Prep Headmaster's Blog: Thank you to the whole community

It is very strange to reflect upon this school year as we reach the final day.  I want to start by thanking everyone, the whole FPS community, for your understanding and hard work over the past 3 months.  So many events should have happened in “reality” over the past week or so - Sports Day, Leavers’ Camp, Citizenship week, plays and concerts to name but a few!  Of course, this fact is very disappointing for everyone, however, the switch to virtual alternatives has been wonderful in the circumstances - thank you to everyone for entering into the spirit to make each event as special as possible.

This gives us real confidence for restarting properly in September.  You may well have seen that the Government has published guidance on the next stage (which can be read here if you would like, or in summary here).  At first glance this is encouraging, and means that we can go ahead with our proposed start dates.  In order to make this work well in our particular situation, we will take some time to review this guidance, and then publish our detailed plans for September.  Clearly, although we plan to get everybody back into school in September, there will have to be some changes to the way in which we work to make things as safe as possible.

So although it is not a normal end to the term, we have still been able to enjoy a Virtual Speech Day, a superb Summer Celebration Concert (available to view online via the Felsted Music Gallery), and the final House Assembly, and Lists of the year.  

Thank you again for all your support, patience, perseverance and encouragement this term.  I hope that everyone is able to get some time for rest and recuperation during the summer, and I am looking forward greatly to returning to school properly at the start of next term.

Take care

Simon James