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We Will Remember Them

This week has been a very special one indeed for everyone at Denstone College Prep School. We gathered in the chapel just before 11 o’clock on Tuesday to observe two minutes’ silence, impeccably followed even by our very small children in Reception and followed by Saffron playing the Last Post and Josh and Rebecca reading [...]

November 14th, 2014|

Getting the Family Outside to Learn

On Saturday a group of intrepid adventurers in Years 1 and 2, together with their parents, gathered together in the courtyard for a morning’s experience of Forest School organised by Mrs Clews and Mrs Emmerson-Friend. The torrential rain earlier in the morning and a fairly bleak forecast did not dampen the spirits one little bit [...]

October 5th, 2014|

What Makes A Successful Team?

I really enjoyed Year 4’s assembly on teamwork this week. As a sportsman I have played in any number of teams since I first represented my prep school at the age of ten and as a follower of Chelsea, Essex County Cricket Club and the fortunes of England’s rugby team since 1970 I have also [...]

September 27th, 2014|

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|
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