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Academic Principal Claires Court Schools Long term member & advocate of the Independent Schools Association

Principal’s Last Word – Summer Term 2021

At the close of our Academic Year, 2020-2021, whether in-school or via remote broadcasting, we have been able to celebrate the high points  (where such language is appropriate during a pandemic!) and contributions of our school, its pupils and teachers … Continue reading

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“Good grief” said Charlie Brown. It’s taken me sometime, and now I totally get that.

As a child of the ‘Sixties, my emerging take on the landscape of adolescence and life were of course largely shaped by my life at school, boarding as I did with lots of other children, often as many as 30, … Continue reading

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Keep calm and stay positive; good things will happen

Well, according to Jules Verne, if you are Phineas Fogg, you can go around the world in 80 days. Since Monday 8 March (the day schools reopened in person), I am very delighted to confirm that the furthest I have … Continue reading

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Leadership & Followership – the joys of change management!

We all know the well know aphorism “Do as I say, not as I do” which harks back throughout medieval times and is reported as going back at least to the New Testament when in St Matthew’s gospel we read … Continue reading

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“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.”

Hope is not wishful thinking, but a way of expressing positively that secure, planned efforts, with positive expectations have been prepared, with confidence and great care. Over the past 12 months, it has become obvious to us all that the … Continue reading

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“History is a race between education and catastrophe” – H.G.Wells

One of England’s greatest and prolific writers, H.G. Wells wrote a remarkable book entitled ‘The Outline of History’, encompassing 2 volumes and covering the progress of Humanity from the origin of Earth to the First World War. Whilst its contents … Continue reading

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“Dare Mighty Things” – here on earth as well as on Mars!

Teddy Roosevelt must have dreamed of being able to attend school. Born into an affluent New Yorker family in 1851, he developed such serious asthma that he could not attend school per se, so was home educated during his school … Continue reading

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“Being Brilliant Every Single Day” – or Solving Wickedness for Generation Covid.

Across the span of 20 years experienced so far this century, 2021 is already not on my favourite’s list. It has a chance to rise up the rank order, to be fair, but of the years experienced to date it’s … Continue reading

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Baby Steps and Dance Moves – Education in the 2020s

Throughout the developed world, the common factor of the shutting down of in-school provision by a coronavirus has put the whole rainbow range of provision under the closest scrutiny. Every country has had to adapt, adjust, not just tweak but … Continue reading

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“Ideas are not always responsible for the people that have them” – Katharine Whitehorn

Richard Wells, former Chief Constable of South Yorkshire wrote to the Times this week, in order to pay tribute to this less well known quote of the recently deceased journalist, author and broadcaster, Katharine Whitehorn. He explains how over a … Continue reading

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