Shrewsbury School

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Saturday 28 March 2020

The welfare of all our pupils and staff is our number one priority. This page contains information for Parents and information for Visitors to Shrewsbury School.

Information for Parents - Coronavirus (COVID-19)

In recent days and weeks, it has been heartening to have seen so many examples of kindness and optimism of the Salopian spirit. Pupils, parents, staff, and governors have shown adaptability and steadiness.

On the 18th March the Prime Minister announced that all schools, including independent schools, in England will close (except for looking after the children of keyworkers and vulnerable children) from Friday 20th March. 

The School has launched a planned programme of remote learning and is looking after the children of keyworkers. If children can stay safely at home, they should, to limit the chance of the virus spreading. 

Educational Continuity

The school has readied itself with a plan for educational continuity and we will be making use of systems and approaches, including our various existing online platforms, with which both staff and pupils are familiar, to ensure continuity in teaching and learning in the event of a disruption of this kind.

An outline of our planned approach and a sense of what our pupils can expect from a digital Salopian landscape can be found here.

Public Examinations

The Secretary of State for Education has also announced that public examinations will not go ahead as scheduled. The Government has issued an update with regard to public examinations which indicates that pupils will be awarded a grade reflective of the work they have put in to their studies. While it is clear that Ofqual and the examination boards will work with schools to put a process in place to achieve a ‘calculated’ grade, the nature of that process is not yet clear.

We are as determined as you are to ensure that pupils in examination cohorts are rewarded appropriately.

Below is a link to the government document from which we will be working next week. At present this is the only information we have. For now, we would encourage all pupils to engage with the remote learning programme we have put in place.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/further-details-on-exams-and-grades-announced

We ask all parents refer to this page on our website in the first instance for current information as this will be updated on a regular basis. We ask that all parents follow the advice posted here.

Further Information

If you need further information, please direct your enquiries in the following manner:

  • Housemasters and Housemistresses should be the first point of contact for all general questions and enquiries.
  • International families with particular questions may contact the Second Master, Mike Tonks: mjt@shrewsbury.org.uk
  • Questions relating to academic continuity and teaching and learning should be directed to the Deputy Head Academic, Maurice Walters at mhw@shrewsbury.org.uk
  • Concerns of a medical nature can be sent to the Deputy Head Pastoral, Anna Peak at arp@shrewsbury.org.uk
  • Trips, visits and the broader co-curriculum are managed by the Deputy Head Co-Curricular and he can be contacted at pjm@shrewsbury.org.uk

The situation remains a challenging and dynamic one that we are reviewing daily.  The wellbeing of all members of the school community remains our priority and we will keep staff, parents and pupils updated on a regular basis.  We are very grateful indeed for the patient support of all parents at this time.

 


Information for Visitors to Shrewsbury School

As per Government guidance the Shrewsbury School site is now closed to all public visitors.

This policy will be reviewed on 13 April.

Please note: The information provided on this webpage is reviewed daily but links to other websites are updated frequently and may be subject to change.

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