The Maynard teachers have a wealth of experience and expertise in delivering highly effective and innovative online lessons. While at home, our pupils are able to follow their normal timetables taught by their usual teachers. Each lesson is interactive with instantaneous feedback via live streaming or live chatrooms so the pupils always feel fully supported and engaged. As a result, our pupils have continued to make excellent progress in all areas of the curriculum. We are very proud of everyone as all subjects and all year groups have sustained the same momentum and progress as they would have done if they remained on the school site.
In turn, with the cancellation of their GCSEs, our Upper 5 (Year 11) cohort have embarked upon a rigorous Foundation A-level programme during the Summer Term with bespoke courses to help meet the following aims:
- To maintain essential skills already developed
- To nurture new skills for the A-level courses
- To develop a more profound engagement with their subject
- To explore material relevant to the course – all content essential to A-level study will be formally retaught come September
They have been joined for these classes by many of the September joiners and it has been a wonderful opportunity to get to know each other ahead of meeting in person!
The Upper 5s have also been studying for their Extended Project Qualification which, in normal circumstances, we would only offer as an option for girls during the Lower Sixth. However the unique circumstances this year call for different measures and we rolled out this qualification earlier than usual to our Upper 5 cohort, providing them with the opportunity to complete the equivalent of an AS Level before even entering the Sixth Form!
In addition to a robust academic provision, our students also enjoy a wealth of other remote learning opportunities such as health and fitness programmes, MOOCs, weekly skills challenges, music lessons, PSHE sessions, assemblies and virtual House Events. Our school is an incredibly strong community and even though we can’t be physically together during this lockdown period, we remain fully connected to the ‘Maynard family’.
Remote Pastoral Care
Tutors and Heads of Year
Each student is supported by a Tutor and Head of Year. It cannot be stressed enough how important this relationship can be; each student has at least one member of staff whom she knows more deeply than just as a teacher so that she has someone to whom she can relate quickly, informally and unobtrusively. The Tutor is the first point of contact between home and school.
Tutors and Heads of Year are accessible through our online platforms: Epraise or Microsoft Teams and email during normal school hours. Tutor group sessions are held with tutors as well as fun, social, virtual sessions. As part of our pastoral care, tutors are in contact with tutees individually and with their families through emails or phone calls when monitoring attendance, class work or pastoral support during holidays as well as term time. The pastoral team: Tutors, Heads of Year, the Pastoral Support Manager, Assistant Heads for Pastoral and Safeguarding are also available to contact daily.