COVID-19: Our response

Our commitment throughout the Coronavirus pandemic is to do whatever it takes to keep life and learning as normal as possible.

Russell House reacted quickly in response to the challenge presented by the pandemic. The school moved online to deliver a near-full academic and pastoral timetable.

It included online storytelling as well as personal and creative challenges for everyone from our two-year-old Robins to Form 7. These challenges ranged from exercising the distance from Otford to Nepal (successfully achieved!) to submitting performances for inclusion in a virtual Arts Festival.

Technology enabled pupils to see and talk to their teachers all day, every day, receive feedback on work in real time and engage with classmates during Form time.

As soon as it was possible, all the children in all year groups returned, in bubbles. Measures taken to ensure the safety of staff and pupils included the installation of a large marquee at the heart of the site (read more here). Traditional end-of-year events such as sports days, our leavers' production and Prize Giving went ahead, albeit with some adjustments.

Looking forward, we take strength from our ability to stand together as a school family, supporting and encouraging each other. We will continue to do whatever it takes to keep life and learning as normal as possible.

“This is truly extraordinary stuff. Congratulations to you all for being able to achieve literally the impossible… Proud to be associated with the school.”

Russell House parent