A rich educational experience... from school to home.
We miss our students – we miss our normal. I am so looking forward to welcoming our students back to school, with all the energy, enthusiasm and life that they bring to our school family. Whilst our doors are locked our hearts remain open.
Shaun Fenton, Headmaster
During the temporary school closure as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, RGS remains committed to providing a full and varied educational experience.
Students are continuing to make excellent academic progress thanks to a blend of 1-to-1 help, live lessons and supported independent learning in every subject on the curriculum. However, our online programme covers far more than core academics – we owe it to the students to make the most of this unique period of time.
Our students benefit from a full programme of pastoral care, counselling, assemblies, SEN support and PSHE. We are running individual and group university and careers advice events. There are virtual clubs and societies running at lunchtime and after school. We have had music performances and drama productions. There have been virtual school trips to amazing world class galleries and museums. We have been running a range of sports and fitness programmes, leadership blogs, thoughts for the day, House events and more.
We also remain open to the community:
- We have offered education for children of key workers and vulnerable children every day, including Bank Holidays and the school holidays.
- We have manufactured and donated thousands of visors to local NHS and care workers as well as stripping our labs and workshops of gloves, aprons, goggles and masks.
- We have offered our minibuses to the local Covid-19 efforts and we have been the base for a Food Bank collection point.
We already have an extensive bursary programme, but have launched a new bursary initiative for the NHS and care sector heroes. We are offering 10 (means tested) places this year and every year to children of the NHS and care sector workers on modest incomes.
Our #RGSWeCare programme has seen our team contact over 2000 elderly or otherwise potentially vulnerable people. We have reached out to offer practical support such as collecting prescription or doing a food shop but also, sometimes, just offered a chat and some company during these times of isolation from family and friends.
Our Remote Learning Objectives:
Happy children, calm staff – teaching and learning with confidence and making progress.
Enabling students and teachers to work as flexibly as possible.
Opportunity for regular live contact with each teacher.
Full clarity when setting work, ensuring students have more time to engage with activities.
Particular advice and tailored content is being provided at key stages, including Fifth Form Transition and Upper Sixth Bridging/Careers Courses.
At all times, pastoral care is our top priority. Our own student Wellbeing Committee has launched a Wellbeing Toolkit which is sent out to parents and students weekly.
A weekly Thought For the Day sent from Reverend Jackson provides gentle reassurance and spiritual guidance to unite our community in this time of estrangement. Please choose from the left-hand menu on this page to see some recent examples.
Co-curricular & the Arts
Remote Learning activities match our thriving programme of Clubs, Activities & Societies as closely as possible, and include Classics Club, Creative Coders, Art, Chess or MFL Clubs, modules on Psychology & the Media, Maths Challenge, Morse Code/CCF, International Diplomacy, and many more.
The Drama department’s #RGSlive initiative offers weekly broadcasts of recent superb school shows to everyone within the Reigatian community.
In Music, RGS’s newest ensemble BRAVO (Big Reigate Virtual Orchestra) is being established and the RGS Digital Concert Series offers students the opportunity to perform their musical pieces to members of the school community.
The Sports department has launched RGS Active, encompassing sport, games and physical wellbeing. Each week three exercise sessions are released focusing on core stability, movement and strength.
We miss our ordinary. Because it’s far from it.