The positive impact of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

Peter Westgarth, Chief Executive of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) is widely recognised as the world’s leading youth achievement award. Each section of a DofE programme offers opportunities for young people to develop their confidence, improve their self-esteem and feel fitter and healthier through the Physical and Expedition […]


Out of the ordinary: realising the potential of every child

Dr Joe Spence, Master of Dulwich College Deeply embedded in articles on what makes a good school you may find a short paragraph on its provision for the ordinary pupil, but that genus deserves further attention. Some of the hardest work a school has to undertake is to care for the pupils who are seen, […]


The case for continuity

Giggleswick School

Mark Turnbull, Headmaster of Giggleswick School An ability to adapt to change is something we all recognise as an important skill in the modern workplace. In an age when technology allows ‘trends’ the briefest of lives before extinguishing them, and where almost all teenagers seem to be in near constant contact with peers beyond their […]


Schools together in partnership

Julie Robinson, General Secretary of the Independent Schools Council (ISC) Independent schools have been connected with their local communities and have been collaborating with state-funded schools for many years but only recently has data been collected to demonstrate this in any detail. The facts show that independent schools are very much part of the educational […]


The importance of values education

Dr Mark Whalley, formerly Headmaster of Rookwood School Ask most parents, teachers and headteachers what they want for their children and they will probably say very similar things. A small number will start off with qualifications and academic success but most will talk about happiness, preparation for life, values and character. I wholeheartedly sit in […]


PSHE? SMSC? The acronyms of a priceless education


Delyth Lynch, former Deputy Head (Pastoral and Wellbeing) of Wellington College When I was 17, I spent three weeks of my summer holiday planning and delivering a holiday to a group of children from a school in Cheshire who had severe learning difficulties. They travelled annually to my boarding school in North Wales where they […]


Extra-curricular activities shouldn’t be an extra

Dauntsey's Activities

Mark Lascelles, Head Master of Dauntsey’s Business leaders are calling for the UK’s education system to better prepare young people for the world of work. Academic qualifications are certainly important but surely attitudes and behaviours are as important as grades? I believe extra-curricular activities – from drama, music and sport through to adventure and volunteering […]


How boarding schools and boarding parents can work together

Boarding Parents

Louise Moelwyn-Hughes, Head of St Edmund’s School Canterbury In choosing a boarding school for their child, parents are signifying the greatest possible level of trust in that institution. It is an investment that no good boarding school takes for granted, seeking instead to ensure parents know they will be able to communicate quickly and directly […]


The importance of character education


Simon Reid, Principal of Gordonstoun Grit, resilience, enthusiasm and zest, confidence and ambition, self-control and adaptability, humility and sensitivity to global concerns are some of the attributes the CBI used when outlining what businesses of the future will need from the people they employ. The recent World Education Forum (WEF) focused its conference on ‘The […]


Boarding – time to let off steam


Keith Budge, Headmaster of Bedales Schools In recent times, the educational mood music from Whitehall has been that STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and maths) are the horses to back in terms of skills for employment in the global race. We can all agree on the importance of science, technology and engineering, but I remain […]


The CCF – supporting character development in a boarding school

Character Development

Thomas Garnier, Headmaster of Pangbourne College There has always been a strong connection between boarding schools and the Combined Cadet Force (CCF). The CCF has its roots in the Volunteer Corps which were established in six public schools (all boarding schools) in 1859 and 1860: Felsted, Rossall, Eton, Harrow, Hurstpierpoint, Rugby and Tonbridge. The number of […]


School sport: a head’s perspective

Schools Sport

Richard Biggs, Headmaster of King’s College, Taunton I saw a lovely sight a while ago. Our U15B rugby team won its match against a local rival school. They hadn’t won many and this was a scrappy nail-biter, with our boys clinging to a slender lead in the dying moments and then exploding in joy. There was […]


Girls’ sport: challenging, competitive and passionate

Girls sport challenging

Pauline Stott, Director of Sport at Kilgraston School Women’s sport is reaching greater levels of coverage and achievement than ever before. After the 2012 London Olympics, where the women’s events brought passion, drama, and a rather impressive haul of medals for Team GB, those of us immersed in the sporting scene felt the time for […]


First BSA Boarding Fellows

BSA Boarding

Based on an article which first appeared in Boarding School Magazine, Summer 2016 During its Golden Jubilee year, the Boarding Schools’ Association invited members of the boarding community to apply to become the first BSA Boarding Fellow. This annual award aims to provide an experienced senior member of the boarding team the opportunity to conduct […]


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