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Preparatory Schools 2011 – thanks to IAPS, ISA, Bancrofts, Ardingly, Made for Mums… December 15, 2010

Posted by Alex, Managing Director in Independent Education, New releases.
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Our hard-working team are in the final lap in their race to speak to each of the 1500+ independent prep and junior schools in the UK as part of our preparations for putting together the 14th edition of our annual Preparatory Schools guide.

Peter and Richard make contact with each and every one of the schools to ensure that we have all their details correct in the guide, and to offer them the chance to promote themselves further with a profile in the listings section. The 2011 issue will, for the first time, also be available as an eBook to be downloaded and read on all PCs, laptops and mobile devices such as iPads and iPhones (see pic).

As editor, I am also delighted with the editorial content I have managed to secure for the front of the guide – and I wanted to thank those who have agreed to contribute.

Graham Gorton, chairman of the Independent Schools Association and Head at Howe Green House school, will be writing about encouraging sensible risk-taking in children. Chris Calvey, Head at Ardingly, has sent me some insightful thoughts on the future of the Common Entrance exam.

Meanwhile, Bancroft’s School Head Mary Ireland has written on how independent schools cater for Gifted and Talented pupils, and writers at the Made for Mums website (sister website to Practical Parenting magazine) have contributed some great advice on how to prepare your children for starting a new school.

The introduction to the guide will be written by Andy Falconer, chairman of the Independent Association of Preparatory Schools and Head of St Olave’s School in York. Here is a little taster:

The benefits of a prep school education

Taking full advantage of knowledgeable and engaging teaching staff, well-equipped buildings and fantastic facilities, modern prep schools are far removed from the clichés of an old-fashioned independent education. Visions of Latin verbs, scratchy uniforms and leaky dormitories are long gone. Today’s pupils are more likely to view their school as a place where they can play a range of sports, indulge their passions and have fun with their friends, while getting the benefit of one of the best education systems in the world.

Despite the recession, 66% of IAPS schools are reporting a rise in pupil numbers for 2010-2011, demonstrating more parents than ever are willing to pay for their child’s education, regardless of external financial pressures.

So what does an independent prep school provide that a state education doesn’t?

Although the majority of schools place a strong emphasis on academic work, independent prep schools are renowned for their ability to develop and maximize the individual strengths of each child. If a pupil is brilliant at sport, or music, or even horticulture, then prep school staff see it as their duty to discover and nurture that talent.

Our schools focus on the child as a whole, not just their academic abilities. They instill a love of learning at a young age and a broad curriculum is delivered both inside and outside of the classroom. Through access to a wide range of extra-curricular activities, children at our schools develop confidence and social skills, as well as a healthy sense of competition. An emphasis on the arts, languages, humanities and sports give children a broader, well-rounded education…

Thanks to all those who have offered editorial and to all those schools who have taken the chance to promote their facilities and qualities in the guide. And thanks, too, to Peter and Richard for their efforts in contacting all 1500 schools up and down the UK to help ensure our guide remains the most comprehensive and accurate around.

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