Headmaster’s Blog

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Last week we received confirmation that all of the children in our top year have been offered places at their first choice school. All bar one will be moving on to Denstone College, with Abbots Bromley being the lucky recipient of the other child. There are twenty two children in Year 6 this year and [...]

February 11th, 2018|


For me, one of the most important events of the school year took place last Friday when we held our Remembrance Service at the end of our chapel service. Even though Armistice Day was the following day, we had to observe it and did so with a short, but very moving service that involved the [...]

November 17th, 2017|

The Magic of Swimming!

Last week my daughter swam without armbands for the first time properly. First a width was completed, then two widths and finally she swam a length. Any parent reading this will know that this is right up there with our children’s first steps and the first time they ride a bike on their own. It [...]

October 26th, 2017|

Prep School Heads’ Conference

A couple of weeks ago I spent three very enjoyable days in Edinburgh at the annual IAPS Conference. This is the Independent Association of Prep Schools and the Conference is aimed at all 700 schools whose heads are members. These schools are spread all over the world and encompass day schools, boarding schools, single sex [...]

October 10th, 2017|

The Benefits of a Residential Trip

In the Monday before half term the whole of the prep school was out on the Dovedale walk, or in the case of Year 6, off to RAF Cosford on their way to a week’s adventuring with PGL. I love the walk. Each time we do it there are different sights to see and it [...]

May 31st, 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 and Father Graham for running the classes for all of the children and for arranging for Lola to be [...]

February 6th, 2017|

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 advent calendars were opened at the beginning of the month. The Christmas tree and decorations have gone up and preparations for [...]

December 9th, 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 made, together with those who have experienced areas of conflict around the world in more recent times. Each year the [...]

November 23rd, 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 of time as everyone connected with the Denstone College Prep School, pupils, parents, staff and governors, has had [...]

November 10th, 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 world in which they will be living as adults will bear very little comparison to ours and even less to [...]

October 14th, 2016|
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