Head's News 28/04/2017

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It has been a whirlwind of a week for me. I spent two days at Uppingham School as part of an Educational Quality Inspection for the Independent Schools Inspectorate. Being part of an inspection team gives great insights into compliance matters and general good practice.

Having been away it is always lovely to come back into ‘my’ school to see everyone. As I mentioned to Portland Place pupils in assembly on Thursday, I was on my return, (and often am), struck by their good manners and polite conversation. Being kind, friendly and respectful are core values of the school which are wrapped up in the children developing good manners. And of course, good manners….open doors. As Frank Sinatra sang: “It’s good to go travelling but it’s nice to come home”

London Marathon – Miss Grant

Congratulations to Miss Grant who made it successfully around the London Marathon course in a time of 4 hours and 28 minutes.  A wonderful achievement for her and we are all extremely proud of her. On Monday she was a little tentative and spent most of the day standing up because she said if she sat down it was very painful getting back up again!

With today’s cake sale and donations for the home clothes day she is on track to exceed her target of £2,000 fundraising for Health Poverty Action. Well done Miss Grant and thank you to the Abercorn community for their wonderful support.

Poetry Competition

On Monday afternoon it was magnificent to attend the school poetry competition. How stirring to hear pupils declaiming some of the great works of poetic writing. There was barely a falter with some very complex pieces being treated. The musical interludes provided an excellent break between the sections. Congratulations to everyone who took part for a superb afternoon and thank you to the judges who had the near impossible task of picking the leading renditions. Special thanks to Ms Miller for organising this important cultural afternoon.

On-line safety talk by Childnet

Thank you to a sizeable group of parents who attended this talk. There was much food for thought and I feel that our pupils will certainly benefit from the lessons they picked up during the pupil sessions. The parent talk was equally valuable and I and glad that so many were able to join us.

Music Assemblies

Thank you to music staff for organising assemblies this week. They reminded us that music moves us at all times whether we are mourning or celebrating. Music certificates were given out and Catherine (Yr 5) and Sean Batu (Yr 5) both gave excellent performances.

Mr Chan and Mrs Chan (née Miss Preston)

It is with some regret that I write to inform you that Mr and Mrs Chan will be leaving us at the end of this term. Following Mr Chan’s appointment to a new teaching post in the North of England they will be moving from London to be closer to family. Their individual talents will be greatly missed next year. I am sure, however, that parents will join me in sending them every good wish for the future in September.

New Chairman for Abercorn Board

Following the retirement of Mr Anthony Millard, Abercorn School is delighted to welcome Mr John Clarke to the Board as Chairman.

John has a national reputation in the UK education sector and until recently was a Partner at Stone King, a UK legal firm ranked in the first tier in the Education sector, before which he headed the education team at Bevan Brittan LLP and the education team at Rickerbys LLP, where he was also Senior Partner.

John is described as “concise and extremely user friendly” and his clients have ranged from universities to smaller preparatory schools and include both charitable and privately managed schools and colleges and a significant number of international projects.

Over the past decade John has worked with both Abercorn School and The British International School of New York, and was a natural choice for Chair given his wealth of experience on schools and governance.

John is delighted to join at this time, in the 30th year since Abercorn School was founded by Mrs Greystoke.

John said; “I am delighted to have the opportunity to work directly with the Abercorn team to continue the development of this unique school in such a special environment. I look forward to meeting the families at Abercorn and getting to know the staff and wider team in the coming months.”

John will be our guest of honour for the school Prize-giving and Speech Day on Friday 23rd June.

With all good wishes for the extended Bank Holiday weekend.

Benedict Dunhill



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