King’s Ely golfers win National ISGA Plate Finals

King's Ely Golf Success July

THE King’s Ely Golf Academy has done it again – this time being crowned winners of the National Independent Schools Golf Association’s (ISGA) Plate Finals at CollingtreePark Golf Club.

The talented team – made up of King’s Ely Senior students David Harris and Tom Stiff,and King’s Ely Junior pupil Paul Collington– broughtthe silverware home with a superb team score of 115 points.

In May, Paul CollingtonandBen Collier, both King’s Ely Junior pupils,competed at the ISGA Junior Stablefordat SunningdaleHeath Golf Club. Ben won the individual Net Prize on the day and the pair camesecond overall.

Just weeks before that, Paul won the prestigious Wellington College Silver Salver Team Nett Prize, andBen won the Nett Division on the day. Fellow Golf Academy member, Thomas Jackson, claimed second in the Individual Division.

Golf is a very popular choice of sport amongKing’s Elystudents, who enjoy a wide a range of sporting experiences, whilst at the same time making the most of every opportunity to excel.


Headmaster Called to ‘The Other’ Number 10 – Bishop’s Stortford College


Usually based at 10 Maze Green Road, on 5th July, Jeremy Gladwin, Headmaster of Bishop’s Stortford College, was invited, together with 16 other Heads of the “big hitting” Independent Schools, to 10 Downing Street.

The two hour Roundtable discussion with Damian Hinds, the Secretary of State for Education, Lord Agnew the Independent Schools’ Minister, members of the Department for Education and Policy Advisors to the Prime Minister was called in order for Government Education officials to hear about the characteristics of successful partnerships,  and to consider how the DfE might help.

The Head of the No 10 Policy Unit has recognised that, as independent education providers, independent schools are often more than just schools and actively contribute to the community. The Secretary of State was particularly complimentary about the Bishop’s Stortford Educational Trust (BSET), set up four years ago of which the College is a founding member, as a vehicle to support the children of Bishop’s Stortford.

BSET is a State/Independent partnership of equals between the College, Bishop’s Stortford High School, Birchwood, Hockerill, Leventhorpe and St Mary’s, together with representatives of the local consortium of Primary Heads, where all parties benefit from mutual cooperation and support.

The College Headmaster, Jeremy Gladwin, said, “I am very proud to represent BSET and have shared with the Secretary of State the good work going on between our local schools.  The Department for Education are excited by what we are doing together, here in Bishop’s Stortford, and will be sharing our model with other schools in other towns across the country as an example of good practice in State/Independent cooperation. He recognises us as a group of Head teachers who are all determined to work together for the good of all member schools.” Mr Gladwin went on to say, “I have encouraged the Secretary of State to meet further with my state school counterparts to hear at first-hand about the benefits of our cooperative model to include Initial Teacher Training, the Continuing Professional Development of our staff and the opportunities for working together with a Multi Academy Trust model at the heart of future planning.  The Department for Education responded that they would try to achieve such a meeting in the near future.”

Mr Gladwin continued, “We are fortunate to live in a town, where the educational provision is so broad and so good.  All the schools in our town provide a superb education for the children of the local area and the close cooperation between the Head teachers is investing time and resources in an even brighter future for Bishop’s Stortford as a hub of educational excellence.”

The College Headmaster will continue to work closely with the Department for Education to produce a model of partnership work that can be replicated across the country and to encourage all schools, of whatever type, to work together in the best interests of and for the education of children.

Discovery Festival – Warwick School

Warwick School’s inaugural ‘Discovery Festival’ was a storming success, with the completion of the kraken monster, just one of the many highlights. Recognising the importance of creativity, every boy had the opportunity to experience workshops and activities.

Warwick Junior School had a ‘Big Draw’ in their playground, producing portraits of themselves; they enjoyed mask making, drumming workshops, instrument making and learning about willow sculpture, making teeth for the kraken monster.

The Senior School pupils had some amazing opportunities too, with residenciesfrom Birmingham Conservatoire, dance company Motionhouseand Two Circles Design.

Boys have learnt how to create music using sounds, html coding and voice. They have used the ‘Woofyt’ an amazing home-made musical instrument of wood and pipes, with valves and bellows. They have learnt that dancing is much more than it may appear on the surface and that core strength and physicality plays an important role. Two Circles Design have facilitated the most amazing kraken sea monsterwhich all the boys have thoroughly enjoyed creatingout of willow. It has grown progressively during the week and was unveiled on Saturday and enjoyed by the whole community.

Saturday’s finale was a dayfullof music, art, danceand drama across the school campus. There were drama performances from Warwick School boysincluding Lock Downand The Epic of Gilgamesh.

Music was playedduring the day from the Foundation Symphony Orchestra, The Wind Band, JazzBand and a Year 7 music concertwhich is the culmination of a music scheme whereby all of the boys learn to play a musical instrument throughout their first year at Warwick.

Motionhouseperformed ‘Underground’, an interesting insight as to what it may feel like to have your personal space invaded in an underground carriage.

Mike Perry, Director of Drama at Warwick School said “The arts team can all be very proud of the discoveries that were made by the Warwick School community last week. The months of planning paid off brilliantly and the challenges ignited powerful new skills and passions in many of the boys.”

The spirit of adventure was truly on show in this first Discovery Festival, which Warwick School anticipate to become a biennial event.

Student raises funds for Charity – The Royal School


Mya Patel, a Year 8 student at The Royal School in Wolverhampton, recently took it upon herself to raise funds for two charities: Danny Batth’s Foundation DB and Cure Leukaemia. Mya organised a non-uniform day and a samosa sale raising £600 which was split between the two foundations.

As an added bonus, Wolves Captain Danny Batth, who established Foundation DB,came to The Royal to meet Mya and accept the cheques on behalf of both charities. A very well done to Mya for her hard work and selflessness.

Mya first metBatth in December, 2015, when he wasselling The Big Issue in Wolverhampton town centre for the homeless.Since then she hasfollowed his charity workand been inspired by what he has achieved.

Batth recently set up Foundation DB which supports three charities, one being a charity in Northern India called Yuwa Academy for young girls about which he recently made a documentary called ‘Married to the game’ and where he travelled to the academy showing how football and education helps the girls.

“As a Wolves supporter andthe recent illness of our goal keeper Carl Ikeme with Leukaemia inspired me to arrange a non-uniform day along with a samosa sale with the help of my family,” said Mya.

With this year’s success, Mya has said she plans to do it again next year to raise even more money for Foundation DB.

The Royal School has a set of values: Respect, Trust, Initiative, Risk and Community which guide everything the School and its students do. Mya has truly exemplified these values as do many of the other activities, both student and staff led, that occur at The Royal. The school’s Interact club regularly raises funds for Compton Hospice and a book scheme for a school in Africais just anotherset of examples.There is a strong sense of community and charity at the school having once been an orphanage.

In fact, many of The Royal’s core values date back to its history as an orphanage, founded in 1850 by local philanthropist and businessman, John Lees. As well as compassion and caring for others, it was his intention to help and support the most vulnerable in society and that ethos remains as strong today.

The RoyalSchool, founded in 1850, is now a free, co-educational,independent day and boarding schoolserving more than 1100 studentsacross the Primaryand Senior Schools.  It is a unique school where students from the West Midlands, Great Britain and the world meet, learn, and achieve both academicallyand personally. It is a community in which each individual’s strengths are identified, nurtured, and celebrated in order to exceed each child’s expectations and to fully prepare them for a successful life beyond the school.

Sarah, Duchess of York, presents prizes to New Hall students

On Thursday 28 June, New Hall School was honoured to welcome Sarah, Duchess of York, to present prizes at their Senior Prize Giving for students in Years 10-13. The Duchess addressed the attending parents, staff and students as Guest of Honour, reflecting on the importance of charity work and service to others, as well as speaking about her life-long friendship with a former New Hall student, Lady Tang, whom the school were delighted to welcome back for the evening. The Prize Giving marked a wonderful end to the year and included excellent musical performances from talented students. There was also a moving Commissioning of the Year 13 leavers, as the school community thanked them for their contribution to New Hall and marked this next step on their journey with prayers, gifts and good wishes.

Alongside a successful academic programme, New Hall School provides excellent facilities and training for budding sports stars and fantastic music and performing arts provision.  The Catholic boarding and day school for students aged 3-18 has a distinctive ‘diamond model’ structure and a strong ethos of pastoral care which supports students in their endeavours, allowing them to achieve success in a wide variety of fields.


Sarah, Duchess of York, Heads of School


Years 10-13 Prize Giving

Ship Ahoy!

With the installation of a boat,Warwick School has launched its inaugural‘DiscoveryFestival’.About as far away from the sea as you can get the boat will be at the helm of the festivaland promises to turn a few heads.

The theme for this first year is aptly ‘Discovery’, encompassing the spirit of adventure to try something new. There will be the opportunity to experience new theatre, visual art, music, dance and much more, week commencing 1 July, 2018.

 James Ramsay, Head of Art at Warwick School commented, “The boat, which is a Falmouth Pilot model from the 1960s,sourced from a dock on the south coast, arrived on a 40ft lorryback in May. Weighing in at 6 tonnes the boat had to be sunk 4 feetinto the ground and so a trench was dug to accommodate its hull. The remaining earth was then piled intothe cavities underneath and next to the hull on the surface to emulatelapping water.”

 The boys at Warwick School are incredibly excited about this installation and being let loose to create a kraken, a legendary sea monster that willemerge up outof the ground to grab the boat. The students will be taught how to work with willow as a sculpture medium by visiting Artists,Mark and Rebecca Ford from ‘Two Circles Design’. They will facilitate the installation but the work will be created by the boys in a number of workshops across the week,to whicheveryone will havethe opportunity to contribute.

 Mark and Rebecca said “We are extremely excited with this forthcoming project, in bringing ancient traditions and sculptural techniques of willow craft to the students at WarwickSchool. Although some of the material is supplied from growers in Somerset much has been harvested by ourselves in the Sussex countryside. Art has the power to change the way we view the world and it questions our role within it.”


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192 children from local schools, including Hanley Swan St Gabriel’s with St Mary’s C of E Primary School and Malvern Parish C of E primary School,recently took part in Malvern St James Girls’ School’s Junior Olympics and were welcomed by the school’s Prep Department for this annual event.

The children who took part were mixed up into teams and represented countries including Great Britain, Brazil, Iceland, Spain and the USA. Events included Shotput, Javelin, 60m Sprint, ‘Marathon’(a lap of the track), Beanbag relay, Long jump and High Jump.

Schools that took part were Hanley Swan St Gabriel’s with St Mary’s C of E Primary School, Birchfield School (Albrighton), The Manor Preparatory School (Abingdon), The Richard Pate School (Cheltenham), Malvern Parish C of E Primary School, Much Marcle C of E Primary School, Prestfelde Preparatory School (Shrewsbury), The Kingsley School (Leamington Spa).

Certificates and medals were presented to the winning competitors by MSJ’s Headmistress, Mrs Olivera Raraty. “The Junior Olympics is a wonderful event and we were delighted to have so many children from local schools taking part. There was a real sense of determination and sportsmanship all day and everyone had great fun,” commented Mrs Raraty.

One visiting competitor summed the day up in three simple words, “fun, fantastic and joyful”.

Roseanna Gray (Year 6, MSJ) said, “We would liketo say a big thank you to the teachers for making the day such a fun experience, all the schools for taking part and to the Catering Department for providing a delicious lunch.It was a really wonderful day.


Hollywood glamour came to Farlington for its spectacular Fashion Show. The girls and staff performed on the catwalk to a movie-inspired soundtrack in front of a packed audience in the Trina Mawer Hall.

 Work from Year 9, 10 and GCSE and A level students was modelled, along with a selection of clothing from local fashion boutiques including RetroEsque, Vestimenta, Xclusiv, One Forty, La Vida, Manns of Cranleigh, Willow, Molly Coddle Childrenswear and Doodie Stark.

 We were delighted to welcome back former pupil Ellie Burnell-Price and her final design collection from her degree show at Middlesex University. It was the Fashion Show that she organised whilst at Farlington that inspired this show.

 The show was hosted very professionally by Millie Jewry, Ellie Crouch and Alberta Dale. The Textiles designs were shown off to great effect, demonstrating the skills and creativity of Farlington’s students. The Prep School’s Sewing Club pupils modelled their work, as did those who had produced creative work especially for the catwalk. The staff also entered into the spirit of the event with Mr Snewin and Miss Whittaker providing some star turns.

 Backstage the make-up was provided by Horsham’s Boots No 7 and Ockley’s Nail Envy, while the stylists from Tonics Craft Hair did an excellent job in styling all the girls’ hair. Warnham Blooms provided beautiful bouquets for the flower girl dresses from Xclusiv. Richard Horley and Adam Gellibrand did fantastic work with the lighting and sound, respectively, to make the show very professional.Thanks must go to Gracie Wilkinson and Isabella Allchurch, to Helen Knights, general manager at Tesco for her wonderful support and gifts for goody bags, and to Hilary Bowman.

 The finale featured all the models, Mrs Cooper sporting an outfit designed for her by Closs & Hamblin, Horsham, and Ms Higson wearing a Farlington tartan creation made by Mrs Cooper.

Mrs Cooper and Mrs Spires put together a very entertaining and professional show which showed off the girls’ work and the clothes from the boutiques to great effect.


KING’S Ely Junior’s sweet-sounding Chamber Choir wowed audiences during their action-packed tour to Cologne

 The 30-strong choir, made up of boys and girls from Years 5 to 8, enjoyed a hugely successful tour of the Western German city, where they performed three services and two concerts in just five days.

 On the Saturday, the choir sang vespers, mass and a concert at St ApostelnChurchin Central Cologne. On the Sunday,theythentravelled to AltenbergCathedral, just 25km north-east of Cologne, to sing morning mass. At 4pmthat day,theythen gave a concert in St PantaleonChurch beforearguably the highlight of the tour –singing vespersin Cologne Cathedral– a truly memorableoccasion for everyone involved as the service was televised live not just locally, but worldwide on the internet.

 Of course there was also plentyof sightseeing and free time too, including a visit to Cologne Zoo, where the pupils got to see baby Meerkats, shopping in the city centre and a trip to Phantasialandtheme park where there were rollercoasters and water rides galore.

 Director of Music at King’s Ely Junior, Neil Porter-Thaw, said: “The Cologne touris up there as one of the best tours I have taken over the last 20 years. I really have no idea how many prep school choirs can say they have sung a live broadcasted Choral Vespersfrom Cologne Cathedral! The Chamber Choir were a credit to the school andperformed very professionally. I am so gratefulfor all their hard work this year.”

National Sports Conference for Girls – Bolton School

Bolton School will host the prestigious Girls Go Gold Conference on Thursday 13 September, an annual event organised in conjunction with the Girls’ School Association (GSA), which attracts hundreds of elite sportswomen in Years 10-13 who represent their county or country in their chosen sport, as well as those girls studying GCSE and A Level PE in GSA schools.

In what promises to be a motivating and thought-provoking day, there will be two keynote speakers: Sam Quek MBE, England hockey Gold medallist at the 2016 Rio Olympics, will be joined by 3000m and 5000m Olympic athlete, Eilish McColgan.

The overarching theme for the day will be “Where Sport Can Take You” and a variety of speakers and workshops will illustrate the many career paths in sport. There will be four practical sessions run by University staff on sports and biomechanics testing, sports intervention, sports rehabilitation and physiotherapy; there will also be a netball masterclass led by Manchester Thunder youth coaches Phil Owen and Suzanne Bass and a podiatry session led by Dr Lindsay Hill. Victoria Screaton, BBC Sport Producer will talk about tv sports production and John Watson, BBC sports presenter, will lecture on sports journalism and tv presenting. A large number of Sports Departments from Universities will be in attendance, including Loughborough, Liverpool John Moores, Chester, Bolton, UCLAN, Liverpool Hope and Edge Hill. Girls will also have the opportunity to learn about overseas sports placements as an alternative pathway to develop both academic and sports scholarship opportunities in the USA through Sporting Chance USA. It is one of two such conferences; the other will be hosted by Tudor Hall in Oxfordshire.

Headmistress of the Girls’ Division at Bolton School, Miss Sue Hincks, said: “We are very excited to host, once again, the renowned Girls Go Gold Conference. We look forward to welcoming a wide range of speakers who will inspire the young elite sportswomen from across the region. The aim of the day will be to motivate girls to believe that anything is possible with lots of hard work and the right mental attitude to develop their talent.”

Demand to attend is expected to be high so numbers will be restricted to a maximum of 15 students and two adults per school. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. To register your interest in attending the day contact Mrs Kathryn Heatherington, Head of PE at the following email address:

Bolton is just North of Manchester and is easily accessible by motorway and rail links. Birmingham is 97 miles away via the M6, Leeds is 47 miles away and Sheffield is 57 miles. The School is on a main route, only 5 minutes off from the motorway.