Felsted may be closed, but our learning continues
Due to the current situation with COVID-19, Felsted School is only open to children of key workers and international boarders and will regrettably no longer be receiving visitors until further notice. However, the Felsted learning journey continues online for our current pupils. Please click the tab above to find out more.
If you are a prospective family looking for a school for your child or children, our Admissions Office is open and members of our Admissions Team are available to talk to you. Please click on the tab above to be taken on a virtual tour along with details on how you can talk to a member of our Admissions Team.
Wear green today, the colour of hope, suggests A.Agostini, Yr 12 in her video here https://t.co/fREmLTjnhF. She is wearing her green @ThorneHouse19 hoodie! Please send us your pictures wearing green! #felstedfamily #StayHomeSaveLives pic.twitter.com/PfJH8eeyQi— Felsted School (@FelstedSchool) April 8, 2020
'Nursing is an art, and if it is to be made an art, it requires an exclusive devotion as hard a preparation as any painter's work... it is one of the Fine Arts, the finest of Fine Arts.' quoted Florence Nightingale. Listen here https://t.co/f0fVpAPGJs #felstedrespects @opendoor4u pic.twitter.com/TvJAnhOWKq— Felsted School (@FelstedSchool) April 5, 2020
Felsted is supporting the @EastEnglandAmb. From today @DeaconsHouse and @GeppsHouse will be home to student paramedics undergoing urgent training to support the ambulance service in our region. A volunteer team of Felsted staff prepared the Houses #felstedrespects #NHSheroes pic.twitter.com/QcMqgWTRft— Felsted School (@FelstedSchool) March 30, 2020
Thank you to all who have been so kind as to make a card and donate Easter goodies for our local NHS staff & homeless centres. We still need a few more cards if you can help by Tuesday. Find out more here https://t.co/MUSKBIUuNe #felstedrespects #felstedfamily pic.twitter.com/0Mbn3ywr8f— Felsted School (@FelstedSchool) April 2, 2020
In the event of Felsted School being closed due to the Government’s management of the Coronavirus situation, or because individual pupils are in self-isolation, teaching staff will provide education online.
Safeguarding and Data Protection
For safeguarding and data protection reasons, Felsted School’s Online Learning will only take place through the Google suite, including Google Classroom. Online Learning should be accessed by pupils on Chromebooks or other devices via the Chrome browser; if pupils are using devices other than Chromebooks they must log into the Chrome browser using their school credentials.
Teachers have set up Google Classrooms for each of their classes and pupils have been enrolled into these online classes, through which online lessons will be delivered. Teachers will plan and provide lessons focused on the relevant curriculum with the usual variety, as far as is practical.
Pastoral Support and Wellbeing
Tutors will touch base with their tutees on a daily basis (through school email accounts/Google Hangout). Should a teacher or tutor become concerned about a pupil’s engagement in online learning, they, or the appropriate HM, will make contact with parents.
In these very challenging times some pupils may require support in addition to that provided by their tutor. In these circumstances both pupils and parents can contact the Wellbeing Centre staff directly: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Expectations of pupils and parental support
During term time, pupils are expected to engage in the lessons and activities provided through Google Classrooms during normal school hours, including the completion of tasks and written work which is set by teachers. Where pupils are located in time zones significantly different from the UK, engagement with material, tasks and written work should be as soon as is practical.
For the purpose of live online video discussions, pupils should be located in an appropriate room (e.g. kitchen or dining room, not bedroom) and must wear suitable day-time dress.
As ever, pupils remain members of the school and are subject to appropriate school rules. In particular, we would ask that parents support the school by ensuring that pupils demonstrate active good behaviour with regards to their use of online material which has been provided by teachers on behalf of the school as part of online education.
Parental support will be important in ensuring that children follow the structure of the normal day, by monitoring their child’s access of Google Classroom and completion of set work, and by helping pupils to engage with the wider resources available. It is not possible for parents to have their own log-in to their children’s Google Classrooms, however this will necessitate more regular and open conversations between parent and child about the work pupils are completing.
Individual drama, music and language lessons
Individual drama, music and language lessons will continue online (via a Google Hangouts/Meet video call), subject to parents confirming in advance that they will sit in on the lesson for safeguarding reasons.
Dear Parents and Guardians
Given the unprecedented events of the last few weeks, it feels important to recognise that levels of anxiety generally are perhaps considerably higher than usual and to acknowledge the potential impact of this on our children’s and indeed our own emotional wellbeing. With this in mind the Wellbeing Centre will be available throughout the closure (including the Easter break) and can be contacted by email should any of our parents or pupils feel they need support.
If required, a member of the wellbeing staff could then offer a brief phone call or Google Hangout video call (through the student’s school email address) to discuss issues further. Senior school students can email directly, however Prep School students will need parental consent for this. Parents are also encouraged to contact us if they have any concerns about their children’s emotional health.
Reverend Little is also on site and remains available to offer support throughout this period. Please click here to view the latest Virtual Chapel reflections for parents and pupils that may be helpful.
Wellbeing can be contacted at email@example.com.
Reverend Little can be contacted at Chaplain@felsted.org.
With all best wishes
Lindsey Page (Head of Wellbeing)
Now that schools are temporarily closed and Remote Learning will be implemented, the following plans will be put in place. The intended outcome is that the curriculum is at the forefront of the work and, as far as possible, student progress will not be negatively impacted.
As far as is practical, students will be expected to complete their work packs or attend their online classrooms, following the normal school day, for any period of time that they are at home during term time.
Stewart House (Rec-Yr1) & Ffrome Court (Yrs 3/4)
- Initial work packs have been prepared for each pupil, which will include English, Maths and Topic work - these will either be sent home with pupils or emailed/posted. The class teacher will make contact with parents every morning setting the tasks for the day from their work book and appropriate online platforms. Another email will be sent late afternoon to catch up with parents and ask for any work to be shared through the Tapestry journal for Stewart House.
- Mindfulness activities and stories will also be shared daily through ClickView to ensure the wellbeing of the Stewart House pupils.
- Ffrome Court pupils will also use Google Classroom as instructed by their teacher.
Years 5 – Year 13 (U6)
- For pupils in Year 5 up to the U6, individual Google Classrooms will be updated with home learning activities for all subjects as appropriate. These will be accessed through the Google Classroom, and teachers and pupils have received guidance in how to make use of this facility.
- Students should check their Google Classroom to see the posts for each lesson. If they are unsure about work they should reach out directly to their teacher for clarification and support on the Classroom stream.
- Students should endeavour to complete all set work as far as resources and support allow and should submit work via the Google Classroom.
- Students should engage with online forums and discussions in a positive and appropriate manner and by using written English of the same standard as expected in school.
- Most communication will be in Google Classroom and all communication must remain within Google Suite (Classroom, Email, Hangouts, Docs, Sheets)
- Pupils must log onto Chrome using their school credentials if they are using devices other than Chromebooks.
- Parents should encourage and support their child's/ children's work - including: finding an appropriate place to work, checking that set work is completed appropriately.
- Parents should contact the class teacher or Tutor/Head of Phase via email if there are any concerns.
- Parents should notify the School if their child is unwell by contacting Heads of Phase at the Prep School and Housemaster/Housemistress at the Senior School.
- A variety of tasks will be set across the curriculum, taking into consideration possible limitations students might experience at home such as access to a device, writing materials, physical resources and adult support.
- Work set will reflect the length of a usual lesson and will reflect the normal curriculum as much as is possible.
- Teachers will seek to ensure that by the end of the school day, all student work has been acknowledged and any question dealt with in an appropriate manner.
- Teachers will note any students who do not complete the work and will pass on concerns if pupils have not engaged with the work to the appropriate Tutor
- Teachers will ensure the settings in virtual Classrooms allow students to ‘comment’.
- Teachers will notify the School through the usual channels if they become unwell.
HEADS OF DEPARTMENT
- Heads of Department will provide support to colleagues in their teams and have access to the Google Classrooms for each class within their department so that they can monitor the work being set.
- If a member of the department is unwell, Heads of Department will set cover work and continue to post lessons through Google Classroom.
- Tutors will be in daily contact with their tutees by e-mail and/or Google Classroom/Hangouts
- Tutors will monitor the academic progress and wellbeing of their tutees. Any concerns would be passed on by teachers and collated by the Tutor (Senior) or Head of Phase (Prep), who will make contact with parents as appropriate.
HOUSEMASTERS/MISTRESSES (Senior) / HEADS OF PHASE (Prep)
- The HMs/HoPs will oversee student engagement with home learning, as appropriate.
- HMs/HoPs will make parental contact via email should regular absence be identified.
- In the event of a tutor being ill, the HoP or HM or will take over the communication with the tutor’s tutees.
FITNESS AND WELLBEING
- The Physical Education and Sports departments will share through the school website regular recommendations for physical exercise that can be undertaken at home.
- Pastoral support will be provided by tutors, HMs, Heads of Phase and the Wellbeing Centre.
INDIVIDUAL DRAMA AND MUSIC LESSONS
As far as is practical, peripatetic staff will continue to teach individual music and drama lessons, subject to parents confirming in advance that they will sit in on the lesson for safeguarding reasons.. This will be completed through Google Hangouts as a video call.
During a time of uncertainty, Felsted School’s community is embracing the new need for distance learning using both new and previously established online resources.
Felsted was already an active user of Google for education and is currently using Google Classroom to deliver online lessons on the same school timetable for all students, with live video talks and messaging between students and staff to keep active communication going.
Felsted Prep teachers are using Clickview, an educational video library for creating and sharing videos, to continue class reading and deliver learning exercises. Clickview is also being used across the school to deliver mindfulness sessions, assemblies, PSHE and drama, as well as videos of best practice to support parents.
Google Classroom GCSE Drama
The Music Department has been continuing to deliver individual lessons over video call and have even managed a virtual orchestra, with everyone recording their individual pieces to be put together as a final recording. They will also be aiming to use technology to continue the weekly Thursday breaktime recital, showcasing the musical talents of individuals or groups.
The school chaplain, Nigel Little, is continuing to deliver remote Chapel services, posted on the website and through Twitter. Social media is playing a big part in distance learning, with different departments sharing their successes and providing guidance to help everyone stay connected. Many examples can be seen on the main school Twitter feed (FelstedSchool)
PE sessions have been getting creative, with pupils choosing their favourite way to exercise, from running, sporting activities in the garden, exercise videos, dog-walks, bike rides and gardening. Meanwhile for those in sports teams, remote practice has continued as much as possible with coaches coming up with inventive ways of encouraging people to keep fit, including a ‘hockey home challenge’ with a number of simple workout routines to do daily, which have been shared on the Felsted Hockey Twitter account.
Felsted also recognises the importance of supporting positive mental wellbeing in these uncertain times. Our pioneering Wellbeing Centre is now open in cyberspace with our wellbeing professionals available to support students and staff with any concerns they may have.
During this challenging time we have aimed to make our admissions process as smooth as possible for our prospective families. Our experienced Admissions Team are on hand to answer your questions, explain our entrance procedures and chat through how Felsted might suit your child. They can also arrange a digital opportunity for you to talk to the Headmaster or another member of the senior management team.
Please do not hesitate to contact a member of our Admissions Team:
Prep (ages 4-12): Mrs Susan Godfrey 07710 094841 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Senior (ages 13-18): Mrs Ruth Wyganowska 01371 822605 / email@example.com
International (ages 4-18): Ms Gemma Kilby: 01371 822608 / firstname.lastname@example.org
In the meantime, enjoy finding out more about Felsted via our Virtual Tours.