Choosing the right school for your child

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Choosing the right school for your child 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 […]

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Out of the ordinary: realising the potential of every child

Potential

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 […]

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The case for continuity

Continuity

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 […]

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

Armed Forces

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

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Schools together in partnership

School Partnership

Schools together in 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-maintained schools for many years but only recently have we begun to collect data which clearly demonstrates this. The facts show that independent schools are very much […]

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Schools as communities in the widest sense

School Communities

Schools as communities in the widest sense 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 […]

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Developing thinking skills across the curriculum

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Developing thinking skills across the curriculum Dr Lorraine Earps, Head Teacher of Queen’s College, Taunton For the first time as educationalists, we are attempting to prepare young people for a future we do not recognise. A pupil moving into Year 7 this year is likely to enter the world of work in 2028 and continue […]

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PSHE? SMSC? The acronyms of a priceless education

PSHE

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 […]

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How Boarding schools and boarding parents can work together

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How Boarding schools and boarding parents can work together 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 […]

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Extra-curricular activities shouldn’t be an extra

Activities

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 […]

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All the world’s a classroom

All the world’s a classroom Lisa Kerr, Principal of Gordonstoun ‘Welcome to one of Gordonstoun’s many classrooms’, says Captain Dan Russell when he welcomes pupils aboard our 80 ft sail training boat Ocean Spirit. His introductory words encapsulate what I passionately believe – learning doesn’t only take place within the four walls of an academic […]

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Boarding – time to get to grips with literacy and science

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Boarding – time to get to grips with literacy and science Keith Budge, Headmaster of Bedales Schools The line from Whitehall has long been that STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and maths) are key in terms of skills for employment in the global race. We can all agree on the importance of science, technology and […]

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The CCF – supporting character development in a boarding school

Boarding School

The CCF – supporting character development in a 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 these public schools (all boarding schools) in 1859 and 1860: […]

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The positive impact of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

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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 […]

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School sport: a head’s perspective

School Sport

School sport: a head’s perspective Richard Biggs, Headmaster of King’s College, Taunton I saw a lovely sight a while ago. Our U14B girls’ team won its match against a local rival school. They hadn’t won many and this was a scrappy nail-biter, with our girls clinging to a slender lead in the dying moments and […]

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Using the power of technology wisely – how boarding schools can support this

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Using the power of technology wisely – how boarding schools can support this Jenny Dwyer, Headmistress of Sherborne Girls Anyone who spends time with teenagers will know what a dominant force digital technology can be in their lives. The hours spent clicking and swiping, liking and emoting, can seem endless, with the phone or tablet […]

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