In this issue
We meet the Heads of Downside School and Wells Cathedral School. Achievement and happiness go hand-in-hand at All Hallows. The outdoor classroom is a great learning resource at St Margaret’s Preparatory School, Calne. Why Dauntsey’s is bucking the trend and promoting the learning of languages. St Mary’s, Shaftesbury, believes religious education is not about creating uniformity, but providing solid foundations. The Head of Bournemouth Collegiate School believes in the benefits of promoting a growth mindset. At Farleigh, pastoral care in an intrinsic part of school life. Being in the outdoors means true engagement with learning at Stroud School. Plus, we have all the latest news from the independent schools across the South West, and full contact details and important information for all the schools in our area.
From the editor
At a time when the government has tied state schools up in knots with insufficient funding and ever-allusive targets and outcomes it is a relief that the schools featured in our guide take such care to ensure the ‘whole’ child is looked after. The belief that achievement and happiness are linked seems so self-evident, whether that be for staff members, children or parents, yet it seems to allude our education ministers and those they rely on for guidance. The ‘holistic’ child is a favourite phrase of mine, and one that I am delighted to see underpinning all that is good in our Independent schools.