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Message from Antony Spencer

Not many of us will look back fondly on 2020/21. As we call time on this most disrupted of years, we all look hopefully to a return of normality when the new academic year starts in September.
Antony Spencer, CEO Mill Hill School Foundation
Antony Spencer, CEO Mill Hill School Foundation

Not many of us will look back fondly on 2020/21. As we call time on this most disrupted of years, we all look hopefully to a return of normality when the new academic year starts in September. What we can take positively from the white-knuckle ride of the pandemic period is the resilience shown by pupils and staff, and the realisation that we have emerged stronger from this time of testing (no pun intended). Yes, pupils have been bewildered at times by the opening and closing of schools, the different routines and the lack of reassuring normality. Staff have gone above and beyond to bring as much stability as possible, flipping from classroom to remote teaching and into a blended model as circumstances changed; they deserve and need a good break over the summer. For schools that emphasise a sense of community and belonging, we greatly regret the restrictions on the end of year events that matter so much, not least our farewells to pupils and staff that form such a rite of passage. What has been remarkable has been the collective effort by pupils, staff and parents to provide the best possible education under the circumstances. As we take some time to rest and reflect over the summer holidays, we can look back with pride at what has been achieved in the face of adversity. As well as dealing with the impact of Covid on daily life in school, we have continued to plan and invest for the long term. During the year, we have significantly improved the Mill Hill School sport facilities, and over the summer break we will be busy with upgrades to classroom spaces, drama facilities and boarding. We also continue to grow as a Foundation, not just in the number of pupils at the schools in Mill Hill, which continues to increase, but also through the addition of Cobham Hall School into the Foundation. So as we bid farewell to 2020/21, we have every reason to look forward with eager anticipation to the coming years.

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