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COVID-19 updates & remote learning resources

Message from the Head

I am conscious that considerable communications are being sent to members of our community at the moment, so we have created a single point on our website, which links to all of the information sent to date about Covid-19, and remote learning arrangements and resources for pupils, parents and Old Novocastrians.  We hope that you find all of the links on this page helpful and we will continue to add to these.  

This is an extraordinary time for the school, indeed the last time the school was mandated to close, was in 1939 when our then 800 students, were evacuated to Penrith, and Eskdale Terrace became the North East’s regional war room.

I have no doubt that the school's closure will feel surreal to pupils, to parents and to staff but the most important thing is to look after people within our community. As a school we remain open for vulnerable children and the children of a number of key workers who have no other alternative in order to ensure that NHS and other key services are able to continue their vital work.  All other students are being taught via remote learning.  At the moment it is not clear how long these arrangements will need to continue but I know that all of us will require resilience to get through it.

Without minimising the gravity of the situation that faces our nation, we firmly believe that RGS is not just a building, we are a community, of students, of parents, of staff, Old Novocastrians and former staff and parents.  Every single member of this RGS family now has a role to play in maintaining our sense of community, and the strength that we achieve from our solidarity.  In the #RGSGives section below, there are details of the proactive roles that everyone can play in supporting our community, especially looking out for those who work in the emergency services on whom we all rely; RGS's single parent families; or our bursary families who are likely to be most affected by the economic effects of the Coronavirus. 

Please note that the most up to date guidance on the virus and the Government's social distancing advice can be found at Public Health England and NHS England.

With best wishes

Geoffrey Stanford (Head) 

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#RGSGives

Another amazing story of how our incredible community supports others #RGSGives.  This timelapse shows the printer of Year 11 student, Theo W, who has been printing PPE for frontline NHS staff.

Screen grab of Holly lends helping hand tweet