The Return of Ravenstone School

March 10th 2016 was a momentous day for one local school in Balham. It was the day Ofsted published their report on Ravenstone Primary School, declaring it good. The welcome news closed the door on a dark period for the school, stretching over two and a half years, following the inspection body’s previous report, ‘Requires Improvement’. The newly reinvigorated school won’t be stopping at good. Its website declares that: “The journey does not end here and we are now striving towards becoming … [Read more...]

Record-breaking rower talks teamwork and resilience at Woldingham

Emma Mitchell, who completed a world record breaking row across the Pacific, spoke at Woldingham as part of our ‘Thinking Big’ Speakers Programme.  The coxless rowers spent 257 days at sea, at times spending hours rowing against unfavourable currents just to stay on course. Emma talked to the girls about the importance of teamwork, values and resilience.  The all-women rowing team relied upon six core values to keep them focussed and motivated, often in the face of setbacks and extreme … [Read more...]

Growth Mindset article for nappy valley by Jonny Gilbert, Deputy Head Teacher of the Roche School and Educational trainer.

  Meeting parents on a daily basis, I often hear them speak of their desire for their child to fulfil their potential – academically, artistically and in sporting terms - as well as being in an environment in which the child is happy and supported. In the current over-heated London independent school market, there is a certain amount of anxiety attached to ensuring that the child’s “potential” is maximised and the growth in extra-curricular tutoring has been the clearest sign of the … [Read more...]

STREAM South London Book Festival 2016

STREAM South London Book Festival patron and former Children's Laureate Malorie Blackman OBE, and author and illustrator Marcia Williams help celebrate Shakespeare's 400th anniversary at this year's Festival. Malorie Blackman will discuss her most recent Young Adult book Chasing the Stars, a retelling of Othello set in the future, in conversation with author Tony Bradman. Younger readers can enjoy the perfect introduction to the Bard with Marcia Williams and her marvellous book Bravo, Mr William … [Read more...]

Staying connected in the real world: Thrive Day at Woldingham School

We are now in the third year of our Thrive programme - learning for life, not just for exams. We aim to help the girls develop resilience, to overcome the everyday challenges that we all face - accepting that failing is the way we learn (and therefore not a bad thing) and to face change with flexibility. In this age of 24/7 connectivity to an on-line world, our focus is about helping them stay connected in the real world. For our Thrive day this year, we focused on the theme of ‘community’. … [Read more...]

West End guest hosts free Singing & Drama Workshop for Little Voices, Teddington

Following the success in neighbouring Putney and East Sheen, national performing arts organisation ‘Little Voices’ is celebrating opening up its first centre in Teddington, Richmond upon Thames by staging a free singing and drama inspired workshop for local youngsters delivered by West End guest Sarah Harlington. Sarah is best known for playing character Serena Katz in Fame (UK Tour) and starring in Avenue Q and Hairspray Musical Tours. Sarah has a wealth of experience in the theatre and … [Read more...]

Professor Lord Winston and the Director of National Gallery open The Laboratory at Dulwich College

Dulwich College was delighted to be joined by Professor Lord Winston and Gabriele Finaldi, Director of The National Gallery, who officially opened The Laboratory, a new landmark building at Dulwich College, home to the Sciences and a venue for the Arts. Also present were chief architect Jolyon Brewis from Grimshaw Architects and sculptor Peter Randall-Page RA, who designed The Laboratory’s exterior panels, comprising almost 15,000 tiles. Dulwich College offers a significant number of Bursaries … [Read more...]

GCSE Results for Dulwich College 2016

It is a pleasure to report on the excellent GCSE results achieved by Alleynians this year. Dulwich College have upheld in Year 11 and surpassed in Year 10 the fine showing of last year’s cohorts. 85% of all papers sat by Year 11 pupils this Summer have been graded A or A*, 53% of those at A*. 151 of our 208 boys have been awarded at least eight A*s and As, and 64 of them have achieved eight A*s or better. Once again, the collective performance reflects the excellent work of a year group we … [Read more...]

A Level Results for Dulwich College 2016

For boys who completed their A levels in June and received their results this August, Dulwich College are delighted to report that 89.7% of all grades awarded are at A*AB (86.3% in 2015). These results have ensured that almost all of our pupils can progress to the next stage of their education with confidence, the great majority to undertake the courses they had hoped to study at competitive universities in the UK and abroad. Our AS results have also been pleasing. They suggest we have a very … [Read more...]

Our top tips for helping your child get into the school of their dreams

The school entry system is tough, and it’s getting tougher. Whether you’re attempting to get your child into a good state school, where the waiting lists can be long and defined by postcode lottery, or a good private school where the entrance process can be daunting, especially for young children, it’s a stressful process as much for parents as it is for children. But; there is help out there. Whether its specialist blogs, schools guides or school open days, parents can find great advice. … [Read more...]

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