Friday 16th June

­Dear Parents,

It’s hard to know where to start this week: so many great events, in such little time! But highlights should include:

The Science Department provided a fantastic STEM day, with experiments abounding. As part of this work we also invited older students from the local primary school in to experience our own mad scientists, Mrs Payne and Mrs Larkin, at work. Year 8, outward bound, have made camp in Snowdonia National Park, they hiked up as boys and are coming back today as ‘Men of the Mountain’!  Year 7 absorbed some Geography fieldwork at Shoreham beach as well as History at Bath, with Year 4 onto the Romans at Fishbourne Palace and Year 1 to Hever Castle.

Hardly pausing for breath, we hosted our ‘transition day’ on Thursday. Welcoming over 40 new boys to taste the school as well as letting existing students get a feel for moving up departments, from Early Years, to Juniors or the Seniors.  In addition, we hosted an Open Afternoon for the Junior Department parents.

Just when we thought the week couldn’t get any busier the School Inspectors called (these days, quite rightly, we have very little notice). We hosted the Independent Schools Inspectorate on Wednesday and Thursday who observed lessons, interviewed boys and staff and undertook a very thorough testing of our policies and practice: always a challenging experience for a School, but a good opportunity for both organisational learning and external validation. We will provide you with the report once it’s published (possibly not until we come back in September). For now I can say that I’m really very delighted with how the inspection went.

My special thanks to the staff and boys for such a fantastic week. The teachers will sleep well tonight.

Have a good weekend,

John Towers

Headmaster

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