Choosing the right school for your child

right school

Simon Morris, Head of the Kingswood Foundation With such a range and diversity of boarding schools to consider, the choice of the right school for an individual child can be a particularly daunting one. So how can you best go about finding the right school, a school which can provide the right environment for your […]


Out of the ordinary: realising the potential of every child


Dr Joe Spence, Master of Dulwich College  Deeply embedded in articles on what makes a good school you may find a short paragraph on its provision for the ordinary pupil, but that genus deserves further attention. Some of the hardest work a school has to undertake is to care for the pupils who are seen, […]


The case for continuity


Mark Turnbull, Headmaster of Giggleswick School An ability to adapt to change is something we all recognise as an important skill in the modern workplace. In an age when technology allows ‘trends’ the briefest of lives before extinguishing them, and where almost all teenagers seem to be in near constant contact with peers beyond their […]


Globalism: What do schools and the Armed Forces have in common?

Armed Forces

Antony Spencer, Principal of St Lawrence College Now here is a topic that can leave us worried about treading on eggshells. A debate about diversity can get rather heated, not least no doubt in the Armed Services. Boarding schools are also facing the opportunities and challenges that come from greater globalism, so it is interesting […]


Schools together in partnership

School Partnership

Julie Robinson, General Secretary of the Independent Schools Council (ISC) Independent schools have been connected with their local communities and have been collaborating with state-funded schools for many years but only recently has data been collected to demonstrate this in any detail. The facts show that independent schools are very much part of the educational […]


Schools as communities in the widest sense

School Communities

Mark Wallace, Principal of Lincoln Minster School Schools today have a much wider focus within their communities. Whether that is because they want to be seen simply as a ‘good neighbour’ or they actually want to make a contribution or difference is down to the leadership. Certainly, independent schools, and particularly those with a boarding […]


The importance of values education

Dr Mark Whalley, formerly Headmaster of Rookwood School Ask most parents, teachers and headteachers what they want for their children and they will probably say very similar things. A small number will start off with qualifications and academic success but most will talk about happiness, preparation for life, values and character. I wholeheartedly sit in […]


PSHE? SMSC? The acronyms of a priceless education


Delyth Lynch, Deputy Head (Pastoral and Wellbeing) of Wellington College When I was 17, I spent three weeks of my summer holiday planning and delivering a holiday to a group of children who had severe learning difficulties from a school in Cheshire. They travelled annually to my boarding school in North Wales where they experienced […]


How boarding schools and boarding parents can work together

school pupils

Louise Moelwyn-Hughes, Head of St Edmund’s School In choosing a boarding school for their child, parents are signifying the greatest possible level of trust in that institution. It is an investment that no good boarding school takes for granted, seeking instead to ensure that parents know they will be able to communicate quickly and directly […]


Extra-curricular activities shouldn’t be an extra


Mark Lascelles, Head Master of Dauntsey’s  Business leaders are calling for the UK’s education system to better prepare young people for the world of work. Academic qualifications are certainly important but surely attitudes and behaviours are as important as grades? I believe that extra-curricular activities – from drama, music and sport through to adventure and […]


The importance of character education


Simon Reid, Principal of Gordonstoun  Grit, resilience, enthusiasm and zest, confidence and ambition, self-control and adaptability, humility and sensitivity to global concerns are some of the attributes the CBI used when outlining what businesses of the future will need from the people they employ. The recent World Education Forum (WEF) focused its conference on ‘The […]


Boarding – time to let off steam


Keith Budge, Headmaster of Bedales Schools In recent times, the educational mood music from Whitehall has been that STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and maths) are the horses to back in terms of skills for employment in the global race. We can all agree on the importance of science, technology and engineering, but I remain […]


The CCF – supporting character development in a boarding school

Boarding School

Thomas Garnier, Headmaster of Pangbourne College There has always been a strong connection between boarding schools and the Combined Cadet Force (CCF). The CCF has its roots in the Volunteer Corps which were established in six public schools (all boarding schools) in 1859 and 1860: Felsted, Rossall, Eton, Harrow, Hurstpierpoint, Rugby and Tonbridge. The number […]


The positive impact of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

Peter Westgarth, Chief Executive of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) is widely recognised as the world’s leading youth achievement award. Each section of a DofE programme offers opportunities for young people to develop their confidence, improve their self-esteem and feel fitter and healthier through the Physical and Expedition […]


School sport: a head’s perspective

School Sport

Richard Biggs, Headmaster of King’s College, Taunton I saw a lovely sight a while ago. Our U15B rugby team won its match against a local rival school. They hadn’t won many and this was a scrappy nail-biter, with our boys clinging to a slender lead in the dying moments and then exploding in joy. There […]


Girls’ sport: challenging, competitive and passionate

Girls sport challenging

Pauline Stott, Director of Sport at Kilgraston School Women’s sport is reaching greater levels of coverage and achievement than ever before. After the 2012 London Olympics, where the women’s events brought passion, drama, and a rather impressive haul of medals for Team GB, those of us immersed in the sporting scene felt that the time […]


Boarding opportunities at independent sixth-form colleges


Rachel Borland, Principal of DLD College, London Boarding has featured strongly throughout my educational career over the past 35 years. Having been involved in further education, higher education, sixth-form colleges, and secondary school boarding both within the UK and various overseas postings has given me a unique insight into what boarding can add to a […]


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