LONDON SCHOOLS’ EDUCATION HIGHLIGHTS OF THE YEAR
School Report Online asked schools across London for their highlights of the academic year 2015/16. Here’s the end-of-year report…
Herne Hill School
In February 2016 Herne Hill School inaugurated their new Oak building, celebrating the substantial benefits it brings through a state-of-the-art multifunction hall in the basement for sports, drama, assemblies and healthy hot lunches, and a large new Kindergarten on the ground floor with free-flowing access to a covered outside play area. The works also triggered a significant upgrade of the playground with an all-weather sports surface. The highlight of the event was a stunning performance by their Year 2 children and the London Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet.
127 Herne Hill SE24 9LY; 020 7274 6336; hernehillschool.co.uk
Bishop Challoner School
Bishop Challoner School has a long history of fencing success and offers fencing club for all pupils. In January, Amelia Dudley, a Year 10 pupil at the school in Shortlands, was delighted to be selected to represent England’s Fencing squad. Amelia is one of only 12 girls chosen for the squad in the Epée Under 15 Girls category. She joined the squad representing England at the Challenge Wratislavia tournament in Poland in March where, after only a few rounds, Amelia was excited to be seeded 19th out of the 132 girls, finishing the competition a respectable 38th out of 132.
228 Bromley Road BR2 0BS; 020 8460 3546; bishopchallonerschool.com
Sydenham High School
This year’s renowned D’ArT exhibition at Sydenham High School takes place from 28-30 June and will be the largest yet. There will be not one, but two pop-up galleries, showcasing the very best of the school’s talented artists and designers from Year 4 to Year 13. Praised by the MD of Conran for demonstrating exceptional creativity and originality, the annual exhibition features both artworks and 3D pieces including A level and GCSE exam work. Design technology student workshops will also be taking place in the galleries. Following a Private View, D’ArT will be open to the general public on Wednesday 29 June from 3.30-5pm and from 6.30-8pm for prospective parents.
19 Westwood Hill SE26 6BL; 020 8557 7000; sydenhamhighschool.gdst.net
Rosemead is delighted that its Eco Club has once again riveted, sawn, painted and glued its way into the final of the scarecrow competition at the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show. Rosemead’s entry this year is Kevin, the ‘Minion on a Rocket’. Recycling is high on the Eco Club’s agenda, and 16 children from Years 1 to 5 have had enormous fun working together to build Kevin and his rocket. They have re-purposed the school’s old dishwasher, a microwave, an olive oil barrel, paint cans, a swim noodle, and metres of donated denim. Why not visit and vote for Kevin at the show?
70 Thurlow Park Road SE21 8HZ; 020 8670 5865; rosemeadprepschool.org.uk
Newland House Pre-Prep
Newland House’s new Pre-Prep opens this September and represents a major highlight in the school’s history, uniting the two parts of the school and meeting the demand for more places in Reception. The building project has presented an ideal opportunity to create a bespoke, sustainable environment to inspire learning and the design recognises that the classroom environment plays a fundamental role in a child’s academic progress. The new school focuses on creating an optimal environment through three key dimensions that help support a child’s response to their surroundings.
email@example.com; 020 8865 1305; newlandhouse.net
Ravenscourt Park Prep School
As the newly appointed Headmaster, it has been an absolute pleasure to be invited to lead such a happy and successful school, and extremely satisfying to have the high quality teaching and learning that takes place at RPPS independently verified by our recent ISI inspection in March where we achieved ‘excellent’ in every category. RPPS is a school with a true sense of community, where relationships are strong and parents are fully involved as partners in their children’s learning. You are warmly invited to attend one of our Open Mornings.
By Mr Carl Howes, Headmaster Ravenscourt Park Prep School, 16 Ravenscourt Avenue W6 0SL; 020 8846 9153; rpps.co.uk
Kew Green Prep School
Our Year 6 netball team reached the IAPS national finals in March at Roedean School, Brighton. The team romped through the regional finals earlier in the month and had to fly back early from their school ski trip in France to make the national finals. They played beautifully as they always do with grit, determination and an energetic team spirit. We faced some tough opposition and we finished 5th out of the whole country. We are very proud of our success, especially on the back of our recent ‘Excellent’ ISI inspection too.
By Mr Jem Peck, Headmaster Kew Green Prep School, Layton House, Ferry Lane TW9 3AF; 020 8948 5999; kgps.co.uk
Kew House School
This year’s production of Pygmalion represents my highlight of the year, from a list of remarkable achievements by the students at Kew House. The two casts put on professional, mature and delightful performances that truly enthralled their audiences. To see the students grow in stature as the rehearsals evolved, to see their confidence develop and to observe their maturity as they supported and encouraged each other was truly a pleasure. They were a credit to themselves, the school and their teachers and left us all enchanted. Unforgettable.
By Mr Mark Hudson, Headmaster Kew House School, 6 Capital Interchange Way TW8 0EX; 020 8742 2038; kewhouseschool.com
Kensington Prep in Fulham has achieved record-breaking results, with a total of 27 scholarships to some of the country’s top secondary schools awarded to their Year 6 girls. The girls are now embarking on an exciting ‘A Head for Business’ project working with entrepreneurs to create product ideas in the school’s new high-tech Explore Floor. This is part of the school’s recent innovative £2.7m building project.
See kensingtonprep.gdst.net for further details
The Falcons School for Girls
With women increasingly pioneering the way in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, The Falcons School for Girls pupils learned from seven inspirational ‘STEM women’ about their experiences. Their ‘Women in STEM Day’ was not only thought-provoking in terms of establishing that women are under-represented in these fields, but also ensured their girls learned about a multitude of new terms: Big Data; The Internet of Things; and neurons in our brains!
11 Woodborough Road SW15 6PY; 020 8992 5189; falconsgirls.co.uk
Sport is a major part of school life at The Gower School, and this year they were delighted to have three swimmers selected as finalists in the Independent Schools Association national swimming gala. Every week there are a host of fixtures: girls and boys football, cricket, quicksticks, rounders, athletics or netball, and ‘we are assembling an impressive array of medals and cups’ says Principal Emma Gowers. ‘Our standard is high and improving every year,’ explains Jonathon Barradell, Head of PE and Games. This academic year saw a successful inaugural TGS Swimming Gala at Ironmonger Row Baths.
10 Cynthia Street N1 9JF; 020 7278 2020; thegowerschool.co.uk
Portland Place are delighted to be on track again this year to secure 100% conditional offers for their pupils in creative arts undergraduate courses at their first choice universities. Their pupils gain entry to a range of competitive courses such as Actuarial Sciences, Engineering and Economics. Aislinn (pictured above) has offers for Camberwell College of Arts and Kingston University for September 2016. Aislinn‘s creative talent highlights the best that their pupils have to offer. After-school clubs and all-school performances build pupils’ confidence, and specialist teachers provide expert careers advice.
56-58 Portland Place W1B 1NJ; 020 7307 8700; portland-place.co.uk
Rehearsals for Dallington School’s Summer Extravaganza are in full swing. This annual, whole school collaborative show combining singing, dancing, playing instruments, spoken word and circus skills will be at Saint Clements church, Kings Square, on 7 and 8 July. ‘Most visitors to Dallington comment on the creativity of the children, then question whether there is greater focus on the arts than on academic subjects, as though they were mutually exclusive!’ says Mogg Hercules, Founder and teaching Head. Dallington children enjoy a broad, balanced curriculum – the arts are an integral part of that.
8 Dallington Street EC1V 0BW; 020 7251 2284; dallingtonschool.co.uk
UCS Hampstead is fortunate to have 27 acres of playing fields located in West Hampstead (within walking distance of the school). Sport and physical health are a central feature of school life and an integral part of their school’s history. All children in the UCS Foundation use the fields and facilities, along with their active alumni sports clubs. In 2016 they received planning permission to build a state-of-the art pavilion (replacing the original building erected in 1923) to better accommodate their pupils and visiting teams. Extensive work to the grounds will improve play for their rugby, football and cricket squads.
Frognal NW3 6XH; 020 7435 3068; usc.org.uk
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