All posts tagged: schools

Education news: Fostering Independence

It is never too soon to begin developing children’s life skills, writes Katherine Beith, Year 6 teacher at Alleyn’s Junior School and mother of three. Here are some thoughts on how to support your child’s growing independence: Get organised for school Involve your children in packing their school bags and make sure they do this the night before. Help them understand the consequences of leaving their homework behind or forgetting their instrument or PE kit. Resist the temptation to deliver forgotten items to their school – they are more likely to remember for themselves the next time if they have felt the consequences of forgetting this time! Go sightseeing There is so much to see and do in London so take every opportunity to expand your child’s mind and their horizons. Use public transport whenever you can. Ask them to plan the route on the bus or tube and to talk you through the journey before you leave; when they make the transition to travelling without you, they will be confident using a variety of …

Alleyn’s boys and girls celebrate record breaking exam results

Pupils at leading co-educational school Alleyn’s have received a bumper set of GCSE and A-Level results and broken school records. Year 11 pupils and staff have reacted with understandable delight to the results, which come during a year of transition away from the A*-G grading system and towards a new 9-1 scale. 73% of all grades awarded were at A*, 9 or 8 92% of all grades awarded were at A*or A, 9, 8 or 7 99% of all grades awarded were at A*, A or B, 9, 8, 7 or 6 Over half of all grades were at the new numerical level 9 75 individual pupils gained 9 or more A*, 9 or 8 grades An impressive 97 individual pupils, from a cohort of 145, received all A*or A, 9, 8 or 7 grades The breath-taking results come hot on the heels of Alleyn’s sixth-formers achieving one of their highest ever A* hauls in the recently published 2018 A level results. Such successes continue to uphold the School’s reputation for exceptional attainment, even in …

New music centre set to honour Ralph Vaughan Williams

A new music venue in East Dulwich will be named after the celebrated composer who taught music in the area in the early twentieth century. Officially opening in September, the new Community Music Centre at James Allen’s Girls’ School (JAGS) will provide the school and local community with complete facilities for music of all genres from orchestral and choral through to contemporary bands and soloists. The vast Vaughan Williams Auditorium will be the centre piece with capacity to seat audiences of 500 people and providing state of the art, professional lighting and sound equipment. There will also be ample space for performers to rehearse ahead of their shows with 15 practice rooms. Hugh Cobbe, Director of the Vaughan Williams Charitable Trust which was set up by the composer’s widow Ursula to promote his work, said: “Ralph Vaughan Williams once said that music enables people to see past facts to the very essence of things in a way which science cannot do. He would have been delighted that the new Community Music Centre at James Allen’s …

Education news: Playing Out

Nicola Price, teacher in charge of Forest School at Alleyn’s Junior School, talks about the benefits of unstructured play outdoors. As a child of the 70s I had the experience of ‘playing out’ with a group of neighbouring children. We spent days exploring, building, and experimenting – always working together and keeping an eye out for the younger ones. We made ramps for bike jumping, a proper raft to fish from, and climbed trees to imitate birds and experience a bird’s eye view. We would often be out all day without interruption or adult direction, only stopping for lunch. These days children can miss out on the benefits of active learning in the environment; time spent listening, looking closely, thinking, imagining, problem-solving, risk-taking, team work and perseverance. Forest School is doing much to bridge this gap for children, offering them time for child-led activities in the natural environment. Your children might have a Forest School session at their school or nursery but do not despair if they don’t. You can foster the resilient, confident, independent …

Ben Jones, Director of Science at Alleyn’s, tells us how to introduce our children to astronomy

Stephen Hawking once said that ‘to confine our attention to terrestrial matters would be to limit the human spirit,’ and all must agree that there is little more mind-bogglingly wonderful than thinking about the scale, structure and order of the universe. So what better way of exciting our children about Science – and indeed perhaps even what it means to be human – than by introducing them to Astronomy? Here are some ideas on how we can encourage and feed curiosity: Birthday stars When we look into space we are looking back in time. While light travels very fast, given the scale of the universe, it can take many years for light to travel from stars to us. This means that there are stars that emitted the light we see today, in the year we were born! Use this site to find such a star Toilet paper solar system Even our modest solar system is huge with a scale that is difficult to imagine. And this is where toilet paper comes in. Using several rolls …