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Virtual Visitation at Aldenham School

In recent months, schools across the country have been facing unprecedented challenges as they try to deliver teaching and pastoral support to their students during national lockdown.  Aldenham School is no exception, and the work that they have done to ensure that the high quality of their teaching and support is maintained is truly impressive.  Naturally, there have been challenges for all along the way. Teachers have had to get used to interacting with their classes entirely digitally. Pupils have had to learn how to manage everything more independently, as there are no other pupils around to lean on. Nevertheless, Aldenham pupils are resilient and have risen to this challenge admirably.

On Saturday 20 June, the School held its first ever Virtual Visitation Day, embracing modern technology to ensure that the achievements of the students this year are properly acknowledged and celebrated by the School community.  All elements of the day including a chapel service and prize giving were recorded and broadcast via the School’s website.  Speeches from the Headmaster, Head of the Senior School, Head Boy, Head Girl and Chair of Governors can be found here, and a showcase of music, drama, dance and art by the students, created both before and during lockdown, which can be seen here.  We particularly recommend having a look at the art section of the showcase.

During his speech, the Headteacher, James Fowler, said:

“We are fortunate to be able to take the long view and know that visitation days have taken place throughout the 423 years of Aldenham’s history.  And whilst the current closure of the School is a challenging situation, it is also something which we will in due course be able to overcome.”