Guided Home Learning
Royal High School Bath is committed to providing continued access to, and a safe environment for girls’ learning. This commitment remains the same in the challenging circumstances brought about by the COVID-19 outbreak. As we continue to deliver Guided Home Learning, our expectations of staff and pupils also remain the same, and the principles and practices of the school’s Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy and Online Safety Policy, and the GDST Social Media Policy, staff Code of Conduct and Acceptable Use Agreements for staff and pupils will continue to apply, both to existing and to any new online and distance-learning arrangements. Staff and pupils must ensure that they are familiar with, and adhere to these policies at all times.
In order to ensure the safety and welfare of children during this period that pupils are engaging in Guided Home Learning, the school will follow the Department for Education’s remote learning guidance: Safeguarding and remote education during COVID-19
Given the changes in circumstances to every-day teaching and learning practices, the guidelines in the attached document, an annex to our Online Safety Policy, will also apply. Please read this document carefully COVID-19 Online Safety Policy Annex (there is also a section for pupils to note). Further COVID-19 specific policies can be found on our Policies page.
Update: 2 June 2020
We have welcomed back a number of Prep girls to continue their learning in the beautiful grounds of Cranwell House. Nursery, Reception, Year 1, and 6 have eased into face-to-face learning, following Royal High's thorough Guided Home Learning program.
Update: 6 April 2020
Please read the latest updates from our Head, Kate Reynolds and Head of Prep, Claire Lilley.What is this life if full of care - from Kate Reynolds, Head
Update: 27 March 2020
Please read the latest updates from our Head, Kate Reynolds and Head of Prep, Claire Lilley.
Update: 23 March 2020
Due to Covid-19 - Royal High School moves to guided home learning from Monday 23 March.
Update: 20 March 2020
In these difficult times, I am so very proud of our community spirit and the overwhelming generosity and camaraderie shown by everyone.
Communities are not about buildings; they are about people. From our amazing girls, and supportive parents, brilliant staff and Governors and to other schools who have been rallying round to find solutions during these uncertain times - Royal High School community spirit has been shown in so many ways over the last few weeks and days.
Highlights at this time of uncertainty have included the long-held tradition for Year 11 girls signing each other’s shirts, as well as shirts for absent friends. Senior staff donned colourful wigs and fancy dress and threw an impromptu pizza and mocktails party to show their support for Year 13 girls on what may be their last day in School.
Prep School girls enjoyed a magnificent Tudor banquet and performed fantastically in their Tudor quiz where they recalled all that they had learnt this term.
We have a strong, solid community here at Royal High School and for that we can all be truly proud.
Thank you to all and stay safe.
Kate Reynolds, Head
Update: 18 March 2020
Following yesterday’s Government announcement, we can confirm that:
- Royal High School pupils will move to guided home learning from Monday 23 March; and
- there will be no public examinations (GCSEs and A Levels) in May and June this year.
From Monday 23 March we will be moving to off-site guided home learning with lessons delivered remotely. This will continue until we break up for the Easter holiday on Wednesday 1 April.
Boarding girls will remain in School where they will work on their guided learning tasks until they fly home for the holidays. There are a few Sixth Form boarders whom Mrs Pullen has confirmed with their parents will stay in Gloucester House over the Easter holidays.
Continuity of Education
Pupils and staff are prepared to move to guided home learning and a wealth of material has already been posted on Firefly and Microsoft Teams. Letters sent yesterday from Hadrian Briggs (Senior School) and Claire Lilley (Prep School) detail how this will work in practice.
Pupils will need to gather all their work and belongings to bring home in an orderly fashion by the end of Friday as they would for the end of term. Over the next two days, Prep School girls will be helped by their Class Teacher.
We await further guidance from the Government about how our examination candidates, who will not be able to take GCSEs and A Levels this summer, will be affected. The Prime Minister has confirmed that assessments will be fair and that students’ interests will be protected.
We are yet to hear anything about the IB Diploma from the International Baccalaureate Organisation (‘IBO’). To date, the IBO has said that their examinations are going ahead. We will contact parents and candidates should this be updated.
Support from the School
Whilst the buildings will not be open for lessons, Royal High School itself is not closed. Staff will continue to operate on-site and remotely with a view to ensuring continuity of education and to answer any queries. Key email addresses can be found on Firefly and in the School Calendar booklet.
Support for Key Workers
Following the Government’s request to keep schools open for vulnerable children and children of key workers we have already had many staff volunteering to help with this. We will contact families tomorrow to establish what support is needed.
We would like to thank all parents who have contacted us with messages of support. Staff have also been remarkably community spirited as, together, we have endeavoured to continue to teach and look after your daughters over these past few weeks. The girls, as ever, have been amazing.