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Headmaster's Blog

There is a groundswell of desire for educational reform

I have been advocating a review of our current education system for some time now and there seems to be a growing momentum for change. One might excuse the government for not taking action because it has been understandably preoccupied with the pandemic but the reality is that it is the pandemic that has highlighted just how in need of reform our education system has become.

February 22, 2022

"Courage is rightly esteemed the first of human qualities because it has been said, it is the quality which guarantees all others" – Winston Churchill

Words of Wisdom (when looking for a school for your child) - Part 2

January 31, 2022

“No one cares how much you know until they know how much you care” – President Theodore Roosevelt

Words of Wisdom (when looking for a school for your child) - Part 1

November 19, 2021

Live the dream and prepare for tomorrow's world today

Live the dream and prepare for tomorrow's world

February 24, 2021

kitchen vs restaurant culture

Ever wondered what a 'kitchen culture' looks like compared to a 'restaurant culture'?

November 3, 2020

Preparing for tomorrow's world

For as long as I have known we have held to a very traditional view of what education should look like. It is important to hold onto elements of this - the prioritising of values, taking pride in our efforts and accomplishments, developing our knowledge and communication skills, understanding the world in which we live and how we have got to where we are today.

May 20, 2020

Why we are doing things differently to other schools

We have been back just a few days and very quickly I have been asked why we are doing things differently to other schools.

April 29, 2020

Education is being forced into the modern era as we return to school in the virtual classroom

There is no way one can sugar coat what has happened over the last few weeks. COVID-19 has been devastating to our society in so many ways.

April 17, 2020

Closure of schools - not really! Reflections on day one from an Independent School Head's perspective

On this first day of physical closure my staff are working hard to ensure that our virtual doors remain open to our pupils.

March 23, 2020

A healthy menu is so much more than it first appears to be

Feedback on the recent changes to our school menu has been very positive and the staff at the school have been positively euphoric! ...

November 21, 2019

Thorpe House - Remembrance Service and Poppy Appeal

Throughout November, Thorpe House School displays a vibrant reminder that Remembrance services are as relevant to today’s youngsters as to previous generations.

November 18, 2019

My Silver DofE Experience

The Duke of Edinburgh awards are always an amazing time and have created some of the best memories I have of Thorpe.

October 24, 2019

Why should we send our son to you? The case for a boys' only education

Why on earth should we send our son to a boys’ only school?’ ‘Society is not a single gender so how does it benefit our son to go to an all boys’ school?’

October 11, 2019

The value of Homework

It is difficult to escape the debate about homework. Not quite as divisive as Brexit, it is nevertheless an issue that puts people into firmly opposed camps, those that are emphatic about the importance of homework and the discipline and routines that it helps establish for a child and those that question its value at all. Of course, there are shades of grey in between but there are certainly strong opinions!

September 22, 2019

Headmaster's welcome

President Teddy Roosevelt said “No-one cares how much you know until they know how much you care”.

September 2, 2019