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Episode 31: Reimagining prep schools

Joining Matthew this week is William Goldsmith, Vice Chair of the Independent Association of Prep Schools, IAPS, and Head Master of St George's School, Windsor. In a wide-ranging interview, he discusses the pressure on schools and teachers during the pandemic and why the role of prep schools should be reimagined.

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Episode 30: Transitions

Joining Matthew this week is Paula Mortimer, Head of the Junior School at Lady Eleanor Holles in London and Mark Mortimer, Headmaster of Bryanston School in Dorset. We discuss how parents can help their children take transitions in their stride – whether it's going up a year group or moving to a new senior school.

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(l-r) Penny Macfarlane (Green Team head), Phill Cox (groundsman), Lucinda Mueller (PTA Chair) and Matthew Bryan (Head) with members of the Green Team

Longacre School opens new wilderness area

Longacre School in Shamley Green, Surrey has opened a new wilderness area called Badger Wood. The area includes a new viewing hide for the children and a wildlife camera to capture the activities of the resident badgers and other nocturnal animals.

Jacqueline Wilson at the Literature Festival

Eagle House Children's Literature Festival

Eagle House hosted its sixth Children's Literature Festival over two days this September. Eighteen authors gave talks, signed books and enthused young audiences from a range of local schools as reading was put centre stage.

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Trust and you will find

5 min read The past year has seen the rise of The Three Marketeers: Covid, Consultancies and Conundrums. Tim Hands, Headmaster of Winchester, reflects on choosing schools in the new normal.


Rethinking governance

5 min read Ensuring the governing body of a school is diverse, inclusive and reflective of pupils is increasingly important for schools. Ceri Jones, Headmaster of Caterham School, outlines why his school has created a Shadow Board of ten alumni, aged under 30.


Transforming lives

5 min read A bursary can completely change a disadvantaged young person's life. John Towers, Headmaster of Homefield Preparatory School in Sutton, explains how his school set up a programme to help children in care – and how other schools can do the same.


Rethinking Latin

5 min read It's time to stop seeing Latin as a 'dead language', argues Dominic Hodgkinson, Head of Classics at Dauntsey’s School, and instead see it as a humanity that can enhance our understanding of the world today.

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