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Heads' blog

The heads' blog is an opportunity for senior staff and students, invited by the heads of school, to share their thoughts on education, schools and children.

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  • With great power comes great responsibility

    Published 01/10/19
    ‘With great power comes great responsibility’ says Uncle Ben to his nephew Peter Parker. And while that is a phrase worth restating to politicians both in the House of Commons and across the world, it made me wonder about the opposite. Wi
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  • Self respect

    Published 03/09/19
    There is something refreshing about the start of the autumn term. In the same way some adopt New Year resolutions on the 1 January, the start of the academic year presents the opportunity for pupils and students, and indeed teachers, to recalibr
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  • Humility – gratitude for opportunities

    Published 03/06/19
    There is no doubt that an independent school education develops an inner confidence in its pupils. Perhaps this reflects the benefit of having studied in smaller classes. Perhaps it reflects the fact that pupils have met an entry criterion to gain th
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  • Environmental Awareness

    Published 08/05/19
    There seems to be an unrelenting stream of grim messages about our environment with each day bringing another warning about the damage we are inflicting on our planet. The latest report from the UN on biodiversity and ecosystem services warns us that
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  • Commitment

    Published 02/04/19
    I was listening to my seven year old daughter playing the piano over the weekend. As a proud father, I am excited that she is ready for her Grade 1 examination after a year of lessons and practice. Should her interest ever develop in to a passion, wh
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  • Trust in the benefits of failure

    Published 01/03/19
    For many, faith is synonymous with the trust and conviction with which we conduct our daily interactions and, arguably, this exists in no greater form than in the relationship between parents and schools. In education, we have the privilege of hel
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  • Take Courage - a calculated risk

    Published 01/02/19
    The 11+ admissions process has reached its conclusion, and as my first at the helm it has been exhausting, but hugely enjoyable. I had the opportunity to interview a significant proportion of our applicants, one of whom carried their bag into the int
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  • A Joyful Christmas

    Published 03/12/18
    It’s that time of year again: the nights have drawn in and the temperature has plummeted. The long hot summer of 2018 is now but a distant memory. Here at Claremont Fan Court, we are preparing for a wonderful two weeks full of Christmas ce
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  • Compassion

    Published 01/11/18
    If you have been at the Prep School recently, you may have noticed that we have become poultry keepers. This kindly gesture, to avoid returning Year 3’s chicks ‘to the farm’, is in keeping with our drive to extend our outdoor learni
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