Headmaster's Blog | Friday 18 December 2020

18 December 2020

 

Tuesday night was a triumphant end to a roller coaster of a term, when our boarding community came together in typically upbeat Caldicott fashion to enjoy a night of fun and entertainment. Now that the boys, bar those in activity camp, have left Caldicott for a well-deserved break, it is time to reflect on 2020 and look forward readily to 2021. While it has admittedly been a challenging term at times for boys and staff alike, it has been a very rewarding one too. To achieve what we’ve achieved this year, under these strange and previously inconceivable conditions, is incredible and I am very thankful to the whole Caldicott community for making it possible.

The new changes coming in 2021 are something I personally am very excited for. With one eye on the tradition and heritage of Caldicott, and the other on making the school work for modern parents, the developments to our provision by opening up flexi and occasional boarding to our pupils in 1st to 4th Forms, to moving to a much more manageable and age appropriate five day offer for Lower School and the excited anticipation for all-year round swimming, are all steps towards making the school more inclusive and forward thinking.

A senior member of the NHS described the next stage of our return to normality as the last moments of a tug-of-war competition: one last heave and the home team will win. This is our plan, with our approach to next term being the same as that of December 2020. With us being on the brink of proudly getting to the end of term with no positive cases amongst the boys, we will continue to deliver effective measures to ensure the safety of boys and staff.

Stay safe and have a great Christmas.

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