COVID-19

You are brilliant, enthusiastic and just lovely in this wonderful chaotic digital world.  Thank you so much for all your super effort with everything.
Mrs P

Just a note to thank you and say how great the last two evenings of virtual parents meetings were.  So brilliantly organised and all seemed so slick! Dulwich virtual school is brilliantly organised too and so much time and thought involved, so thank you.  Please pass on our thanks to all members of staff.​ Mrs L

The Summer Term at Dulwich Prep is in full swing and, throughout the school,  our children  have been accessing a virtual world of learning. All lessons feature live, interactive content, complemented by Headmaster assemblies, form registration, pop-up clubs, music concerts and more to ensure our children continue to receive the breadth of experience and education which lies at the heart of everything we do. Our social media feeds keep everyone up to date with our busy school life, use the hashtag #DulwichSpirit on Instagram and Facebook for a flavour of activity.  ​Please enquire if you are a prospective parent and you would like an insight into our virtual classrooms.

In line with government advice we welcomed Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 back to school from 2nd June.

Since the Department for Education’s (DfE) confirmation on Tuesday 16th June with respect to further flexibility for primary and middle schools to open, a cautious, phased return to school for all children has been implemented, maintaining the current protocols and procedures that we have put in place for the children in Nash House, Year 1 and Year 6. We recognise how important both socially and emotionally it is for our children to return to school and we are keen to do our very best for them. Ensuring safety, academic value and wellbeing, to the best of our ability, has been at the heart of the decisions that we have taken.

We welcome Years 5, 2 & 3 from the week commencing 22nd June joined by Year 4 the following week. Years 7 & 8 return over the final two weeks of term. 

Guidance from the Department of Education recognises that unlike older children and adults, early years and primary age children cannot be expected to remain 2 metres apart from each other and staff.  However, it makes clear that by:

  • Avoiding contact with anyone who has symptoms
  • Frequent hand cleaning and good respiratory hygiene practices
  • Regular cleaning of settings
  • Minimising contact and mixing

The risk of transmission will be lowered.

The organisation of small ‘pods’ of children, within their form groups, to ensure that children only mix in small consistent groups and that their small group stays away from other people and groups is a key aspect of our provision.  We will also minimise the contact necessary with different teachers by arranging consistent staffing for each pod.  The continuation of our online teaching arrangements will still allow for specialist teachers to maintain their lesson delivery for those both in and out of school.

Regular hand cleaning, hygiene and cleaning measures, and handling potential cases of the virus according to the advice, are also important to lower the risk of transmission.  Additionally, careful consideration has been given to drop-off and collection protocols.  The maintenance of strict social-distancing measures by all parents during these times will be a further key determinant in minimising the risk of transmission.

Visitors

In line with government advice the school is closed to all visitors, unless by prior arrangement with the Headmaster. We thank you for your co-operation and understanding. 

How to contact the school

Please use the following email addresses for contact during this period:

For support with childcare for Key Workers  email headmaster@dulwichprepcranbrook.org

For technical queries about Remote Learning email helpdesk@dulwichprepcranbrook.org

For the Bursar’s department email bursary@dulwichprepcranbrook.org

For admissions queries email registrar@dulwichprepcranbrook.org

For any other queries please email headmaster@dulwichprepcranbook.org

We will endeavour to respond to you as swiftly as possible.

I wanted to congratulate, and thank, you both and all your staff for the brilliant remote learning that has been offered to the pupils….The lessons have been a good mix of different learning techniques and the afternoon sessions have really helped to get the children energised, creative and enjoying the outdoors. Our son has commented on how much he is enjoying the remote learning.. and our daughter has thoroughly enjoyed the class zoom meetings – seeing her friends and teacher again, has meant a lot to her. The ‘What Wednesday looks like’ approach on the iNet for Little Stream is brilliant – so easy for parents and children to understand and click on the relevant links – well done. I am also very grateful for the understanding shown in communications, that despite best endeavours, sometimes things won’t go to plan. When parents are trying to juggle their jobs, as well looking after their children and helping them log into/understand their lessons, it is nice to know that we aren’t expected to be superhuman all the time! Thank you for listening to the feedback and working very hard to create a fun, mixed curriculum that works as well as it can for remote home schooling. Mrs B

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