“At a time when schools across the UK are closed and adapting to digital learning, it is more important than ever that all in education work in partnership for the benefit of young people.”
Simon Henderson, Head at Eton College
HMC schools have been providing great support to their local communities – and delivering national initiatives – following the COVID-19 outbreak.
These are just a few examples of HMC schools in action – highlighting their efforts locally and beyond.
Felsted School has been supporting its local East of England Ambulance Services NHS Trust.
The school has opened up its boarding houses – Deacons House and Gepp’s House – to student paramedics undergoing urgent training to support the ambulance service in its region.
A volunteer team of Felsted School prepared the Houses in advance of the student paramedics arrives.
The East of England Ambulance NHS Trust thanked Felsted School on social media, describing the school’s support as “amazing”.
Simon Henderson (Head Master at Eton College) has written to the Head of every state secondary school in the UK offering use of the College’s EtonX (etonx.com) online self-study courses, free of charge.
The EtonX courses will initially be for Year 11 and Year 13 students, those who were due to take their GCSEs and A-levels, or equivalent qualifications. “At a time when schools across the UK are closed and adapting to digital learning, it is more important than ever that all in education work in partnership for the benefit of young people,” Eton said.
Eton College is also providing accommodation in its boarding houses, free of charge, to NHS key workers whose own families are self-isolating or vulnerable.
Shrewsbury School, like so many HMC schools, has been supporting the NHS with a raft of measures.
The school has donated 900 pairs of gloves, 100 face masks, 100s of disposable aprons and bottles of hand wash to Princess Royal Hospital in Telford. This followed a previous donation of 300 pairs of goggles to Royal Shrewsbury Hospital and Princess Royal Hospital.
Shrewsbury School has also donated 350 pairs of protective gloves to the local Severn Hospice and 10 webcams to a local GP Medical Practice to support their provision of the safest care possible of all of its patients. The school is also providing beds in its boarding accommodation to NHS workers in its area.
For many more examples of the work of HMC schools to help their local communities and beyond, see here.