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Thoughts from Claire Lilley, Head of Prep

27 March 2020

This has been an extraordinary week of adjustment for us all as we come to terms with a ‘new normal’ for our lives right now. All the Prep School staff have been adjusting to supporting our girls through our programme of guided home learning, and I won’t pretend … it has not been easy!

The wobbles with Firefly and the pressures experienced by every single member of our community has proved testing for everyone, but I can assure you that we are listening to everyone, adapting as quickly as we can, and endeavouring to continue to support our Royal High Prep School girls with diligence and care throughout these challenging times.

What has made the most impact on me this week, has been the kindness and empathy shown by so many people. My colleagues and staff on both RHS sites, have gone out of their way to check up on each other and take time to support members of staff, girls and their parents as we all navigate these uncharted waters. 

We have been privileged to run in-school support for the children of keyworkers – those staff on the front line, keeping us safe from the onslaught of Coronavirus. The children were delightful and were able to run around in the sunshine whilst their parents were able to care for our wider community. I have been so proud and grateful to all the staff who have supervised and led these sessions. Whilst we are of course happy to provide this service and do our bit, I was most appreciative of the fact that the Minister for Education, Gavin Williamson, wrote to Headteachers across the country, to ask them to pass on the thanks of the Government for all that teachers and school staff were doing in adjusting to online provision and supporting the children of keyworkers.



Feeling valued is something that means even more in these challenging times and taking a moment to be kind to one another, is more important than ever right now. 



Please don’t hesitate to contact me or my team if you have any concerns about guided home learning or your daughter’s wellbeing – we will always do our best for your daughters and now is no exception.

Claire Lilley, Head of Prep School



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