Headmaster's Blog | Saturday 5 October

05 October 2019


You will recall that at Speech Day in July I shared the outstanding news that both our Performing Arts and Sport had been shortlisted for ‘Independent School of the Year 2019’. I am delighted to announce that in Sport we have been shortlisted to be a finalist at the Awards Ceremony. The ceremony will be held at The Royal Thames Yacht Club on Monday. We are up against schools from both IAPS and HMC, so it will be tough, but to wait until the outcome on the night before telling you felt as if we might be robbing the team of the recognition they deserve.

I would very much like you to take a moment to read our application and view the supporting video on our sport webpage. I would like to thank every member of staff involved with the sports programme and to our Grounds team who prepare the pitches so well. Our founder, Mr J Heald Jenkins, believed that a prep school education should offer tremendous care for the needs of each boy, great breadth of opportunity in learning and the arts, innovative teaching and plenty of sport! With this success in both Sport and the Performing Arts, he would be delighted.

A lot of emails and letters have come past my desk for approval in the last week and I fear we may be guilty of filling your inbox for which I apologise. Recognising the busy nature of life here, it merely reflects the opportunities we offer the boys. As way of examples, earlier in the week, the 2nd Form enjoyed a trip to the theatre to watch Matilda and the 5th Form are soon to go off to Hampton Court for a History trip. Enriching the curriculum through targeted additional experiences such as these contribute not only to better understanding and high quality learning, but also lifelong happy memories. Why don’t you talk with your children about their trips and recall with them the ones you enjoyed back in the day? Quite why I have a vivid memory of Papplewick Pumping Station in Nottingham, I have no idea! Anyone else been there? – fascinating!

Have an enjoyable weekend.

Jeremy Banks

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