Hey, I’m important

Scan the many virtues – selling points – of independent schools which parents believe to be important when choosing a school for their child, and class size will come high up on the list. Chinese schools do things differently – huge classes, excellent results – but in Britain, we cherish the belief that small classes… Read More »

One for the team

Is a sole leadership role is the perfect solution? Or is an extensive team is needed to lead a school to success? We have lived through changing times in education. No change there, then. In fact, living with and through a constantly changing world of education is often cited as a reason to call a… Read More »

The compelling past of Red Maids' High School

There’s a rich history to one of Britain’s oldest girls’ schools Once upon a time, I was deputy head of the oldest girls’ school in the country, The Red Maids’ School in Bristol. On founder’s day every year – the school’s equivalent of speech day – the head girl read to the assembled parents, pupils,… Read More »

Music to the ears of educators

Independent schools play a vital role in supporting music in the curriculum Put the right child – boy soprano – in the right church, preferably ancient and candlelit, at the right time, as close to Christmas as possible, and even strong men may weep. There is something about a frosty December night, the silence and… Read More »