As an Edtech 50 recognised school, the Royal Hospital School was able to react quickly to school closures due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The School commenced a full live online timetable for all pupils one day after the closures were announced in March 2020 by the government, and were able to begin again instantly following the second closure of schools in January 2021.  During the school closures we provided over 32,000 live lessons across 38 countries worldwide and 600 virtual after school clubs. We continue to deliver hybrid learning, using Microsoft Teams and OneNote, for those pupils unable to return to school for the moment due to isolation or international restrictions. These hybrid lessons allow pupils to remain an active part of their lessons from home, and to engage with their teachers and peers.  Should the government decide to close schools again, staff at the Royal Hospital School are ready to move straight into remote learning as we have done previously.  


How can we provide live lessons online so quickly?

Every pupil at RHS has a mobile device as part of their learning experience, which was established practice before the pandemic. 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 schools closed, meaning that we smoothly transitioned to remote teaching as staff and pupils adapted rapidly to online teaching, demonstrating their resilience and work ethic throughout. With over a year’s further experience in delivering high-quality education remotely and in hybrid lessons, we would be able to revert to online learning straightaway. 

What is hybrid teaching? 

Hybrid teaching is providing lessons in the classroom in person with our pupils whilst simultaneously teaching live online. As schools have reopened with fewer national restrictions, we still have pupils isolating or those who can't return to school; so hybrid teaching has been implemented. 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 answering questions, being involved in class discussions and activities, and pupils therefore receive high quality feedback on their work. This sector-leading approach is, we feel, the closest experience a pupil can get to 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. 


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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

How can i find out more?

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