Education Directory

Our Education directory, focuses exclusively on Kent, Sussex and Surrey, introducing some of the south east’s best and brightest preparatory academies, specialist colleges, independent schools and boarding schools.

Meet the Captain

Meet Ludo Kolade who balances sport, learning and a position as Captain of School at King’s School Canterbury What is your role as Captain of School? My role largely consists of coordinating my team of Purples (prefects) and acting as...

Early Days

We talk to local schools to find out the best ways to start out a child’s educational journey Junior King’s – Fun and excitement nurture a love of learning for life Tell us about your early years provision. Our Pre-prep...

Subjects Matter

We ask Tom Lawson, Headteacher at Eastbourne College, how to navigate the crossroads that every child faces when choosing GCSEs and A Levels Any parent wants to support their child with making GCSE and A-level choices, guiding them but ensuring...

Sporting Stars

There is so much wonderful talent in our schools’ sports programmes – it’s time to celebrate! Nothing but Net – ACS Cobham hosts first-of-its-kind beach volleyball tournament for schools across England Students from across England gathered in London to compete...

Meet the Head – Fraser Halliwell, Head of Radnor House 

Fraser Halliwell, Head of Radnor House tells us about his work and inspirations What inspired you to teach? BBC wildlife documentaries and specifically, David Attenborough. Attenborough, like all great teachers, is a master of inspiring curiosity. I thought I wanted...

Extra Help

We explore how tutoring can support a child’s studies 11+ Ready – Established local tutoring company, Griffin Teaching, tell us about their service What kind of tutoring do you offer? We offer our support in weekly club sessions, taught in friendly...

The Game of Life

PSHE has to evolve to reflect contemporary issues. We find out how schools are adapting Mayfield Mayfield School tell us about how their Lifeskills programme helps students ‘meet the needs of the age’ At Mayfield our aim is to develop...

That’s a Wrap!

Wraparound childcare is priceless to busy parents, providing extra care on top of normal school hours, so how does it work? Dulwich Prep Cranbrook explain their flexible care Dulwich Prep Cranbrook has an extended day programme, which is highly tailored,...

On Your Mind

New Beacon’s Headmaster, Mike Piercy, tells us about their recent mental health conference Our influence as educators has never been more important than it is right now. We are all concerned with academic achievement, educating the whole child, stimulating every...

The Great Outdoors

Get kids outside to enrich their education with the help of nature Space explorers Somerhill uses its grounds to benefit work, sport and play Outdoor learning is a large part of Somerhill’s ethos, which is not surprising considering their 150...

Meet the Head: Louise Lawrance, Headteacher of The Granville School in Sevenoaks

Meet Louise Lawrance, Headteacher of The Granville School in Sevenoaks What inspired your career in education? Being able to make a difference. I grew up in South Africa and used to volunteer at a school for street children. I saw first-hand...

Building Futures

Dulwich Prep Cranbrook is expanding to provide a through-school from 2 to 16-years-old Exciting news in from Dulwich Prep Cranbrook… the school is launching an expansion to include Years 9, 10 and 11, which will offer families an academically ambitious, forward-looking,...

Meet the Head: Emma Károlyi, Head of Junior King’s

We chat to Emma Károlyi, Head of Junior King’s, about her journey to becoming leader of the school What inspired you to teach?  I always wanted to make a difference to others and allow my creativity to flourish. The enthusiastic...

Perfect Partners

The New Beacon’s Headmaster, Mike Piercy, shares his thoughts on the school’s exciting merger with Tonbridge School Much has changed in recent years; from Brexit to pandemic to geopolitical instability. Through lockdowns, families have reviewed their lives, priorities and, in some...

Meet the Head Student: Shaun Pexton, Brighton College

What are the responsibilities of being head student? My most important responsibility is as ambassador for the school in many walks of school life – from sports to the arts. I’m also striving to deepen student connections with other Brighton...

Meet the Head Student: James Dunford, Hurstpierpoint College

What are the responsibilities of being head student? As head boy, I must represent the thoughts and feelings of the students to the headmaster, in particular any minority views should be acknowledged and heard. In addition to this I am...

Rising Star

Manor House School tell us about one of their promising pupils Lola Fellows joined Manor House School as a Sports and Art Scholar in Year 7, and threw herself immediately into all that senior school life offers. Now in Year...

Eco Warriors

We discover how two schools are fighting for the planet The head’s mantra is ‘Make It Happen’, and never has this been so important now that Parkside is preparing to protect our planet. Greta Thunberg said “…you are never too...

Better Together

The Granville tells us how they are creating success for all in a non-selective setting  A preparatory school is charged with preparing its pupils for senior schools. Firstly, preparing them for entrance exams but also, and perhaps more importantly, for academic,...

Fame Academy: Eddie Izzard

Emma Garrett, Development Director, Eastbourne College tells us about ex-student Eddie Izzard The Eastbournian Society (ES) is all about building relationships that last a lifetime across our two schools – starting from as early as nine months old at St...

Camilla Le May

Introducing Camilla Le May a famous sculptorand ex Mayfield School student Camilla Le May is a sculptor living in Ticehurst, East Sussex, specialising in animals and wildlife. Her work has been exhibited by established galleries since 2000 and bought by...

Finding your way: Getting on Board

Benenden School tells us about the benefits of boarding Benenden Boarding brings enormous benefits for every pupil: she has the time and space to try new activities, develops great social and emotional skills, and makes friends for life. Boarding is...

Finding your way: Starting School

Head of Pre-prep at Vinehall School, Nicky Whittaker, explains how to help children begin their school life Starting school can be an emotional time for both parents and children, but with the right preparation it can be a time of...

Helping children settle in when starting school

We speak to Dulwich Prep Cranbrook’s Georgie Labram about helping children settle in when starting school What advice would you give to parents before children start at your school? Children love to be independent and encouraging your child to practise...

Building a Brighter World

Fosse Bank School celebrates 130 years of outward-looking pioneering education  This year Fosse Bank School in Hildenborough marks 130 years of pioneering educational leadership and provision, with at least 130 events planned throughout 2022. The aim of these celebrations is...

Meet the Head: Eastbourne College’s Tom Lawson

Eastbourne College’s Tom Lawson explains what keeps him inspired as a teacher and head What inspired you to pursue a career in education? My English teacher at school, Poppy Anderson, inspired me to teach and I had many other great...

Meet the Head: St Andrew’s Prep’s
Headmaster, Tom Gregory

St Andrew’s Prep’s new Headmaster, Tom Gregory, discusses how his own fond memories of being a pupil at the school he now heads-up have made him realise his dream of becoming a teacher You’re brand new to St Andrew’s Prep,...

Meet the Head: Nicky Whittaker, Head of Pre-prep at Vinehall

Nicky Whittaker, Head of Pre-prep at Vinehall, talks to us about what inspires her  What are you most looking forward to in the coming year?  I am most looking forward to running a school year which is as normal as...

Globe Trotters

Mayfield School explains why their premium equestrian facilities offer the ultimate experience for horse-loving pupils Tell us about horse riding at Mayfield… Located in 75 acres of the beautiful Sussex countryside, Mayfield School has a long tradition of horse riding....

Paws 4 Thought

Therapy (PAT) Dogs have become an intergral part of school life at Holmewood House School, providing comfort and easing anxiety for pupils across the year groups. Here, we get to know a little bit more about the group of four...

Robotics and Emerging Technologies: Reed’s School

How Reed’s are keeping up with the latest advances Gareth Hart, Assistant Head, Digital Learning & Head of FutureTech at Reed’s School How are you keeping children abreast with the latest technological developments? At Reed’s we not only start computing lessons...

Robotics and Emerging Technologies: Ashford Prep School

How Ashford Prep School are keeping up with the latest advances Mr Nick Tiley-Nunn, Headmaster of Ashford Prep School How are you keeping children abreast with the latest technological developments? In terms of keeping up with the latest technological developments,...

The Ripple Effect: Battle Abbey School

How excellent pool facilities are enabling students to develop their strength in multiple swimming events Does your pool operate all year round? Yes, the pool is obviously used very extensively by Battle Abbey pupils during term time, but a variety...

Get Involved!

Parents of Parkside create a new Outdoor Classroom Parents of Parkside (PoP) is a PTA with a difference. They are an inclusive ‘Community’ of families connected to Parkside School, who have a variety of talents to bring to the table....

Meet the Head: Head of Claremont Senior School, Ed Dickie

Head of Claremont Senior School, Ed Dickie, chats career progression, teaching, and the rewards of overcoming learning challenges with students What were you doing before you joined Claremont? Before I joined Claremont I spent 13 years at Bedes/St. Bedes School...

Meet the Headteacher at Manor House School: Tracey Fantham

Tracey Fantham, Headteacher at Manor House School, reflects on her life-long passion for sport and many happy memories of her own school days What was your favourite subject at school? My favourite subject was geography as we had an excellent teacher and...

Recipe for Success

Vinehall School, Brighton College and Reed’s tell us about the famous former pupils inspiring the students of today “Sir Tim Smit KBE is a much celebrated member of the Vinehall alumni. Sir Tim is known for his work on the Lost Gardens...

Meet the Executive Head at Shrewsbury House School: Mrs Joanna Hubbard

Mrs Joanna Hubbard, Executive Head at Shrewsbury House School chats challenges, achievements and how she helps her students to thrive What did you enjoy doing most at school when you were a student? Most of my time was taken up on...

Inside out

Dulwich Prep Cranbrook explains the success behind its new PSHCEE program As every child’s inner world colours how they approach life, we believe it makes sense to start with the inside and work out, which is why in September 2019...

Meet the Art Teacher

With a BA Hons in Fine Art, Bansted Preparatory School’s Mr Matt Ayling has designed and adapted an excellent Art & Design curriculum, which makes full use of the school’s fantastic facilities and resources When and why did you become...

A World of Opportunity

Giles Perrin, Principal of Claremont School tells us how joining the International Schools Partnership is broadening its pupils’ horizons The independent schools landscape in the UK is changing. Challenged by an increasingly competitive market, new school groups up and down...

Meet the Head of Spring Grove School: Mrs Therésa Jaggard

Mrs Therésa Jaggard, Head of Spring Grove School, chats skill sets, hobbies and school values Why did you choose a career in teaching? I enjoyed a range of subjects at school and thought a career where I could both use...

Show Time

EM Forster Theatre is at the heart of the Tonbridge community, and is delighted to be opening its doors once again It is great to be open again. There is nothing quite like live performance, and the excitement and buzz...

What’s Cooking?

Benenden School describe their impressive food offering which has won them a Tatler School Award Can you run us through the school’s dining offering? Benenden is renowned for its excellent food – in fact it won the Best Food Award...