment.


Please remember in your prayers our former Chair of Governors and loyal servant of the College Brian Cummings MBE, whose funeral is on Monday. He was an exemplary Anselmian and a pillar of the local community and will be greatly missed.


I thank you for your support for the College and wish you a relaxing weekend.

Yours sincerely,

Simon Duggan