It has been over three months since the country went into lockdown, but Epsom College never did. Keyworker children attended the College for lessons, free meals and exercise. We made our Boarding Houses available to NHS staff. Our own staff, and their families, continued to live onsite and many taught their remote lessons, separately and safely, from their classrooms. The DT studio hummed with activity, as PPE was produced and distributed across Surrey, London and the South East.
The country went into lockdown, but Epsom never did
Our remote teaching has won acclaim from The Times, The Telegraph and the BBC. Teachers are encouraged that pupils have made the degree of academic progress that would have been expected if the College had been fully operational.
Similarly, the school is more than prepared to return to full, and safe, operation in September. The experience of welcoming NHS staff and keyworker children onsite these past few months, alongside Years 10 and 12 toward the end of summer term, gives us confidence that we are ready.
The reduction of social distancing to 1m+ has a profound impact and I am delighted to say that this revised measure means we will be able to welcome all pupils back to the College in September without the need for marquees on the lawn or an influx of temporary classrooms.
Epsom is not only Covid-safe but we exceed the criteria set for our sector
We have worked hard, following guidance from the Department of Education, Surrey County Council, the Boarding Schools Association and Public Health England, to ensure Epsom is not only Covid-safe but that we exceed the criteria set for our sector.
Every measure has been taken to safeguard our pupils and staff. We will continue to adapt to any change to circumstances, and we will continue to update these pages with the latest advice, guidance and information.
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We look forward to welcoming your children back in September. In a brief space of time, we will return a school to a vibrant, safe, caring community.
Jay Piggot, Headmaster