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Heads' Blog

The Heads' Blog is an opportunity for senior staff and students, invited by the Head, to share their thoughts on education, schools and children.

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  • Respect For Others

    Published 03/09/18
    R-E-S-P-E-C-T ‘Find out what it means to me’   The words of Aretha Franklin’s 1967 anthem, celebrated for advancing both the civil rights movement and gender equality. Respect (for Others) is one of the character qualities
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  • A Fond Farewell

    Published 10/07/18
    After thirteen years as Headmaster of the Senior School, it is now time to say farewell to the School that has been so much a part of my life as well as that of my wife’s and our two sons’; to say goodbye to valued colleagues and friends
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  • The Importance of Sleep

    Published 22/06/18
    According to Guinness World Records, the record for the number of jalapeno chillies eaten in one minute is sixteen. This feat was achieved by Alfredo Hernandes on 17 September 2006 in Chicago, USA. The most chainsaw juggling catches is 94 and was
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  • Freedom of Play

    Published 01/05/18
    The idea of freedom sparks excitement in our hearts. It brings with it images of long, carefree days and evokes memories of times when choices appear unlimited. If freedom were a colour it would, for me, be the deep blue of the sky above a mountain r
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  • Welcoming Spring, Growth and New Beginnings

    Published 27/03/18
    I popped my head into a colleague’s classroom recently and was asked to name my favourite animal; the class was discussing the characteristics of different animals and whether we as individuals identify with any particular species. Without thin
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  • Wisdom in Lent

    Published 20/02/18
      As the years pass and our children grow it becomes harder to remember all the small details which seemed so important at the time. Films and photos remind us of the fun and laughter at bath times, of individual birthday celebrations, mealti
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  • Love and Kindness

    Published 03/01/18
    I felt very blessed this Christmas; I spent it with friends and family, including a brand new grandson. As we enjoyed the usual festivities and exchanged our gifts, I was struck by the phrase ‘But the greatest of these is love.’ It comes,
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  • Spirit of Christmas

    Published 21/12/17
    Christmas, the song tells us, ‘is the most wonderful time of the year’. Here at Claremont Fan Court School, we have certainly enjoyed an end of term full of festive joy. The last two weeks of term have been as busy as ever, but with an ad
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  • Remembrance

    Published 21/11/17
    On Friday 11 November, the Senior School, along with the Preparatory School and all staff, assembled with the Mayor of Elmbridge, Councillor Lake and Councillor Shipley, Governors and guests for our annual Remembrance Service. We began with a very mo
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  • Broad Activities and Broad Ambitions

    Published 07/11/17
    While a school can be many things to so many people in its community, one of the vital keys to success for a school and, more importantly, to the pupils and students who attend it, is the breadth that a school encompasses. Breadth within a school
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  • Balancing Independence with Boundaries

    Published 04/07/17
    “You need to be much more aware of what your children see you doing than what they hear you saying.” These were the words of Janey Downshire who delivered our most recent Parent Talk. Her presentation on ‘Balancing Independence w
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  • Addresses to Summer Meeting 2017

    Published 01/07/17

    Head Girl, Lottie Rayner and Head Boy, Xander Allman-Varty

    Addresses to Summer Meeting 2017

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