It has been heart-warming to see staff, parents and pupils in our schools jump into action during this unprecedented time in support of their local communities.

Pupils at Falcons Prep Richmond produced over 2,000 Visors for NHS West London & City Hospitals in collaboration with children at Falcons School for Girls in Putney, Falcons Pre Prep in Chiswick and other local schools.

Following a plea from a Falcons Prep parent, who is a Consultant Anaesthetist at London North West Trust Hospitals, to help make some visors for NHS staff on the front line, pupils and parents spent much of their Easter Holiday making over 2,000 visors for the London North West Trust (Ealing and Northwick Park Hospitals) and ​The Royal London Hospital.

The visors provide specific and essential protection for Anaesthetists, ITU nurses as well as across respiratory wards supporting Covid-19 patients. The visors have been created using ​materials purchased online such as acetate, sewing elastic and high density foam draught excluders. The number of visors produced is increasing every day.

Beyond Falcons, the generous response from parents and children across all of our schools has been remarkable. In Hamsptead, St. Anthony’s School for Girls donated the money raised from their second hand uniform sale to local charities. They also held a food collection in the last week of school for local food banks. The girls made cards to cheer up residents in a local care home. Their sister school, St. Anthony’s School for Boys, delivered protective visors and goggles to Homerton Hospital. Wetherby Prep and Wetherby Senior School also loaned their science goggles and other equipment to local hospitals and care homes. In Tonbridge, Hilden Grange School donated supplies of gloves and masks to a Tunbridge Wells GP surgery and parents and pupils organised deliveries of food to a local food bank.

We are immensely proud of our staff, pupils and families for their team effort in support of the community. We would like to add our thanks to those who are putting their lives at risk to save others: thank our NHS heroes!