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Mount Principal Steers School Steadily Online

todayMarch 27, 2020 2

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Families of a York girls’ school, which has been teaching pupils online this week, have been sending messages of grateful thanks to the Head for their smooth transition to learning from home.

The Mount School York’s Principal, Adrienne Richmond, has kept a watchful eye on global developments surrounding Covid-19 since the outbreak first loomed at the end of the Autumn term. The all girl Quaker school, which has held teaching and learning on ipads since 2015, already had the established infrastructure to easily switch to online teaching and learning. Girls from age 5 to 18 years have been learning from home.

Teaching staff who were early adopters of the Microsoft TEAMS teaching applications have been incredibly generous with their time, sharing best practice and helpful advice with colleagues,” says Bridget Perks, Deputy Principal. “Teachers have been working with pupils in diverse ways, including providing video and written instructions, photo assignments, setting self-marking quizzes which pupils can answer and mark themselves. There have been individual and group tutorial sessions, and teachers have been able to dynamically provide their pupils with feedback through TEAMS. Colleagues have been able to exchange ideas as efficiently as they might in conversation in the staffroom,” says Mrs Perks.

But the real force behind the school’s graceful transition into online learning has come thanks to the rock-steady hand of the Principal. As the crisis unfolded, Ms Richmond stayed meticulously abreast of official advice, from government, school associations, education boards and the NHS. The levels of detail in advice could be meticulous, obscure and even contradictory from one day to the next, but her responses were characteristically measured and reflective.

Bridget Perks said, “Adrienne Richmond gave clear guidelines to her senior leadership team, to teaching staff, to parents and guardians but above all to the pupils, including our international boarding pupils and their families. As a result, The Mount has had an incredibly strong response to the physical closure of the school grounds and the opening of the virtual classroom. No one has felt the need to panic about this process.

Year 10 pupils complete a ‘Follow Me’ game in an online Maths class for The Mount School York.

Grateful parents have written to Ms Richmond to say: “Thank you to you and all the staff for all the hard work that had gone into setting up and running the online school this week. My daughter thinks it is amazing, is really enjoying it and is getting a lot out of it. In fact, she emerges from the study at 4.05pm every day looking more worn out than after a normal day in school!

I just wanted to let you know how grateful we are to you and your staff for the efficient way they have, and are handling this awful situation. As I type this, my daughter is beavering away at an assignment and she has had regular contact with both her teachers and friends. Please thank her teachers for keeping on top of things.

We have been really impressed by your organisation during this crisis and we appreciate this precious support. Congratulations to you and all your colleagues.

Written by: YO1 Radio Web Team

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