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3D visors in production by DT teachers at Dulwich College

It started with an email from a Governor connecting Dr Joe Spence, the Master of Dulwich College, with an anaesthetist atQueen Elizabeth Hospital and now, less than two weeks later, the Dulwich Design and Technology team are, with our 3Dprinters, producing over 50 full-face visors every day for health workers across south London. Our production should increase further with the addition of  five 3D printers supplied to us from JAGS (James Allen’s Girls’ School). Moreover we have distributed over 650 pre-existing forms of eye-protection from the Science and DT departments, supplying 12 local surgeries, two hospitals and a care home. This has been a truly interdisciplinary effort with support from our site officers collecting the hundreds of goggles and masks from across the closed College campus, and the Master leading the distribution of the PPE (personal protective equipment) tomany and various local locations, including the Maudsley, and, thanks to our own Dr Rosemary Leonard’s shout out, to local GPsurgeries. Other schools and companies with 3D printers are also in production across the country, and we are sharing the source of …

Partnerships between state and independent schools celebrated in parliament

Dr Joe Spence, Master of Dulwich College and Co-Director of the Southwark Schools Learning Partnership, and Morgan Haines, Headteacher of City Heights E-ACT academy, the College’s educational partner, joined ministers, shadow ministers, MPs and peers in the House of Commons this week to celebrate the thousands of successful partnership projects taking place between state and independent schools across the UK. The ‘Celebrating Partnerships’ event, hosted by the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Independent Education on Tuesday 11 February, recognised the diverse range of ways in which schools from different sectors work together to create learning and development opportunities for all pupils and staff involved. Projects include subject support in Maths, Science and MFL (Modern Foreign Languages); teacher training; the promotion of sporting and cultural projects between schools; and careers and higher education workshops and advice. Speakers at the event included Lord Agnew, parliamentary under-secretary of state for the school system; Layla Moran, education spokesperson for the Liberal Democrats; Andrew Lewer MBE MP, chairman of the APPG on Independent Education; and Barnaby Lenon, chairman of the Independent …

Mrs Alex Hutchinson named as new Head of James Allen’s Girls’ School

James Allen’s Girls’ School has appointed Mrs Alex Hutchinson to be the next Headmistress from September 2020. Alex is currently Headmistress of Woldingham School. She will replace Sally-Anne Huang who has been Headmistress at the school since 2015. Speaking about the appointment, Alex has said, “It is an exceptional privilege to have been invited to be the new Head at JAGS and to continue the outstanding work of Sally-Anne Huang. JAGS is a school at the heart of its own community and I have such happy memories of my time here teaching Chemistry. I very much look forward to getting to know everyone and working with girls, staff, parents and governors to further embed our vision for a unique and outstanding education.” Alex will join JAGS at an exciting time as the school continues to champion girls’ education in a variety of innovative ways, including building further on close ties with local state schools and community groups and extending its bursary provision. David Miller, Chair of Governors said: “Alex’s wealth of experience clearly demonstrates her …

Education news: Sharp Thinking Skills

Matt Neil, teacher at Alleyn’s Junior School, tells us how to encourage sharp thinking skills in our children. How many uses are there for… a brick? I recently showed my form a picture of a house brick and asked them to think about different possible uses for it. The variety of responses was astonishing. Alongside the more obvious suggestions were a plethora of abstract and imaginative possibilities, including using it to squash (juice) fruit or heating it up to make a bed warmer! I asked this question to stimulate thinking skills. Learning lists of facts can be impressive but actually, knowledge-based learning techniques require the least amount of thought while good thinking challenges children to take their minds beyond what they already understand. Most children love the chance to think creatively and in doing so they will have to use more ‘brain power’. There are so many ways to do this: Get creative Encourage your child to invent a machine or a new product, design a building or a book cover, write a TV show, …

Alleyn’s anniversary year sees students post first-rate A-Level results

Boys and girls at co-educational Alleyn’s School in Dulwich achieve 30% A* grades during an auspicious anniversary year. Year 13 students at Alleyn’s have once again posted a very strong set of A level examination results, upholding the School’s long-held record of academic success. The grades add to the School’s many causes for celebration during 2019, which marks 400 years since Founder Edward Alleyn established his School. The headline results are: 30% of all grades awarded were at A* 68% of all grades awarded were at A* and A 89% of all grades awarded were at A*, A and B 16 students gained 3 A* grades or better 77 students gained at least 3 A* or A grades Both boys and girls performed very strongly at Alleyn’s, as befits one of the UK’s leading co-educational day schools. Headmaster Dr Gary Savage said: “We are truly delighted with our students’ A level achievements this year. Their results are well-deserved, and attest to their hard work and commitment to learning throughout their time at Alleyn’s. Our congratulations …