Admissions 2021: A Virtual Experience
It will be no surprise to hear that the Admissions team have faced new challenges this year, with the need for Virtual Open Mornings, Remote School tours and online meetings. We are pleased to report that we have very much enjoyed the process, finding new and innovative solutions to help introduce our friendly and welcoming school to prospective pupils and their families.
RGS Worcester has hosted three Virtual Open Mornings, which have all been a real success, with parents being very grateful for the quality time they spent with members of the academic team. Prospective new families have also enjoyed the wonderfully put together Open Morning films, introducing the School from the perspective of RGS pupils, parents, staff and alumni. The Headmaster has had many individual online meetings with prospective parents and pupils via Google Meet and Mr Houchin even toured a family based in Canada via his iPad and showed them Perrins Hall and other beautiful parts of the School! We have had a lot of enquiries from abroad this year, and have been able to meet with these families virtually as well as carry out the Entrance Examinations remotely.
Our Entrance Examinations were carried out virtually, although a few pupils chose to come into school to sit the papers. We were able to mark the tests and get offer letters out within a few days. This was much appreciated by parents who, this year more than ever before, were keen to have certainty over where their children would attend school in September.
All in all, it has been a very positive experience this year and we have had lovely feedback from parents such as, “We wanted to write to express our thanks to everyone involved in putting together the Open Morning on Saturday. We were impressed by everything we saw and everyone we met. It was very useful to be able to meet teaching staff as we toured the different departments, and having them showcase the different subject areas and how technology is used to enhance the students’ learning was very effective, in helping us to gain an understanding of RGS. We also enjoyed watching the Headmaster’s online welcome and hearing from the students in the video.”
Thank you to everyone involved in making our Admissions this year such a success!
Mrs Catherine Bates
RGS Worcester Registrar