602, 2017

First Holy Communion – and a Baptism!

On Friday twelve children in the prep school took Holy Communion for the first time and one of them, Lola, was baptised so that she could take her Communion.

I am very grateful to Father Brendan […]

912, 2016

Getting Ready for Christmas

Our Christmas Fair a couple of weeks ago set the tone for what has been an increasingly “Christmassy” feel around the school which has not surprisingly gathered momentum when the first doors of the […]

2311, 2016

“In Flanders Fields the Poppies Blow”

November is always a very special month for me, because the Remembrance Service that we hold each year serves to remind all of us of the extreme sacrifices that those generations who went before us […]

1011, 2016

Launching of Values-based Education

Values-based Education

Over the course of the last term and a half we have done a great deal of work geared towards introducing a new values-based education system into the School.

This has taken quite a bit […]

1410, 2016

Preparing for the Future

We are constantly told that we are educating many of our children for jobs that don’t exist yet, that they will have to deal with problems that we don’t know as problems and that the […]

2109, 2016

Visiting Speakers

No one would dispute that the benefits of a visiting speaker to a class or a larger group of children can add significantly to their education. A good speaker can add a completely […]

909, 2016

Inspired by the Olympics

Like many of you, I am sure, I was absolutely enthralled by this summer’s Olympic Games and the quite outstanding results from our athletes. For a country the size of Great Britain to finish second […]

2904, 2016

What’s Your Room 101?

In 1949 George Orwell published one of his best known novels, “Nineteen Eighty Four”. It is a story set in the future about a society that is in perpetual war, that is controlled by […]

303, 2016

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 […]

2801, 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 […]

801, 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 […]

2911, 2015

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 […]

311, 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 […]

2109, 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 […]

609, 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 […]

1805, 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 […]

2904, 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 […]

904, 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 […]

1103, 2015

Happy Mothers’ Day!

It was an absolute delight this morning to sit in on Reception’s Mothers’ Day assembly. It always amazes me when I hear children as young as four speak with such confidence in public and […]

2502, 2015

An Introduction to Shakespeare

I have always been convinced that children, and adults for that matter, learn in a wide variety of ways and that as teachers we have a responsibility to experiment with different teaching methods and approaches […]