1102, 2018


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 [...]

1711, 2017


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 [...]

2610, 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 [...]

1010, 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 [...]

3105, 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 [...]

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 [...]

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 advent [...]

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 [...]

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 different perspective [...]

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 the [...]

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 [...]

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 different [...]

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. [...]

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 into the [...]