By any measure, St. Bartholomew’s Church of England Primary School is a high-achieving institution. Year after year, the school’s students outperform the UK national average on key stage assessment scores for all subjects—reading, writing, maths, etc.—often by large margins.
The government’s Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills (Ofsted) regularly rates the school’s performance as “Good”. But as much as the school is committed to academic excellence, St. Bartholomew’s true mission is to develop the whole child. The school supports this mission with a rich, varied curriculum that encourages students to explore, become lifelong learners, and mature into well-rounded individuals. By all evidence—from the praise of parents to the fact that the school has operated successfully for a century and a half—it’s clear St. Bartholomew’s is succeeding at its mission.
Of course, any school’s ability to focus on the whole child—or even part of the child—becomes far more difficult when a global pandemic leads to a mandated closing of its doors. When the COVID-19 lockdown was announced in the UK, St. Bartholomew’s had to scramble to become a virtual school nearly overnight.