As an Ed Tech 50 school, Royal Hospital School was able to react quickly to school closures in March 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.  When our school closed, we were immediately able to offer our entire academic timetable remotely to all our students via Microsoft Teams.  During lockdown we provided over 22,000 live lessons across 38 countries worldwide. 



How could we provide live lessons online so quickly?

Every pupil at RHS had an iPad or laptop as part of their learning experience pre-Covid 19.  Pupils were already well versed in using digital resources for learning, and many of our learning resources are digital. 

Our incredible staff were trained in using Microsoft Teams before we went into lockdown, meaning that we smoothly transitioned to remote teaching as staff and pupils adapted rapidly to online teaching, demonstrating their resilience and work ethic throughout.

Our school has now reopened although not all pupils have been able to return.  Whether a child is shielding, isolating or living abroad, we are still delivering live lessons to them in tandem with teaching the majority of our pupils in the classroom.

What is hybrid teaching? 

Hybrid teaching is providing lessons in the classroom in person with our pupils whilst simultaneously teaching live online.  We use Microsoft Teams and OneNote to enable pupils accessing learning remotely to see their teacher, the class whiteboard, textbooks, tasks and work sheets.  Pupils are able to participate in lessons through asking and answer questions, being involved in class discussions and activities, and receive high quality feedback on their work.  This sector leading approach is the closest we could get to the pupil being physically in the classroom.  Lessons are also recorded to enable all pupils to revisit content, or access lessons at a more suitable time for their time zone. 

What if schools close again? 

Plans are already in place so that we can immediately revert back to live online teaching.  We will also deliver our pastoral care virtually through daily tutor meetings on Microsoft Teams, house meetings and school assemblies as live events. 

Will my child fall behind?

Being able to deliver the full timetable live online immediately meant that we were able to deliver our curriculum as planned despite the school closures in the Easter and Summer Terms.

Going forward, we have planned carefully to ensure all of our year groups and in particular GCSE and A level students will complete all of the curriculum well in advance of their exams in summer 2021. 

Although we hope that schools will not need to close again, we are fully confident that our remote teaching model will ensure that all of our pupils will continue to make excellent progress.

The moment the schools closed RHS were providing a full online timetable for all of their pupils.  We were so impressed that our children didn't miss a single lesson and still had such regular meetings with their tutors.  Our kids also loved all the fun sports challenges to help them stay fit and have some fun!  Thank you RHS for supporting our children through such a tough time.RHS parent

How can i find out more?

Our admissions team would be happy to answer any questions you have about our online teaching provision and about our school in general.  We have virtual open days coming up soon.  Register your place below or email our admissions team to book a private tour for your single household.  Please email


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I'm actually blown away by how brilliant RHS have handled the teaching. It's fantastic and she gets along with it all upstairs, independently and away from the noise of her brothers. The staff are fantastic maintaining a sense of routine and normality in a very unreal situation. Siobhan Ketterer

I just wanted to express my enormous gratitude for the extraordinary job that you have done managing this process throughout. The communication has been excellent, and the emphasis on safety suitably severely appropriate. The responsibility you have been forced to accept is absolutely unprecedented and you have stepped up beyond all expectations. Mark Voller

I also want to say, as I’m sure others have, how seamless the transition to virtual schooling has been at RHS. RHS is most definitely setting the example for other schools to follow and in conversations with parents from other full boarding and day schools, RHS is streets ahead in what it is delivering. Becky Haywood

Firstly, we would like to congratulate the school for the way it is handing this lock-down and using the online teaching. Our children are very motivated and the online lessons with the Microsoft Teams meetings are very effective. Covadonga Garcia-Maurino

As a parent I don’t think the lockdown has impacted on Daniella’s education. RHS and all her teachers including you have made it easy. I cannot sing enough praises. Elizabeth Oladele

The package you, your teaching and pastoral staff have put together for the pre 6th Form lessons is second to none. It is incredible under these trying times, to be able to deliver such high quality, intensive and structured learning so effectively. Mr and Mrs Walker

The fact that both our children have been happy and content throughout the lockdown period, is testament to the way the school have handled this difficult situation. Whilst both would have much rather been in school, the remote working package set up by the school achieved a good balance in maintaining focus whilst not being overly prescriptive!  Will Arp-Petersen

The full adoption and use of technology by RHS has been ground-breaking and there are lessons that many could learn from you as we now enter a more digital age. Above and beyond the technology is the leadership of you and your team, matched with the dedication of your staff, that have driven the success. It is easy to be complacent using digital means but not for RHS, the enthusiasm and pastoral support of the whole staff team has really shone through.” Chris and Katherine Page

We just wanted to express our huge admiration, thanks and appreciation for all the school has managed during these last few months - we can't fault how you have coped with these strange times. Your communication has been exemplary (and continues to be so); we are always fully aware of your thoughts and plans and the challenges you are facing, which is hugely comforting during this uncertain period. Sian and Mark Hargreaves