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  • Why school choice is even more important in these uncertain times

    O wonder! How many goodly creatures are there here! How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world, That has such people in't. — William Shakespeare, The Tempest, Act V, Scene I, ll. 203–206[6]
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  • A parent's guide to home learning

    Just when you thought you had parenting figured out and your children settled at school...Coronavirus hits like a freight train.  Schools are suddenly shut, children are at home all day and with little warning you are expected to act as class teacher, teaching assistant, subject specialist, PE...
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  • Are grammar schools really the holy grail?

    UCL published some interesting research in May exploring the link between grammar schools and social outcomes. Their main finding in the research was that children who attend grammar schools did not gain an advantage over similar children by the age of 14. The researchers explored a...
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  • Why are computers so exciting for children?

    I wonder how many parents regularly hear the request for, ‘just a few more minutes on the computer…’ before that typical argument about how much time is enough?  I never cease to be amazed by how engaged children are online.  We shouldn’t be too surprised however...
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  • What can we do to motivate our children to achieve their full potential?

    Guest Blog written by Rebecca le Poer Trench.
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  • Scafell Pike...done

    Along with 39 other intrepid climbers ranging in age from 9 to 'slightly' more than four score and ten, we ventured to Britain’s wettest place at the weekend to take on the mighty Scafell Pike.  It was a weekend of records for the team because not only was our departure po...
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  • University Decisions

    Autumn is the time of year for Upper Sixth Form students across the country to make decisions about which university to apply to.  They will be doing their homework and visiting as many as possible whilst trying to stay on top of their various A-Level courses.  Having been a Head of Sixth...
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  • How to revise - the do's and dont's

    I was reminded this morning that the start of the exam period is less than three months away and with that comes the normal anxiety around preparing and revising.
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  • Why a supportive home life matters

    It feels like pressure and stress continue to mount for today's teenagers and new research from America suggests that teenagers in high achieving schools need the support of a strong family dynamic at home more than ever before. Research shows that levels of anxiety, depression and stress are...
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  • Head's Prize Giving Speech 2019

    Well, days like this make me feel very proud to be a Head Master.  The achievements of the young people sitting in front of me is nothing short of outstanding and each of them, plus the hundreds of other children not recognised today, should be celebrated by all of us.  Over the past year...
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  • Teaching our children respect

    School is the training ground for many of the values and principles we tend to associate with success.
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  • Have we lost the ability to assess risk?

    I was struck by an interesting fact I heard the other day, it went something like this. When most existing parents were growing up, sometime during the 1980s and 1990s, 85% of children either walked or cycled to school, mostly unaccompanied. Today that figure has been completely reversed with 85...
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