QE Update
12th February 2021
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QE Barnet School Winter Scene
Letter from the Headmaster
Dear Parents and Boys

As we reach the end of the half term, it is pleasing to report that both boys and staff have risen to the challenge of working in lockdown. There have been very high levels of progress and participation, both in their remote lessons and beyond the virtual classroom in enrichment activities. The is the first time we have had to use MS Teams at such scale, and that has generally gone very well. My thanks go to parents for their support, which is so important at this time.

Arjun Patel

I fully recognise that this has been a difficult period for many. Whilst we are all now more accustomed to home-working and its technologies, I know that the novelty of lockdown has long since worn off and that the winter weather has made venturing outside a much less appealing prospect. Nevertheless, I am very proud of what has been achieved and of the resilience being shown across our QE community.

The half-term break presents all of us with the opportunity for some well-earned rest and relaxation. Do take some time to recuperate well away from screens, getting outside where that is possible and safe. The home enrichment pages on eQE are a rich seam of ideas for those in need of inspiration, or those who are running out of Netflix series (other streaming services are available!)

After the break, we wait to hear the Government's plans for March and beyond. Some form of return to School appears likely as the vaccine roll-out continues and community case rates decline. At the point that such information is released, we will take a little time to digest it and consider how best to implement the changes at QE, communicating with all families as soon as we can thereafter.

Mass testing may well still form part of the next phase. In the event that it does, it would be very useful to have the necessary consents already in place: I thank all those who have already filled in the necessary eQE forms. For anyone yet to do so, please take a moment to complete them, clicking the links below. For pupils under 16, parents should fill in the form and should discuss testing with their sons. Pupils aged 16 or over should complete the separate form themselves. I remind you that testing is not compulsory and that the forms include an option to decline consent. Further information about what the testing process would involve is also available below.

Pupils aged under 16 (to be completed by parents)
Pupils aged 16 or over (to be completed by pupils)
Further information about Covid-19 testing at QE

We should take confidence that we have had a generally positive experience as a School both with remote education this term and last Summer Term, and with safe in-School learning last term: I am sure that we will be able to respond effectively to different potential scenarios.

There are other reasons, too, for longer-term optimism, not least the fantastic progress being made by Year 13 with university offers. Thirty-nine Oxbridge offers have been received. And as of the start of this month, with almost half of offer decisions still to be made by universities, more than 90% of our boys have received an offer, two-thirds have a choice of offers, and 19 students have received offers from all five of their choices. Of those decisions communicated, 4 in 5 have been offers.

Oxbridge Video Call

Staff are also now thinking about the implementation of Building on Distinction, the new School Development Plan for 2021-2025, the launch of which was a highlight of the half term. In that regard, I look forward to many exciting developments to come.

In spite of all the difficulties we have faced as a School community, this half term has further strengthened the foundations of learning that underpin the success of pupils at QE.

Have a good break

Enright Signature
Mr Neil Enright
Founded 1573
Queen Elizabeth's School, Queen's Road, Barnet, Hertfordshire, EN5 4DQ
Tel: 020 8441 4646
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