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Headmaster’s Blog 19th September

Melanie and I very much enjoyed meeting some of you at our wine and nibbles parties over the past two weeks. It was good to see you and I am also very grateful to those of you who have already returned the questionnaires.  There is a box in the hallway in the Manor House for […]

September 22nd, 2014|

Welcome Back!

One of my main targets for this term is to try to get to know DCPS as quickly as possible and as comprehensively as I can. This really means getting to know all of the people within the school as you are what makes us what we are. To that end I have given the […]

September 8th, 2014|

Welcome from our new Headmaster

Thank you for taking the time to visit our website.  I feel that I am taking over the leadership of Denstone Prep at a really exciting time in the School’s history.  Not only have we changed our name (although still retaining very strong links with the “Smallwood Manor” of our past) but we are also […]

August 13th, 2014|

The Beauty of Competition

It was Sports Day today in Main Prep. The mix of competition and camaraderie was, seemingly, perfect. The excitement (one might even say ‘frenzy’) of the House Relay particularly was something to behold as children and parents screamed their team runners round the track to conclude the afternoon! As the race finished, how wonderful to […]

June 11th, 2014|

D-Day / T-Day

The nation will not remember D-day again in the fashion it did last week for another 5 years. When that time comes, I hope Smallwoodians will think back to Friday 6th June 2014 as their link to the past as they remember again this crucial day in our history.

The service in the morning in […]

June 10th, 2014|

Water Great Event!

Some schools don’t believe in competition – we do. It teaches so much about ‘life’ and engenders so many positive characteristics and qualities within us individually and collectively. This afternoon we had the most wonderful swimming sports in Main Prep: the competition was real, the sense of competing against each other and yet somehow together […]

May 15th, 2014|

Lest We Forget ..

The country, and indeed the world, will soon turn its thoughts to remembering D-Day. It will be an important time. For some, it will evoke memories they would rather forget, such will be the trauma they experienced then and re-live each year; we who benefit from their bravery and courage must never forget to honour […]

May 6th, 2014|

The magic of Smallwood

What is it which makes that special atmosphere in a school? I suspect it is an intangible, almost unidentifiable thing; nevertheless, it is real. At Smallwood, there is indeed something ‘special’ which allows us to have fun together without the danger of this ever being anything except the ‘norm’. The Trinity term is always one […]

April 28th, 2014|

Family Matters …

I have just returned from the Woodard Heads’ Annual Conference. There is no other conference like this; Woodard is unique, gathering together into one family a rich variety of schools including long-established public schools, independent junior schools, state academies and now schools abroad. However, there is one common strand: a faith-based culture and practice. It […]

January 16th, 2014|

Variety is the Spice of Life

 If there’s one thing Smallwoodians do well, it’s they ‘get it right.’ In the Carol Service on Thursday evening, the formality and beauty of the occasion were clearly understood by the children and this showed through in the way they read with conviction and sang with meaning. That sense of awe and majesty was superb.

The […]

December 13th, 2013|
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