Downe House goes entirely online

With the School campus closed for the foreseeable future, virtual teaching and learning is in full swing with all timetabled lessons taking place as usual.


25 March 2020

Moving to remote teaching and learning for all girls and teachers is uncharted territory but thanks to the implementation of the Digital Strategy which has seen the whole community move towards digital learning over the past three years, Downe House has made an almost seamless transition to entirely online teaching this week. This means that all girls are expected to attend virtual lessons according to their normal timetable this week or watch the recorded lessons at an appropriate time depending on their time zone. From Chemistry, Maths and History lessons to online fitness, Dance, Drama, Art and Food Technology, every department has found ways to engage girls from West Berkshire to Singapore and everywhere in between.

Director of IT, Mr David McClymont said,

It has been amazing to work with pupils and colleagues as we transition entirely to online. The whole community is supporting each other and making remote learning a truly positive experience for all. When we embarked on the digital strategy three years ago to implement online teaching and learning, we never dreamed that the necessity would arise for remote learning on this scale. But the Microsoft Surface programme, which gives every teacher and pupil the same device and extensive training to enable teachers to make effective use of the Microsoft Education suite, has now enabled us to move entirely to online teaching and learning. I would like to thank all my colleagues who have embraced the technology and worked so hard to ensure that the School can continue to deliver a full timetable of lessons and tutorials in such extraordinary circumstances.

Find out more about the Digital Strategy

The implementation of the Surface programme and the Microsoft Education suite means that digital teaching and learning at Downe House is well-established.


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