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One of the great joys and benefits of a boarding education is the fact that there is the time and the space to offer a rich array of opportunities which enable young people to grow and develop and explore the person they are. They develop passions and interests, they develop their character and they learn to play a positive part in a community – all things that will help them to lead a happy and fulfilled life.

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    The Benefits of Relocating to the South West

    At the start of 2020 the biggest challenge for the housing market was Brexit: was it going to result in a downturn even though we had certainty about which direction we were heading? But none of us knew that Covid-19 was just around the corner which was going to affect every single one of us. During lockdown for those of...

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    Teamwork gets Stamford pupils back in the classroom

    As schools across the UK face severe logistical challenges in reopening for pupils, the state and independent schools sectors are working together in Stamford to ensure that local Year 6 children can return safely to the classroom. Malcolm Sargent Primary School has around 400 pupils currently eligible to return to school, all of whom need to be accommodated in small...

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    Preparing for University in a Pandemic

    By Michael Randall, Deputy Head, Downside School The appearance of Covid-19 and the subsequent global pandemic can be characterised as a ‘Black Swan’ event. The Black Swan theory was developed by Nassim Nicholas Taleb and describes an event that is completely unexpected, has a significant impact, and is often inappropriately rationalised after the fact and with the benefit of hindsight....

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  • King’s Ely student’s ‘Two Point Six Challenge’ in aid of The DofE Award

    Molly, 17, decided to complete a ‘Two Point Six Challenge’, not only to raise funds for The Duke of Edinburgh’s (DofE) Award, but to also try and make the most of the lockdown restrictions, which, at the time, included only an hour of outdoor exercise each day. The Two Point Six Challenge is a fundraising initiative spearheaded last month by...

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  • Dauntsey’s Sixth Former and brother make pizzas for NHS staff and vulnerable adults

    Using locally milled flour, San Marzano tomatoes, Fior di Latte mozzarella, and basil grown in their garden, they have become experts in making their favourite food and giving it away to those who very much deserve a treat. “We have hired a mobile wood-fired pizza oven and are transporting it around the area to make fresh pizzas to order.  The...

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  • Dragon Impact Amidst the Pandemic

    Within these uncertain times, we hear daily of the many members of our Dragon community who are working on the front line and behind the scenes to help overcome this pandemic, continuing to support the country, spread kindness in their communities, and keep the nation informed during these challenging times. The tradition of social and environmental impact is central to...

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  • Dauntsey’s Sets Up Production for Safety Masks

    Photograph shows: The Design Technology (DT) department at Dauntsey’s has been a hive of activity in its continued efforts to make face shields for frontline NHS staff. Efficient systems have been implemented for making the visors quickly and Head of DT, Alun Pickford, working with his two sons, has been able to make more than 100 masks in just two...

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    Eastbourne College pupil is Wisden Schools Cricketer of the Year for 2019

    Eastbourne College sixth former and cricket sensation, Tawanda Muyeye, joins an exclusive list as the Wisden Schools Cricketer of the Year for 2019. The announcement made today means Muyeye becomes the thirteenth winner of the title since it began. Wisden has long carried details of schools cricket. As far back as 1865, the second edition included an account of the...

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