October 2020 - Independent Schools Guide

October 2020 - Independent Schools Guide

In this issue

We meet the new head teachers at Kingswood, Bath – Andrew Gordon-Brown, and Pinewood, Shrivenham - Neal Bailey. Features include: the mystery of maths, taking away the fear; embracing religion as a subject to be discussed rather than avoided; the benefits of sport for health and well-being; communicating through music in lockdown; the benefits of full time boarding; the importance of encouraging creativity; and facing the challenges in a changing world. Our features come from: Kingswood, Downside, Pinewood, Marlborough College, Rendcomb College, Royal High School, Wells Cathedral School, St Margaret’s and Tockington Manor. Plus, all the latest news and contact details from all the independent schools in the south and south west region.

From the editor

Schools are not just places of learning they are where friendships and communities are formed, where children can develop and grow into confident young people. Over the past few months we have all discovered new ways of working and communicating but the role of schools and the support they offer beyond the classroom has never been so tested and at the same time, so important. Teachers have found new ways to teach and support pupils and their parents too. It has been a time of learning for everyone and an opportunity to support each other through one of the most extraordinary times in the history of the world and of education. For many young children this term sees the start of their first steps into school life and it is daunting to be heading into a world that is still learning how to operate but reading through the pages of this magazine it is our schools that are best placed to offer the safe and secure environment .The creative approach to distance learning has been a revelation for all, we have seen inside each other’s homes, had maths lessons disturbed by dogs, come together to sing and create music and I have even heard of the odd comedy wig being worn during an online history lesson. To all our schools - thank you
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