Play & Learn

Our children need to explore and have fun, it’s a key part of their development, as Hilary Wilce explains… For all of us, summer is a time of play. Children play in the long days free from school. Adults play...

The whole person and nothing but the whole person

Dr Adrian Rainbow, Deputy Head (Co-curriculum) of Sevenoaks School, describes how the whole person education philosophy is applied there and the benefits pupils – and society – enjoy from it We live in precarious times: climate change, species extinction, tariff...

Early years – ask the experts

Ashford Prep School – The Pre-Prep Team How can parents best support their child as they start in Reception? Be positive as this is an exciting time. Don’t make school a big deal as this can make children more fearful of...

On their marks…

A lifelong love of exercise can be inspired by the right approach to teaching sport at the earliest stage. Ashford Prep School – Harrison Straw – Head of Pre-Prep PE I believe it is very important for children to take...

Planting the seed

Gardening is good for everyone’s wellbeing – and children who grow their own vegetables are far more likely to eat them. We hear from two schools where pupils grow their own. Dulwich PrepCranbrook Dulwich Prep Cranbrook has a Gardening Club...

Prep School – ask the experts

Invaluable tips from experienced teachers for each stage of education. Here we talk about prep school.

Is your child ready to become a Cyber Attack Agent or an Algorithm Bias Auditor?

Jeremy Lewis, Head of School at ACS Egham International School, looks at ways you can ensure your child is prepared to meet the challenges of the 21st century workplace  What will today’s children be when they enter the workplace? With...

Poetry please

The results of our children's poetry competition are in.

School of Rock

Violins and flutes are all very well, but a great way to engage a wider swathe of young people with music is to allow them to play the style they most identify with.

Educating the whole child

Our education writer Hilary Wilce explains the new – and ancient – philosophy which is coming back to the fore in British schools. A radical and exciting revolution is taking place in education and it’s one guaranteed to produce happier...

Going up to big school – ask the experts

The New Beacon – Mike Piercy, Headmaster How involved should the child be in the choice of upper school?  Involved yes, but not the ultimate decision-maker. Often, a child will be influenced by where his/her friends are going, which again should not...

GCSEs – ask the experts

This is the most stressful time of the whole school journey – how can parents best support their children? Planning can really help here. During holiday times, in the run-up and half term in the middle of exams, make sure...

Meet the matrons (or house parents as they are now called)

Boarding can be a wonderful experience, producing independent young people, ready to go out into the world – but the prospect can be daunting, so who better to ask for advice about it than matron? (sorry, house parent)

The life scientific

Nick Ellwood of Tonbridge School explains the thinking behind the school’s state-of-the-art new science centre.

Room to Grow

"I don’t remember my first day at senior school, but for my children it was a very big deal indeed,” says Francie Healy, Headmaster of Bethany School in Kent. He has wide experience of supporting pupils – including his own...

Going solo

Team sports don’t suit everyone – some pupils flourish competing alone.  We speak to schools about their solo sports offerings. Hurst College  Rebecca Jutson, Assistant Director of Girls’ Sport With a greater number of students in the school we are...

6th form – ask the experts

Invaluable advice from experienced teachers for every stage of education. Here we talk about Sixth Form, when important decisions have to be made. Frewen College – Hazel Lawrence, Head of Sixth Form  At this stage our kids are young adults –...

The Great Outdoors

Hilary Wilce explores the benefits of forest schools. Not long ago, I was walking with a friend through local woods when we came across a ring of tree stumps and various hazel dens and rope swings. “Oh, it’s probably the...

Travelling hopefully

What children gain from the journey of education is far more important than results says Hilary Wilce. A primary school in Rotherham has turned itself around by putting music at the heart of its curriculum. Not long ago, Inspectors put the...

Reduce Reuse Recycle

How are the South East’s schools developing their pupils’ environmental awareness? We talk to four schools about all things eco-friendly. Reigate St Mary’s, Reigate How do you teach pupils to be more aware of the impact they have on the...

Brain Waves

Hilary Wilce discovers that, in certain situations, we should be working with our mobile phones, not necessarily against them. Mobile phones are a really big headache for schools. Now that nine out of ten teenagers own a smartphone, schools have...

Skills thrills

Hilary Wilce takes a look at the importance of learning skills.

Kids behaving badly

Hilary Wilce considers the tricky subject of challenging bad behaviour. 

Kent College – An Outstanding Independent School

:: SPONSORED CONTENT :: An outstanding independent school for boys and girls aged 0 – 18 Kent College offers care and education for boys and girls aged 0 – 18. Whether you are looking for wrap around care in our nursery or studying the...

Sport outside the box

Not all kids love the classic team and gender-assigned games, so forward-thinking schools are introducing different activities to inspire a lifelong love of exercise.

Claremont School

Address: Claremont School, Bodiam, Robertsbridge, East Sussex, TN32 5UJ Telephone number: 01424 751555 Admissions email: lily.lam@claremontschool.co.uk School website link: www.claremontschool.co.uk Claremont is a happy, hard working centre of learning where every pupil ‘fits’ and can really be themselves. Set across...

Battle Abbey School

Battle Abbey School, an independent School in East Sussex, is extraordinarily special. A glimpse through its enchanting gatehouse tells you that you are not only in a historically significant place, but also in a school that has an incomparable character.

Chinthurst School

Address:Chinthurst School 52 Tadworth St,Tadworth, SurreyKT20 5QZAdmissions email:admissions@chinthurstschool.co.uk School website:www.chinthurstschool.co.uk For more than 110 years Chinthurst has been educating children and preparing them for the challenges of senior school and beyond. The school has been shortlisted for Independent School of the...

Cranbrook School

Cranbrook School is a mixed state grammar school with 842 pupils aged 11 -"18 years, including 234 boarders. For its first 400 years the school was known as Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School with strong roots in the small town of...

Cranleigh School

Address:Cranleigh School,Horseshoe Lane,Cranleigh,Surrey GU6 8QQ Telephone number:01483 276377 Admissions email:admissions@cranleigh.org School website link:www.cranleigh.org Cranleigh is a leading co-educational weekly boarding and day school set in 280 acres on the edge of the Surrey Hills. Cranleigh provides a breath taking range...

Dulwich Prep Cranbrook

Address:Dulwich Prep Cranbrook, Coursehorn, Cranbrook Kent TN17 3NP. Telephone number:01580 712 179 . Registrar: Georgie Labram Admissions email:registrar@dulwichprepcranbrook.org School website:www.dulwichprepcranbrook.org An incredibly nurturing day and flexi-boarding school inspiring 3-13 year old boys and girls to fulfil their extraordinary potential. Nestled...

The King’s School, Canterbury

Address: The King’s School, Canterbury 25 The Precincts Canterbury Kent CT1 2ES Telephone:01227 595501 Admissions Email: admissions@kings-school.co.uk School website: www.kings-school.co.uk  With origins dating back to 597AD, The King’s School is reputedly the oldest school in the world. It is also...

Marlborough House School

Address: Marlborough House School, High Street, Hawkhurst, Cranbrook, Kent, TN18 4PY Telephone number:01580 753555. Registrar:Mrs E Houchin Admissions email:registrar@marlboroughhouseschool.co.uk School website:www.marlboroughhouseschool.co.uk Marlborough House School is an independent Preparatory School situated in Hawkhurst in beautiful countyside on the Kent/Sussex border. The...

Moor House School and College

Moor House is a registered charity, specialist School and Sixth Form College in Surrey providing life changing education and support to children and young people with Developmental Language Disorder (DLD) and helping them achieve extraordinary outcomes.

The New Beacon School

Address:The New Beacon School, Brittains Lane, Sevenoaks, TN13 2PB Admissions contact:Alison Harrison Telephone Number:01732 452131 Admissions email:registrar@newbeacon.org.uk School website:www.newbeacon.org.uk This school provides a broad, balanced, intellectual, creative and spiritual education with academic achievement at its heart. It is our aim...

Reigate St Mary’s Prep and Choir School (RSM)

Address:Reigate St Mary’s Prep and Choir School (RSM),Chart Lane, Reigate, Surrey RH2 7RN Telephone Number:01737244880 Registrar:Marie Goddard Admissions email:mcg@reigatestmarys.org  School website:www.reigatestmarys.org Reigate St Mary’s is a junior school of Reigate Grammar, set in 15 acres of parkland close to Reigate town centre. It provides...

Spring Grove School

Spring Grove is an independent Nursery and Prep school for boys and girls aged 2-11, widely known for its family ethos. It is located between Ashford and Canterbury, close to the high-speed train into London. We offer a first-class education,...

Vinehall School

Address: Vinehall SchoolRobertsbridgeEast SussexTN32 5JL Telephone number: 01580 880413 Admissions email: admissions@vinehallschool.com School website link: www.vinehallschool.com Vinehall is a traditional prep school with a 21st century approach. The school is a co-educational day, boarding school and nursery located near the...

New attitude

Hilary Wilce suggests the month of high-minded resolutions is a good time to talk to children about their aspirations. It’s the start of the New Year – but not in schools. There the new start comes in September, when hopes...

The art of learning

Forget teaching to the test, the arts are more important in education than ever, says Hilary Wilce Have you noticed that many private schools are starting to advertise themselves differently these days? Out have gone pictures of pupils in white...

Hark, the little angels sing

Hilary Wilce celebrates school Christmas traditions – and everything they teach our children. Christmas is coming, with all its midwinter sparkle and cheer. It’s not unknown for parents to feel a little frazzled right now as they contemplate their present...

Why STEM subjects need some art to make STEAM

Andrew Vaughan, Head of Visual Arts, at ACS Egham International Schools For several years now official government education policy has focused on the study of STEM subjects – science, technology, engineering, maths. But at ACS International Schools, we believe that...

Talking the talk

Being confident in another language – or two – will bring your child multiple benefits. Two schools talk us through it. Northbourne Park School The learning of languages in school can bring a mixed reaction from many people. For some...

On good terms

There’s a lot you can do at home to keep your children happy at school says Hilary Wilce Now we are stuck into the new school year, a time for fresh beginnings, in the great tradition of new pencil cases...