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  • Opening of The Prep at Denstone College

    Within 18 months the College has achieved almost the unachievable, and converted and developed a fabulous building on site to become an exceptional Prep School facility. This development represents’ £1.8 m of investment.  The school has invested £127k in the playground areas, which were carefully designed to aid the physical development of the children and to include an element of adventure and independence. In addition to our dedicated prep teaching staff for the core subjects of English, maths and Science...

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  • Denstone College Student selected for England Rugby U18s

    Vice-Captain of School, Charlie, started his rugby journey at just 4½ years old as a micro at Ashby Rugby club. Once Charlie moved into contact rugby he became known as “The Tank”.  At 13, Charlie was delighted to win a place in the Leicester Tiger’s junior academy pathway training at Nottingham University Sports Centre.  After moving to Denstone College he was selected for Leicester Tiger’s Academy rugby at age 16  and started his training as a hooker. He was registered...

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  • Pangbourne College appoints Assistant Head Pupil Mental Wellbeing

    Thomas Garnier, Head explains; ‘Since I arrived at Pangbourne in 2005, the world has evolved at great pace and young adults are facing greater pressures than ever. With the global pandemic exacerbating levels of stress and anxiety, we recognise that mental wellbeing is absolutely essential for our pupils to flourish and develop into adults who will make a positive difference to their community. This appointment is a natural progression for Caroline who has been instrumental in developing our nurturing ethos...

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  • Pangbourne students overcome the challenges of Covid-19 to achieve exam success

    The percentage of A Level A*- A grades was 45%, evidence of the wealth of talented students in this year’s group. The overall pass rate (Grades 9-4) for GCSE was 97% and 46% of the Grades were 9-7. The vast majority of our A Level students will be progressing to their firm-choice universities. Amongst those celebrating is Music Scholar Grace Spalton, who achieved A*A* A in her A levels. Grace will be accepting a place at the University of Cambridge...

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  • King’s Ely secures reaccreditation of International School Award

    KING’S Ely is delighted to have achieved reaccreditation of the prestigious International School Award. The British Council’s International School Award is a badge of honour for schools that do “outstanding work in international education”, such as through links with partner schools overseas. King’s Ely first received the award, which lasts for three years, in 2012. Approving King’s Ely’s reaccreditation this month, a British Council spokesperson said: “All the sections of your Impact Evaluation, including the Impact and Ambassadorial sections, describe...

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  • Pangbourne College – A community where you can flourish

    Duke of Edinburgh’s Award At Pangbourne, all Year 9 pupils undertake the Bronze award, and many choose to go on to Silver in Year 11 and Gold in Year 12. The combination of volunteering, physical activities, skill-based challenges and expeditions give an all-round experience which is fun, rewarding and recognises a young person’s successful journey of self-discovery and development. Combined Cadet Force Our Combined Cadet Force (CCF) is a vital element of our challenge curriculum which is taken up in...

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  • Pangbourne College Student Calum Scott wins 2-year contract with London Irish

    Director of Sport, Mr Sam Hewick, commented on Calum’s achievement, ‘This is an incredible opportunity for Calum, who has been in the London Irish Academy since the age of 13. Initially coming through the London Irish Developing Player Programme, he has also played club rugby for both Tadley RFC and Newbury Blues. Calum’s determination has truly paid off and he has also been selected for the England U18 training squad. ‘As strong advocates of our pupils’ success stories, it is...

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  • The Archers Lodge Experience – Sherfield School

    There are many reasons why a child would opt for a boarding school and in this day and age we are seeing children making this choice with their parents’ consent rather than the other way around. Whether it be for the academic focus, the chance to experience increased independence, make lifelong friendships (and boarders really do make these), live in beautiful surroundings, have access to facilities which would normally mean a trip to a sports club or gym, or a...

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  • Re-engage, Re-connect and Re-establish – Sherfield School

    As schools plan for reopening and they focus on social distancing, bubbles, one way systems, testing, ventilation, risk-assessments and much more, there is a narrative that there is no time to go slow; we must rush to help pupils “catch up” on all the learning they have lost during the lockdowns. As I watched the news on Monday I was struck by one commentator’s assertion that children will be behind in their learning and he even talked about closing the “gap”! What gap? Who says...

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  • Dragon Impact Amidst the Pandemic

    Within these uncertain times, we hear daily of the many members of our Dragon community who are working on the front line and behind the scenes to help overcome this pandemic, continuing to support the country, spread kindness in their communities, and keep the nation informed during these challenging times. The tradition of social and environmental impact is central to life at the Dragon and has never been more evident than in the remarkable efforts shown by members of our...

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