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King’s Ely celebrate The Boat Race

King's Ely welcomed the President of Cambridge University Women’s Boat Club after the crew were victorious in The Boat Race on Ely’s River Great Ouse. The school had provided accommodation for crew from Oxford in the week leading up to the race.

Prince Philip

Gordon's honours HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

Gordon's School will mark the death of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh. Pipe Major Owen Carter will play a Lament outside the school Chapel in tribute, after the Royal Family has gathered for the funeral, on Saturday.

Features, articles and advice for parents


Reforming GCSE

5 min read Much has changed since the 1980s when GCSEs were first introduced. Despite various reforms, some Heads feel it's time for more radical change. Attain's Editor talked to Sarah Fletcher, High Mistress of St Paul's Girls' School and Stephen Jones, Warden of St Edward's School in Oxford.


Testing times

5 min read The real abilities of pupils can be overlooked due to the standardised hoops they need to jump through to gain entry to senior school. Simon Larter-Evans of St Paul's Cathedral School takes a deliberately provocative look at Cognitive Ability Tests.


Returning in a new spirit

5 min read The return to school will be harder for children than after the last lockdown, foresees Colin Baty, Head of Bedales Prep, Dunhurst. But it is also the time to take a fresh approach to how children learn.


Taking the anxiety out of uncertainty

5 min read There is little at present about which we can be certain – except more uncertainty – and this has a big effect on anxiety. Attain's Editor talked to Mark English, Vice Master at University College School and Emma Goldsmith, Head of Winchester House.


A sense of sameness

5 min read Monotony is a common feeling during lockdown. What effect is this having on parents and pupils – and how can we improve this? Attain's Editor talked to Emma Hattersley, Head of Godolphin School and Gareth Jones, Head of St Andrew's Prep Eastbourne.


Putting the Arts into STEM

5 min read Schools are embracing the concept of STEAM – putting the arts into science, technology, engineering and maths. Attain's Editor, Matthew Smith, talked to Fionnuala Kennedy and Claire Boyd of Wimbledon High School GDST to find out more.

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