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14th century proverb


  • Emma's Christmas card | Dickinson School Consulting

Goodbye 2020!

What a year! As we wind down to our seasonal closure, we wanted to reflect on how our British boarding schools have dealt with everything 2020 has thrown at them, and to pay tribute to their staff and students.

The coronavirus pandemic has overshadowed most of this year, at best restricting what we can do and where we can go, at worst closing everything down. Everyone has had to adapt. While we know that people are drawn to British schools’ rich history and tradition, what this year has shown is just how up-to-the-minute they are too.

Forced to close during the UK’s first lockdown, our schools swiftly moved teaching online, so their students didn’t miss out – what a feat by teachers, students and the IT support staff! Using a variety of methods and innovative ideas, school communities were also kept alive – whether supporting key workers locally, producing vital PPE in otherwise unused tech departments or finding ways for sports teams to keep training together, albeit virtually.

It was great to see a return to something more like normality in September, with students back in school. Again, schools had to adapt to enable this, designating boarding houses for post-travel quarantine, ramping up onsite medical provision and setting up contact tracing procedures, just in case.

Educating the next generations is a complex responsibility at the best of times, so, during these difficult times, we are immensely impressed by how the headteachers and all their staff have stepped up to the challenge. Naturally, we also appreciate how well the students that complete these school communities have responded too. Together they are proof of all that is great about British education.

Our office is closed 23rd December to 4th January but either side of these dates we will be delighted to help you find the British boarding school that would best suit your child.

Season’s greetings and our very best wishes for a healthy and happy 2021.

Festive greeting reproduced by kind permission of Emma Dickinson (age 9)

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