• 23/06/17

    'May you live in Interesting Times'

    “The Chinese Curse” represents the worst the speaker could wish on his enemy. When we look back on some of the most challenging and fascinating periods of history, it's often with a degree of relief that we did not have to live through them ourselves

  • 26/05/17

    The Abbey's 130th anniversary – a history of little things

    Mrs Dent ponders the importance of little things in the history of a school

  • 20/04/17

    Bringing determination to the table - An essential life skill

    Being able to “intelligently flounder” is a skill in itself and leads to greater expertise in problem-solving and an open-minded approach.

  • 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”.

  • 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 life.

  • 18/01/17

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

    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 the prevalence of feelings of unhappiness with a tendency to internalise worries and negativity.

  • 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.

  • 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”

  • 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 gold

  • 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