• Being in an all girls Sixth Form is empowering and will help students learn leadership and how to deal with a world that is volatile, increasingly uncertain, complex and ambiguous, according to the new CEO of the Girls’ Day School Trust.

    Cheryl Giovannoni talks to Sydenham High School Sixth Form Students
  • Schools join together to perform Requiem at Otford Church Russell House Chamber Choir joined with the senior choir and orchestra from Kent College Pembury in a stunning concert held first at St Bartholomew’s Church in Otford and then in the Countess of Wessex Theatre, Kent College. The concert, which was the first of such collaborations…

    Stunning concert Russell House Prep School and Kent College Pembury
  • “Just be you, just be great, just be fabulous” pronounced the inspirational journalist and broadcaster and Blackheath High School alumna Charlene White. Blackheath High School students were delighted to welcome Ms White back to the school to deliver a lecture as part of the school’s academic enrichment programme ‘Wollstonecraft’, named after the 18th century writer,…

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  • I am very fortunate to have taught in four independent schools, three of which were girls only, with absolutely superb Sixth Forms (Haberdashers’ Aske’s School for Girls, North London Collegiate School and its sister school in Jeju and now, of course, Blackheath High). It mystifies me when I hear talk about the decline of single-sex…

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  • Michael Gove and Nicky Morgan have come and gone but the impact of successive Secretaries of State for Education on examination reform may only just be becoming apparent to parents and pupils. GCSE reforms have been introduced piecemeal and it is now the responsibility of schools to navigate a clear path for pupils through the…

    GCSE New Grading Article for Futures Magazine
  • “If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart.” Nelson Mandela It is increasingly important that young people study a language other than their native tongue when at school. Technology tools can help with…

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  • Articles in the press have been lamenting the pressures put upon children by excessive tutoring for 11+ entrance examinations to private schools. This is a really challenging issue for parents as the pressure to provide your children with the best possible life opportunities by getting them into the ‘best’ school and pushing them to achieve the ‘best’ grades in…

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  • Richard Cairns, Head of Brighton College, East Sussex, recently claimed that “girls in single sex schools are at a huge disadvantage. Despite their clutch of A*s and degrees they can’t meaningfully converse and communicate with male colleagues”. He’s worried that girls need to be in a class with boys if they are to learn to…

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  • Like once comfy woolly jumpers accidentally sent through a hot wash, the catchment areas for the best primary schools have been shrinking at a disconcertingly rapid rate. As National Offer Day approaches on 18th April 2016, newspapers publish with gleeful relish ever more dramatic stories of catchment areas which have shrunk to a handful of…

    Independent Schools article on catchment area
  • Finding the right school for your child is so important, it should be an environment where he or she can be happy, learn and thrive. Class size is one factor to consider; it is proven that children learn faster in small class sizes. In fact, they are one of the main reasons why you send…

    Babington House
  • Last year, after the A-level results and University applications process was completed, UCAS issued a warning that weak demand for higher education among men was becoming more of a pressing issue than under-representation of youngsters from poor homes, with girls being a third more likely to enter university. The same complaints have been heard this…

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  • The excellent ‘Your Life’ website pursues its mission to encourage all young people to choose STEM subjects with a refreshingly direct approach. ‘If you want to ensure you will get a job that is exciting, well-paid, allows you to travel and offers amazing opportunities to shape the world, choose Maths and Physics at A Level.’…

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  • Looking for a school to suit your child has never been easier, the Independent education sector offers such diversity – you are literally spoilt for choice. Independent schooling provides education from 3-19 years starting with Kindergarten, Prep, Senior then Sixth form, you can choose just one of these entry levels or with some schools go…

    Precision decision
  • A-levels begin to change from September 2015, with all exams taken at the end of a two year course. Smart revision tactics have never been more important. Joe McManners joined Rochester Independent College having already achieved 10 A*s at GCSE and 3 A*s at A-level in Maths, English Literature and History at Tonbridge School. Changing…

    Revision Success
  • “I’d love to, but we just can’t” is a common answer to the question “Would you send your children to a private school?”. Yet, sending your bright kids to an independent school is more achievable than you’d imagine. Decisions about children’s education are probably among the most important a parent will ever make. But independent…

    Securing a better future
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