Senior Headmaster’s Blog: Thank you for your support, patience, perseverance and encouragement

It seems remarkable that we are at the end of this term.  Can it really have been more than three months ago that the Upper Sixth marked the end of their time at Felsted, with a hastily arranged dinner and leavers' service?  The last of the exams would have been over already, and as I write this, the athletes would have been doing battle during Sports Day, before a final evening in school of the term for many of our boarders.  

This year the summer has been different, but it has been great to see pupils back on site, and even coming back into boarding this week.  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.  We will also be looking at the proposed structure for Autumn exams so that we can provide the best advice to our Year 11 and Upper 6th students.

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.

Chris Townsend