Throughout my 5 years at All Hallows, leaving in 2019, I could not wait to leave. The arrogance and complacency of the whole institution was covered in a facade of outstanding grades. Grades which were declining ever since the school’s head who joined when I was in year 9 started his reign, and grades which the school gained by making year 7’s paranoid that if they do not get their target grade in every subject (including the compulsory subjects such as a language you are given randomly out of German or French) they will fail in life. Don’t get me wrong here, a little stress can be motivating, but the extent this school did that to not just me but my entire cohort just resulted in burnout by Year 11, when the results actually counted.
Why did I not give it a 1 star then? Maybe it’s hope, maybe it is some of the lingering indoctrination of the school that said they was constantly improving (when in reality many of the high quality teachers left resulting in endless study hall periods). The facilities are good, with a new canteen which took 6 years to finally get built after advertising it at my year 6 open day as being imminent, and from what I have heard from friends who stayed at the sixth form, there is a new fitness suite.I’m not sure, but from what I have heard, the head has been replaced with the old deputy head who I had for a year before I left which is promising. He went to the school in it’s better years, before the dogma and hypocrisy kicked in in the past few years, so hopefully, at least for the sake of the good teachers left and the students, that it becomes a more pleasant experience where the next day isn’t constantly dreaded.
Although measures have been put in place this hasn't stopped the spread of coronavirus. I was never really exposed to the virus before being ushered back into school. In the past month there has been a total of 4 confirmed cases within different year groups. 2 in year 12 1 in year 13 and 1 in year 9. The school should re-consider if they are actually preventing the coronavirus spread within the year groups or actually spreading it further.
other than these flaws with the system the school has progressed with their learning through online classes via teams, this has proven vital to those who are unable to attend classes in person.