Out of the ordinary: realising the potential of every child


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 […]


Boarding and internationalisation


Boarding and internationalisation Alastair Land, Headmaster of Repton Schools The current international situation with all its demanding geopolitical challenges and uncertainties, gives the present generation of boarders at UK and international schools substantial opportunities for growth and development. I find young people to be more open to new ideas and less constrained by tradition than […]


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

Independent Schools Council (ISC)

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-maintained schools for many years but only recently have we begun to collect data which clearly demonstrates this. The facts show that independent schools are very much part of the educational […]


Developing thinking skills across the curriculum


Developing thinking skills across the curriculum Dr Lorraine Earps, Head Teacher of Queen’s College, Taunton For the first time as educationalists, we are attempting to prepare young people for a future we do not recognise. A pupil moving into Year 7 this year is likely to enter the world of work in 2028 and continue […]


PSHE? SMSC? The acronyms of a priceless education


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 […]


How Boarding schools and boarding parents can work together


How boarding schools and boarding parents can work together 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 […]


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 […]


All the world’s a classroom


Lisa Kerr, Principal of Gordonstoun ‘Welcome to one of Gordonstoun’s many classrooms’, says Captain Dan Russell when he welcomes pupils aboard our 80 ft sail training boat Ocean Spirit. His introductory words encapsulate what I passionately believe – learning doesn’t only take place within the four walls of an academic building. My route to school […]


Boarding – time to get to grips with literacy and science


Keith Budge, Headmaster of Bedales Schools The line from Whitehall has long been that STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and maths) are key 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 concerned about what I see as an […]


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 […]


The positive impact of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

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 […]


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 U14B girls’ team won its match against a local rival school. They hadn’t won many and this was a scrappy nail-biter, with our girls clinging to a slender lead in the dying moments and then exploding in joy. There […]


Using the power of technology wisely – how boarding schools can support this

Sherborne Girls

Jenny Dwyer, Headmistress of Sherborne Girls Anyone who spends time with teenagers will know what a dominant force digital technology can be in their lives. The hours spent clicking and swiping, liking and emoting, can seem endless, with the phone or tablet device an apparently constant fixture. But a survey conducted by the Headmasters’ and […]


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 […]


Boarding at sixth-form colleges

Abbey college

Dr Julian Davies, Principal of Abbey College Cambridge Independent boarding schools have a long history of creating well-rounded pupils with excellent results. Most pupils beginning an A-level course or an International Foundation Programme are not only striving to gain the best possible grades and complete a challenging programme of academic study, but also yearning to […]


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