Preparations are almost complete for the phased physical return of the Aysgarth pupils in Nursery, Reception, PP1 and Form 3 on Monday 1st June. The staff are delighted at the prospect of children returning to School however in the light of the government directives, it will not be a return to the Aysgarth as we know it.
That said, the Aysgarth pupils benefit from small class sizes and have the luxury of the extensive grounds and facilities and this will allow us to go well beyond the government guidelines in terms of keeping class sizes small (there will be an average of 6 children to a class) and making the most of larger spaces.
We are, to a certain extent, fortunate in that we have had the chance to develop the new routines during the hosting of the Support School for Children of Critical Workers where operations including regular handwashing, the disinfection of equipment and an increased cleaning regime have been fundamental to the success of the School.
Looking to the School in general, teaching staff will continue to deliver the highest quality academic curriculum online to the pupils who remain at home. Remote Aysgarth has proven both engaging and inspiring to the Aysgarth pupils and it has been equally well received by their parents.
Furthermore, the school remains aware of the wider ‘Aysgarth family’ and the weekly Sunday chapel services have provided the opportunity for connection during these times of separation.