Interim statement linked to Covid-19
During the world pandemic and associated lockdown in March 2020, we had to adapt quickly and implement many changes to our practice and routines, and I want to say a huge thank you to our parents and carers for their support in working in partnership with our teachers to provide home education during lockdown. This will undoubtedly have had a positive impact. We have all learnt new skills and new ways to communicate and I am proud of how our teachers have risen to the challenge of teaching remotely. During this time, we have adapted and created new policies and protocols for keeping our children, parents, visitors and staff safe and we have undertaken a detailed risk assessment for safe operational methods for when all children return. We have developed clear protocols for drop off and pick-ups, with staggered timings to reduce congestion, whilst we have to limit parents and visitors entering the school site. Details are included in our Parent Information Booklet on the Home page of this website.
We have also planned for the possibility of a local or national resurgence of community transmission and potential reclosing of the school or part of the school, as needed. Our curriculum is now aligned with the Oak National Academy curriculum, so that we can seamlessly switch from school to home learning, with the continued support of our teachers. Over the next few months, we will further strengthen our remote learning techniques and will continue to support parents and children, so that we are prepared.
From September, we will focus on supporting children to reconnect with their friends and teachers, we will discover the losses, as well as the gains that lockdown has brought (as there will be some) and we will recover any lost learning and build confidence. We will do this in an environment high in both nurture and structure. We will establish new ground rules, focusing on how we can keep ourselves and each other as safe as possible together.
Whatever changes we have had to implement, we have done it the ‘High View way’ – with careful consideration of the safety and wellbeing of our children and community, whilst maintaining our excitement and love of learning, through creativity, engaging lessons and activities, excellent teaching and a sprinkling of fairy dust! We are excited about continuing this journey with you all and getting back to a ‘new normal’, as all children return.
We are all very proud to be part of High View and hope that your visit to this website will provide you with not only the information you need, but also a glimpse into the daily life at our school. We also have a Twitter and Instagram account, which you can access using @HighViewPlym or via the links at the bottom of the page.
We want all of our children to feel safe and well supported, no matter what challenges they may face. Learning at High View is interesting and exciting, with an ethos rooted in mutual respect and tolerance. We want children skip into school with awe and wonder in their hearts. We want them to show kindness, to be curious and ask questions, have the confidence to take a challenge, tolerant of the differing opinions of others and to understand how to find inner happiness and calm.
At High View, we don’t rest on our laurels, as we are forever learning. We endeavour to build upon our success as a National Teaching School and National Support School and use this to support others to find success. We constantly strive to improve what we do in order to provide our children with the means to be the best they can be. We listen carefully to the opinions of children, parents, staff, Governors, partner schools and agencies and these partnerships help make High View a great school to be in.
Included on our website are some helpful links to support with home learning as well as our key policies and procedures. Take a photo tour of the school, listen in to some of the children’s blogs and podcasts about how excited they are about their learning or watch some of our assemblies.
I hope you will enjoy visiting our pages and have a small flavour of life at High View School. If you have any further suggestions for our website, do not hesitate to contact the school office. Please feel free to contact me at school if you would like a guided tour (when things get back to normal) and see at first-hand what life is like at High View.
Mrs. Kim Dorian Kemp
Headteacher, NLE, FCCT.