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SCHOOL GOVERNING BODY
What a year! It is hard to believe that this time last year, people were looking forward to a break in December to get away from the office for a while. Now, a year on, most of us have been largely confined to our homes, with many of us only recently and tentatively being allowed back into the office, after months of lockdown.
Who would have thought this time last year that our sons would be physically distancing, with classes split in half and no games allowed on the fields for many months? All schools have faced challenges during this time, no doubt about it. It was a huge relief to be allowed back to school and our staff have done a magnificent job of keeping our sons safe while teaching under circumstances that no-one had been trained for. In years to come we will look back at 2020 and say that we lived through one of the most extraordinary periods in history. As a school we remain strong.
We have amazing facilities, soon to be enhanced with a state-of-the-art aquatic centre. We have a strong relationship with the High School and the Trust, which was set up with great foresight to benefit the King Edward Community and has tapped into unbelievable goodwill from both Old Boys and friends of the schools. In addition, aside from COVID-19, we live in a time of amazing change. Social awareness has never been greater and our sons ask more questions than ever before. We may not always have the answers, but if we can just encourage the questioning, we will surely already be more than halfway there.
The term of office of the current SGB is nearly at an end. For those with an inexhaustible supply of coffee and energy drinks, early next year will be your chance to be part of something amazing. There is nothing so rewarding as helping others, all the more so when those others are the sons of this place. Thank you for your support during this pandemic. It has been hard for everyone, in particular for those who have lost loved ones. Times will change and all that we can do is try to make them ever better. That we will do at K.E.P.S., because we are nurturing extraordinary young people. We are looking forward to 2021, to returning to full classes, to returning to full cultural and sporting programmes, to appreciating what it was that we had before, when it was “normal”. You cannot keep a good school down and we will bounce back after this time of enforced reflection and will be better than ever in 2021 and beyond!
James Haydock – Chairperson, K.E.P.S. SGB