Oswestry School and Bellan House have bucked against the ‘virtual’ trend and opened their doors for an interactive Open Morning.
Spaces for the Open Morning were booked within three days of their release, and parents and their children who were keen to visit the school were delighted to be able to walk around, meet teachers, see pupils and get a real understanding of the opportunities and education the school provides.
“Parents may find it difficult to choose a school with current lockdown restrictions,” said Headmaster, Julian Noad. “All schools can be very similar online, but the real difference is tangible when they are visited in person.
“We felt that it was important for parents to have an opportunity to see for themselves what Oswestry School, and Bellan House, are like. The close family feeling that you experience when walking around the campus just can’t be expressed in the same way through videos and an online showcase”.
Ensuring that pupils, staff and visiting parents adhered to COVID regulations was key to the success of the morning.
“Strict time slots, track and trace, and specific viewing areas for classrooms all made the morning possible,” said the Headmaster. “Although the morning was not the usual showcase of activities, parents were more than happy to adhere to our regulations and all understood the need for an event that had less ‘bells and whistles’.
“All the families who visited the school remarked on how glad they were to be there in person, rather than on a screen”.
The oversubscribed Open Morning was so successful that the school will now be offering a second date on Saturday 28 November for any families who couldn’t secure a slot. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org.