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  • Head's Blog 20/04/17

    Bringing determination to the table - an essential life skill

    Survival expert and former SAS soldier Bear Grylls has criticised schools for failing to prepare students for the realities of life by focussing too heavily on academic achievement in what he calls a “race to the top at 18”. At first I w...

  • Head's Blog 09/03/17

    Preparing to fly into the unknown: skills for mercurial careers

    Our recent Aspire evening was a sell out event, packed with students from years 10 to 13 and their parents. It wasn’t really surprising, as the topic was “The changing face of 21st century careers and higher education”. We had some outst...

  • Head's Blog 13/02/17

    The value of humanity (and Humanities)

    I was delighted to be able to spend a wonderful evening in the company of Professor A.C. Grayling as he gave an inspirational lecture to our Sixth Form girls about the importance of the Humanities in both education and...

  • Head's Blog 18/01/17

    Instead of a glass half-full or half-empty - why have a glass at all?

    Mental toughness gives young people the confidence to change perspectives and challenge the status quo I am very conscious that in the 21st century one of the areas of great concern with regard to young people, and especially girls, is...

  • Head's Blog 09/12/16

    True leadership - authenticity and empathy

    I think it would be madness not to consider 2016 as a year of quite extraordinary events. There is no doubt that it will be a year that many future historians will debate and analyse. However, what should we really take...

  • Head's Blog 15/11/16

    Brave new world - on division, unity and the future

    During our Remembrance Service on Friday morning our wise chaplain Allison Hadwin reminded us of the old Chinese curse “may you live in interesting times”. As we remembered and reflected on the world-changing events of 100 years ago, and gave thanks for...

  • Head's Blog 27/10/16

    Half Term Hygge

    The autumn half term break always provides an invaluable time for reflection; the excitement of starting a new academic year has abated and there is an opportunity to step back and take stock as the leaves turn from green to...

  • Head's Blog 28/09/16

    Authentic leadership for the 21st century – lessons from The Trunchbull

    There’s no question that Roald Dahl, whose 100th anniversary has recently passed, was firmly on the side of the children. His young protagonists inevitably triumph over their adult enemies, who are depicted as ugly in both appearance and character. B...

  • Head's Blog 07/07/16

    Eyes on the far horizon - nurturing global citizens

    The summer term in any school is characterised by two things: tests and trips. As our examination year groups knuckle down to demonstrate all that they have learned, the calendar is also tantalisingly full of choir tours to Italy, language...

  • Head's Blog 21/06/16

    The power of networks: launching theabbeyconnect.com

    Careers advice and guidance has come a long way since my own experience at a convent school where the only real comment I remember anyone making about my future was the then Mother Superior who remarked rather ironically: “ Rachel, I r...