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Playing With Fire!

At last week’s Outdoor Adventure Club we did a bit of cooking over the open fire and the children had a go at lighting their own fires.

With risk assessments duly in place, health and safety rules explained and understood and water at the ready, each pair of children dug out small squares of turf, constructed […]

March 3rd, 2016|

The Toughest Journey on the Planet

In three weeks’ time Mark Wood will be dropped by helicopter on the frozen seas off the coast of Russia and, with two colleagues, will set off on what Sir Ranulph Feinnes describes as “The toughest journey on the planet”. He will be travelling on skis to the geographic North Pole. A journey […]

January 28th, 2016|

Painting with a Broad Brush

I have always believed that a top prep school stands apart from the crowd because of the breadth of experiences that is available to the pupils. We have a responsibility to introduce them to different teaching methods and approaches both in and out of the classroom.

Going outside for lessons in our canopy, […]

January 8th, 2016|

A Wealth of Opportunity!

On Wednesday afternoon I very much enjoyed watching our U8 rugby teams play what was, for the vast majority of them, their first matches for the school, against two very determined teams from The Elms.
We ended up with one win apiece, but what really pleased me was that every single boy in Year 3 represented […]

November 29th, 2015|

A Different Start to the Day

We have been conducting an experiment over the past two Tuesdays, either side of half term. When the children arrive in the morning they have the option of coming into the School Room instead of the Dining Hall.

The lights are off here, curtains are closed, peaceful music is playing and there are bean bags and […]

November 3rd, 2015|

A Busy School!

Year 4’s assembly last week was a joy to behold. The link that we have with our environment has never been more important and they reminded us very forcefully of our responsibilities towards nature and trees in particular. It was a very entertaining presentation, getting a serious message across , often in a light-hearted way […]

September 21st, 2015|

Off to a Flying Start!

The new term has certainly started with a bang. Only three days in and already we have had our first tea party, parents’ meeting and family camping trip. The children have settled back into the routine of school life as if they had never been away and those who have joined this term […]

September 6th, 2015|

A Very Special Week!

Our music has been quite exceptional this year. To provide 20% of the National Children’s Choir of Great Britain speaks for itself and last Friday the children travelled to derby for the annual Arts Festival, entered two competitions and came back with two cups! Many congratulations are due to the whole […]

May 18th, 2015|

News Round Up So Far

Activities Morning & Summer Fete
Saturday 9th May sees our Activities Open Morning and our Summer Fete in the afternoon. If you have not yet passed on your invitation please make every effort to do so. This is going to be an action packed day with a wide variety of activities planned for our […]

April 29th, 2015|

Planning Our Future

Now that the decision has been taken that we shall definitely be remaining on the Smallwood Manor site, I very much appreciated being able to discuss our future with parents at the end of last term.

The next few years are going to be hugely exciting for everyone involved in Denstone College Preparatory School and it […]

April 9th, 2015|
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