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Visit Sir William Perkins School to see what makes our school the perfect environment to cultivate potential.
Meetings with our Head
Individual meetings with our Head Mr Muller, can be arranged by appointment.
Please contact Admissions who can help you to arrange this meeting via [email protected]
Sixth Form Open Evening
Our Sixth Form Open Evening takes place in the Autumn Term and is an opportunity to find out more about our bespoke Sixth Form programme. Students from other schools who are interested in joining our Sixth Form can book a place by emailing: [email protected]
Our Open Evening, held in the Summer Term is suitable for parents and children of any age.
You are welcome to attend to meet our Head and teaching staff and tour the school. No booking is required.
Please contact our Admissions Department if you have any queries or would like more information.
Academic achievement at SWPS is consistently high; and excellent results at GCSE and A Level reflect the hard work and effort our students put into their studies in pursuit of their future goals and ambitions.
A Levels 2020:
We warmly invite you to visit our school at one of our three annual Open Days or at an individual visit. Please click on the links below to book or contact our Registrar with questions.
You are welcome to bring your daughter and any other family or friends who would like to see the school.
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A personal visit
Coming to one of our open events is a good introduction to our school. To take the conversation about your daughter and what the High School can do for her to a deeper level, we recommend a personal visit.
Come and take a personal tour with one of our Sixth Form students (for Seniors) or the Head of Junior School (for Juniors). You can see the school in action and we can tailor the tour to your interests.
Come and meet the Headmistress and, over a cup of coffee or tea, we can begin to focus on the particular questions you and your daughter have as you find out more about her High School education. The Director of Sixth Form is also on hand to talk about the Sixth Form experience and offer guidance on choices.
Please contact us on [email protected] or 01604 765765 (option 2 for Admissions) to arrange a personal tour at a time to suit you and your family.
Northampton High School is pleased to announce that following the secondment of Dr Helen Stringer to Oxford High School, we have now recruited a new permanent Headteacher who takes up this role with immediate effect. Our new Headmistress is Mrs Caroline Petryszak BSc PGCE.
Having worked as Interim Head of Junior School for a year in 2018/19, Caroline has a good understanding of Northampton High School and its people, history and ethos. She has been serving as Acting Head since the beginning of the 2019/20 school year and now moves to the permanent role of Headmistress.
Caroline looks forward to further-developing her relationship with girls in Nursery and Junior School whilst getting to know students in the Senior School and Sixth Form, and to leading a school that will continue to value the individual and prepare all for a happy, balanced and fulfilling life.
We provide an invigorating single-sex environment in which our students can thrive. Our School is a place where each girl is given the freedom and the support to be the best she can be, ready to face the world and take on its challenges.Without enforced gender boundaries, the sheer liberation that a single sex education can provide enables each girl to fulfil their potential in every field and at every age. Confidence grows immeasurably, girls get used to taking a lead and having a voice; choices are bold, successes are celebrated and there are no limits - life is there for the taking.
At single-sex schools, girls are the leaders – head of school, captain of sport, leader of the debating society. They find their voices, and get used to the challenges of leadership. Similarly, in the classroom they can take intellectual risks, ask questions, or make judgements without worrying about ‘looking stupid in front of boys’.
In short, an all-girls school builds risk-taking and resilience. In working life, these attributes are essential. Young women need to be brave enough to ask a question at a big meeting, or to disagree with the crowd view. They need to be able to handle the vagaries and unfairnesses of life, to try, and fail, and try again.
We are proud to be part of the Girls' Day School Trust:
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Should you wish to book, please register for the event HERE.
Queen Ethelburga’s Collegiate is proud to announce that this year nine student have received offers for Oxford and Cambridge Universities. This is our highest ever numbre of offers. We are very proud of all nine students who have successfully navigated a rigorous and challenging application process to gain offers across a range of subjects.
The focus and drive required to succeed, especially in the challenging conditions of the last year, by these students is very impressive. Since September, they have studied hard to gain the highest scores in admissions tests whilst remaining focused on their challenging schoolwork, and were then faced with the experience of online university interviews, given their inability to visit Oxford or Cambridge in person.
Kevin Oldershaw, Head of Queen Ethelburga’s College, said “We are incredibly pleased for each of them, as we are for all of our students when they receive offers and go onto take up places at their chosen universities. This success is testament to their academic abilities and the comprehensive programme of support on offer. The combination of our experienced subject teachers and Sixth Form tutor team, alongside the dedicated Careers Department, means that students are helped to identify their strengths and interests, inspired and encouraged to follow their ambitions, and then supported to achieve them.
Students with high aspirations, aiming for the top universities, can also take advantage of QE-appointed admissions consultants, gaining access to additional online and in-person tuition from subject-specific Cambridge and Oxford tutors. This also helps with admission test preparation and small-group meetings to really stretch and challenge the most able.
During these challenging and unprecedented times, while students and staff are missing the PE lessons, coaching and training on site at Queen Ethelburga’s Collegiate, Head of Sport Rob Rawlinson and Performance Football Coach Tom Newey have been seeking out virtual opportunities to inspire QE’s sporting students.
Virtual presentations and interactive sessions on Microsoft Teams from a series of sporting stars are taking place, to offer students a direct insight into their journey to success, and the routes they have taken to get where they are today.
To date, QE’s football students have heard from Paul Warne, Rotherham United Football Club Manager, who discussed his journey to sporting success, and spoke about honesty, humility and how to recover from adversity to keep pushing forwards. He also stressed with the students how it is important a solid academic foundation is to their future. Former RFU Head Coach and current Leinster Rugby Coach Stuart Lancaster openly shared his thoughts on team culture and leadership styles that enable success and England Rugby U20s Head Coach Alan Dickens presented an interactive and informative discussion about the pathway to the England Team.
Further sessions are planned and are set to include Lee Blackett, Wasps Rugby Head Coach; England and Wasps Netball player Fran Williams; Stuart Hooper, Director of Rugby at Bath Rugby; and Joe Thompson, an ex-professional footballer who beat cancer twice and scored the winning goal in his comeback game. Joe is taking part in a chat about resilience for an assembly for QE’s Faculty students.
Feedback about the sessions has been overwhelmingly positive, with one parent commenting ‘What a fantastic job the sports department is doing with remote learning, in particular Mr Rawlinson who arranged a Teams meeting with Stuart Lancaster tonight. Both my children were invited to attend. The meeting was both informative and inspiring and I just wanted to say what an amazing opportunity for young children to be able to partake in such an experience. Credit should be given to all those who are making such an effort during these difficult times.’
Rob Rawlinson, Head of Sport at QE, said ‘These sessions have been a great insight for the students at a time when they are unable to take part in their sporting sessions in person. It also presents a good opportunity for them to ask probing questions and use this time positively to think about the future of their own sporting journeys.’
School Tours and Applications during the COVID-19 emergency
Please be aware that despite the current unusual and challenging circumstances, we are still able to answer enquiries and accept applications for places at Croydon High School, subject to there being spaces available in the year groups required.
We are also able to arrange for on-line testing for immediate entry; however visits to the school are obviously not possible at the moment.
We have a Virtual Open Morning for the Senior School which you can view HERE. If you have any questions about applying to the Senior school, please contact [email protected]. Please note applications for Year 7 2021 have closed, but please contact us if you need to make a late application.
If you are considering applying to our Junior School, please take a look at our IVY TOUR or contact us and we can confirm assessment arrangements. Clare Macmillan is the Juniors Admissions Registrar at [email protected]
If you have any general questions about the admissions process, please email our Admissions Department – [email protected]
Examination results certainly do not define our school, but we are extremely proud of all our girls achieve year on year.
Knowing the ‘back story’ behind every individual set of results is also something our staff pride themselves on.
2020 will prove to be a year to remember for many reasons and not least for the remarkable year group who did NOT take their A levels in that year. We celebrate some of their many achievements HERE with more to follow when the ‘dust settles’ and the full picture emerges.
Please click HERE to read the full story behind our 2020 cohort’s GCSEs.
It means they are in the best possible position to advise on options, whether it be A level choices, degree and university decisions or on helping to match individual aspirations and abilities with the most appropriate next step.
Visitors are always – without fail – impressed by every girl they meet. From the youngest to the oldest, they present themselves as outstanding ambassadors for the school in whatever situation they find themselves.
GO-ED – Girls Only Education.
This is how we describe our attitude to the education of girls and the unique culture we have developed at Croydon High.
Why GO-ED not CO-ED?
We believe our supportive girls-only environment offers enormous benefits. Year after year we see how girls flourish in secure happy surroundings where they can discover who they really are and where they want to go. In a single sex school, there is undoubtedly less pressure to conform to stereotype, particularly in academic or sporting choices.
Croydon High girls take all three sciences – and do well - and the level of participation, determination and success on the sports fields is something we are particularly proud of.
But, we always stress that we are offering a single-sex education and not a single-sex life. The girls are not kept away from boys – we encourage and enable shared activities between ourselves and another local Independent boys’ school. Particularly in sixth form, we recognise that there is much to be gained from these activities which can be academic or extra- curricular as well as social.
We are proud to be part of the Girls' Day School Trust:
We understand how busy life can be for parents, therefore, we offer various opportunities for you to visit Halliford School. Parents can book to visit the School on either one of our Saturday Open Mornings which take place in October and February, or on a Visitor Morning in March, May and November. These mornings will give you a true insight into life at Halliford School together with an opportunity to speak with our pupils and staff, and to hear a presentation from our Headmaster, Mr James Davies. To book a place on one of these events please fill in the form below.
Saturday 2nd October 2021 at 9.30am
Sixth Form Open Evening
Wednesday 6th October 2021 6pm-8pm
Thursday 4th November 2021 tours at 9.30am and 11.30am
Tuesday 9th November 2021 tours at 9.30am and 11.30am
You are also most welcome to book a personal visit at any time during the academic year. Please contact our Registrar, Mrs Fran Clatworthy on 01932 234921 or email [email protected]
Please note that these events will be held in accordance with current government guidelines. Should we be unable to host these events in school, we will provide virtual events via Microsoft Teams instead.
A very warm welcome to Halliford School. Halliford is a school based on strong family values where we know and respect every student as an individual. We encourage and support Hallifordians to flourish and become the best version of themselves that they can possibly be.
We aim for excellence by being academically ambitious but at the same time academically sensitive. We inspire Hallifordians within a community that is founded on high quality teaching and learning, outstanding pastoral care and first class sporting, cultural and extra-curricular opportunities. Read more >>
Our Welcome to Halliford; a warm-hearted School based on strong family values where we are proud to know and be respectful of every student as an individual. We encourage and support Hallifordians to flourish and become the best version of themselves that they can possibly be.
We aim for excellence by being academically ambitious but at the same time academically sensitive. We inspire Hallifordians within a community that is founded on high quality teaching and learning, outstanding pastoral care and first class sporting, cultural and extra-curricular opportunities.
As young Hallifordians we recognise that a child’s potential could lie anywhere - so we ensure that every student is exposed to a vast array of opportunities and experiences. We then pride ourselves on identifying and honing their strengths to make the most of their natural abilities, while working hard with them to develop any areas that might need further improvement. We are able to offer small class sizes which enable personalised teaching and learning strategies suitable for our boys. Our co-educational Sixth Form then provides all our students with the skills to excel in a more independent environment as they prepare to continue their educational journey beyond the Halliford community.
We would like to congratulate all our pupils and teachers for an outstanding set of SQA examination results this year. As a school which is not academically selective, we are extremely pleased to report that almost half of all Higher and Advanced Higher presentations were graded ‘A’, and one-fifth of our S5 pupils achieved 5 ‘A’ passes at Higher Grade.
Lomond presents pupils for National Qualifications in S4 in up to eight subjects, allowing them to study subjects which are not only relevant to their future careers, but also those in which they have a personal interest or which would benefit them on a broader level.
Our National 5 results are equally pleasing with almost a quarter of pupils achieving straight ‘A’ grades. Furthermore, 80% of our S4 pupils achieved six or more National 5 passes. Our S3 and S4 pupils have been able to gain experience in studying and revising for their National exams. We believe this is vital in allowing them to develop skills and confidence that can be applied to the all-important Higher year.
We look forward to welcoming back last year's S4 and S5 students to continue their studies in S5 and S6 and wish the very best to those pupils who will now go on to further education or start careers in their chosen field.
This Sunday, over 240 people from the local community took part in an orienteering event hosted by Lomond School. The event took place in Duchess Wood with courses ranging from a basic ‘white course’, which followed the pathway round the woods, to yellow and orange courses, which were more demanding in terms of finding the markers and negotiating the terrain. There was even a ‘string course’ for younger children which was themed on the popular children’s story ‘We’re Going on Bear Hunt’.
Ewan McCartney, age 8, thoroughly embraced the event, running all three courses.
“This was the first time I had tried orienteering. I went on all the courses and got a very fast time on the white course but I enjoyed the orange course best of all because I did it with my dad.”
While many others also took on the competitive spirit of orienteering, many more took part as families or in groups of friends and took a more leisurely approach to the courses.
Helensburgh mum, Joanne Ford, said:
“We saw the signs up in Duchess Wood and decided to come along and give it a go. We thoroughly enjoyed the day and there was a great atmosphere. The organisers were really helpful and the Lomond pupils helping out at the event were a credit to the school.”
This was the first major event run by one of Lomond School’s newest members of teaching staff, Caroline Beveridge, who joined Lomond in August 2015 as Head of Adventure and Service:
“Orienteering is such a fun sport because it can appeal to any age or ability and is a fantastic way to get out into the outdoors. It was great to see so many people in the local community coming along and trying out the sport for the first time and it was also a fantastic opportunity for our pupils taking the Sports Leaders Course to be involved in the planning and running of an event of this scale.”
Prizes were awarded at an informal ceremony in the School Sports Centre following the event, with 1st, 2nd and 3rd place being awarded in each category. The school PTA served refreshments throughout the event and those who came back to the sports centre for the prizegiving also got the chance to spectate as the Scotland Wheelchair Rugby Team trained in the hall below.
Lomond School Principal, Johanna Urquhart said:
“We were so pleased with the turn out. We wanted to do something the whole community could get involved in and this was definitely achieved. There was a real buzz throughout the day and I would like to extend thanks to everyone who came along on the day and to those who helped make it happen including Argyll & Bute Council, Friends of Duchess Wood, Luss Estates, Clyde Orienteers and Forth Valley Orienteers. And of course all of the staff, pupil and parent volunteers who looked after logistics to ensure the day ran smoothly.”
This week, Lomond pupils received a special note of thanks from Ntwasahlobo School in Khayelitsha Township following the school’s rugby and hockey tour to South Africa.
Forty-one pupils and four members of staff went on a seventeen-day Rugby and Hockey tour to South Africa during the summer holidays and got an opportunity to experience the diverse culture and wildlife as the tour took in a variety of places in the country, including Cape Town, Stellenbosch, Johannesburg and Pretoria.
In Cape Town, pupils walked up Table Mountain; visited Robben Island; enjoyed a surfing lesson; visited the penguin colony; and had a chance to go in to Ntwasahlobo School in Khayelitsha Township, where pupils and teachers were lucky enough to get the chance to coach the Ntwasahlobo school children and learn more about their culture. Lomond pupils raised money before leaving for South Africa by running a number of events, including a charity leg waxing, and this allowed them to purchase sports equipment which they donated to Ntwasahlobo School during their visit. These gifts were gratefully received by the school, which is doing wonderful work in an area of huge deprivation with extremely limited resources.
In Stellenbosch, pupils got the chance to obtain hands-on experience with some of the wildlife and met some cheetahs and some birds of prey. They went on to visit the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg and even experienced some close encounters with wildlife during an overnight safari.
In amongst visiting all the tourist attractions, Lomond pupils played four games of hockey and rugby. In a country where a school game of rugby can attract an audience of 25,000 spectators, and is broadcast live on television, Lomond rugby players came up against four strong teams. The teams were all very physical and the Lomond team were heavily defeated in their first match against Reddam House School.
After regrouping, the team managed a better performance and narrowly lost their second match 26–14 after leading for most of the match. The third match was the best of the tour, with the boys really upping their game and beating a strong Westerford School 43–12. The final game of the tour was against Stellenbosch High School, where Lomond was beaten 36–12. However, the boys played extremely well.
The hockey team played all their matches in four quarters to allow all the squad to play in every match. At Reddam House, Lomond won 3–1, with Heather Cullen, Morven Rowan and Kimberley Rijsdijk all being on the score sheet. The second match was against a Township team called Central Hockey and they were very skilful, winning 7–2. Lomond then travelled to play Westerford High School and the match was closer than the score would suggest. Lomond won 5–0, with Morven Rowan scoring a hat-trick alongside Heather Cullen and Katie McGlinchey. The last hockey match was against Stellenbosch High School and although the conditions were very hot, the match was exciting to watch. This final match was at Stellenbosch University and the score was 1–1 right up until the last quarter, when concentration was lost and Lomond had to settle for a 3–1 defeat. Kirsty Scott made some fantastic saves during the match and was voted Player of the Match at the end.
“The PE Department runs a rugby and hockey tour every 3 to 4 years and fundraising is a big part of the pre-trip preparation. This tour was a life-changing experience for all our pupils and something they will cherish for the rest of their lives. All the people we met and the families who hosted us were very welcoming and added to our memories of this wonderful country. We would like to thank our sponsors, Lucy Swigciski from Chartwell Dental Care and Jim Rowan from Krystal Klear Spring Water, who kindly supported the purchase of the tour rugby and hockey strips.”
Head of Physical Education, Margery Taylor
Our Open Mornings are usually held annually in September and November.
For information on our Open Mornings please visit woodhousegrove.co.uk/admissions
We invite all children wishing to join Brackenfield to spend a day at the school. This allows them to meet some current pupils and to experience life at Brackenfield for themselves. These Taster Days also enable staff to become acquainted with pupils prior to admission to the school.OPEN MORNINGS & PRIVATE TOURS
Every day is an Open Day at Brackenfield! We are always very happy to provide individual tours of the school. These can be arranged at a time to suit the visitor and the Headteacher usually conducts the tour, socially distanced, of course.
For those that prefer, we hold Open Mornings at regular intervals during the academic year. These provide an opportunity for prospective families to visit the School to meet the staff and pupils, and to view the facilities and grounds.
The Governors of Brackenfield School in Harrogate are delighted to announce the appointment of Mr Joe Masterson as Headteacher from August 2020.
Joe is joining Brackenfield from his role as Head of Primary at A’Soud Global School in Oman, a large British international school with over 800 pupils. Joe’s previous roles include Deputy Head of Primary at St. George’s British International School in Rome and Head of Achievement and Progress at the British School in the Netherlands, a leading international school with over 2000 pupils. In addition to his extensive leadership roles at some of the world’s top British International Schools, Joe is a member of the peer accreditation team of COBIS (the Council of British International Schools), and has supported schools through Ofsted, ISI and COBIS.
Joe is an outdoor enthusiast and enjoys endurance events and walking in the mountains, as well as spending time with his family. Joe is an avid follower and reader of educational research and evidence-based practice. He is a strong advocate of continuous professional learning for staff through literature, webinars, the ResearchEd movement, the Chartered College and various social media streams. Joe’s three children will be joining Brackenfield School so it will truly be a family affair.
John Forsyth, Chairman of Brackenfield School, said ‘we are delighted with the appointment of Joe into such a wonderful school. We know that he will bring the ideal combination of passion, energy, warmth and professionalism to the role, and are looking forward to working closely with him in further developing Brackenfield as the best Prep School in Harrogate.’
Brackenfield is a small, independent school with a friendly, family feel for pupils aged 2 to 11. The school is idyllically located in the Duchy conservation area of Harrogate.
Brackenfield is unique in Harrogate in that it is not directly associated with any senior school and pupils leaving Year 6 move on to a mix of independent and state secondary schools. Selecting the right school for your child is a very big decision, particularly when making that choice at birth. We look at each child’s unique strengths, abilities and learning style to advise you on next steps, whether this be in independent or state education.
Mumbler Love Local Awards
We are delighted to announce that Brackenfield School were the 2020 winners of the Harrogate Mumbler Love Local awards! During such a difficult time with Covid 19, we really appreciated all of the positive comments and kind recognition. The school was nominated for two awards and this is testament to all the hard work from the staff at Brackenfield. We wanted to share some of the comments with you:
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Pocklington School has a great history of successful students of whom we are very proud; they serve as an inspiration to all of us. But ‘success’ is more than just achieving recognition, wealth or status – success is about what you become as a person, how you live and how you treat others. Success is about the virtues you acquire as you live your life.
At the beginning of this academic year the Lower School had a series of presentations in their assemblies around the topic of ‘success’. In one, students learned a little about a truly remarkable and inspirational person, Thomas Barnado, the founder of a children’s charity that continues to support the most vulnerable children in our society today.
In 1866 a young Barnado moved to London from Ireland to train as a doctor. At that time there was a devastating outbreak of cholera, which killed thousands in the space of a few months in the overcrowded East End of London. The following year, at the age of 22, Barnardo decided to set up a ‘Ragged School’ – a small mission school that offered basic education for the most disadvantaged.
One evening in 1867 a boy from that mission called Jim Jarvis took Barnado on a tour of the East End slums. Barnado was overwhelmed by what he saw, particularly the destitute children sleeping on roofs and in gutters – and that experience changed his life for ever. He gave up dreams of a career as a medical missionary in China and instead committed his life to establishing homes and schools for the safety and advancement of children in need.
Barnado’s promise “never to turn a child away who is in genuine need” is still at the core of the charity’s philosophy today. Barnado is someone we will have heard of, but Jarvis – the boy who inspired Barnado - is less well known; perhaps another unsung hero.
In one of those early assemblies our First and Second Form students were told about a new award in the spirit of Barnado and Jarvis, an award that would be given at the end of the year for a Lower School student who had done something that was outstanding, noteworthy – something that when you heard about it you could truly say: “That’s remarkable!” And that is what the award is called: the ‘That’s Remarkable Award’ – or the TRA.
Towards the end of this year Lower School pupils were asked to nominate any peers they considered worthy of the award. The only criterion was that it had to be something a student had done outside of normal school routine which stood out; an act or achievement that reflected the virtues and ethos of Pocklington School.
There were some truly inspiring nominees that reflect our values of truth, the courage to act on your convictions, and our championing of individual strengths. Here are a few of them:
Endeavour: Hutton First Form student Lucas Duncan, whose hard work fundraising for charities this year has been an inspiration. Lucas completed a 5km sponsored run for diabetes and raised more than £200 at a charity party.
Ambition and courage: Gruggen Second Form student Freya Stewart was selected to perform in a West End Show, Bobby Dazzlers, at Her Majesty’s Theatre. This is a fantastic achievement at such a young age and Freya undoubtedly has a great future ahead of her.
Truthfulness and sportsmanship: Adam Swaine, a Hutton Second Year student, was representing Yapham Cricket Club in a semi-final cup match when he took the bails off to run out a key batsman. Given out by the umpire, it looked like Yapham were set for victory. But Adam knew that in the heat of the moment, he had accidentally removed the bails with his hands and not the ball, so it wasn’t out. He told the umpire (possibly to the horror and disappointment of one or two team-mates!), his honesty led to the dismissal being overturned – and the opposing team went on to win. That’s integrity. It’s wonderful that Adam’s act was recognised to the extent that he was taken to see the Warwickshire v Lancashire T20 final and found himself being interviewed live on air!
All are great nominees, but the inaugural winner of the TRA, I’m sure you’ll agree, is a deserving one. His name is Henry Kay, a First Former from Wilberforce.
Henry invited 22 friends to his birthday football party last December – but instead of bringing presents, he asked them to make a donation to the Yorkshire Air Ambulance. Together they raised a considerable amount of money. In itself this is admirable, but just as impressive is that Henry had been moved to do this because a close friend of his – Arthur – had been saved by the YAA following a serious road traffic accident. Henry now plans to make the YAA football birthday party an annual event.
To be affected by an event is one thing, but to have the kindness and determination to do something about it is something not enough of us think to do. Henry’s act is quite remarkable and an inspiration, even in the already caring community of Pocklington School.
I had the pleasure of presenting Henry with an equally remarkable award at our prizegiving on July 3rd, the eve of what would have been Barnado’s 170th birthday. It is a wooden carving that once belonged to Barnado himself; I can imagine it standing proudly in his office, perhaps propping up a few books.
I am sure Henry will prove a worthy custodian of the carving over the next 12 months. I hope, too, that the actions of him and his fellow nominees will challenge all of us to seek to make a difference. Those who have the confidence, self-respect and determination to follow through their convictions by making a real contribution to the community can congratulate themselves on achieving the best success of all.
Pupils at Hydesville Tower School in Walsall joined over 45,000 children and young people around on Friday 27th September 2019 to draw attention to the vital role of mental wellbeing in education.
Hydesville collapsed the curriculum for the entire day to mark Global Be Well Day, a worldwide event led by Cognita, the group of 74 schools of which Hydesville Tower School is a member.
With children ranging in age from 3 to 16 years old, the challenge at Hydesville Tower School was to create a meaningful series of events that would have value immediately but also for the months and years to come. Big favourites included the Animal Café, with time to pet and look after a range of animals; Zumba and kickboxing to get the pulse raising; meditation and yoga to help promote calm and mindfulness; and lots and lots of smiles.
Warren Honey, Headmaster at Hydesville Tower School, said: “this was a wonderful opportunity for the Hydesville community to come together and put mental health in the spotlight. As a school, we value the person and their emotional wellbeing, so planning these events felt a natural opportunity to prepare our children for the various challenges of life.
“The School’s Mental Health Champion Aimee Kingston was instrumental in designing elements of the day, and all the staff were involved at various stages to promote the initiative.”
Global Be Well Day emanated from conversations between the global leaders last October, and a commitment to action in all the Cognita schools. Resources from world experts in sleep and nutrition, alongside the shared ideas for activities have helped this initiative reach over 45,000 students, 7,000 staff and countless parents and families.
"New experiences enrich children’s lives and help them decide where their interests and passions lie."
For one lesson a week the timetable is collapsed and given over to pupil enrichment. The programme draws on the interests and talents of our teachers and is a chance for pupils to enjoy pastimes that are beyond the confines of the examination curriculum. The activities are carefully planned to ensure there is something to appeal to all pupils.
We are delighted to announce that Hydesville has secured a number of wins in the prestigious Independent Schools Association (ISA) National Art competition.
A huge congratulations to Isabella in year 9 who scooped first place in the Fashion and Accessories KS3 competition for her “Paper dress”.
Year 3 are also celebrating after being awarded second place in the national KS1 2D art category for their ‘Autumn Trees’ piece.
Hydesville pupils competed with art submissions from independent schools from across the UK so the competition was very high! Isabella and Year 3 won the regional heats last year, which secured their entry in the national finals.
What a fantastic achievement, Year 3 and Isabella, we are so proud of you all!
You can find out more about ISA arts on their website: https://www.isaschools.org.uk/arts
HYDESVILLE ENHANCES LEARNING WITH ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE
At Hydesville Tower School we are committed to inspiring our pupils every day, while ensuring our teachers are equipped with the very best learning tools and resources. To that end, we are delighted to have introduced CENTURY, an artificial intelligence (AI)-powered learning platform, to our classrooms.
From April last year, pupils at 16 schools in the Cognita family have benefited from learning using CENTURY during lockdowns and further disruption caused by the global pandemic. Following this successful introduction, Cognita is now bringing the software to even more of its schools across Europe and Hydesville is delighted to be one of them.
Using the latest in AI, neuroscience and learning science, CENTURY personalises learning for every pupil – tailoring its library of teacher-created learning materials to their individual strengths, improvement areas and behaviours.
CENTURY also saves our teachers hours of administrative work every week, freeing them up to focus on teaching, and enabling them the possibility of creating different learning opportunities for students, depending on what the student is experiencing at that moment in time. The platform is becoming increasingly widespread in the core subjects across Hydesville, both in Prep and Senior School. GCSE Maths pupils have been reaping the benefits of CENTURY since the start of this term.
Year 10 pupil, Kiran, said: “CENTURY is a good way to learn as it helps pupils and teachers to understand what we know. In Maths it has really helped me to improve on my weaker subjects as it keeps asking the same sorts of questions until I get them right. The diagnostic tool is also good as it helps me to understand the basics before moving on to more difficult questions.”
The introduction of CENTURY builds on Cognita’s COVID-related transformation programme in which all pupils in Year 3 and above are being equipped with their own personal laptop or iPad for use in school and at home. Every Hydesville pupil from Year 3 to Year 11 received a laptop last month and are now enjoying all the advantages their personal device offers.
Warwick School is delighted to announce that we have been selected as a Finalist for the Boys’ School category in the Independent Schools of the Year 2020 awards.
The awards were launched in 2018 to highlight the excellence of the student experience in independent schools. The boys’ school category specifically looks for schools that are ‘providing an outstandingly rich experience for students, allowing boys to grow and develop through access to innovative and meaningful programmes’.
Some of the initiatives highlighted in the award include academic enhancement such as the Year 8 critical thinking programme and the bespoke Philosophy qualification taught in Year 10, developed in association with the NCH London. Our exceptional pastoral care, sport for all ethos and community initiatives such as the Year 9 Pickard Street programme have also been highlighted, as well as our innovative Year 7 music scheme.
Mr Barker, Head Master of Warwick School commented, “I am delighted that we have been selected as a finalist for this national award amongst other exceptional schools across the UK. Warwick School has a long history of providing an outstanding, all round education for our pupils. High academic expectations and achievements, together with outstanding pastoral care and exceptional co-curricular provision make Warwick School a wonderful place to be educated. It is testament to our exceptional staff that we have been nominated for this award.”
The news of Eddie Jones’ appointment as England’s head coach was met with excitement by boys from Warwick School today.
As former head coach of Japan, Jones and the Japanese team were based at Warwick School for two weeks during the world cup. Warwick boys from the 1st XV were thrilled to receive a coaching session from not only Eddie Jones but also former England captain Steve Borthwick, who is rumoured to be joining Eddie on his coaching team.
Mark Nasey, Director of Rugby at Warwick School, said “Having witnessed a number of the training sessions there is no question that Eddie is of the necessary international standard to drive England forward given the right support from the RFU. We wish him and the England squad all the very best for the future.
Warwick School has now joined a select few schools to start teaching ‘Mindfulness and Well-being’ within the curriculum.
At a time when mental health challenges amongst young people in schools are greater than ever, Warwick School is putting mindfulness into the curriculum. Mindfulness courses for Sixth Form and for staff have been offered for the past two years and now all pupils in Year 10 will have the opportunity to learn the skills of mindfulness. This is part of a wider programme in which the school is taking a more preventative approach trying to build resilience and good mental health in pupils, protecting against the many challenges today’s young people face. This initiative Warwick School has taken, falls at the same time as the Government is releasing its final report (on October 20, 2015), with recommendations for how mindfulness training could help within education, as well as other sectors.
There is extensive scientific evidence that mindfulness practice can foster habits that promote a better quality of life and provide tools for the better management of the stresses and pressures of modern living. It has been shown that mindfulness practice can improve behaviour, learning, emotional literacy and raise self-esteem.
Sixth Formers at Warwick School have had the opportunity to study mindfulness in their lunch breaks for the past two years and have given very positive feedback, citing improved concentration, better memory, better sleep and better crisis management, as some of the positive outcomes.
Pupils are taught a simple technique to focus attention on their breathing which enables them to take control of their wandering or worrying minds. They are taught “beditation” - more commonly called a body scan - in which they learn to focus on the inner sensations they feel as a means to help them to sleep better. The school is using a course designed by ‘Mindfulness in Schools’ called ‘.b’ (dot-be) meaning Stop and Be. This course is also a basis for ongoing active research into the benefits of mindfulness amongst children and teenagers.
Revd. Martin Hewitt, teacher of Religion and Philosophy at Warwick School, who leads the Mindfulness programme says, “People spend a lot of time worrying about things that are in the past, wondering if we could or should have done something differently, and spending a lot of time anticipating and sometimes fearing the future. As a result we miss what is happening in this moment - the joy of this fleeting moment that can never be experienced again. Mindfulness helps us to be aware of the ‘now’ by focussing on what we feel in each instant as it passes by. It brings us into the present.”
The modern school pupil faces many pressures - to meet the expectations of their parents, to perform academically, to be sporting or musical, and particularly to fit into the world of his or her peers. The teaching of Mindfulness is part of a wider programme of teaching Personal Well-being. Pupils in years 7 and 8 at Warwick School are learning about the benefits of optimism, understanding character strengths and other positive mental attitudes. Through this programme Warwick hopes to make their pupils more resilient in their lives and grow into happy, mature young men.
Gus Lock, Head Master of Warwick School said, “There can be nothing more important than the well-being of our pupils, both in body and mind and, at a time when there are unprecedented concerns nationally, we must do all we can to support the mental health of our children. Our boys and staff have engaged really enthusiastically with Mindfulness, one of many things we are doing to help in this important area.”
Our next Open Mornings are:
Pre-Prep 26th Feb 2021
Senior School 6th March 2021
Prep 12th March 2021
Year 7 19th March 2121
To attend please register at www.ardingly.com/openmornings
High achieving Sixth Formers have beaten the previous year's record IB results and gained an average provisional point score of 38 points, 8 points above the worldwide average. It is the best average score yet achieved in the 13 years the college has offered the International Baccalaureate to students.
Combined A Level and IB scores were 51% A* - A and 80% of all grades were awarded A*-B.
Following hot on the heels of our record A Level and IB results,the GCSE cohort of students, have matched last year’s highest ever grades. 62% of all grades awarded were A*-A, 87% were A*-B and 98% were above a C grade.
We very much look forward to welcoming you and your family to Cranmore.
Join our senior pupils for a guided tour of Cranmore School. Discuss all aspects of life at Cranmore with staff hear the Headmaster introduce the school and members of the senior team. We offer a crèche available for those too small to tour.
We are proud to be one of the leading independent schools in Surrey and, through a series of planned phases, we are committed to becoming fully co-educational.
From September 2018, we have girls and boys throughout our Nursery, Junior Department and also Yr 4. (Form 2)
Friday 10 May 2019
To make an appointment with our Registrar, Mrs Nicky Synnott:
Call 01483 280355
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We all know it’s important for children to exercise and ample time spent playing outside is beneficial for children. But while learning-focused playgrounds and structured play can greatly aid children’s learning and development, exploring the great outdoors is equally as important.
Pupils also need time to be creative and imaginative without structure. In open spaces they can create their own playgrounds from the world around them. But open green spaces can be hard to come by in the increasingly built-up neighbourhoods that we live in.
Looking to your child’s school to provide the freedom to run around and learn is key.
In the Henderson Fields, Cranmore students have plenty of room to have fun with several level pitches for playing sports, as well as a mini-golf course, cross country route and Forest School. You can see first-hand our extensive sport facilities, inside and outside of the school, at one of our open days.
Benefits of Playing Outside: