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Primary & Secondary
Last update: 27 November 2021

OPEN MORNINGS

Our Open Mornings are usually held annually in September and November.

For information on our Open Mornings please visit woodhousegrove.co.uk/admissions

Halliford School
Secondary
Last update: 27 November 2021

OPEN DAYS AND VIRTUAL VISITS

 

We understand how busy life can be for parents, therefore, we offer various opportunities for you to visit Halliford School.

A WARM WELCOME FROM HEADMASTER JAMES DAVIES

 

 

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 ETHOS

 


  

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. 

Primary & Secondary
Last update: 27 November 2021

OPEN DAYS AND VIRTUAL VISITS

You are welcome to visit the School at one of our Welcome Events on a Tuesday afternoon, a Thursday morning or a Saturday morning throughout the term. 

OUR ETHOS

Cranleigh aims to provide young people with: the strength to succeed; the wisdom to make informed choices; resilience in the face of failure or difficulty; and the insight to recognise their privilege and to shape the future culture of the world through lives of service and leadership.

SERVICE

All in the community are encouraged to adopt an attitude of service to each other and the wider community.

RELATIONSHIPS

Strong relationships are fostered as a priority in a predominantly boarding community. Children flourish within safe, supportive environments.

LEADERSHIP

Openness, integrity and thoroughness are characteristic of everything we do. Cranleigh aspires to lead thinking and practice in holistic boarding education. Cranleighans will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to shape future culture.

EXCELLENCE

Cranleigh will strive for excellence in everything it does and aspires to be recognised both for its educational vision and for the personal qualities of Cranleighans.

EXCELLENT EXAM RESULTS

 

GCSES MAKE THE GRADE

We’re pleased to report another year of outstanding GCSE results for Cranleigh School.

- 28% of all grades a 9

- 53% of all grades 9/8

- 99% of students gained five or more GCSEs graded 9-4

- 64% of all pupils achieved 9-7 in the core subjects of Maths and English

- 66% of the cohort achieved seven or more grades 9-7

- 50% of the cohort achieved an outstanding nine or more grades 9-7

- Eleven pupils achieved straight grade 9s 

- a further eighteen pupils achieved all 9-8.

Grades awarded this year were based mostly on two series of robust internal examinations that took place in the Summer term. Staff worked incredibly hard to devise a range of assessments, appropriate to the experiences of pupils throughout the pandemic, to make sure that grades were fair and as accurate as possible.

We’re thrilled with the positive response and hard work from our pupils and proud of the tireless work put in by teachers to ensure that these results are as rigorous as public exams.

 

A LEVEL SUCCESS

In the second consecutive non-examination year we have seen results consistent with expected levels of achievement, with 68% of grades at A*-A, 91% of grades at A*-B and an overall pass rate of 100%. Grades awarded this year were based mostly on two series of robust internal examinations that took place in the Summer term.

- Just over 70% of students gained A*/A in two or more subjects

- 81% achieved all A*-B grades

Earlier in the year we announced another superb set of Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) results for the same year group, equalling last year’s record results. Most Sixth Formers at Cranleigh take an EPQ alongside studying for three A Levels. This year’s results were outstanding, with 60% of pupils gaining A or A* and 89% of all EPQs graded at A*-B.

Primary & Secondary
Last update: 27 November 2021
Primary
Last update: 27 November 2021

STROUD SCHOOL OPEN MORNING - WEDNESDAY 9 MARCH 2022

Come and see our school motto – Forever Undaunted – in action as we embark on “STEAM Week”: a week of exciting activities to develop the love of science, technology, engineering or maths and art! Please call 01794 513231 or visit our website to book your appointment.

To book your place, please call 01794 513231 or email [email protected]

LANGUAGE AND CULTURE DAY 2021

On Tuesday 9 November, Stroud School held its Language and Culture Day.

Held every two years, the aim of this day is to promote language, culture and civilisations. The focus of the day was  Portuguese, Chinese Mandarin and Japanese languages, however, the school also ran some fantastic activities that touched on other cultures, such as Italian,  French, German and Sign Language.

During the day, the children enjoyed many cross-curricular events and activities based on different cultural traditions. Origami sessions were enjoyed by all and of course Latin American Dancing, such as Samba, Tango and’ Paso Doble’.

Stroud is very keen to expose its pupils to different languages. The School believes that a greater language learning experience leads to the development of the skills and confidence needed for children to perceive themselves as ‘Global Citizens’. Stroud School believes it is paramount that children are given the opportunity to become multi-lingual as the immersion in a foreign culture can open new avenues of self-exploration and personal growth.

"Language is the blood of the soul into which thoughts run and out of which they grow" (Oliver Wendell Holmes)

HAPPY MATES AT MOORS VALLEY

We enjoyed a trip to Moors Valley Country Park, as part of our mentoring scheme.

The Year 3 and Year 8 Mates scheme kicked off with an exciting adventure to Forestry England’s Moors Valley, where the children enjoyed a range of activities and the opportunity to spend time with each other. The Mates program offers the chance for the school’s prefects to develop their leadership skills, while the younger children are supported in their transition to the prep school. The children are put into families from transition day, when they enjoy a treasure hunt together, and these groups of mixed Year 3 and 8 children become firm friends as the year progresses.

The trip included exploring the play trails, eating picnic lunches, enjoying the Tree Top Trail in complete silence to enjoy the sounds of nature, and finishing off with a play on the adventure playground - enjoyed by the older children as much as the youngsters! The scheme, now in its fifth year, has developed relationships across the school and helped the children to feel part of one school community. The children returned to school exhausted but very happy, and excited to plan their next Mates family gathering!

As well as weekly meetings, the children will enjoy a trip to Marwell Zoo next term and a pool and pizza party in the summer – perfect opportunities to develop their growing friendships.

Stroud is a co-educational independent school for 3-13 year olds, set within 22 acres of beautiful parkland, playing fields, woodland and wetland that allows for exploration and the development of a love of learning.  It is the prep school to King Edward VI, Southampton.

Secondary
Last update: 27 November 2021

OPEN AFTERNOONS

For details on upcoming open afternoons, please visit farnborough-hill.org

ABOUT FARNBOROUGH HILL

Farnborough Hill is a very special place; the buildings, the history and the spectacular grounds are impressive but what makes it so special are the people.  The school prides itself on being the ‘caring face of academic excellence’.  To understand this ethos, one really has to visit to see the blend of academic rigour and outstanding pastoral care that are delivered so successfully.  Life at Farnborough Hill is vibrant and busy - an environment that fosters energy, friendliness and fun, establishing a positive can-do attitude which develops the self-confidence the girls need for bright and fulfilling futures. 

 

Primary & Secondary
Last update: 27 November 2021

NEW HEAD FOR REDMAIDS' HIGH SCHOOL, BRISTOL

From September 2020, Mr Paul Dwyer will take over as Head of Redmaids' High Senior School, following on from Isabel Tobias who was its Headmistress for 19 years.

Mr Dwyer, who joins the Bristol-based girls' school from his previous Deputy Head post at North London Collegiate School, completed both his undergraduate degree in History and his PGCE at Oxford.

He has strong experience in girls’ education, having previously been the Director of Sixth Form at Putney High School.

As well as his expertise in teaching, Mr Dwyer is known for encouraging teachers across the globe to challenge themselves. He regularly speaks at national and international conferences on education, hosts a podcast designed to help teachers reflect on their practice and was President and a Founding Fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching.

Groups of Redmaids' High students were able to meet the candidates during the recruitment process. The nine girls who met Mr Dwyer, a married father with a two-year-old daughter, recalled that he was highly approachable and personable, adding that he recognised the high importance we place on tradition, and shared their desire for more sustainable practices within school to address climate change.

“I’m honoured to have been selected as the next Head of Redmaids’ High School,” says Mr Dwyer. “It is a vibrant and modern school, steeped in history with an excellent academic record and I’m looking forward to joining the RHS community.

“The founding aims of the School, with its provision of bursaries and scholarships to ambitious and able students, resonate strongly with me. I was the first of my family to attend university and did so thanks to the Sutton Trust – an organisation that identifies potential in children from non-traditional backgrounds.

“I know first-hand the benefit that a strong and supportive educational environment can have and can see that Redmaids’ High has this same life-changing impact on young women in Bristol."

Bristol Grammar School
Primary & Secondary
Last update: 27 November 2021

OPEN DAYS

Bristol Grammar School holds regular open mornings, when you can tour the School in the company of current students and chat to staff over refreshments. 

There are also individual tours on offer when you can see the School on a normal working day and find out more about life at BGS. 

Details of upcoming dates and how to book are available on the BGS website. 

WHOLE SCHOOL OPEN MORNING WEDNESDAY 16 MARCH

Our next Whole School Open Morning is on Wednesday 16 March, from 10.00am–12 noon. Come and spend a morning at BGS on a normal school day and see us in action. You will be shown around the School by some of our current students, and have the opportunity to chat to members of staff over refreshments.

Advance booking is not required, but you are welcome to register your intention to attend on the BGS website <<www.bristolgrammarschool.co.uk/events>>. The event will run from 10.00am until 12.00 noon; we recommend you allow at least an hour for your visit, if possible.

If you'd like to visit BGS but this time is not convenient, please contact the Recruitment Office on 0117 933 9885 to arrange your visit.

We look forward to welcoming you to BGS. 

Primary
Last update: 27 November 2021

OPEN DAYS AND VIRTUAL VISITS

 

We warmly welcome prospective parents to come and visit us for a private tour with our Headteacher or Nursery Manager, to see for yourself what a special little school Polam is during a normal school day. 

WHAT MAKES POLAM SCHOOL SPECIAL?

 

 

Set in the heart of Bedford, Polam School is an independent pre-preparatory school with an outstanding nursery, that offers children from the age of 12 months to 7 years a home from home environment in which to begin their educational journey.

Our curriculum goes way beyond national expectations, with music, languages, art, swimming and IT all introduced in small groups from an early age.

We are delighted to have been crowned winner of Independent Pre-Prep of the Year 2021, being commended in particular for our outstanding commitment to pupil wellbeing and our innovative immersive learning programme. 

We look forward to talking to you about your child's educational future our small school with BIG ambitions!

OUR NURSERY - 12 MONTHS TO 4 YEARS

 

Children can join Polam's Nursery from the age of 12 months until 4 years. We have small baby and toddler rooms to provide the perfect environment in which to gently prepare your child for school life whilst receiving personal attention at all times. We offer a well-equipped, comfortable setting that is fully integrated into our pre-preparatory school, allowing children to benefit for the full range of facilities and specialist teaching available at Polam School. 

Our Nursery and Pre-school have been judged 'outstanding' in all areas for the past three inspections. We are the only Early Years provider in Bradford to have been  awarded Millies' Mark. This is the gold standard in paediatric first aid. This acts as an indicator that the nursery goes above and beyond to keep all of our children safe. 

 

 

 

Primary & Secondary
Last update: 26 November 2021

OPEN DAYS AND VIRTUAL VISITS

 

At Colchester High School we believe it’s important for children to want to be here. That’s why we regularly invite parents and children to visit our school.

COLCHESTER HIGH SCHOOL ETHOS

 

 

“God First, Others Second, Self Last”

 

Colchester High School works to create a safe, happy and supportive environment in which all individuals feel valued and respected. Every individual is an integral part of our inclusive community. Colchester High School is a place where true potential is recognised, high expectations are fulfilled, and personal achievements are celebrated.

The education that we provide encourages academic excellence, global connectivity and social responsibility. We seek to create well balanced individuals who aspire to be active and conscious citizens of the future. 

Our Values:

  • Kindness
  • Tolerance
  • Repect
  • Equality
  • Courage
  • Perseverence

 

OUR HAPPY BOYS AND GIRLS

 

Parents who visit our school always remark on how happy the children are. It’s no coincidence that we place such an emphasis on providing excellent pastoral care.

Good pastoral care is about making children feel at ease so that they can thrive at school. That means making every child feel valued and cared for, which in turn means knowing them well, having good relationships with their families, and offering them the right support.

Read more about our Pastoral Care here.

 

 

COLCHESTER HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS CELEBRATE EXCELLENT GCSE ACHIEVEMENTS

 

Pupils from Colchester High School are celebrating an incredible year of GCSE results. 98% of grades achieved were at Grade 4 or above (National Average 77%) and more pleasingly, 57% of grades were at Grade 7 or above (National Average 29%). 96% of pupils achieved at least 5 or more passes at Grade 4 and above, including Mathematics and English. 

Ms Karen Gracie-Langrick, Headteacher of Colchester High School, said, “It has been such a pleasure to celebrate the excellent GCSE results achieved by our Year 11 pupils and to know that they have overcome the many challenges faced throughout this year.  Determination and hard work have ensured that our pupils have gained outstanding results, with over 1/3 of our pupils gaining 8 or more grades at 7-9. We are especially delighted with the excellence demonstrated in the STEAM subjects in which a 100% pass rate was achieved in Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Single Sciences, Computer Science and Graphic Design. These results are testament to the dedication of our pupils, combined with excellent online and classroom teaching and robust assessment.   My congratulations go to all our Year 11 pupils who should be so proud of their individual achievements. We wish them every success with their futures.”

 

SCHOLARSHIPS AND BURSARIES

 

 

Colchester High School are delighted to offer 3-year Academic Scholarships to Year 6 pupils demonstrating outstanding achievement in English and Mathematics and Year 7 pupils demonstrating outstanding acheivement, talent and/or potential in a range of subjects. Applications are judged purely on merit, based on evidence gathered via a range of methods including auditions, work samples, and references.

Scholarships give students opportunities to develop their talents within the school. Scholars act as ambassadors for the school, making a valued contribution to life at our school. 

Applicants for Academic Scholarships are required to undertake an assessment and attend an interview.

Scholarships are awarded solely on merit and at the discretion of the Headteacher.

 

Primary & Secondary
Last update: 26 November 2021

OPEN DAYS AND VIRTUAL VISITS

 

Visiting King Edward VI is an essential part of the admission process and we look forward to showing our school.

 

OUR AIMS AND OBJECTIVES

We aim to fulfil our ethos and values through…

Flourishing in achievement

 - Laying down a foundation of wellbeing, so that every pupil will exceed their own expectations both in and outside the classroom.

- Providing a varied, rigorous, balanced and exciting curricular and co-curricular programme to inspire learning and engagement for all.

- Offering lessons and learning experiences that challenge assumptions, foster creativity and promote independence.

- Encouraging all pupils and staff to seek to improve and grow in their learning constantly, in the knowledge that this attitude will see them flourish academically.

- Improving and developing resources and facilities to enable exceptional learning experiences.

- Excellence in public examinations leading to opportunities in higher education and life beyond school as a consequence of these attitudes and factors.

These outcomes can only be attained if we…

 

Flourish emotionally

- Recognise that all progress in education relies upon the good mental health of everyone within our community.

- Foster in every pupil a strong sense of self-worth, supported by an outstanding pastoral system.

- Nurture our pupils so that they engage positively with their emotions, developing emotional resilience.

- Help pupils to understand the spiritual dimensions of life, and to be able to make ethical and moral choices.

 

Flourish with engagement

- Encourage all pupils to explore their potential in everything they do.

- Offer opportunities to pupils of all ages to develop their teamwork and leadership skills.

- Recognise the importance of co-curricular activities as a means of promoting positive engagement.

- Encourage our pupils to relate to the world and their fellow human beings in a tolerant, compassionate and responsible manner.

 

Flourish in relationships

- Put kindness at the very centre of our community.

- Understand that healthy relationships with others is key to happiness.

- Teach our pupils to emphathise with each other.

 

Flourish in meaning

- Encourage our pupils to look beyond material goals and strive to make a positive difference to the world.

- Develop in our pupils, and role-model as a whole school, an appreciation of our responsibilities to the school community and to society more widely.

ACADEMIC

King Edward’s has an outstanding record of academic excellence and achievement.  It is amongst the top co-educational independent schools in the country.  We encourage students to develop a life-long love of learning supported by a disciplined yet enjoyable approach to their studies.

The teachers are highly qualified, talented and dedicated. They give pupils the skills and confidence to fulfil their potential, focusing on the pursuit of excellence and individual achievement. Small teaching groups, supported by the very latest technology and modern facilities, make for a demanding and stimulating learning environment where everyone can thrive.

The curriculum follows the normal path to GCSEs in Year 11 and A-Levels in the Sixth Form, but every effort is made to teach according to pupils’ abilities, and to stretch our pupils beyond the demands of the syllabus. The Assistant Head (Academic) oversees all academic matters and reports directly to the Head.

We endeavour to ensure that wherever a pupil’s strengths lie, these are developed to the best of their individual ability.

Hawley Place School
Primary & Secondary
Last update: 25 November 2021

OPEN DAYS AND VIRTUAL VISITS

 

The only real way to get the true feeling of what an education at Hurst  Lodge School is like is to come and visit us.

Please request a tour by emailing [email protected], phoning 01252 227002 or filling in the form here.

Both parents and prospective pupils can come and see the school in action.

Book a Tour >>  

 

 

What questions to ask on a school open day? …With Answers

-  What are the school’s key aims, ethos and vision?

You can read all about our aims, ethos and vision here

- What are the class sizes or teacher ratios?

In Early Years our ratios are 1:6 for 3-4 year olds.

The average class size in the Prep and Senior School is 18.

In the Sixth Form, depending on the subject, we have small tutor groups or 1:1.

- How does the school handle bullying and challenging behaviour?

Our Anti-Bullying policy and our Behaviour policy outlines everything that we do to prevent and handle bullying and challenging behaviour including our procedures, strategies, outcomes and the action we take. 

- What makes this school different and sets itself apart from others in the area?

We have a flexible creative and academic framework. If there’s something your child loves doing, whether it’s sport, acting or dancing, we’ll support that interest alongside their academic studies.

We are an all-through school from Early Years to Sixth Form. When you visit Hurst Lodge School you’ll see children of all ages playing together and learning from each other. It’s all part of our whole school philosophy where we encourage friendships across all ages. We achieve this through whole school events, mentoring and participation in House competitions and across school activities.

There is nothing more boring than sitting in a classroom starring at copious notes. Whenever possible teachers are encouraged to make their lessons practical and show the applications in real life of what they are teaching.

 

ABOUT OUR SCHOOL

Hurst Lodge School is a small independent Early Years, School and Sixth Form for boys and girls ages 3-19. Our school is located in 16 acres of beautiful woodland on the border of Surrey and Hampshire.

Hurst Lodge School aims to educate students to become responsible citizens, respect their surroundings and tread lightly on the Earth. We aim for children to become successful independent learners, and gain pleasure from their environment whilst contributing to the school and wider community as well as promoting personal growth and development thus achieving personal goals and broadening their life chances and enriching their quality of life.

OUR AIMS

To provide an holistic approach to education and to place learning, creativity and the building of self-worth at the centre of the school’s life. Our secure and purposeful environment enables pupils to develop mentally and physically as far as they are able with the pursuit of excellence in intellectual, physical and cultural activities being the end goal.

The school provides a broad and balanced academic curriculum enhanced by an aesthetic and creative program of study. The school aims to educate students to become responsible citizens, respect their surroundings and tread lightly on the Earth.

We aim to provide a friendly, family atmosphere, conducive to learning, where courtesy, kindness and consideration for others are fostered in all pupils.

We aim for children to become successful learners, and gain pleasure from their environment whilst contributing to the school and wider community as well as achieving personal goals.

Our Mission Statement...

‘‘Hurst Lodge aims to educate students to become responsible citizens, respect their surroundings and tread lightly on the Earth. We aim for children to become successful independent learners, and gain pleasure from their environment whilst contributing to the school and wider community as well as promoting personal growth and development thus achieving personal goals and broadening their life chances and enriching their quality of life.’

Primary
Last update: 23 November 2021

ST MARGARET’S PREP EXCELLENT ACROSS THE BOARD SAY INSPECTORS

  
Staff and pupils at St Margaret's are celebrating their latest inspection report after inspectors declared its education standards excellent.

The Independent Schools Inspectorate, the Ofsted equivalent for independent schools, graded the school excellent for the quality of both the children’s academic and other achievements, as well as the quality of their personal development.

Mrs Karen Cordon, headmistress at the time of the inspection, said: ‘I am absolutely thrilled that St Margaret’s has been graded ‘excellent’ across the board.  We could not be more pleased with the way the inspection team captured the ethos of the school and in particular the essence and the spirit of the children.
 

OPEN DAYS & VISITS


 Discover what our children love about St Margaret's at one of our Open Events.

WHAT MAKES ST MARGARET'S SO SPECIAL? 

 

 

St Margaret's Prep is a thriving independent day school for boys and girls aged 3-11, sharing a 28-acre campus with St Mary's Calne. We moved to our current premises in 1940 and have gradually grown to what we are today – a happy and vibrant school of 180 pupils with broadly equal numbers of boys and girls. At St Margaret’s, we believe our duty is to prepare the children in our care to meet the challenges of an ever-changing world; to equip them with the life skills and attributes that will allow them to flourish in their senior schools and beyond.

We offer a holistic and balanced education, with strong values at its heart. These values provide a framework for our children as they interact with one another, experiencing the challenges and achievements of their educational journey with us. Our aim of ‘Inspiring Excellence’ is central to our commitment to ensure that each pupil aspires to fulfil his or her potential.

We aim to instil a positive sense of self in each pupil and a drive to be the best that they can be in all respects. Our philosophy is underpinned by the belief that children thrive when they are happy, stimulated and encouraged. 

Fulfilment at St Margaret’s is not just about academic rigour, it’s also about respect and understanding for each other and giving our pupils the tools to understand themselves. Throughout their time at school we see our children grow in independence, self-esteem and confidence as they learn key ‘soft skills’ and acquire knowledge and understanding with a growth mindset. We all work towards ensuring that firm foundations are laid before the children move on to senior school and face the challenges that the workplace and wider world will present in the future. 

Through embracing our shared school values, we create an atmosphere which gives our children the confidence to achieve their best in a supportive and engaging environment.

Visitors are welcome throughout the year.  Please contact Mrs Simone Hughes to make an appointment:  01249 857379 or email [email protected]

Warwick School
Primary & Secondary
Last update: 20 November 2021

WARWICK SCHOOL SELECTED AS A FINALIST FOR THE INDEPENDENT BOYS' SCHOOL OF THE YEAR AWARD

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.”

EDDIE JONES APPOINTMENT AS ENGLAND'S HEAD COACH

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.

 

 

MINDFULNESS AND WELL-BEING

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.”

Primary
Last update: 17 November 2021

OPEN DAYS & VISITS

We believe that a tour of RSM is an invaluable step in the process of getting to know us, as our school’s atmosphere speaks for itself. 

OUR COMMUNITY

We have a wonderful school community which thrives and grows as a result of:

  • Genuine partnerships –  we value meaningful relationships with parents and are always available to talk whenever questions or worries arise. Our open door approach to relationships with families, parent’s evenings, regular Open Classrooms and class Assemblies give families the opportunity to  share in their children’s learning.
  • A warm welcome – from Grandparents Mornings to Sports Days and musical performances to dance shows,  we love to welcome parents and friends to help celebrate the children’s achievements.
  • A vibrant parents association – Friends of St Mary’s Association (or FOSMA for short) arrange a host of activities during the year  which are enjoyed by everyone. They have recently launched SMaSH (St Mary’s Social Hub) and parents regularly get together to dog walk, go for a run or just meet socially.
  • The wider community – we value being part of the local area and helping others, so our outreach programme is designed around the importance of giving. Our children sing at tea time concerts, visit elderly residents and get involved with local initiatives, all part of helping and sharing with the local community.

 

 

 

REIGATE ST MARY'S OPENS A NEW BUILDING WITH IMPRESSIVE ECO CREDENTIALS

Reigate St Mary's has recently opened a new classroom block that provides state of the art classrooms in the heart of the school's 15 acre site. A ribbon cutting ceremony saw Chair of Governors, James Dean and CEO of Stripy Stork, Nicola Dawes, officially opened the new classrooms before half term. 

The four contemporary classrooms will accommodate the school's increasing pupil numbers by providing an eco-friendly, modern and spacious environment for the children to learn in. With energy efficient lighting, an airflow system, high performance insulation to reduce energy costs, sustainably sources materials and natural wood cladding, the building has impressive eco-credentials. Environmentally friendly building methods were used during construction to minimise the impact on the local environment. These strong eco credentials align with Reigate St Mary's ethos and emphasis on Education for Social Responsibility.  

The opening ceremony was also attended by the school's Headmaster, Marcus Culverwell and Reigate Grammar Headmaster, Shaun Fenton, along with staff from both schools. Marcus Culverwell also heads up Education for Social Responsibility for the UK for the Independent Association of Prep Schools. This is a curriculum that helps children to think about core social values. These lead to happy and fulfilled lives, withing stable and caring communities that protect the planet for the future. At the heart of it is a focus on the wellbeing of each of them individually, the wellbeing of teams they will work within and the wellbeing of the planet.