24 March 2020
Cobham Hall confirmed today that lessons will continue “as normal” whilst schools are physically closed. Normal in the sense that the timetable will continue to be followed, albeit online. Girls were expected to be at their devices ready for the start of lessons at 8:45am on Monday morning.
Although remaining open like many other schools across the country for vulnerable children and children of key workers, Cobham Hall made use of available technology, such as Microsoft Teams. Girls are able to remote into lessons in real time. For those international students who had already returned home, lessons are being recorded to follow on their own time zone.
Headmistress Ms Roberts explained, “It was a essential that we continued to provide girls’ education and so in the run up to the announcement of schools closing, we prepared staff and students for this by giving them training in remote teaching and learning.
“It’s been remarkable how resilient the school community has been and is a testament to the girls’ nature that they have taken this all in their stride and to the commitment of a brilliant staff.
Our thoughts are with Years 11 and 13 during this uncertain time and are doing all we can to support girls in these crucial years too.”
During their remote learning training, girls had a little light relief when ensuring safety always comes first in the Science labs. They made sure their remote peers had their safety glasses and lab coat on for the lesson! The School has also endeavoured to maintain co-curricular activities, with Head of Humanities, Miss Williams. preparing an online Model United Nations debate, and English Teacher Mrs Bonner organising a school-wide Book Club.